A ‘Hearty’ High Five to Robinson Services One Elmwood team as they ‘Step to It’

Now that fitness trackers are everywhere on phone apps and smartwatches targeting 10,000 steps a day has become a bit of a personal obsession for many of us.

Hands up if  you find yourself pacing in your living room or walking up and down the stairs late at night to get those last few 100 steps, because studies show that when it comes to losing weight, achieving 10,000 steps a day can be as effective as five 30 minute gym workouts a week.

So if when you walk 10,000 steps a day, you add another layer of protection to your health then think of the benefits of walking 27,000 steps a day … yes you read that right …TWENTY SEVEN THOUSAND STEPS A DAY !

That is the phenomenal figure that Edith, Ayah, Mark and Grazyna undertake every day at OneElmwood, the  new Student Centre and Students’ Union at Queens University, Belfast which houses both the Students’ Union and University Services in one purpose-built facility.

From left to right: Edith Spence – General Assistant, Ayah Aljunaid – Supervisor, Mark Smith- General Assistant, Grazyna Aksenczuk- General Assistant

Set right at the heart of campus and with a rooftop terrace overlooking the area, the brand new state-of-the-art building will bring together student services with a range of facilities so students can access services, collaborate in shared spaces, get support and advice, and socialise in first class venues.

This vibrant new hub builds on existing services, shared spaces and support across campus and online which means students can get the support they need, when they need it.

It provides a whole new exciting space to catch up with friends, study in a tech-friendly space, grab lunch from the SU Shop, enjoy a pint in the Union Bar, or take in a gig in the brand new Mandela Hall

Stephen Wood, Operations Director and self confessed fitness tracker obsessive commented: “Edith, Ayah, Mark and Grazyna are to be commended on this daily achievement which I can only dream of… it will strengthen the heart, help store less body fat, stabilize blood sugar and clearly reinforce healthy habits . Think on my next site visit I may approach one of them to become my Personal Trainer.  Robinson Services are thrilled to have been awarded the contract for One Elmwood and this simply shows the efforts the team are putting into their roles as we work in partnership with a high profile and well established university who have been in existence since 1845…. keep it up ‘Team One Elmwood’ and I’ll be with you every step of the way!”