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Symposium to promote health on campus

A one-day International Health Promoting Campuses Symposium will be held in Rotorua on April 7 from 10am to 4pm To be held just before the global conference on health promotion the symposium aims to activate the Okanagan Charter on higher education campuses around the world. The Okanagan Charter calls to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally. The charter was an outcome of the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges held in the Okanagan in Canada. The symposium will be relevant for academics, management, students, educators, student support staff, researchers, health promotion and public health specialists, and all those interested in the promotion of health, wellbeing and sustainability within Universities, Colleges, Polytechnics and Wānanga. The symposium will provide a range of opportunities for participants to: work with international and national experts experienced in designing health promoting campuses; participate in the global health promoting universities and colleges movement; build collective engagement and commitment to implement the Okanagan Charter Contact Dr Anna Thorpe, chair of the Tertiary Wellbeing Aotearoa New Zealand (TWANZ) network for information and registration of interest Meanwhile the first guide in the world to apply an international charter for health promoting universities and colleges to a local context is now available. The guide has been in development for the past three years, with input from a wide range of people and organisations. The Okanagan Charter is viewed as a useful and flexible framework easily adapted to campuses here. Its principles and calls to action are already being applied in some campuses in Aotearoa New Zealand. Māori wellbeing frameworks, The Pea Hutong and Te Whare Tapa Whā, comfortably sit alongside the Okanagan Charter. ‘Applying the Okanagan Charter for health promoting campuses in Aotearoa New Zealand’ can be accessed on the TWANZ website. Membership of the network is free, and a wide range of literature is available.