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Taking steps together to promote mental health and well-being.

Since its establishment in 2016, Up and Running has been guided by its mission of supporting mental health and well-being through inclusive nature-based programs in a supportive community. Up and Running is a registered charity that recognizes the profound impact of physical activity, time spent in nature, and social connections on overall well-being.  As of Spring 2024, Up and Running has expanded to include options for Women only and for Everyone (aged 18+)

In addition to walking and running for individuals, Up and Running offers Wellness Workshops, Workplace Wellness Programs, and Student Wellness Programs and is actively exploring opportunities to expand beyond Guelph.

Exercise  +  Nature  +  Social Connections  =  Improved Mental Wellbeing

Our programs are important because:

  • 2 in 5 People: Experience less than favourable mental health in the Guelph area.
  • 1 in 5 People: Report high life stress and high work stress in the Guelph area.¹
  • 118 Days: Is the average wait for adult mental health counselling and treatment.²

Our People