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Sport and Wellness Department

St. Mary’s University promotes healthy lifestyle choices for our students and encourages them to engage in a wide range of physical and wellness activities. Our athletics program is part of our Sport & Wellness Department.

What is Wellness?


Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness; it is a dynamic process of change and growth. “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. “

Eight Dimensions of Wellness

  • Feelings and coping effectively with stress
  • Self care
  • Relaxation
  • Respect for our surroundings
  • Harmony with and protection of earth
  • Interactions with nature
  • Successfully managing finances
  • Do we spend more than we can afford?
  • Planning for the future
  • Open mind to new ideas and expanding knowledge
  • Scholastic, Cultural, Community activities
  • Enjoying your occupational endeavours
  • Appreciating your contributions
  • Fulfillment
  • Maintaining a healthy body. Seek care when needed
  • Exercise, Sleep, Eat well
  • Perform social roles effectively, support network.
  • Encouraging relationships with peers
  • Intimate relationships with partners
  • Develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose.
  • Can be represented in many ways, example through relaxation or religion

For more information on any of the dimensions or how to pursue wellness in a dimension please contact wellness@stmu.ca

Contact

Sport and Wellness Department Staff

Rhonda Thiessen
Fitness Centre Manager
rhonda.thiessen@stmu.ca

Coaching Staff

Cross Country Running Head Coach:
Donna Dixon
Office: C127A
(403) 816-0683
dixondm1@shaw.ca</a

Lightning Women’s Basketball Head Coach:
Steve Shoults
Office: C127A
(403) 998-3152
steve.shoults@stmu.ca

Lightning Men’s Basketball Head Coach:
Nathan Ruff
Office: C127A
(403) 606-9032
nathan.ruff@stmu.ca

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