University of Calgary

Celebrating World Health Day

UToday HomeApril 9, 2012

By Elise Hetu

Staff and faculty have free access to campus recreational facilities until April 21. Photo by Riley BrandtStaff and faculty have free access to campus recreational facilities until April 21. Photo by Riley BrandtStaff and faculty can enjoy unlimited free entry to all Active Living (formerly Campus Recreation) facilities until April 21 in celebration of International World Health Day, April 7, which marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) being founded in 1948.

“We would like to encourage everyone to try the facilities over the next two weeks in the spirit of World Health Day and fostering a fit and healthy campus community,” says Shawna Trudel, membership coordinator for Active Living.

Active Living facilities include the Fitness Centre*, Aquatic Centre, Racquet Centre, Outdoor Centre**, Gymnastics Centre and Olympic Oval, making it the largest health and recreation complex in the city. To gain access, staff and faculty just need to present their campus ID card at either the Kinesiology Client Services desk or at the Fitness Centre.

“To encourage an ongoing active lifestyle amongst staff and faculty, we also offer a 45 per cent discount from the public rate for staff on all memberships. It costs $345 for a single All Access annual membership or $555 for the entire family and provides access to all facilities for the year,“ says Trudel.

Check the Open Recreation schedule for hours of operation and open times for each facility. Memberships can also be purchased at reduced rates for the individual facilities and all are eligible for coverage under the Wellness Spending Account.

Active Living is also offering a Raja Yoga Urban Retreat on April 14 and 15. Participants will explore the ancient and trusted techniques of self-awareness, breathing, concentration, meditation and yoga poses. Rooted in the teachings of the Yoga Sutras, this weekend-long Urban Retreat will explore how Yoga can lead to a more joyous life. Sign up for the retreat through Active Living’s website.

People on campus are encouraged to take the Active Living 2012 survey, which will be used to improve the facilities and services. All participants are entered into a draw for a chance to win prizes including an iPad, a Wii gaming system and gift certificates.

The topic of 2012 World Health Day is Ageing and Health, with the theme “Good health adds life to years.” Physical activity contributes to the health of mind and body and eases the impacts of ageing. For more information on Active Living programming, visit

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

*to use the climbing wall, you must first pass the belay test and watch a safety video (cost of $5.00)
**must be 17 years old or over to use the Fitness Centre