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Campus Well-Being March Programs

February 27, 2024

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Fitness and Movement

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

T’ai Chi (NDC & 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 A103. 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

Breakdancing and Hip Hop Culture (NDC)

Group of students and staff learning how to breakdance in a gym

Learn about the foundational movements of Breaking, and their connection to Hip Hop culture with instructor, Mooki. Classes will be focused around learning steps, and terminology which will provide students a knowledge base to take the dance into their own hands.

REGISTERNotre Dame Campus: Wednesdays, 12:10 to 12:50pm, in the A103. All experience levels welcome.

Yoga (NDC & Virtual)

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

In-Person

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

Virtual

  • 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.

Learn Self Defense Skills (NDC)

Learn practical self defense techniques in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Gain confidence and fitness while adding tools and techniques to the martial arts toolkit. Taught over five independent workshops, a person can attend all or any single class, and gain benefit.

Thursdays, March 7 to April 4, 2024, 4:15pm to 5:15pm, in North Gym side court.

Find out more class details and registration link.

Wellness

Making Sense of Sugars and Food Cravings (NDC & Virtual)

Registered dietician, Hao-Yi sitting at a desk with keyboard and monitor.

Cravings are a natural part of the human body. However, when these cravings become persistent and intense, they can be a source of stress and change our relationship with food. Additionally, what sugar is good? What sugar is bad? How do I reduce my sugar intake? Join Registered Dietician Hao-Yi Sim to learn about why cravings occur and how to manage sugar intake.

REGISTER – In-Person or VirtualNotre Dame Campus: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 – 12:00 to 1pm, Connected Classroom in EMP – G139, near North Gym.

Tiny Terrors: Exploring the Biting Insects of Manitoba (Virtual)

Photo of mosquito hanging upside down on a leaf
Photo by Syed Ali on Unsplash

Anyone who has spent time in Manitoba knows that the province’s mascot is the mosquito, closely followed by ticks hitching a ride. And in our homes could be other insects waiting for us, like lice and bedbugs.

Syd Shukla-Bergen

Join presenter, Syd Shukla Bergen, BSc and Master of Science in Entomology student to learn to recognize common Manitoba pests, identify the diseases they carry, and discover ways of limiting exposure.

REGISTERVirtual, Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 12pm to 1pm.

Home Maintenance Series – Landscape Horticulture (NDC)

Seven different types of indoor plants in decorative pots, lined up on a counter.
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Elevate your indoor jungle with Landscape Horticulturists! This hands on session will guide you through the nuances of repotting tropical plants and sowing seeds, ensuring your green companions thrive. Learn to select the right soil, understand pot sizes, and master timing for planting seeds.

REGISTERWednesday, March 20, 2024, 4:30 to 6:30pm

Location: NDC Greenhouse, Building S

If you want to properly repot one of your own house plants, bring that along too. Please wear covered footwear.

Introduction to Six Healing Sounds (Virtual)

Pink lotus flower blooming
Photo by kazuend on Unsplash

Discover an ancient, effective and simple practice to calm and align the whole system of body, mind and spirit. Utilize the power of breath, posture, intent and voice to activate an inner self-healing guidance system. The session will be led by Jolie Lesperance, multidisciplinary performer and teacher in the areas of dance, theatre and martial arts. No prior experience or training is required.

Jolie Lesperence

REGISTER Thursday, March 28, 2024, 6:30pm to 7:30pm (NOTE: Recording will be made available after the class to all registrants).

Recreation

Paint Nights & Fairy Gardens

Campus Well-Being welcomes you to tap into your creative side, connect with new people and take some time for your wellness. Click for more information and registration.

Free Flow Paint Night

REGISTER – EDC: Tuesday, March 5, 4:15 to 6:30pmin the Dining Hall in The Roblin Centre near Tim Hortons.

REGISTER – NDC: Tuesday, March 12, 4:15pm to 6:30pm, in The Cave, DM30.

Virtual Paint Night

REGISTER – Virtual: Thursday March 7, 6pm to 8pm. Link will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.

