Healthy Campus Unit

Heroes for Health

What would you do with $5000 to make U of A a healthier place?

Passionate about making the University of Alberta a healthier place? Have an idea? Get started with the Heroes for Health Challenge.

The Heroes for Health Challenge encourages students, staff, and faculty to come together, think outside the box and work collaboratively to propose ideas for a healthier campus in four areas: social connections, physical activity, mental health, substance, and alcohol use. Ideas to support student well-being can be awarded up to $5,000 to make the U of A a better place. 

Hosted in partnership with the Alumni Association, Human Resources, LiveWell, and the Healthy Campus Unit these grants serve as a way to support the efforts of our campus community in creating a culture of wellness on our campus. Heroes for Health grants support a wide range of wellness ideas such as creating social connections, promoting healthy eating and physical activity, or enhancing green spaces. Initiatives that currently exist or fall within a department’s regular operations will not normally be eligible for funding, however, special considerations may be made for funding on a case-by-case basis. Multiple awards of up to $5,000 are available to the campus community to improve student health and wellbeing. 

Heroes for Health Challenge Event Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Call-to-Action
Opening remarks from Aziz Bootwala, Co-Founder, Edmonton Project:
What Makes a Great Idea?
Heroes for Health Challenge overview

10:30 a.m. Participant meet and greet
Energizer hosted by Friends Across Campus

11:00 a.m. Breakout session 1: Student Well-being
Mental health and resiliency
Social connections
Physical health
Addictions and substance abuse

12:00 p.m. Lunch break

1:00 p.m. Breakout sessions 2: Take Action
Turn your idea into an initiative

3:00 p.m. Idea Share and Pitch
Challenge Team will have an opportunity to pitch their idea and get feedback prior to grant submission deadline

4:00 p.m. Event wrap-up

Why should I participate in Heroes for Health?

  • Shape student wellness and the campus community with a chance for your team to be awarded up to $5000 to implement your healthy campus project at the U of A 
  • Meet new people from the campus community who share similar health and community development interests
  • Learn about campus health and funding opportunities
  • Gain leadership and teamwork experience
  • Develop and strengthen your experience in project planning and proposal writing
  • Add practical experience to your resume