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Campus Well-Being May Programs

April 29, 2024

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Fitness and Movement

Bike Share Program (NDC)

Four bicycles parked vertically on the gym wall

Borrow one of Campus Well-Being’s bikes to go for lunch, run an errand or cruise around the area. Our four bikes include Moose and Bear (large), Eagle (medium) and Goose (small).  Come to the NDC North Gym customer service desk during regular gym hours, fill out a waiver and pick your bike – daytime borrowing only by students and staff.

Wearing a helmet is mandatory. Bring your own or borrow one from us; bike locks are available too. Each user receiving a bike will be responsible for:

  • Keeping it secure
  • Riding safely and lawfully
  • Returning it in a timely manner

Muscle and Mobility (NDC)

Join Coach Justin Ross to build strength, flexibility, and training knowledge in this self-paced class that focuses on movement quality over quantity. All fitness levels are welcome & exercise progressions and modifications will be provided throughout each workout to accommodate everyone.

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus, North Gym: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:10 – 12:50pm, till June 19, 2024.

T’ai Chi (NDC and Virtual)

Group of college staff learning tai chi movements in a gym

T’ai Chi involves the use of daily gentle exercise to improve health with a focus on breathwork. Sifu Josh Schafer teaches this longevity practice that is easy to access and yet profound enough for a lifelong engagement.

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus: Mondays 12:10 to 12:55pm, in the South Gym (till the end of May 2024, No class May 20). All experience levels welcome.

For a virtual Tai Chi option and other online movement classes, create or sign in to your free MindWell account.

Strength and Conditioning (NDC)

These fun and high energy sessions utilize bodyweight exercises, kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, bands and more for a compete total-body workout. Coach MG welcomes all fitness levels, providing exercise progressions and modifications to accommodate everyone.

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus, North Gym: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:10 – 12:50pm, till June 20, 2024.

Yoga (NDC and Virtual)

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Holly Pluchinski guides participants to stretch, breathe and feel good. Suitable for all levels; mats are provided for in-person sessions.


  • Wednesdays – REGISTER – 12:10 to 12:50pm, Notre Dame Campus, GM33, near North Gym.


  • Wednesdays REGISTER – 12:10 to 12:50pm *Includes access to recording for one week post-class.
  • FridaysREGISTER – 12:15 to 12:45pm

Note: Links for virtual sessions will be emailed to registrants separately. Classes going until June 21, 2024.


Nutrition for Staying Young (NDC, Virtual)

The food you eat now affects your short-term health, but can also affect your long-term health. From risk of chronic disease, your brain health and focus, and even the strength and structure of your body, nutrition can make a difference. Join Registered Dietician Hao-Yi Sim to learn all about the different ways nutrition can keep you young.

REGISTER – In-Person and VirtualNotre Dame Campus: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 – 12:00 to 1pm, Connected Classroom in EMP – G139, near North Gym.

Unable to attend at that time? Register for the virtual option to receive recording after the session.

Virtual Paint Night

Painting with rainbow coloured background and three tall dandelion fluffs on stalks in the foreground.
Picture for May 8, 2024 virtual paint night.

“Art is a powerful form of medicine – with the power to heal, to find insight, stillness and growth, to de-stress and feel in balance. Making art is a safe space to be wild and free.” Kisa MacIsaac

Join Campus Well-Being, the Students’ Association and instructor Kisa MacIsaac, for a virtual evening of painting and creative discovery. Participants follow a step-by-step process to create a unique painted canvas.

There is no cost for this event. All students and staff are welcome to register.

REGISTER – Virtual: Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 6pm to 8pm. Link will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.

NOTE: The first 20 RRC Polytech students may request a paint kit to pick up from NDC or EDC. You will receive email confirmation. Student kits are limited, so register early.

Crafting Circle (EDC and NDC)

Group of students around a table colouring.

Take a break to create! Bring your lunch, some friends and drop by Campus Well-Being’s Crafting Circle. Activities and supplies provided include – knitting, crocheting, bookmark and button making, colouring and drawing.

Or bring your own project to work on while connecting and socializing with others.

