Physical activity in its various forms is a fundamental component of health. Sedentary lifestyles can place an individual at even greater risk for developing a variety of health concerns such as heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, adult onset diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, depression, colon cancer and premature death. The risks can be devastating to individuals and families.
The benefits of regular physical activity include improved health and fitness, improved posture and balance, increased self-esteem, weight control, stronger muscles and bones, more energy, a more relaxed state and reduced stress, and continued independent living in later life.
Did you know.....
- The University of Alberta is a member of the City of Edmonton’s Corporate Wellness program. Faculty and staff receive discounts on entry to city run sports and recreation facilities simply by showing your ONEcard when purchasing your passes.
More information on the Corporate Wellness program is available on the City of Edmonton website.
- In 1992, the Corporate Challenge games were established in Edmonton. The philosophy behind the games is to provide an activity for local businesses to foster interaction, teamwork, morale, pride, health & wellness among and within businesses. Over the past several years, the University of Alberta has registered teams and has enjoyed a strong showing at the events.
While there are a number of competitive sporting events involved with Corporate Challenge, you do not need to be an athlete in order to partake in the festivities - people of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. The Spirit Team and events such as the Unknown Challenge have been incorporated into Corporate Challenge activities to offer individuals a broader range of activities to choose from.
Please visit the University's Corporate Challenge website for more information.