Cape Breton University Community Studies student Kassandra Benoit, and the CBU Athletics Department are happy to announce the launch of the CBU Walking Map Initiative.
The series of maps display measured walking routes through the university hallways, from the Great Hall to the Shannon School of Business in an effort to facilitate physical activity amongst staff, students, and the university community here at CBU.
The collaboration developed from a capstone action project in Kassandra’s COMS4100 class, with the goal of making physical activity affordable and accessible to all. For some, gym memberships and exercise classes aren’t a viable option, but the Walking Map Initiative is available to everyone with a comfortable pair of shoes! The indoor route provides opportunities to get active on campus in any weather, and allows you to seamlessly fit physical activity into your daily schedule.
Kassandra says physical activity is important to her because it’s something that she loves, and wants to share with the community. “I want to change how people see the words ‘physically active’ and show that it doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym or to an exercise class to be active” she says.
Grab a friend and keep an eye out for the walking route posters and maps throughout campus! Starting points include: the Great Hall, the Cafeteria (near the book store), Campus Centre (near the security office, top of the first ramp in A Wing (near the finance office) and the main entrance of the Shannon School of Business. The posters make it possible to calculate and track your distance.
Kassandra hopes that this initiative will draw attention to atypical methods of physical activity and open the doors to new forms of getting active.
“I really hope to see staff, students and faculty taking advantage of the maps on campus and getting active on their downtime. After a long day of writing or grading paper, why not take a few minutes to walk it out?” Kassandra says.
We can’t wait to see you out walking!