Free Skate to Promote Health, Fitness on Campus

December 11, 2007 - Campus Bulletin

Members of the U of G community are encouraged to lace up their skates and hit the ice during lunchtime on Monday, Dec. 17.

The campus Wellness Advisory Committee is sponsoring a free public skate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Red Arena.

In addition to enjoying some ice time, University staff, faculty and students can hear about some of the upcoming committee initiatives designed to encourage health and fitness.

"Living an active lifestyle has many benefits, including improved physical health and mental well-being," said Cyndy McLean, co-chair of the committee and director of the Health and Performance Centre.

"We want to help people become aware of some of the ways they can incorporate healthy living into their daily routine and to let them know about opportunities that exist on campus."

The Wellness Advisory Committee was formed earlier this year to develop and support strategies that promote healthy and productive lifestyles for U of G employees. Its first activity was getting U of G involved in the In Motion walk in October, when Ontario tried to break a world record for the most people walking one kilometre at the same time.

The committee is charged with developing initiatives, identifying needs related to wellness, facilitating action plans to address the needs, and promoting activities on campus.

Members include representatives from employee groups, Athletics, Occupational Health Services, and Hospitality Services, as well as academic departments that have expertise in health and organizational wellness.

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