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Healthy Campus Roles

Healthy Campus Leader


Be a leader, stand out! As the Healthy Campus Team Leader you will gain leadership skills and have a positive impact on the health of students at ACC. An impressive addition to any resume!

Duties include:
  • Leadership of Healthy Campus Team (ACC);
  • Chairing Healthy Campus (ACC) meetings;
  • Acting as the official representative of the Healthy Campus Team;
  • Development of sustainability plan for the Healthy Campus Team.
Recommended Skills/Knowledge:
  • Leadership experience;
  • Good communications skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Enthusiasm and passion for creating a healthy campus.

Communication Manager:


Can you really get your point across? As the Communication Manager you will use a variety of mediums to get the Healthy Campus message out to the college community. Practice your communication skills, impact wellness at ACC and add to your own portfolio.

Duties Include:
  • Creating/managing content for our website (;
  • Assisting with managing our Facebook or Twitter Account; and
  • Designing posters and other graphics.
Recommended Skills/Knowledge:
  • Photoshop, illustrator, or some form of graphic editing software; and
  • WordPress.

Fundraising Coordinator/Treasurer:


Money, Money, Money…. As the Fundraising Coordinator for the Healthy Campus team you know how to make it and manage it. Put skills learned in the classroom into action with this volunteer position with the Healthy Campus Team. Assist in the planning of fundraising events, always with an eye on the bottom line. Help to ensure the Healthy Campus Team’s financial wellness while gaining experience that is sure to catch the eye of future employers.

Recommended Skills/Knowledge:
  • Basic accounting knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Above average organizational abilities; and
  • Prior experience with Microsoft Excel would be an asset.

Healthy Living Facilitator


There is a lot that goes into staying healthy but you have it covered. As a Healthy Living Facilitator you will focus on developing and implementing programs promoting the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of students at Assiniboine Community College. Would you love to help people live a healthier life? Help the Healthy Campus Team do just that by ensuring students have access to the information and support they need.

Duties Include:
  • Advocate for health and education at ACC;
  • Assess health related educational needs;
  • Plan and implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs; and
  • Have fun working with a group of other health aware students.
Recommended Skills/Knowledge:
  • Strong interest in the topics of health and wellness;
  • Strong communications skills and a desire to work as part of a team; and
  •  Knowledge of current health promotion practices.

Events Coordinator:


Do you love to plan a party? If so we might just have the job for you. The Healthy Campus team is currently looking for someone to fill the role of Events Coordinator. The event coordinator will take a leadership role in planning and hosting events that will promote healthy living and wellness at ACC. You will get the chance to take an idea from the brainstorming stage through to execution gaining valuable skills along the way.

Could this be the volunteer position for you?

Recommended Skills/Knowledge:
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and time management skills;
  • The ability to work effectively in a dynamic team environment with flexibility, as well as independently; and
  • Creativity and an interest in healthy living.

This is your Voice

*Exclusive to BU students only.

What is or is not working for healthy nutrition around your campus?

Simply take a picture of something in context of healthy nutrition and submit it to Explain why you took that picture and be entered in a chance to win a iPad Mini! The deadline to submit is November 29.

The iPad winner will be selected at random from all entries. The winner will be contacted via the email address from which they sent the picture. Send any questions about the contest to

The Tricycle Dash at ACC

Healthy Campus holding The Tricycle Dash event  at ACC’s Victoria East Campus in the South Hall on November6th and at North Hill Campus at the Link on November 7th.

This is an opportunity to get involved and win prizes! Bring a friend and race them for a chance to win a $100 gift card to A&L Get Active among other prizes.

At the event Healthy Campus will also be looking for volunteers who want to help shape their campus into a healthier place throughout the year.

Who? All ACC Staff and Students

What? Tricycle Race

Where? & When? ACC’s Victoria East Campus in the South Hall on November 6th and at North Hill Campus at the Link on November 7th from 11:30-1:30.




Pay it Forward

Next week From Nov.4-8th we will be hosting our pay it forward challenge. To pay it forward you need to do five different good deeds for random people leaving the pay it forward card behind. The people you did those good deeds for are supposed to “pay it forward”. There will be submission draws around campus to tell us all about your good deeds or you can enter them on this facebook page. Two winners will be chosen, one for the person who does the most good deeds and a randomly chosen person. Our goal is for every person on campus to have something nice done for them and to them.

Pay It Forward

Halloween Hike

This Sunday, October 27, bring your costume and good spirit to the Halloween Hike. Halloween Hike is fundraiser walk-a-thon in support of programming at the Healthy Living Center (HLC).

Where? Healthy Living Center (HLC) on Brandon University Campus

When? October 27 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Who? Everyone!

There will be prizes given away for best costumes, best spirit, and top fundraiser. So come down to the HLC for an afternoon of fun!

