Dalhousie gets moving in February
February is "Move More" month at Dalhousie and, as part of the university's organizational health strategy, coordinators in Organizational Health, a part of Human Resources, are organizing a series of events and activities to help encourage employees to get active, even in these chillier months.
The Tupper Medical Building is a 15 floor building with plenty of stairs just waiting to be climbed. The first Tupper Trek will take place February 24th, 12:00 – 1:00 in the Tupper Building stairway. Employees arrive and simply start climbing the stairs. Prizes will be awarded for those who can make it to the 5th, 10th, 15th floors.
A skating party will begin on February 28th at the Dal Arena from 11:40 to 1:00. Admission fee is waived and employees are encouraged to come out for a lunchtime skate with fellow co-workers.
Dalhousie is one of the seven lead agencies in HRM’s physical activity strategy.
Dalplex offers a wide range of programs and classes, whether you’re a member or not. Just walking over for a tour counts as moving more!
“Physical activity is one of the most effective, and often most neglected, aspects of our health. Just moving more and sitting less improves health; you don’t have to work up a sweat to reap the benefits.” - Janice MacInnis, coordinator, Organizational Health, Dalhousie University.
“Most people know that being sedentary isn't good for them. Although we can't change that we sit most of the time, there are ways to help reduce the negative effects of it on our bodies and spirits.” –Jo Welch, professor in the School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University.
“I suggest trying to add in more movement in little bits. Be fidgety! We were all taught as kids to "Sit still!" but that was really bad advice because fidgeting really burns calories! –Jo Welch, professor in the School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University.
During the day take periodic breaks and get out of your chair. Avoid using that time to check email, social media sites or the news. If you only have a couple of minutes and can't leave your work area, consider using a skipping rope. And everyone knows that taking the stairs is a healthier choice than riding the elevator!" –Jo Welch, professor in the School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University.
Of course, all of this physical activity added to your regular day means that you need to wear footwear that permits you to perform it. Participants in a study that examined the benefits of 6, 10 min walks versus to one, 60 min walk expressed that such frequent changes of footwear was time consuming." –Jo Welch, professor in the School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University.