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 think outside the box and work collaboratively to propose ideas for a healthier campus in four areas: social connections, physical health, mental health, reducing high-risk drinking. Ideas to support student well-being can be awarded up to $5,000 to make the U of A a better place. 

Not creative? Don’t worry.

Participants in the Heroes for Health Challenge will work in teams to exchange ideas, plan and take action in promoting campus well-being. You’ll also be connected to campus student services to learn how you can make a difference.

So, how do you want to shape student wellness at the U of A?

Why should I participate in Heroes for Health?

  • Your team will have the chance to win $5000 to implement your healthy campus project idea at the U of A
  • Build your connections with individuals who have similar health and community development interests as you
  • Learn about campus health topics and campus resources including funding opportunities
  • Gain leadership and team work experience
  • Gain experience in project planning and proposal writing
  • Add practical experience to your resume

The Event

Saturday, February 4, 2017
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
ECHA L1-190

Event Details

  • You may register as a team or as an individual. If you register as an individual, you will be grouped with other participants who have also entered the challenge on their own.
  • Participants will spend the day learning about campus health topics in the morning and pitching their ideas in the afternoon.
  • Participants will have two weeks from this date to brainstorm ideas and prepare their proposals in their teams.
  • Ideas do not have to be original. For example, you may propose a project idea you are currently already pursuing, or you may propose an idea you have seen or read about elsewhere (with appropriate credit provided), which could be adapted for our campus.
Read the Heroes for Health Challenge Guidelines

Heroes for Health Challenge Agenda

9 - 9:45 a.m     Team registration 
10 - 11 a.m.  

Opening remarks from Gerry McCune, Healthy University Strategic Plan, Working Committee Chair
Heroes for Health Challenge Overview

11 - 11:30 a.m.   Team Energizer and 10-minute Stretch Break (to get to Breakout Rooms) 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  

Breakout Session 1: Student Well-being

  • Mental Health & Resiliency
  • Social Connections
  • Physical Activity
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.   Lunch 
1:30 - 2:50 p.m.  

Breakout Session 2: Take Action

  • Turn your idea into an initiative
3 - 3:45 p.m.   Idea pitches and feedback
3:45 - 4 p.m.   Next steps and wrap up