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UToday HomeMay 13, 2013

By Amy Glassman

Michael Seal, business operations officer of Hotel Alma, used his passion for biking to his advantage in the World Health DayMichael Seal, business operations officer of Hotel Alma, used his passion for biking to his advantage in the World Health Day Inside Out Fitness Challenge. Photo by Michael SealGaining more than the satisfaction of a job well done, Michael Seal, Beata Mickiewicz and Melissa Ostrowski won a four-month all-access pass to the Active Living Centre for tracking the most points in the World Health Day Inside Out Fitness Challenge.

In celebration of World Health Day, University of Calgary staff took part in a two-week challenge from April 1-14 where they self-reported on the number of health and wellness activities that they participated in each day.

Winner of the challenge Michael Seal, who jokingly claimed to be “best at exercise,” scored points in every single category including 10 bonus points for attending the Health Fair in Kinesiology, giving him a total of 157 points.

“I bike to work, which gave me a leg up in the competition,” said Seal. “Attending the Health Fair also boosted my points.”

Runners- up were post-doctoral fellow Beata Mickiewicz from the department of Biological Sciences and Melissa Ostrowski from the Centre for International Students and Study Abroad who tied with 147 points.

For Mickiewicz a highlight of the challenge was being able to influence those around her to increase their healthy habits.

“I am now getting my boyfriend to eat more fruits and vegetables,” said Mickiewicz. She has also been encouraging friends to take part in “Lunch and Learns” on health and wellness and trying to go as often as possible herself.

The Inside Out Fitness Challenge inspired runner Beata Mickiewicz to start attending Sunday Yoga classesThe Inside Out Fitness Challenge inspired runner Beata Mickiewicz to start attending Sunday Yoga classes and to get outside more often. Photo by Mauricio Arias“I brought my friend to a lecture where the topic was how different fruits and vegetables affect cancer. Now more than once a week I go to the staff wellness site and check to see what’s happening.”

During the challenge, 21 staff members accessed the Fitness Centre and tracked a total of 1,308 points. Contestants also logged points for doing things such as eating breakfast, getting enough sleep and mentally challenging themselves.

Each year World Health Day is celebrated globally to commemorate the creation of the World Health Organization in 1948. To learn more about World Health Day and to see how the University of Calgary has celebrated in the past, visit http://www.ucalgary.ca/sustainability/world_health_day.

For more stories on how students, staff and faculty are stepping up together to turn SustainabilityON, or to learn how you can become involved, visit www.ucalgary.ca/sustainability

 

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