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Date: September 19, 2008

UVic Rewarded For Connecting Sole Mates

The University of Victoria’s Active U program is among 22 registered Active Communities across the province to receive a $4,000 grant from the Active Communities Initiative of the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA).

Active U, launched in March 2008, encourages members of the campus community to team up with colleagues and get active to enhance their overall well-being. The Active U website tracks participants’ progress as they virtually walk (cycle, do yoga, swim or garden) around Vancouver Island. In just five months, 732 Active U participants have collectively logged over half a million kilometers—the equivalent of a trip to the moon and half way back.

Active U will use the grant to purchase additional pedometers, conduct a shoe drive to benefit UVic’s Family Centre and agencies supported by the United Way, develop a training program to prepare Active U participants for the upcoming Oct. 5 CIBC Run for the Cure and hire a work study student to evaluate the effectiveness of the Active U program.

“We are delighted that we’ll be able to continue the Active U program thanks to this generous funding from the BCRPA,” said Rebecca Chow, UVic work life consultant and Active U core committee member. “We’ve been hearing inspiring stories about how Active U is helping individual staff members live more active lives and also improving morale within work teams on campus.”

Members of the public who would like to register with the Active U Team for the 1km or 5km Run for the Cure walk or run at UVic’s Centennial Stadium can contact Active U Team Captain Tine Lathouwers at tinelath@uvic.ca or 250- 472-5462.

The Active Communities Initiative is being delivered by BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) with funding from ActNow BC and in partnership with 2010 Legacies Now.

For more information about Active U, visit the website at http://activeu.uvic.ca/, or email activeu@uvic.ca.

Media contacts:
Rebecca Chow (Human Resources) at 250-721-8450 or rchow@uvic.ca
Melanie Groves (UVic Communications) at 250-472-4357 or mgroves@uvic.ca

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