For more info or to make a pledge online visit

To print your pledge for below follow these steps:

  1. Left click on the image (This will show you a larger image)
  2. Right click on the larger image (A meun will appear)
  3. Click on Print in the menu (This will bring you to a a print preview were you can then print your form)



Dear BU Students! We hear you!

We would like to thank you for all of the suggestions and ideas that you have come up with for us to review and hopefully develop. We received so many awesome ideas and we are excited to put them into action. We think this year is going to be a great one!

Some of the projects we worked on last year included:

  • Health in a Minute
  • Energy Breaks
  • Pay it forward
  • Endurance Club

Some of the ideas that we are working on developing this year are:

  • Farmer’s Market (next September?)
  • Winter Activities
  • “Winter Day” Snowman building contest, skating, etc.
  • Paintball Day (bus to the paintball place a little bit out of town)
  • Breakfast Club
  • Workout video in the evenings
  • P90X, Turbo Jam”
  • Dog Days
  • play with puppies”
  • Humor
  • Comedy nights”
  • Healthy Workout punch cards
  • Games nights
  • Mental Health Awareness

We have not had a chance to discuss all of the ideas in depth, but are planning on reviewing them at the next meeting. These include:

  • Mental Health
  • Smoking cessation
  • Exercise balls
  • Relaxing study areas
  • Raise awareness of building air quality, air temperature, and industrial noise
  • A biggest loser program
  • More campus wide activities
  • Hot tub on campus
  • Providing awareness about binge drinking and providing alternatives to social drinking
  • Environmentally friendly packaging for food and drinks
  • Have a booster juice on campus (HLC is too far out of the way)
  • More raffles and draws to promote healthy campus
  • Public health nurses doing clinics on campus

We hope to fully review everything else and will keep students updated as soon as possible. We hope you all have a great year on campus!

If you have any Questions’s or concerns, or are interested in joining the Healthy Campus Team, please contact:

Carly Brown at
Caitlyn Megaffin at

ACC Facebook Fan Drive!

Recently, one of our ACC Reps took to the hallways of ACC’s Victoria Ave. East and North Hill locations, to promote the Healthy Campus project. With a laptop in hand, and loads of healthy facts, we were able to get 35 new fans on our Facebook page!

Please enjoy the following selection of photos from the Fan Drive. See yourself, or someone else you know? Then head over to our Facebook page and tag some photos!

Don’t forget to Like our page while you’re there, to get the latest Healthy Campus tips and advice!

Is Positive Thinking the Key to Healthy Living?

Is Positive Thinking the Key to Healthy Living?

When was the last time that your doctor recommended you think happy thoughts to overcome a cold, an infection, or other type of illness? Probably never! In today’s fast paced society, we turn to the latest and greatest medication to cure our ailments. If it’s fast, and works relatively as described, that’s enough of a positive thought for many to get on their way back to being in tip-top shape!

But have you ever really thought about how your frame of mind effects your quality of health? If you sit around your home, only thinking of the negatives, it generally impacts your physical and mental well being, to better match your less then chipper outlook on life. Those that see the glass as half-full generally appear to be much healthier, and willing to carry on that lifestyle, even when they are suffering from colds, flus, or other illnesses.

According to Deepak Chopra (A mind-body expert specializing in the integration of East’s healing arts, with the best that modern Western medicine can provide) in a recent CNN article, there can be no denying that the connection between the mind and the body is powerful.

This can be seen based on the proven abilities of the “placebo effect”. An average of 30% subjects will show positive signs when given a sugar pill instead of a prescription drug. But can a capsule of sugar really provide the same benefit as a highly tested, well researched prescription drug? If the “placebo effect” is any example, then simply thinking you’ve been given a drug that will make you feel better, is enough to actually do so!

The key to that equation might be the man in white however. If you are aware of the “placebo” beforehand, then it won’t have the same effect as when you are under the impression that you’re taking an effective prescription drug.

Ailments like cancer or diabetes are viewed as the result of unchangeable genetic predispositions by the general public. For those more positive minded members of society however, genes aren’t seen as set in stone, but rather dynamic, and  tied to ones environment, attitudes, and behavior. A famous Swedish study brought the link between diabetes and the diet of ones great-grandfather to light.

There is no harm in assuming that your mind affects your genes, due to the large amount of evidence that is available to support this attitude.

According to Deepak Chopra, the problem with positive thinking is the thinking part. A lot of effort must be taken to stay positive all the time, due to defending oneself from negativity. This is both exhausting, as well as extremely unrealistic.

Alternatively, a calm, peaceful mind delivers the benefits that positive thinking cannot. This theory is backed up by a number of studies showing a strong correlation between the decline in high blood pressure, stress levels and other disease states amongst long-term meditators.