Make Your Own Fairy Garden

REGISTER – EDC: Thursday, March 14, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, in the Dining Hall in The Roblin Centre near Tim Hortons.

REGISTER – NDC: Tuesday, March 26, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, in The Cave, DM30.

Birds Hill Park Walk

Spend some time in nature – join fellow students and staff for a guided walk through the Chickadee Trail at Birds Hill Park. We will spend some time bird watching and walking through the trails.

Birds Hill Park Walk – Nov 2023

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Roundtrip by Chartered Bus – 9:45am to 1pm. REGISTER – Seating is limited. You may also register family members to attend (space permitting).

The bus will stop at NDC at 9:45am and then at EDC at 10:00am.

OR provide your own transportation and meet the group at Chickadee Trailhead at 10:40am in Birds Hill Provincial Park.

Monthly Board Game Nights (NDC & EDC)

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Bring yourself, your friends or family for an “all welcome” board game night.

DROP-IN – Exchange District Campus: Tuesday, March 19, 4 to 7pm, in the Dining Hall in The Roblin Centre near Tim Hortons.

DROP-IN – Notre Dame Campus: Thursday, March 21, 4 to 7pm, in The Cave, DM30.

Contact Kristi if you’d like to reserve a specific game for your group of friends, classmates or staff team.

Mental Well-Being

International Women’s Day: Women in Mental Health

Hear from a panel of distinguished women who will address student mental health challenges and the achievements and contributions of women in the mental health field! Join us for lunch right after to connect with others!

Walk-ins are welcome but subject to availability.

Date: March 6, 2024 register here

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

In-person location: NDC G139 – Connected Classroom

Virtual location: MS teams

Cat Café (EDC)

Join Ms. J La’s Fur Babies on March 21, 2024, to meet some adorable feline friends and enjoy light refreshments.

You are welcome to register here or walk in.

Cat food donations are encouraged.

Introduction to Mental Health Workshop

Learn the basics about mental health and how you can be proactive in managing yours this semester. If you attend, you have a chance to win a prize!

You are welcome to register or join the day of.

March 18th on MS TEAMS 12:00pm – 1:00pm (virtual) Register here! Email Fizza for the link.

Sport

Intramural sports provide students & staff an opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational sport activities on campus in a safe and supportive environment.  All students and staff are welcome. Registration is not required.

Volleyball

Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30pm North Gym

Futsal (Indoor Soccer)

Fridays 3:00 – 4:00pm North Gym

Cricket

Fridays 4:00 – 5:30pm North Gym

Badminton

Mondays 4:00 – 5:30 pm North Gym

Basketball

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm North Gym

In-Service Day Camp – Friday March 15, 2024

February 27, 2024

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Do you have children with an in-service day on Friday March 15th? Have them join us for a full day of fun at our In-Service Day Camp!

Camp Details

Date: Friday, March 15, 2024

Time: The camp runs from 9am – 3pm with flexible drop-off and pick-up times before and after camp.

  • Drop-Off: Anytime between 8 – 9am
  • Pick-Up: Anytime between 3 – 4pm

Location: 2055 Notre Dame Avenue

Age Range: 6 – 12 years old

Cost: $35 + GST

Registration: Click Here to Register


Camp Overview

From team-building challenges to creative arts and light physical activities, our In-service Day Camp promises a day filled with fun and enriching experiences! Our camp is led by qualified and experienced staff who are dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Throughout the day, campers will engage in a variety of hands-on activities, educational workshops, and recreational games on-campus.

From guided experiences in our Immersion Room to an hour of gym-floor curling hosted by Rocks & Rings, our In-Service camp offers a variety of engaging activities that are sure to provide lots of fun and an unforgettable day!


Additional Information

Lunch – Lunch will not be provided. Please prepare your children with a packed lunch & water bottle. Campers will have time for lunch & snack breaks throughout the day.

Clothing – Please bring indoor shoes that will be comfortable for light physical activity and walking throughout the day. We don’t have outdoor activities planned, but we will be taking a bus to the bowling alley, so make sure your children have suitable clothing to be comfortable on the bus.

Late Pick-UpContact Davis to arrange late pick-up until 4:30pm. This comes at no additional charge, but we’ll need to be notified prior to the camp.

