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Faculty and Staff discount for Learn-to-Row program

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The Halifax Rowing Club, situated at the St. Mary’s Boat House on the beautiful North West Arm, is pleased to offer employees of Dalhousie University a $25.00 discount to register for any of its 2014 Adult Learn-to-Row Classes.

Rowing provides excellent health and wellness benefits. It is an excellent whole body fitness activity, helping to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness.  It is also a wonderful stress reliever … there really is nothing like being out in a boat, on the water, on a beautiful summer day!

Halifax Rowing Club provides those who are new to rowing with expert instruction, by qualified instructors, in both types of Olympic rowing – sweeping where each rower has one oar and sculling where each rower has two oars.  We do this in one, six session, 12-hour program.

Adult Learn-to-Row regular Fee: $190

Dalhousie University employee discounted fee: $165

Registration, information and schedule available at

Visit their Open House on Sunday, April 27th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, email

Move More for FREE at Dalplex this weekend

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Do something active this weekend at Dalplex – for FREE!

Dalhousie employees and their families are invited to enjoy Dalplex’s fitness and recreation facilities free of charge from Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23. Simply show your Dalhousie employee ID at the Customer Service Desk and get moving!

Some conditions apply, click here for details:

The Hazards of Sitting

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Think heading to the gym a few times a week makes up for the hours you spend sitting?  ‘Fraid not.

Review the graphic at for some sobering information.

Excerpt from Scientific American article: “Can Sitting Too Much Kill You?”:

Not surprisingly, they report that time spent sitting was associated with increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality (there was no association between sitting and deaths due to cancer). But what is fascinating is that the relationship between sitting time and mortality was independent of physical activity levels. In fact, individuals who sat the most were roughly 50% more likely to die during the follow-up period than individuals who sat the least, even after controlling for age, smoking, and physical activity levels. Further analyses suggested that the relationship between sitting time and mortality was also independent of body weight. This suggests that all things being equal (body weight, physical activity levels, smoking, alcohol intake, age, and sex) the person who sits more is at a higher risk of death than the person who sits less.
Full article at:

The author of this article is Dalhousie’s very own Travis Saunders.  Attend his “Is Sitting Killing You?” session on February 24th by registering at




3 Tips for Boosting Your Energy

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Hear from Pauseworks author, Patricia Katz:

Great examples of things that are simple, but not easy.


Move More at the Agricultural Campus

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February is Move More Month at Dalhousie.  The following physical activity events have been organized for Dalhousie employees working at the Agricultural Campus.

Fitness Classes:
Tuesday, February 11th – Zumba Party at 5:15PM
Thursday, February 19th  – Burn Strength Circuit 5:15PM
Friday, February 28th  - Burn Cardio Rush 12:00 Noon

 Classes take place at the Langille Athletic Centre.

 AC Move More Challenge:

The tradition of the Olympic torch relay began for the 1936 Games. In the decades since, the relay’s route has traveled near and far, high and low, transporting the Olympic flame from Athens to the upcoming competition’s host city. In September the Torch was picked up by Russian hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin in Athens, from there it will traverse more than 65,000km in the hands of more than 14,000 people.  Final destination: Sochi home of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In the spirit of the Olympics our Move More Challenge to you is to work with colleagues to walk the distance of our own “Torch Relay” 6500km.   It’s ”All for one and one for all!” Virtually walking together, your kilometers will count towards our common DAL AC Move More goal.  Please register with Ashley Simms at If the campus meets the 6500km goal during the month of February, all registered participants will receive a free lunch!

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