Lifestyle and Wellbeing

Proven lifestyle approaches to enhance wellbeing

Explore practical and scientifically proven lifestyle changes to boost your health and happiness. Developed by Clinical Psychologist, Professor Julia Rucklidge, explore expert insights and approaches to enhance wellbeing.

Developed by Professor Julia Rucklidge.


In Professor Julia Rucklidge’s wellbeing series, you’ll learn how to boost and enhance the different aspects of hauora (health) through psychologynutritional interventions and the lifestyle changes explored in this course.

With buzz around fasting, meditation and the latest wellbeing apps, it can be hard to know what to do first in the search for a healthier, happier life.

In Lifestyle and Wellbeing, you'll explore the evidence behind what makes the most difference in boosting our health and happiness. 

Expand your knowledge and learn how to apply a range of practical techniques and lifestyle changes that help regulate stress and grow resilience. You’ll explore the science behind proven techniques like spending time in blue and green spaces, mindfulness, and practicing creative arts and music that can enhance wellbeing.

This course is ideal for
  • Health industry professionals
  • HR professionals
  • Managers
  • Teachers
  • Parents

The information in this course is intended for general education purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek advice on diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions from your doctor or other registered healthcare professional.


There are no prerequisites for this course – it is open to anyone who has confidence listening, reading, and writing in English with an interest in lifestyle and wellbeing. 

Technology requirements

We recommend a laptop or desktop computer and a reliable internet connection. For most courses you'll need to download and populate assignments. These are usually available as Microsoft Word documents.

Course fees

Course fees must be paid before learning can begin, either via online credit-card payment, or by contacting to request an invoice. Please note: fixed invoice payment dates apply, so we recommend getting in touch with us as soon as possible to request an invoice, as this option is subject to availability.

Minimum enrolment threshold

Please note: Tuihono UC | UC Online has a minimum enrolment threshold that must be met to enable opportunities for interaction, discussion, and feedback. If the minimum number of enrolments required for a course is not met, enrolled students will be given the option to defer their enrolment to the next course date, or receive a refund. 

Crediting this course towards a degree

In certain cases the points from this course can be credited towards further study with UC. Learn more about cross-crediting and recognition of prior learning.

Course outline

Our courses are flexible, enabling you to plan your study around your other commitments. You can choose to study when it suits you during the learning period (22 April - 23 June, with a one-week study break from 20 - 26 May), followed by a 2-week review period for marking and feedback (24 June - 8 July).

We recommend completing around 6 hours of study a week during the learning period (excluding the study break). During these learning weeks, you will work through a range of modules exploring different wellbeing topics.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be issued a digital badge to recognise your learning achievements. This can take up to 2 months to be delivered after the marking and feedback period.

What you'll learn

  • The factors and frameworks that contribute to wellbeing
  • Specific biological and sociological factors involved in developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Lifestyle changes and activities we can use to enhance wellbeing
  • How to develop effective and specific strategies to enhance personal wellbeing and/or the wellbeing of others using these lifestyle changes and activities

Our people

Dr Julia Rucklidge - Wellbeing series

Professor Julia Rucklidge

Professor | Clinical Psychology

Julia Rucklidge is in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing at the University of Canterbury. She's the Director of Te Puna Toiora, the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Lab.

Over the last twenty years, Julia has become well known for her research investigating the interaction between nutrition and mental health and has published over a hundred empirical papers.

Julia has received numerous local and international awards and is frequently featured in the media discussing her work. Her TEDx talk, The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health has been viewed over 4.7 million times.

She also co-authored the 2021 book, The Better Brain: Overcome Anxiety, Combat Depression, and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition.

Having seen conventional treatments fail so many, Julia is passionate about helping people find alternative treatments for psychiatric symptoms. By translating her research into practice, she hopes to help make nutritional interventions mainstream.

Please note: our academic team develop and present video content within their courses, but are not always the course facilitator. The course facilitator will engage with learners in the course forums, answer queries and mark assignments.