Here at Glendon we as students are given nearly endless opportunities to experience athletics either through intramurals, programs run at the GAC or; if you’re up for venturing, programs offered by York itself at the Keele campus. You name it and chances are that we’ve got it, and if we don’t, well then, know full well that attempts will be made to make what you want to happen become a reality. York University has made strides as a well-known Canadian institution in the promotion of an inclusive, healthy and supportive environment. The premise behind the development of this initiative was that health and wellness are instrumental and necessary conditions that are imperative to each and every student’s day to day lives in respect to their learning and working environments here at York. This initiative considers all forms of student’s health to be interdependent with their learning capabilities. All types of student health and well-being are taken into account, spanning across the likes of physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, mental, cultural and environmental health, just to name a few. With that in mind, the Mental Health and Wellness committee here at York aim to promote an integrated and holistic approach to student health on and off of campus that in turn supports a rise in academic excellence, student productivity and the overall success of the York University community as a whole.
The most prominent facet of health and well-being promotion here at York has been its intramural program. With over 20 different sports available to try there’s something for everyone, at all levels of skill and ability, everyone is welcome to come out and try, all in the name of health and wellness promotion. Student wellbeing is a priority, and with the help of the intramural program, more and more students are being given the opportunity to experience all the benefits it has to offer them. Some of such benefits are simple and strategic networking abilities, for example, the friendships you make and experiences you gain can eventually become crucial factors in the advancement of your university career. These relationships also manage to create lasting supports to help students make it through university. Athletics also aide in the development of routines, time management skills, and even branch off into the academic aspect of university that helps to improve motivation in the classroom as well as the grades many students had previously seen as lacking before they involved themselves in the intramural program.
University isn’t an easy venture, but through athletic involvement, it most certainly becomes a much more enjoyable one.