Active Health Program

Winner of the 2017 Best Practices Award in College Health from the American College Health Association (ACHA), for excellence and innovation in college health clinical services.

WHAT IS THE ACTIVE HEALTH PROGRAM?

The Active Health Program at Simon Fraser University is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Health and Counselling Services and SFU Recreation offering students being treated for depression an option to supplement their treatment with exercise. A growing body of evidence shows exercise can positively impact depression.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE? 

Students placed in this program are partnered with certified SFU personal trainers and meet three times per week at the Fitness Centre to participate in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity: cardiovascular and weightlifting exercises specifically designed for them. 

The students also have regular visits with a mental health nurse and a physician to provide support and monitor progress. Depression is monitored using the PHQ-9 and anxiety using the GAD7, questionnaires that assess mental health, several times through the term.

The program is scheduled to last for 14 weeks in the duration of one semester.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

• Reduce depression as a result of exercise: increasing energy, confidence, strength, and improving mood

• Knowledge to maintain physical activity levels and routine after completion of program

• Incrased knowledge of exercise and its effects on depression

• Improved fitness level

 

CONTACT

SFU Health and Counselling Services

Phone 778-782-4615
Email hcsinfo@sfu.ca
Website sfu.ca/students/health

SFU Recreation

Phone 778-782-4906
Email rec@sfu.ca
Website sfu.ca/students/recreation