Mount Royal Nursing, Bachelor of Health and Physical Education and Continuing Education students unite to promote healthy lifestyles

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MRU Nursing students proudly showing off their FHTC apparel

Students volunteer at second-annual Flames Health Training CampOn March 13, 2016, students from the MRU Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE), Massage Therapy and Personal Fitness Trainer (PFT) programs donned their MRU blue at the second annual Flames Health Training Camp. Hosted by The Flames Foundation for Life in conjunction with Winsport, the Flames Health Training Camp invited individuals and families to attend the event, free of charge, to learn about the importance of living healthy and active lifestyles through a variety of interactive activities.

Throughout the day, workshops hosted in the WinSport facilities provided event attendees the opportunity to educate, motivate and inspire themselves at any stage of their health and wellness journey.

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MRU Massage Therapy student Sasha Elliot demonstrating her skills to attendees

The event allowed Mount Royal students to put their classroom knowledge to practice - working alongside industry professionals to educate attendees about activities and choices they can make to encourage healthier lifestyles. Responsible for collecting baseline data for the health-screening portion of the event, Mount Royal students took blood pressure, height, weight, and waist measurements, resting heart rates and in some cases medical history, prior to participants seeing physicians.

"The Training Camp has a tremendous impact in promoting health within our community," said Gillian MacDonald, Mount Royal nursing student and volunteer at the Flames Health Training Camp. "It shows our community that even small changes have a powerful impact on overall wellness."

And these changes were evident throughout the day.

"As I walked through the clinic, I overheard kids encouraging their parents to take the stairs rather than the escalator," said MacDonald. "That really reinforced the significance of the event for me and the positive impact that the Training Camp was accomplishing within our community."

Along with promoting healthy lifestyles within the Calgary community, the Flames Health Training Camp also provided a unique learning experience for Mount Royal students.

"Most of our students are often involved in the care of sick people," said Maggie Quance, PhD, RN, chair of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Mount Royal. "It's a great opportunity for students to be involved in a health promotion activity, which they are taught about but have minimal opportunities to be involved directly with healthy individuals."

At the camp, students worked in an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, personal trainers, nutritionists, and many others to utilize screening and assessment tools to identify health risks and opportunities to promote wellness.

"By offering attendees a chance to learn more about exercise, physical activity, and leading an active lifestyle, the PFT and HPED students truly gave back to the Calgary community," said Elaine Ori, practicum coordinator - Community & Health Studies in the Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension.

"People left the event with great, big smiles, feeling empowered and inspired to live the healthier life they want. It was a wonderful event and our students gave each individual the time, consideration and support they needed on their own healthful journey."

Throughout the day, the Flames Health Training camp worked to help approximately 2000 attendees that came in with a goal, to leave with a plan in a fun, interactive and informative way.

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MRU Nursing students are joined by members of the Calgary Stampeders, Hitmen and Flames for a group shot during their meet-and-greet

March 31, 2016 — Kelsey MacCuaig