Cancellation & Refund Policy – Cancellations & refunds will be available until Friday March 8th.


Please email Davis, our Youth Initiatives Supervisor with any questions about this In-Service Day Camp. Additional camp information, an online waiver form, and our code of conduct will be sent to you by email after registration.

February Mindwell Programs

February 20, 2024

This February, Mindwell has something new to offer to all its members. This is an opportunity for you to engage in what Mindwell has to offer! Remember to sign up before registering for the programs.

The 4 Aspects of Love

Butterflies of different colors and sizes fluttering in a field of flowers and grass.

‘Intimate’ love isn’t the only love that brings joy to our lives. Discover how to deepen your capacity to give and receive love in all 4 areas: intimate, self, family/friends and universal love!

Time: Fridays at 11am CST. Register here!

Releasing Difficult Emotions

A woman in a black vest and hiking boots jumping in the air with her arms up. A mountain landscape.

We can’t change what happens around us – but we can change how we respond to it. Learn how to experience difficult emotions more effectively and offer forgiveness (to self and others) to feel calmer and joy each day.

Time: Wednesdays at 11am CST. Register here!

Developing Community

Two elderly women practicing Tai Chi outside.

Tai Chi builds community as we learn this ancient art together, becoming ‘Comrades of the Same Discipline’ and working together to grow and develop as individuals and as a group.

Time: Tuesdays at 4:30pm CST. Register here!

Nurturing and Deepening Social Connections

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Making strong social connections are an important part of life. Join Jackie to understand just how important they are and how to develop authentic, supportive relationships now.

Time: Mondays at 11:30am CST. Register here!

For Staff: Leaders Live Cohort

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This program is back to help leaders and employees alike to learn the skills they need to drive growth and engagement in their organization. You will have the opportunity to enhance your leadership skills (at work and beyond) through Mindwell for Leaders.

MindWell for Leaders, accompanied by weekly live classes to further develop and integrate the following skills: 

  • Becoming a more Mindful Leader
  • Developing and Leading with Empathy
  • How to have Thoughtful Conversations
  • Setting Expectations that Will be Met
  • Thriving through Difficult Conversations
  • Giving Good Feedback
  • Noticing Signs of Struggle
  • Responding to Mental Health Challenges

Register here!

Paint Nights & Fairy Gardens

February 13, 2024

Campus Well-Being welcomes you to tap into your creative side, connect with new people and take some time for your wellness.

Go Wild, Free Flow Paint Night (NDC, EDC)

When it comes to making art, it’s all about the process! Let your imagination and intuition flow – we supply all the materials and you bring your creativity.

Kisa MacIsaac, paint night instructor extraordinaire, will be on hand to offer guidance, help with techniques, tips and tricks to make your painting come alive.

Materials for this unique paint night experience include: various sizes of paint canvases, sponges, variety of stencils, pencils, acrylic paint, variety of brushes, cardstock, scissors (to create custom stencils), and some different “loose parts” to use to create your unique and wild artwork to take home!

Note: This paint night is NOT a guided step-by-step painting. Instead, you will be shown some ideas on how to use the materials, with some visual ideas of wild kinds of art you could create, and you will be encouraged to be brave, let your stress melt away and just create, following your intuition along the way)

REGISTER – Exchange District Campus: Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 4:15 to 6:30pm, in the Dining Hall in The Roblin Centre near Tim Hortons.

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus: Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 4:15pm to 6:30pm, in The Cave, DM30.

Virtual Paint Night – Guided

“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

Colourful flower painting
March’s Virtual Paint Night Picture

Join Campus Well-Being, the Students’ Association and instructor Kisa MacIsaac, for an 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. Limited number of spots.

REGISTER – Virtual: Thursday March 7, 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.

Make Your Own Fairy Garden (EDC and NDC)

Group of three participants making fairy gardens.

Escape from our wintery world for a couple of hours and relax with some greenery. Pick a container with plant and add some accessories to create your own “fairy garden” to take home with you.

All materials and plants provided. Register early, seating limited.

A student fairy garden creation.

