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University of Saskatchewan embraces health charter

Chad London - the Dean of the College of Kinesiology

On Campus News, April 19, 2017

Committing to healthy minds, bodies and lives is the principle behind the Okanagan Charter, a global health initiative now adopted by the University of Saskatchewan.

The charter calls on post-secondary institutions world-wide to make a commitment to embed health in all aspects of campus culture and take the lead in actions that promote well-being both locally and globally.

“Issues of health and well-being—be they physical, mental or emotional—affect everyone,” said Chad London, dean of the College of Kinesiology and campus representative for the charter. “The U of S has a unique opportunity to lead by example and generate, share and implement knowledge and research findings to enhance health of citizens and communities, both now and in the future.”

Creating a campus-wide wellness strategy

On Campus News, November 11, 2016

Cheryl Carver, associate vice-president human resources, said the goal of this strategy is to support the health and well-being of U of S students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Developing and implementing a wellness strategy has been a priority for Carver since taking over leadership of the HR portfolio just over two years ago. Following an initial organizational assessment, "we identified we don't have an effective approach to wellness," she said. "I think we were fairly good at the intervention side, but most of what we did was reactionary. We would deal with a crisis as it arose, but not so much in terms of promoting wellness and taking a preventative approach to it."

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