Wellcome to Health and Wellbeing

Ref: C2421128

Environmental health can sometimes feel distant from the individual and they can be left wondering how they can make a difference. This series of talks is aimed at raising awareness of current environmental health issues in the home that the individual can gain an understanding of as well as develop insight into how aspects can be addressed not only for themselves but also their family, friends and community. Environmental health issues considered will include water quality, food additives, the body’s bacteria, sleep disturbance and mobile phones. This course is funded by the Wellcome Trust. The project has provided funds to embed STEMM courses into the WEA Adult Ed curriculum, although concerned with Biomedical science, Wellcome Trust has funded many projects and research initiatives as a means to promote greater understanding of the challenges presented impacts on our communities and everyday lives.

Course aim

The course aims to promote a greater understanding of science and its impact on our everyday lives. The course develops knowledge and skills to strengthen health and wellbeing especially those applied to reducing environmental hazards in the home.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of water as a nutrient and how the environment may affect its quality
  • Explain the nature of food additives and outline how to avoid health risks
  • Explain how the environment may adversely affect the body's bacteria and how to minimise this affect
  • Explain how the environment may affect sleep and describe actions to improve sleep quality and quantity
  • Describe how the use of mobile devices may affect health and how risks can be minimised.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A handout outlining the content of each talk will be provided to students attending

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Wellcome to Health and Wellbeing

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This course is not available for online enrolment.


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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