Session Details:

REGISTER – EXCHANGE DISTRICT CAMPUS: Thursday, March 14, 2024, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, in the Dining Hall in The Roblin Centre near Tim Hortons.

REGISTERNOTRE DAME CAMPUS: Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, in The Cave, DM30.

Paint a Pot or Butterfly (EDC and NDC)

Group of students painting plant pots at the Exchange District Campus.

Join the RRCSA and Campus Well-Being for a night of pottery or wood painting! Enjoy some relaxing, unhurried creative time by picking a small terracotta ready-to-paint flowerpot or a wooden butterfly and transforming it into your own amazing work of art.

All materials supplied!

REGISTEREXCHANGE DISTRICT CAMPUS: Thursday, April 4, 2024, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, in the Dining Hall in The Roblin Centre near Tim Hortons.

REGISTERNOTRE DAME CAMPUS:  Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, in The Cave.

Learn Self Defense Skills: New Class at NDC

February 5, 2024

Learn practical self defense techniques in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Gain confidence and fitness while adding tools and techniques to the martial arts toolkit.

Topics to be explored include effective movement and striking theory, range strategy, defense against weapons, neutralizing the grappling attack. Come for one class, come for them all or drop in when you can. No previous experience necessary to join. This class is open to all students and staff and is free of charge.

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus: Thursdays, March 7 to April 4, 2024, 4:15pm to 5:15pm, in North Gym side court.


Taught over five independent workshops, a person can attend any single class and gain benefit. However, cumulative attendance yields synergistic benefit with the goal of improving confidence in multiple self defense situations after five (5) hours of classwork.

Full physical participation is encouraged, but observer-participants are also welcome. Observers can add to the discussion and improve the mental component of self defense without engaging physically or while sitting out specific exercises.

Each class will cover a range of self defense theory and concepts. Previously-trained or untrained individuals can add mantis tools to the toolbox. A portion of each class will incorporate self defense questions from the group.

Class Outline:

  • Class 1 Introduction to: “Finding Safety” “Range” “The Fence” – Warm up, breath work, basic movement practice, escape training, wrist escape skills, knife skills 1, knife disarm 1.
  • Class 2 Introduction to: “Duck & Dodge” “Cross Block” – Warm up, breath work, basic movement practice, escape training, knife skills 2, knife disarm 2.
  • Class 3 Introduction to: “Circle-Line” “Universal Block” – Warm up, breath work, knife skills 3, knife disarm 3.
  • Class 4 Introduction to: “Roman Numeral V” – Warm up, breath work, stick dodge, stick skills 1, stick disarm 1.
  • Class 5 Introduction to: “Strike-Block” – Warm up, breath work, basic movement, strike-block, stick skills 2, stick disarm 2.

Introduction to Mental Health Session

January 30, 2024

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Mental health is an integral part of our overall wellbeing, yet it is often shrouded in myths, misunderstandings and stigma. To address this aspect of student life, Campus Well-Being is thrilled to announce an engaging and informative “Introduction to Mental Health” session designed specifically for students!

This session is a steppingstone towards understanding the basics of mental health, debunking common myths, and learning effective strategies on how to manage mental health as a student.

Prize Draw

As an added incentive, students who join the session will be entered into a prize draw! It’s not just an opportunity to gain valuable insights into mental health, but also a chance to win some great prizes.

Open for All

This session is open to all students. Whether you have previously taken an interest in mental health or are just beginning to explore this vital aspect of your life, there is something valuable for everyone. We believe in making mental health knowledge accessible and inclusive, which is why we are offering this session both in person and online.

February 13th in person: You are welcome to register here or simply walk in.

February 22nd virtual: register here or simply join using this MS Teams link.

Join Us

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of mental health in a friendly, supportive environment. Your mental well-being is as important as your academic achievements, and this session is a step towards acknowledging and nurturing it.

Remember, attending to your mental health is not a luxury, but a necessity. We look forward to seeing you at the session!

Cupcakes & Condoms 2024

January 30, 2024

A vanilla cupcake in a pink cupcake liner with a red bow wrapped around it. The cupcake is decorated with light pink frosting with white pearls, two brown and white chocolate straws and a pink condom. White text reads, cupcakes and condoms: prepare for a healthy and positive valentine's week.

