An exercise and counselling program aimed at improving the mental health of UWindsor students has reduced anxiety and depression in participants, says kinesiology professor Krista Chandler.
Forty-nine students have completed the UWorkItOut UWin program since its launch in the fall of 2017. It runs three semesters per year, and results from its first five rounds have been good.
“The program seems to serve as a coping mechanism to reduce such symptoms,” Dr. Chandler says. “Furthermore, the program serves to increase students’ propensity to experience positive emotions, stronger emotional ties, and overall life satisfaction.”
In collaboration with Student Counselling Services and Athletic and Recreation Services, and with the support of the UWindsor Strategic Mandate Agreement and the Office of Student Experience, the program has employed15 kinesiology students to help run the project.