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Wellness Heroes’ showcase Mount Royal University employees who actively incorporate elements of wellness into their daily routine. Each month, a different MRU employee will be profiled.


Laurie Lancaster & daughter Taylor Jensen

Laurie Lancaster Wellness Heroes Laurie and Taylor
Assistant Professor in the Bissett School of Business,
Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Taylor Jensen
Fourth year MRU student majoring in Anthropology and
minoring in History and International Business

This mother-daughter duo is an inspiring MRU pair; three mornings a week you will see them working out together -- running on the track and using free weights. Their routine has been well established for over 2 years now and stemmed from their desire to contribute to their overall health and well-being. Their workouts not only help them maintain their physical wellness, but also help to give the pair more energy to face the day and most importantly contributes positively to their mental health and stress management. Not to mention, the workout allows the two to spend valuable time together and motivates them to stick to their routine, holding one another accountable.

Seeing and feeling Wellness Heroes Laurie and Taylorthe positive benefits of consistent exercise has also helped the pair maintain their routine. For Taylor, exercise gives her a break from school and allows her to feel refreshed and improves her focus. For Laurie, the workout is energizing and allows her to be more engaging in the classroom. When asked what words of advice and encouragement that they would provide to others at MRU, Laurie mentions that consistency rather than intensity of the workouts has been key: “Doing something active every day that you enjoy, even if you only have 15-20 minutes, is a great way to build a fitness habit. The mental and physical benefits that you experience will motivate you to keep going.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Thanks Laurie and Taylor for being Wellness Heroes and encouraging others at MRU to LIVE WELL!


Young-Cheol Jung

Wellness Hero Young-Cheol Jung Young-Cheol Jung
Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies

If you’ve ever been at the MRU fitness centre in the morning (7am) or afternoon (5pm), you may have witnessed an incredible sight. You might not guess it by his title, but Young is an avid dancer. From Hip hop to the Shuffle and the Charleston, Young practices his dance routine daily. He has regularly practiced this routine for over 2 years now, about half the time that he’s worked at MRU.

Young took up the hobby of dance as a way to lose weight and improve his quickness and agility. Since the time that he began dancing, he has seen positive results in his weight, muscle tone, and flexibility.

We commend Young for his commitment to wellness by regularly incorporating dance into his day as a means to contribute to his physical health. His dedication, commitment, and sheer ability inspire us to find something that we enjoy that also gets us moving. When asked what his words of advice and encouragement were for others at MRU, Young states that regular dancing is important and that if you learn a few basic steps and routines, it can make the experience that much more enjoyable. Thanks Young, for being a Wellness Hero and encouraging others at MRU to LIVE WELL!

Click here to check out Young’s dance moves!