media release

SFU launches ‘healthy campus’ initiative

April 01, 2013
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Avril Phools 778.782.3210 www.sfu.ca/pamr

SFU is conducting a pilot project to encourage members of the university community to “take a stand” and lead a healthy life. The project will see the removal of chairs from select lecture theatres, computer labs, boardrooms and offices.
 
Recent research findings have shown that ‘sitting is the new smoking’ and people need to stand up and be more mobile to improve their health and well-being.

“We've seen the deleterious effects of smoking and this initiative is being done across the university," says Tim Rahilly, Associate Vice President, Students. He adds, “Standing will allow students to be more engaged in academic learning.”
 
The ‘healthy campus’ initiative will be piloted at SFU’s Burnaby campus in the summer semester—but likely won’t occur after noon on April 1—Happy April Fools Day!

To find out how SFU is actually making our campus community healthier, please visit:
http://www.sfu.ca/healthycampuscommunity

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