SMSS Wellness Committee (Student Committee)


PaRx has officially arrived in Saskatchewan!

PaRx, Canada’s first national nature prescription program, has officially arrived in Saskatchewan! PaRx is an initiative of the BC Parks Foundation, driven by health-care professionals who want to improve their patients’ health by connecting them to nature. Featuring practical resources like quick tips and patient handouts, its goal is to make prescribing time in nature simple, fun and effective. Research suggests that spending time in green space boosts immune function and life expectancy, and lowers the risk of developing a host of medical conditions from heart disease to diabetes, obesity, depression and anxiety. Not only that, but people who are more connected to nature are more likely to protect it. With guest speakers Dr. Melissa Lem, Director of PaRx, as well as University of Saskatchewan medical students Brooklyn Rawlyk and Sehjal Bhargava

The non-profit charity Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. was created to preserve and restore the 326-acre Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (RSBBAA) and the 148-acre George Genereux Urban Regional Park. Our work reinforces the 1972 City Council decision designating these afforestation areas on the western fringe of Saskatoon to “be preserved in perpetuity.”

The word recreation can be understood re-creation, reflecting the fact that being in nature is restorative for human beings. Richard St. Barbe Baker wandered into the forest near his home at age five and experienced the overwhelming beauty of nature touch his soul.

“Soon I was completely isolated in the luxuriant, tangled growth of ferns which were well above my head. In my infant mind I seemed to have entered a fairyland of my dreams. I wandered on as in a dream, all sense of time and space lost … I became intoxicated with the beauty all around me, immersed in the joyousness and exultation of feeling part of it all. I had entered the temple of the wood. I sank to the ground in a state of ecstasy; everything was intensely vivid – the call of a distant cuckoo seemed just for me … The overpowering beauty of it all entered my very being. At that moment my heart brimmed over with a sense of unspeakable thankfulness which has followed me through the years since that woodland re-birth.”

St Barbe had a life-long feeling of oneness with nature after this and this spiritual connection inspired his great achievements to protect and restore forests. He taught that trees and woodlands are intimately linked with biological, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In this light, he often quoted the poet Stanton Coblentz who wrote about the redwood forests “ I think but could the weary world but know communion with these spirits breathing peace, strangely a veil would lift, a light would glow, and the dark tumult of our lives would cease.”

Movember Fundraiser Trivia Night!

This year to raise funds for our Medical Mo’s Movember donation, the SMSS is hosting a Movember Trivia night! Categories include Music, Guy’s Flick, Sask History, 90s Pop Culture, Macho Movember Mustaches, Movember Awareness, and Animal Interactions. Minimum $10/team entry donation. All proceeds go to the Movember Foundation.

2nd World Congress on Rare Diseases

World Rare Diseases 2020 is delighted to welcome the participants from all over the world to attend the prestigious International Conference 2nd World congress on Rare Diseases 2020 scheduled during December-10-11, 2020 based on the theme “The Future of Drug Development for Rare Diseases”.

2nd Pathology and Infectious Disease Conference

It is our pleasure to inform you that we are going to organize the 2nd Pathology and Infectious Disease Webinar to be held on December 10-11, 2020. The theme of the conference is “Foreseeing the future in Infectious Diseases”. It will provide a global platform to discuss about the present and future challenges in Pathology, Infectious Diseases, Cytopathology, Histopathology & Immunopathology, Pediatric & Childhood Infectious Diseases, Mycobacterial Diseases, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Infection Prevention, Control and Cure. The goal of the Euro Pathology Meet 2020 is to provide a transformative professional development experience which covers the entire spectrum of current research in Pathology and application of new technologies for treatment of various Infectious Diseases