March is Nutrition Month, a national celebration focused on healthy eating education and awareness.
At UBC we have benefits and tools to help you (and your eligible dependents) maintain and improve your health and wellbeing, including your nutritional health. Here are some ways your UBC benefits can help you:
- Reimbursement of services by a Registered Dietitian and/or Naturopath under the Extended Health Benefits plan.
- Nutrition support, health coaching, naturopathic services and healthy weight management program from Shepell, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Provider.
Registered Dietitian and Naturopath
The UBC Extended Health Benefits plan is designed to help promote the continued health and wellbeing of staff, faculty and their dependents. There is coverage for a wide range of services, including paramedical practitioners such as Registered Dietitians and Naturopaths.
Registered Dietitians provide advice and counselling about diet, food and nutrition. They can help you make healthy food choices and manage any special health conditions you may have such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies and obesity.
Registered naturopaths use a natural and holistic approach to the maintenance of good health and can help you with improving digestion, boosting energy levels, proper nutrition and food choices.
To learn more about coverage for Registered Dietitians and Naturopaths, visit the Extended Health page.
Nutrition Support, Health Coaching, Naturopathic Services and Healthy Weight Management Program
UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell offers four services that can assist you and your eligible dependents with health eating. All services are provided by telephone consultation. To book services or for more information on what service is right for you, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 or visit www.workhealthlife.com.
Nutrition Support Services
Shepell’s Nutrition Support Services can help you make positive changes to your diet and address weight loss or gain, eating routines, and lifestyle changes. You can also access Registered Dietitians who can assess your eating habits, identify dietary concerns and answer nutrition-related questions.
Support is available for a variety of concerns, including:
- Weight loss or gain
- Boosting stress resilience
- Healthy eating on-the-go
- Accommodating shift work
- Well-balanced vegetarian diet
- Lowering/managing cholesterol levels
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Regulating diabetes
- Preventing heart disease
- Preventing osteoporosis
Shepell’s Health Coaches teach you about the changes required to be well and stay well, while providing motivation to reach lifestyle goals.
Health Coaches can work with you to create a risk-reduction action plan targeting:
- Weight management
- Healthy eating
- Smoking cessation
- Responsible alcohol use
- Stress management
- Exercise as a component of a healthy lifestyle
Shepell’s Naturopathic professionals will provide you with information about naturopathic medicine and how it works; you will learn practical lifestyle practices that you can use every day.
Healthy Weight Management
Shepell’s Healthy Weight Management program can help you manage your weight by changing your behaviour and learning about physical activity and nutrition with the support of a personal coach.
Healthy Weight Management consists of the following components:
- Online assessment
- Interactive online program including trackers, goal setting and challenges
- Smart scale to track progress and outcomes
- Consultations with a coach over the phone or online chat