Health Promotion requires a positive, proactive approach, moving beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions that create and enhance health in settings, organizations, and systems (Okanagan Charter).

Student sketching in the Root Glen

Hamilton students can take advantage of many resources designed to build a strong foundation of well-being that supports the flourishing of people, communities, and our planet. Hamilton aims to enhance the campus environment as a living laboratory, where students can identify opportunities to study and support health and well-being, while practicing sustainability in their built organizational and learning environments. As a member of the International Health Promoting Universities and Colleges  Network, Hamilton supports the goals of the Okanagan Charter. The Environmental Protection, Safety & Sustainability office aims to integrate sustainable practices that promote health into every sector of campus. 


Sustainable Wellness

Well-Being Flow Chart largeThe health and well-being of students at Hamilton relies on the life-supporting ecosystems of the planet, made possible by clean water, food, a healthy environment, natural aesthetics, and recreation. Sustainable initiatives aim to promote the collaborative well-being of students and their environment. 

Water Filling Stations

Hamilton has over 50 water filling stations around campus, encouraging students to use reusable water bottles and stay hydrated! The Environmental Protection, Safety & Sustainability office works to find ways students can eliminate single-use waste products tangibly. Hamilton will continue to add filling stations to various academic buildings and dorms.

Community Pantry

Community PantryCommunity Pantry brings students fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to cook in residential hall kitchens. The Counseling Center's registered dietitian, Lela Niemetz sources these seasonal ingredients from farms in our community. Each week, students who sign up are provided with fresh ingredients and a recipe. Community Pantry encourages students to collaborate with their peers and supports local providers. 


Open Air Academics

Katherine Terrell"s classOperating academic work outside the classroom offers students and faculty to study while promoting their health and well-being. The design of the campus allows classes to hold meetings and lectures outside; The amphitheater, outside of Kirner Johnson, various outdoor tables near Fojo Beans, tables outside Commons, and scattered picnic tables facilitate academic work outside. Hamilton encourages professors to take their lectures and seminars outside, and hold walking meetings. Lab courses often utilize Hamilton’s three glens for research activities. 



Staff Monday Mile

After Heart Health Month, The Health and Wellness center encourages staff to complete a mile each Monday during the semester. The event aims to instill a small, attainable habit into one’s workweek, bettering the collective health of employees, staff, and students. The Monday Mile loop is flat, well-lit and accessible for all mobility types.


Ham&Legs  is an annual 5K fun run/walk on Hamilton’s campus. Participants have the option of running a 5k or participating in a 1+ mile wellness walk around the track. This event inspires the Hamilton community to engage in physical activity, while also supporting sponsored local businesses.

February Heart Health Month

February is National Heart Month? Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every February, the Hamilton Health & Wellness center offers a variety of available informational sessions, on-campus training, and wellness initiatives to manage the community’s heart health.


HamTrek  is Hamilton’s annual sprint triathlon. Students and employees are encouraged to participate as individuals or members of a relay team. The annual event offers a  positive gathering of the Hamilton community, encouraging the community to participate in wellness activities. 


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Brian Hansen

Director of Environmental Protection, Safety and Sustainability

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