Wellness Routes

Wellness Routes 2019

Tuesdays 12-1pm - RAWC Entrance - Rain or shine, dress for the weather

Wellness Routes is a program aimed to engage students, staff and faculty in activities that promote well-being and resiliency. By walking through campus and the surrounding areas, participants will learn the impact of physical health on mental health and wellbeing. 

January 8th  Find Motivation and Set your Goal for 2019 - Led by Nikki Robichaud 

The New Year means a New You!  Are you motivated to reach your fitness/wellness goals?  Whatever they may be, join us on this walk where we will talk about the importance of defining goals for motivation using the SMART principles, or refining if you already have one.  

January 15th Healthy Eating for the New You! - Led by Cindy MacDonald

Healthy nutrition is a great self-care practice when we understand how the food we eat impacts our bodies and minds.   Learn about the 2019 Superfoods and how you can add them to your diet as well as some new recipes.  Have a great ‘Go-To’ healthy recipe? Bring it along to share with other participants.

January 22nd  What do I do (or can do) for Self-Care - Led by Ravinder Gabble

For many of us, self-care can sometimes feel like another commitment on top of everything else we have going on. During this walk, we will talk about how you build a self-care plan that works for you and your busy schedule. Participants will start with a reflection of their current daily choices relating to health and wellness; what changes they would like to make, and finally, how to integrate simple, effective self-care ‘moments’ into their daily routines.

January 29th - Cancelled due to snow closure

February 5th     Excercise outside of the Gym!  - Led by Cindy MacDonald

Learn about the ways you can incorporate exercise into your daily life without having to get to the gym.  We will also discuss ideas on how to incorporate small segments of movement and exercise into your day to make you feel better and get your body moving!

Feb 12th, 2019 -Cancelled due to inclement weather closure

Feb 19th, 2019 - Practice Gratitude!  - Led by Nikki Robichaud

See your day in a new way!  Join us to learn about the positive impact gratefulness can have on your day.  Learn how to employ some simple techniques and practices that can increase your gratefulness on a daily basis and let all those around you - and yourself - reap the benefits!

Feb 26th, 2019 - Research Reinforced- Led by Carla DeMarco

Come out and learn about the different kinds of research taking place on campus & how UTM research factors into the everyday world around us!  Also, a little walk down memory lane to consider the paleomagnetic lab and moon rocks that were a big coup for the campus in the 1960s-70s. We will also get a better sense about what the future for research holds at UTM.

March 5th, 2019 -  Yoga Hike - Led by Nikki Robichaud

Join us for a walk that explores mindfulness through yoga.  We will practice some gentle yoga sequences that your body will thank you for and some laughter techniques that will have your heart smiling.

March 12th, 2019 -  Dynamic Stretches - Led by Cindy MacDonald

Come and learn a series of stretches that will prepare your mind and body for our Wellness Routes walk.  You can apply these stretches in various ways before or after a workout, or even in the middle of your day. 

March 19th, 2019 -  Nature Walk - Led by Cat Criger

Hold the date

March 26th, 2019 -  Walking Mechanics - Led by Darren Turner

Ensure you are getting the most out or your daily walk.  Experience a series of walking techniques broken down to ensure correct posture and gait mechanics for optimal walking!

April 2nd, 2019 -Study Break/ Nature Walk - Led by Nikki Robichaud & Cat Criger

Take a break, Take a walk!  Get outside in nature and experience firsthand how this can impact your studying/working focus.  We will also take an Indigenous view on the cyclic shift in the seasons, arrival of the thunders and rain, and our place in these changes

April 9th, 2019  - Led by Nikki Robichaud & Cat Criger

Welcome Exams with a de-stressing smudge and walk!  Feel free to share your de-stressing tactics and how you tackle exam time and build resilience.  Snacks will be offered

April 16th, 2019  - Led by RAWC Staff

Tour the UTM campus and surrounding areas and watch the spring season unfold.  Join us each Tuesday in April to connect with nature, get outdoors and de-stress.  Snacks will be offered!

April 23th, 2019  - Led by RAWC Staff

Tour the UTM campus and surrounding areas and watch the spring season unfold.  Join us each Tuesday in April to connect with nature, get outdoors and de-stress.  Snacks will be offered!

April 30th, 2019  - Led by RAWC Staff

Tour the UTM campus and surrounding areas and watch the spring season unfold.  Join us each Tuesday in April to connect with nature, get outdoors and de-stress.  Snacks will be offered!

*Themed walks will return for the Spring Term beginning May 7th, 2019.

May 7th 2019 - Bring  Your Dog - Walk!  

Bring your friendly furry guests for a walk around campus that will be sure to be full of laughs and joy.  All dogs must be on a leash.  Doggy treats will be served!  Please meet outside the RAWC lobby.

May 14th, 2019 - Social Media- Led by Professor Anna Lomanowska

Curious about managing your digital device use in a healthy way?  Come out to learn some healthy habits that will allow you to manage how you plug into your devices in a positive manner.

 

 

May 21st, 2019 - Seeing in Detail: Unconventional Nature - Led by Professor Dave Mazierski

 

Please join us for a photography walk highlighting the beauty of UTM's surrounding landscape.  We will explore different ideas for photos based on interest and learn some helpful techniques to capture your best shot.

May 28th, 2019 - Mindfulness Walk - Led by Madeline Keogh

Explore the meaning of mindfulness on this walk.  Learn simple mindfulness techniques that you can take with you to access any time of day in any setting.