Campus Well-Being in collaboration with the Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC), is hosting the annual Cupcakes and Condoms event. This is a delightful and informative session dedicated to promoting safe sex practices, understanding sexual health, and learning about consent.

Take Home Goodies!

In addition to the knowledge you will gain, attendees will also have the chance to take home contraceptives like condoms and delicious red velvet cupcakes! There will be vegan and gluten free options available too.

Open to ALL Students

Whether you are someone who is well-versed in these topics, or just starting to learn, this event is for you! We encourage all students to join us, regardless of their knowledge or background. You can register below in advance, or simply walk in – we are happy to welcome you either way.

Event Details

NDC: February 14th, 2024 – register here

Location: F205

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

EDC: February 15th, 2024 – register here

Location: P107

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

About SERC

We are excited to collaborate with SERC! SERC is a community-based, non-profit, pro-choice organization that is dedicated to promoting sexual health through education.

SERC’s origins go as far back as the suffragist movement, when the Winnipeg Birth Control Society was founded in 1934 by three visionary women: Mary Speechly, Olive Patton, and Margaret Hillsman. In 1952. they were named the “Family Planning Society of Winnipeg” and eventually became “Planned Parenthood Manitoba Inc.” in 1976. SERC has sister organizations in Brandon and Portage La Prairie. In 1997, Planned Parenthood Manitoba was renamed the “Sexuality Education Resource Centre”.

SERC’s mission is to “promote sexual health through education” and their vision is “a diverse society that celebrates sexuality through life”. To learn more about SERC visit their website!

Bell Let’s Talk Day: A Student Leader’s Perspective

January 24, 2024

Five people stand in front of RRC Polytech and Bell Let's Talk banners, holding a giant cheque from Bell to RRC Polytech for one $100,000.
Left to Right: Elder-In-Residence Paul Guimond; RRC Polytech President Fred Meier; Manager of Campus Well-Being Breanna Sawatzky; Vice-President Internal RRC Polytech Students’ Association Melinda Yanick; Ace Burpee

The following message was written by Melinda Yanick, Business Administration student and Vice President, Internal, of the RRC Polytech Students’ Association.

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, a time that reminds us to stop, think, and talk about the importance of mental health. While it’s a time to have conversations, it’s also about taking action to create positive change.

Leading up to Bell Let’s Talk Day, eight organizations, including RRC Polytech, were recipients of critical funding for mental health initiatives from Bell. Through the investment from the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund, we will soon be able to expand our student well-being and mental health services with a Peer Support program.

Because, in dealing with and working through any mental health challenges, it’s important to have the right support. Knowing that you have someone – a peer – to confide in, to talk with, is so important for your mental health. It’s critical for students – and for everyone – to know that they are not alone and there are people who can provide the support needed.

The Peer Support Program became part of my portfolio when I started my position with the Students’ Association last spring. And even though my position is only a year-long, I told myself that I wouldn’t budge until we made progress on the program’s launch.

I didn’t budge because myself and a vast majority of students deal with mental health. In experiencing mental health challenges and knowing friends and family also in the same place, I understand how much of a positive impact the Peer Support program will have. 

With a student-helping-student program, you are gaining a friend, someone to confide in, an ear to listen, and a smile. I know that this program will be the support many people need. I look forward to seeing the program flourish, and in turn, watch students thrive in their studies and future careers.

We anticipate the Peer Support program will launch in early 2025. Until the program’s launch, there are many resources and supports available to students and employees at the College through Campus Well-Being, including sport and fitness, mental wellness, counselling services and recreation activities.

Especially right now, with these short winter days we are experiencing, there can often be a lot of darkness – both in relation to daylight, and the way many may be feeling. But like the changing of seasons, there will be a time with more light.

