A Healthy and Active Campus

Active and Healthy Campus Logo.A Healthy and Active Campus is an employee initiative to support efforts by Human Resources, Sports Services and Food Services to organize and promote on-campus activities that allow employees to stay healthy and active.

It's a network of more than fifty “champions” across campus. 

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  • Organize and promote on-campus activities that contribute to employee well-being
  • Act as the on-campus voice promoting physical and mental health
  • Increase the number of employees who take advantage of on-campus facilities and services to stay healthy and active

Check out the Healthy and Active Campus FACEBOOK PAGE for the latest news and photos.

  • March 23rd 2020: Lunch & Learn. Excelling in stressful situations
  • March 19th 2020: Steps Challenge
  • April 23rd 2020: Steps Challenge
  • May 21st 2020: Steps Challenge
  • June 18th 2020: Steps Challenge
  • July 23rd 2020: Steps Challenge

Events and activities details

Stair Climbing Challenge

Everyone at their own pace, this event challenges participants to go up and down the stairs for 20 minutes. Some opt for an additional challenge and include some strength and conditioning movements between each set.

Meet in the Tabaret rotunda at noon for a quick warm up.  No registration required; just bring your enthusiasm and remember to wear proper footwear! (i.e. running shoes)

Free apples are handed out to participants and the Champions' Cup is awarded at each event.

Pedometer Challenge

Twice a year, the uOttawa community comes together to step it up. Participants form teams and count their steps for a full week. Which service will be crowned step champions this time?

Bike to work

Do you bike to work regularly at uOttawa? Are you thinking of starting, or wondering if you are up for it? The Bike to work month is a great time to get rolling!

A spooky active lunch hour

Trade in your garnet and grey and come out to the UCU Terrace at noon in your best costume to get a good warm up! The group will then head out for the annual campus walk. If you prefer, stay at the UCU Terrace for a Zumba or a cycling session.

Running club

In the warm months, join the running club over lunch! Beginners and advanced runners are both welcome. The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:10 pm inside the entrance of Montpetit Hall before starting its circuit. The club splits in two groups: fast runners and average runners. Contact Jean-François Venne for more details.

Super active and social Halloween lunch

Trade in your garnet and grey and come out to University Square at noon in your best costume to get a good warm up! The group will then head out for the annual campus walk. If you prefer to move to Latin beats in your Halloween outfit, stay at the University Square for a Zumba session.

Valentine’s Day Skate on the Canal

In honour of Heart Month, A Healthy and Active Campus would like to invite you to join us to Skate or Walk With Your Heart on the Rideau Canal!  Don’t forget to wear RED!  We will meet on the Rideau Canal at the Somerset East stairs located near the Transit-way tunnel walkway @ 12:10.   If the canal is closed or should old man winter not cooperate, this activity will not be postponed. For more information, please contact Claude Drouin claude.drouin@uottawa.ca

Champions take part in monthly committee meetings and/or promote the initiatives and activities within their units.  To become a champion or for more information on how to get involved, contact Gaby St-Pierre.

Gym membership

Get your gym membership and work out at your convenience at the Montpetit Fitness Centre or at the Minto Sports Complex Health and Lifestyle Centre.

Employee only classes

Looking for a way to squeeze in some much needed exercise in your overly packed day? Join an employees only classes such as Yoga for employees or Desk Jockey training camp. Lunchtime group fitness class are also available as part of the All-inclusive membership. 

Employee hours

Take advantage of the employee hours in the Montpetit Fitness Centre between noon and 1pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the academic year.

Food Services offer a variety of food options for students and employees to make healthy choices when eating on campus. Take a look at what is being served at the Dining Hall. If you feel inspired, venture over to “My Pantry’ to create a unique and healthy meal.

The University of Ottawa is committed to the well-being of its students and staff. As such, the Mental Health and Wellness website acts as a central location for information and resources at our University and in the surrounding community.