Heart Smart #Wellness Connected 2020

This year the COVID-19 virus has been a huge challenge to us all. We are trying to navigate new routines, keep workplace and relationship connections and manage through anxiety and stresses about the pandemic, all while working remotely, becoming teachers to our children, and visiting loved ones through the window. UofL Wellness and Horns Recreation are partnering together to bring you a fun, healthy, active challenge for the next 5 weeks.

This year’s challenge will be held from May 11 – June 12 and there will be weekly challenges and badges similar to previous Heart Smart Challenges. But this year’s focus is more on staying healthy overall, recognizing the importance of staying connected while continuing to social distance.

Our Theme: ‘Wellness Connected 2020’


Heart Smart is an initiative to encourage wellness and increased physical activity among staff and faculty at the University of Lethbridge. You can count your steps as you walk around the block, or that bike ride around the neighbourhood. The Physical Activity Guidelines indicate that adults should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more (including brisk walking!) So let’s get moving!

Earn 10,000 bonus points this year by telling us how YOU Stay Well at the U of L in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic. Submit a photo of something you do to maintain your overall well-being to wellness@uleth.ca . Feel free to include how you stay connected to others. Please note your photo and info may be displayed on the Wellness website and/or Facebook.

What are Beat Points and How Are They Calculated?

Beat Points are calculated based on estimated numbers of calories that are burned during an activity that you participate in. The calculations are based from the amount of time a participant exercises multiplied by the level of intensity an activity is. Essentially, the more vigorous an activity you choose, the higher amount of Beat Points will be over the same time period as a lighter intensity activity.

Example: 15 minutes of running will earn higher points when compared against 15 minutes of walking.