Healthy Campus Unit

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To support physical distancing benefits with regard to the spread of COVID-19, there are immediate changes to HCU operations. All in-person meetings and events have been cancelled for the remainder of Winter Term 2020, and the office will remain closed until further notice. HCU staff are available Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for remote services, including email, phone, or Google Hangout. Students are urged to email to access remote services.

What is the Healthy Campus Unit?

The Healthy Campus Unit is a health promotion team working to support campus health and wellbeing by creating a healthy campus community at the University of Alberta.

What do we do?

We want to create a culture of wellness at the U of A and we believe that everyone has the capacity to create an atmosphere of well-being through our everyday interactions. People, places, and language are all aspects that influence students' learning and engagement, yet are encountered on a daily basis from the moment the day begins. Well-being is vital to student success. In striving for a healthy campus community, we strongly believe in the value of integrating the following health promotion strategies in the work we do on campus:

  • Expanding collaborations in health and working closely with partners
  • Developing health knowledge and skills
  • Conducting student health research to drive evidence-based practice
  • Creating healthy, supportive campus environments

 Who are we?

The Healthy Campus Unit is made up of a team of student staff and volunteers, and three full-time staff members.

Melissa Visconti: The Team Lead of the Healthy Campus Unit, Melissa is currently an MSc student from the Centre for Health Promotion Studies at the U of A. She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology from McMaster University. Her current thesis work focuses on creating healthy built environments.

Student Team: Each year we have a group of amazing students (interns and volunteers) who work with our Team Lead and Student Coordinator to make the University of Alberta campus a better place to learn, work, and play.


Major Initiatives


Unwind Your Mind: Developed as a way to support students during stressful times, Unwind Your Mind transforms campus libraries into spaces that make it easier for students to be well physically, socially, and emotionally. The initiative has been designed to foster student connectedness and bring resources to where students are studying.

Wellness Champions: To celebrate the efforts of students, staff, faculty and groups (student groups, services, departments, etc.) whose activities and initiatives are contributing towards a culture of wellness at the University of Alberta, The Healthy Campus Unit and Human Resource Services facilitate the Wellness Champion awards, recognizing those who positively influence the well-being of the U of A community.

Heroes for Health: The Healthy Campus Unit offers grant funding to support the development of new student wellness initiatives at the University of Alberta. These grants serve as a way to support the efforts of the U of A community in creating a culture of wellness on our campuses.

National College Health Assessment: A survey done every three years (2019 survey recently completed). This survey takes a look at the unique health needs of the university population and the results help shape the direction of our initiatives.