Open from 11:30am to 1:30pm. You can register for a calendar reminder or drop in!

Mental Well-Being

Rock Painting with Artbeat Studio (EDC)

Rocks, paint and brushes. Text that reads, Rock painting Tuesday may 7 noon to 2 pm.

Join Artbeat Studio for rock painting to recognize Mental Health Week 2024!

Date: Tuesday, May 7

Time: Noon-2pm

Location: EDC – Atrium by Tim Hortons

No registration is required.

Therapy Dog Visit (NDC and EDC)

Come spend some time with our furry friends from St. John Ambulance from 11:30am to 1:00pm.


Date: May 13, 2024

Location: Campus Store Hallway


Date: May 14, 2024

Location: Atrium by Tim Hortons

Cat Café EDC

Join Campus Well-Being to visit some furry friends from Miss. J. La’s Fur Babies Adoption Centre! Register here!

Date: May 15, 2024

Location: EDC – P107

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Cat food donations are encouraged!


Staff Cribbage & Games Lunch Hour (NDC and EDC)

Cribbage board and deck of cards on top.
Photo by KDorian

Pop by with your lunch and some co-workers to play cribbage, or pick another game to enjoy. Kristi Dorian, Recreation and Wellness Coordinator will be on hand with a variety of games between 11:45am to 1:15pm.

NDC – Selkirk Lounge:

  • Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024

EDC – Cityview Room, E473

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Make an Outdoor Bug Hotel (NDC)

Pile of weathered bamboo rods outside with spider webs in spots.
Photo by Wayne M. on Unsplash

Want to add something cool to your garden this spring? Learn how to make a bug hotel that will support native pollinators! These small nesting boxes for cute leaf-cutter bees will be an awesome addition in your back yard. Through this workshop, you can help do your part to support native pollinators. Created with Syd Shukla-Bergen, BSc and Master of Science in Entomology student.

REGISTERThursday, May 16, 2024 in The CAVE from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. All materials supplied. Registration limited.

Home Maintenance Series – Automotive: Road Trip Prep (NDC)

Side of car on the road with person's feet sticking out, driving through the mountains and fall coloured trees.
Photo by Tamara Menzi on Unsplash

Prepare your vehicle for a seamless summer road trip with our seminar focused on essential maintenance checks. Discover how to inspect tire pressure, fluids, brakes and more to ensure your vehicle is in top condition for the journey ahead. Don’t let preventable issues derail your plans – learn how to keep your vehicle running smoothly for a worry-free adventure.

REGISTERTuesday, May 21, 2024, 4:30 to 6:30pm, in Automotive Building M

Please wear covered footwear, safety glasses will be provided.

Swing and Score Ladder Ball Challenge (NDC and EDC)

Photo by Meritt Thomas on Unsplash

Are you ready to test your throwing skills? Think you have what it takes to be the Ladder Ball Champion? Come show off your swinging and tossing skills to compete for glory!

Register in advance for our Ladder Ball Challenge and see how many points you can score out of nine. Drop-ins are also welcome.

  • REGISTER: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 in the NDC North Gym from 12pm to 1pm.
  • REGISTER: Wednesday, May 29, 2024 outside in the Elgin Plaza from 12 to 1pm. (Weather permitting, cancelled if raining)

Three fantastic prizes available for top three high scores at NDC and at EDC (six prizes total). In the case of a tie, random draw.

IMPORTANT for NDC: To save time during your entry, kindly sign the gym waiver form here. Remember your Student or Staff ID and indoor shoes for a swift entry swipe! 

Sargent Sundae Bike Ride (NDC)

Three staff members with bicycles standing in front of Red River College Polytechnic sign.

Join the Campus Well-Being and Sustainability departments for a guided, leisurely round-trip group ride to Sargent Sundae on Portage Ave. Bring your bike to the NDC Price Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics (formerly the STTC) Building T front entrance on Tuesday, May 28 at 12pm.

Please register so we know whom to expect. Remember to bring your helmet, some water, and money to buy an ice cream. Can’t bike to work Tuesday? No problem! Check out our Bike Share Program and borrow a bike for the ride!

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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