The UVic Torch · University of Victoria Alumni Magazine · Spring 1998


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Women's Fitness Program
Preps Forest Firefighters

Robin Dunkley toughs it out at forest service fitness testing organized by UVic's Sport and Fitness Centre. The "Fit for Duty" program was designed at UVic for the B.C. Forest Service.

It features a gruelling strength and endurance regimen to increase womens' chances of passing the service's mandatory fitness test for forest fire fighting applicants. Six of the participants in the program went on to pass the forest service entrance exam. The Sport and Fitness Centre has also designed special training programs for NHL teams and Olympic competitors.

Companies Go Green
with or without Managers On-board

Business leaders with slack attitudes about their firm's impact on the environment won't prevent lower-level employees from adopting environmentally-friendly practices, according to a study by researchers at the University of Victoria and Penn State University.

Some of the greatest strides toward corporate greening are initiated when "the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing", rather than when managers are pushing for environmental reforms in a top-down fashion.

Dr. Monika Winn­assistant professor of strategic management and corporate environmental management at UVic's Faculty of Business­and Dr. Linda C. Angell­assistant professor of operations management at Penn State­conducted in-depth studies and surveys of 135 German companies required to comply with a recycling ordinance passed in 1991.

"The traditional view assumes that firms progress from managerial awareness of environmental issues, to policy commitment of resources to deal with them, to implementation of a corporate response which changes business practices," says Winn. "This view does not provide room for grass-roots, bottom-up approaches toward social performance. But that's what we found happening in many cases in Germany, and we expect that it's happening in the Americas, as well."

Winn and Angell say their findings, along with those of other researchers, suggest that some level of environmental awareness is becoming increasingly necessary for a firm simply to stay in business.

Risky Business

Older doesn't necessarily mean wiser when it comes to risky behaviour among Canada's you. Analyzing Statistics Canada data, Dr. Nancy Galambos (Psychology) and graduate student Lauree C. Tilton-Weaver conclude young adults from 20­24 years of age are almost twice as likely to engage in risk behaviours as adolescents.

Until now, very little research had examined sex and age differences in multiple risk behaviours of young people in Canada. Galambos and Tilton-Weaver examined smoking, binge drinking, multiple sex partners, and sex without condoms among adolescents and young adults.

About two of 10 young adults reported engaging in three or four risk behaviours. Galambos and Tilton-Weaver say those individuals may be at substantial risk of experiencing significant health problems in the future.*

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