Students, staff and faculty can find more information about the supports and resources available, here. If at any time you are experiencing a mental health crisis, dial 9-8-8 for the Suicide Crisis Helpline, where support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Further external resources available to all, include:
Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line

  • Phone: 1-877-435-7170
  • Text: 45645

Klinic Crisis Line

  • Phone: 204-786-8686
  • Toll-free: 1-888-322-3019
  • TTY: 204-784-4097

2024 Get Movin’ Challenge

January 23, 2024

Photo of woman taking a step in orange running shoes with text heading reading "Get Movin' Challenge" and subtitle text "Step Up and Win!"

Step up & Win!

Go toe-to-toe with your classmates and colleagues. Move your way to improved health, and a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Keep track of your steps (& other physical activity) during the month of February. To qualify for the prize draw, 7000 steps per day is required for a minimum of 10 days during the month.

The more days you reach 7000 steps, the better the prizes!

  • Register Here before Wednesday, January 31st (*extended until Monday, February 5th 11:59pm)
  • Submit Your Results by Tuesday March 5th – after completing the challenge
  • Winners will be announced on Friday March 8th

Tracking Movement And Submitting Results

How do I track my steps or physical activity? (4 options)

  1. Use your fitness tracker or smart phone to determine how many steps you achieve each day.
  2. Download the free ‘Google Fit’ app or other tracking platform to allow your smart phone to track your step count.
  3. Enter your daily physical activity into this Activity to Steps Converter to convert various movement activities into a step total.
  4. Exercise for 30+ minutes at the gym, pool, spin studio, or at home to achieve the equivalent of 7000 steps (for the purpose of this contest).
    • Sports, weights, aerobics, it all counts!

For each day that you reach 7000 steps, use your phone or notebook to track your total number of days.

At the end of the month, submit your results here.


Hitting Your Goal

Here are some ways to achieve 7000 steps (or the movement equivalent):

  • Walk / Run / Cycle
  • Take a fitness class
  • Lift weights
  • Active transportation
  • Have a walking meeting
  • Set movement reminders
  • Play sports
  • Take the stairs
  • Choose activities you enjoy

Check out our Campus Well-Being Program Calendar for more information on movement opportunities and to sign up for free fitness classes, intramural sports, and more!


Prizes

How do I win prizes?

  • Reach 7000 steps for 10 or more days for a bronze prize entry.
  • Reach 7000 steps for 15 or more days for a silver prize entry.
  • Reach 7000 steps for 20 or more days for a gold prize entry.

Bronze Prize List – 12 Winners 

  • Yoga Package (Yoga mat & Mini band pack) x 3
  • Fitness Package (Weighted jump rope & Mini band pack) x 3
  • $25 Gift Card (Sport Chek, Lululemon) x 3 each

Silver Prize List – 5 Winners

  • JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker x 2
  • $50 Gift Card (Sport Chek x2, Lululemon x 1)

Gold Prize List – 3 Winners

  • $100 Gift Card (Sport Chek x1, Lululemon, x1)
  • JBL Endurance Peak Wireless Headphones x 1

Please email Evelyn Carriere ⁠with any questions.

Campus Well-Being February Programs

January 23, 2024

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Fitness and Movement

Get Movin’ Challenge

Step up & Win! Go toe-to-toe with your classmates and colleagues. Move your way to improved health, and a chance to win some great prizes! Keep track of your steps (& other physical activity) during the month of February. Follow this link to see how you can get started!

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

T’ai Chi (NDC & 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. 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

Breakdancing and Hip Hop Culture (NDC)

Group of students and staff learning how to breakdance in a gym

Learn about the foundational movements of Breaking, and their connection to Hip Hop culture with instructor, Mooki. Classes will be focused around learning steps, and terminology which will provide students a knowledge base to take the dance into their own hands.

REGISTERNotre Dame Campus: Wednesdays, 12:10 to 12:50pm, in the South Gym. All experience levels welcome.

Yoga (NDC & Virtual)

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

In-Person

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

Virtual

  • 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.

Wellness

Cupcakes and Condoms: A Sexual Health and Consent Workshop (NDC & EDC)

Join the Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC) for an interactive workshop, featuring discussion about healthy relationships, consent, abuse and the connection to mental health. Enjoy a delicious red-velvet cupcake at the end!

You are welcome to register or walk in.

