University of Guelph adopts Okanagan Charter

Posted on July 27th, 2017

The University of Guelph is helping lead a Canadian university movement to promote health and well-being on campuses.

U of G is one of 10 universities in Canada to formally adopt the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health-Promoting Universities and Colleges. The charter calls on post-secondary institutions to ensure health and well-being in all aspects of campus culture, policies and practices.

The charter resulted from the 2015 International Conference on Health-Promoting Universities and Colleges held at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus.

Universities in Canada and around the world are recognizing the importance of a framework for developing a healthful atmosphere in which to live, work and learn, said Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student affairs).

“This charter covers all aspects of what a vibrant post-secondary institution should provide, including physical health and mental well-being,” she said.

“We want to embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates. We also plan to lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.”

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