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Healthy Campus & U

By the SU Wellness Centre
January 2014

What is Physical Wellness?

Physical Wellness means taking care of one’s self through healthy eating, active living, and self-care practices which support optimal development and functioning.

Achieving Physical Wellness:

  • Limit your consumption of alcohol and other toxic substances
  • Maintain a regular fitness routine and aim for 150 min of moderate to vigorous exercise per week
  • Eat a balanced meal that supports the demands of your physical and academic lifestyle
  • Know about your body and sexuality & practice safer sex
  • See a doctor for regular check-ups and sleep enough so that you feel rested

There are 4 major areas of physical health & wellness which concern university students in particular:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Sex and Sexuality
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Sleep and Headaches

Tips to help you get active1:

  • Choose a variety of physical activities you enjoy. Try different activities until you find the ones that feel right for you.
  • Get into a routine — go to the pool, hit the gym, join a spin class or set a regular run and do some planned exercise. Make it social by getting someone to join you.
  • Limit the time you spend watching TV or sitting in front of a computer during leisure time.
  • Move yourself — use active transportation to get places. Whenever you can, walk, bike, or run instead of taking the car.
  • Spread your sessions of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity throughout the week. Do at least 10 minutes of physical activity at a time.
  • Join a team — take part in sports and recreation activities in groups. You’ll make new friends and get active at the same time.

Physical Wellness Highlight: Ways to Enhance your Sexual Wellness

  • Feel good about your sexuality whether you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, transgendered, sexually active, or abstinent
  • Explore your own body and learn to appreciate your body as is
  • Have tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) regularly if sexually active
  • Take steps to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STI) and unplanned pregnancy
  • Perform regular breast/uterine/testicular/rectal exams
  • Learn to build and sustain healthy relationships
  • Act in ways that demonstrate self-respect and respect for others

Hiring Male Student Leaders!!!

The Caring Campus Project will make a difference in our understanding of men’s alcohol use on Canadian campuses. The project is funded by the Movember Foundation for men’s health.

We are looking for 1st and 2nd year male students who want to take on a leadership role in this area. Participants will receive valuable leadership experience as well as $2,000 compensation. The project will run from February 2015 - April 2016.

For more information please contact Laura Henderson at

Attention all first and second year male students!

The University of Calgary has partnered with The Movember Foundation to study men’s mental health and substance use. We need your help to learn more about the campus culture and your experiences as students.
Focus groups will take place the first week of February. The focus group will be about 2 hours long and we will pay you 25$ to participate. These focus groups will be audio recorded. We are also providing pizza dinner! Please let us know if you are interested.

Email Laura Henderson at to sign up!


2. ACHA-NCHA II: U of C Executive Summary, Spring 2013

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Apps and Tools

University of Calgary – Student Services app (Itunes)
MyFitnessPal App
(Itunes / Google Play)
SleepBot App
(Itunes / Google Play)
Quit Smoking App
(Itunes / Google Play) Medication Guide
(Itunes / Google Play)

Upcoming Events

See SU Wellness Centre website for a full calendar

Feb 2nd
Sexual and Gender Wellness Week Carnival
Feb 2nd
World Hijab Day
Feb 3rd – 6th
Sexual and Gender Wellness Week – various workshops
Feb 3rd
Communal Table Project

Feb 4th
Winter Walk Day
Feb 4th – Mar 25th
Roots of Resiliency – Wednesdays
Feb 18th, 19th and 20th
Community Helpers Training
Feb 23rd
Smart Student Nutrition
Feb 28th
Deadline for Champions for a Healthy Campus submission

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