A vanilla cupcake with pink frosting and a condom.

NDC: February 14th register here

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Location: F205

EDC: February 15th – register here

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Location: P107

Fitness and Lifestyle Consultations

The beginning of the year is a great time to reflect on your growth. What are you doing today that your future self will thank you for?

It is time to take that step, and we are here to help! Book a free 45-minute consultation with one of our certified fitness professionals. Your coach will work with you on improving habits that will lead to better sleep, fitness and nutrition.

Follow this link for more information.

Food Fads and Facts (NDC & Virtual)

Registered dietician, Hao-Yi sitting at a desk with keyboard and monitor.

Intermittent Fasting. Ketogenic Diet. The Carnivore Diet. Over the years different diets and nutrition trends come and go. But how do we separate fact from fad? Join Registered Dietitian Hao-Yi Sim as we explore the different types of diets we might hear about today, and explore what exactly is a good diet.

REGISTER – In-Person or VirtualNotre Dame Campus: Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024 – 12:00 to 1pm, Connected Classroom in EMP – G139, near North Gym.

Cooking for Wellness (Virtual)

The student of grade 9 with the guidance of Teacher Ellen handmade from scratch and cooked their own Chinese style spring rolls and dumplings for their TLE cooking class!
Original Photo by: St. Francis of Assisi Montessori School of Cainta, CC

From the comfort of your own kitchen, Abby Legaspi leads at-home chefs through the step-by-step recipe for Crab Rangoon and Pork Shumai (Siomai – dim sum/dumplings). Cozy up with good food and lots of fun!

REGISTERVirtual, Thursday, February 29, 2024: 6 to 8pm.

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

Home Maintenance Series – Roofing (NDC)

Side of house and roof with bushes in front.
Photo by Zachary Keimig on Unsplash

Ever wondered about proactive steps to safeguard your home and cut down on future roofing expenses? Led by our expert roofing instructor, this two-hour workshop goes beyond theory, offering hands-on demonstrations to bolster your understanding. Learn the essentials of basic roof maintenance, empowering you to keep your roofing system in top condition.

REGISTERNotre Dame Campus: Thursday, February 15, 2024, 4:30 to 6:30pm, B1-24B, located in the Annex behind the cabinetry shops.

Please wear covered footwear, safety glasses will be provided.

Recreation

Monthly Board Game Nights (NDC & EDC)

Group of college students playing taboo around a table

Bring yourself, your friends or family for an “all welcome” board game night.

DROP-IN – Notre Dame Campus: Thursday, Feb 15, 4 to 7pm, in The Cave, DM30.

DROP-IN – Exchange District Campus: Tuesday, Feb 20, 4 to 7pm, in the Dining Hall in The Roblin Centre near Tim Hortons.

Contact Kristi if you’d like to reserve a specific game for your group of friends, classmates or staff team.

Mental Well-Being

Cat Café NDC

Join Ms. J La’s Fur Babies to meet some adorable feline friends and enjoy light refreshments.

You are welcome to register here or walk in.

Cat food donations are encouraged.

Coloring for Wellness

Come take a creative break with your Campus Mental Health Specialist, Fizza! Coloring supplies will be provided.

Location: Notre Dame Campus – Library Hallway

Date: February 27th, 2024

Time: anytime between 12:00PM and 2:00PM

Introduction to Mental Health Workshop

Learn the basics about mental health and how you can be proactive in managing yours this semester. If you attend, you have a chance to win a prize!

You are welcome to register or walk in.

February 13th NDC Black Lecture Theatre 12:00pm – 1:00pm (in-person) Register here!

February 22nd on MS TEAMS 12:00pm – 1:00pm (virtual) Register here!

Sport

Intramural sports provide students & staff an opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational sport activities on campus in a safe and supportive environment.  All students and staff are welcome. Registration is not required.

Volleyball

Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30pm North Gym

Futsal (Indoor Soccer)

Fridays 3:00 – 4:00pm North Gym

Cricket

Fridays 4:00 – 5:30pm North Gym

Badminton

Mondays 4:00 – 5:30 pm North Gym

Basketball

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm North Gym

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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