Do you feel that positive thinking is an effective way to increase your quality of health? Is it a replacement for more traditional medicines, or just a supplement? Let us know how you feel by leaving a comment on our Facebook page at, or by sending us a reply or direct message on Twitter at!/Healthy_Campus!

A Soft Drink A Day Will Keep The Doctor Nearby

Hot Topic - Soft Drinks

For many teenagers, adults, and even some senior citizens, soft drinks (And other sugary drinks) have become a part of everyday meals. Think of one restaurant that doesn’t serve some form of carbonated soft drink! At a friends place for supper? Some form of sugary drink is generally offered to you, more often than not.

But when when soft drinks were first invented, they were intended as a treat, reserved for special occasions, good behavior for young kids, etc. But in the last 20 or so years, we’ve seen an increasingly worrying trend of soft drink consumption with most, if not all meals of the day for some.

Originally coming in sub 8 fl oz (240 ml) bottles, most soft drinks are now freely available in 32+-ounce “cups”, which any kid can buy at their local convenience store.

According to a recent article on CNN, the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research found some worrying results: Young children and teens receive anywhere from 6.7% to 8.2% of their daily caloric intake from sugary drinks, with adults getting roughly 5% to 8%.

With male teens consuming the most sugary drinks per capita, they receive roughly 252 to 273 calories when consuming sugary drinks daily. One sugary drink is equal to more than half the weekly intake deemed healthy by the American Heart Association. They recommends that no more than three 12-ounce cans of soda be consumed in one week (Roughly 450 calories).

If the worryingly high caloric intake percentage wasn’t bad enough, the consumption of sugary drinks has been linked to unhealthy symptoms like poor diet quality, Type 2 diabetes in adults, weight gain, and obesity.

The general consensus among most health officials is that soft drinks are one of the number one causes of obesity amongst our population. Many government buildings, public school systems, and even some hospitals have stopped selling, and in some cases, even banned sugary drinks from their premises.

According to Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest,  “There’s a real movement in that direction, and the soda industry recognizes this and is diversifying away from traditional carbonated drinks to bottled water and noncarbonated things like energy drinks and sports drinks. The soft drink industry is very nervous and will diversify to maintain their profits.”

But don’t let the rise in popularity of “Energy Drinks”, “Sports Drinks”, and “Vitamin Water” fool you. Many of these “health conscious” drinks are produced by those same companies who have been producing soft drinks and other sugary drinks for decades. Looking to “get your 100% vitamin C infused juice?” You might want to start looking elsewhere!

Are you worried that you may be consuming to many sugary drinks, and don’t know how to cut back? Know of any more unsettling facts related to the consumption of sugary drinks? Let us know today by leaving a comment on our Facebook page at, or by sending us a reply or direct message on Twitter at!/Healthy_Campus!

Five Winter Calorie Burning Tips

Five Winter Calorie Burning Tips

Now that we’re well into Winter, we start to realize that our summer exercise regiment doesn’t necessarily apply when there’s 5 feet of snow, and -30°C wind chills outside.

So what can you do to stay healthy this winter, while burning off some of the excess calories you may have gained during the holidays? recently collected a number of great ways to burn off those excess calories, while using some of Winter’s less then preferable side effects to your advantage!

Snowboarding or Downhill Skiing

Snowboarding and Downhill Skiing can help to release endorphins, improve major muscle groups in your legs, like calves, quads, and hamstrings, and improve your flexibility. You can also burn at least 450 calories an hour snowboarding or skiing. Studies have also shown that outdoor exercise like Snowboarding or Downhill Skiing can also improve ones mood, and reduce ones level of anxiety.


Hockey is a great cardio-intensive sport. Studies have shown that hockey can help boost ones mental strength and focus. Hockey can help one burn up to at least 470 calories an hour. It can also improve ones flexibility and provide similar health benefits to ice skating.


Ice Skating is a great form of Winter workout, whether done inside our outside, that can burn up to 20 calories per minute. Ice Skating can also help to strengthen your core, as you try to balance on the thin blades. (Easier said then done for some of us!)


While the act of sliding down a hill on a sled itself might not burn to many calories, the resultant climb back up does, greatly! Climbing to the top of a hill after the ride down is great for ones leg muscles, and has been known to burn up to 400 calories an hour!

Shoveling Snow

While most of us don’t enjoy the thought of shoveling snow, let alone actually doing it, getting outside and clearing the driveway can help burn up to 400 calories an hour! Had an extremely heavy snowfall? All the better, as more calories will be burned from more snow needing to be shovelled.

So there you have it, 5 calorie burning tips to keep you fit during the winter months! Know of anymore great winter based exercises? Let us know today by leaving a comment on our Facebook page at, or by sending us a reply or direct message on Twitter at!/Healthy_Campus!