Health and Wellbeing
By Breeonne Baxter on September 12, 2018
The September issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 14, 2018
We have three upcoming office ergonomics training sessions – all UBC staff and faculty are invited to attend.
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The Ergonomics program at UBC strives to have an Office Ergonomics Representative for each department. Office Ergo Reps are trained by the Ergonomics Advisor in simple computer workstation set-up, signs and symptoms of injuries from poor ergonomic set-up and control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms.
At this training, Office Ergo Rep participants will learn:
- Basic ergonomic risk factors
- Proper computer workstation set-up
- How to conduct ergonomic assessment for minor issues as well as a quick screen for new hires
Participants will also be provided with training material to share with their colleague
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What To Expect: This workshop will provide participants with important information about different types of sit-stand desks and platforms available on the market. Understanding the pros and cons of each will assist departments, staff and faculty in deciding which option is most suitable.
Product samples will be available for participants to try out in order to get an idea of how the different models impact positioning and workflow.
Workshop participants will also learn proper set-up for sit-stand desks and how frequently to alternate positions. Participants will receive information on UBC’s Sit-Stand Demo Program and process.
This workshop is for managers, purchasing personnel and staff/faculty who are considering getting a sit-stand desk or platform.
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What To Expect:
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury.
This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and a practical session giving you hands on experience adjusting typical office equipment.
By the end of the tutorial you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 8, 2018
The August issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
- Clear Space to Be Well
- Summer Heat: How to Stay Cool at Work
- Digital Addiction: Make a Mindful Switch to Better Productivity
- Thriving Campus: Peak Performers from the 2018 Stair Challenge
- Free Events This Month: August 2018
- Find the Support You Need to Quit Smoking and Commit to Your Health
- August’s Healthy Recipes & Tips: Plant-forward Dining
- Fitting in Fitness: Outdoor Opportunities
By Breeonne Baxter on July 4, 2018
The July issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
- What Your EQ Can Do for Your Relationship IQ
- Reframing Conversations to Improve Relationships
- Make a Connection: Get EFAP Support for Any Type of Relationship
- Free Events This Month: July 2018
- Community Health News: July 2018
- July’s Healthy Recipes and Tips: Picnic with a Punch
- Fitting in Fitness: Bring on the Waterworks!
By Breeonne Baxter on June 5, 2018
The June issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
- Learn to Flex Your Health Literacy Muscles
- Top Tips for Staying Well this Summer
- 3 Walking Meditations for the Summer
- Free Events this Month: June 2018
- Community Health News: June 2018
- Thriving Campus: Janet Gannon
- June’s Healthy Recipes and Tips
- Fitting in Fitness: Bring Recess Back
By Breeonne Baxter on May 9, 2018
Staff and faculty at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are invited to participate in the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge, May 28 – June 22, 2018. Register by May 23 to take part.
By Marlene Dong on April 9, 2018
UBC has received the 2018 Platinum Extra Mile Award, the highest honour given by the Canadian Cancer Society to recognize outstanding work in workplace health and wellness. UBC was commended for its commitment to employee health and for using a variety of strategies and approaches to collectively support UBC workplace environments. In particular, UBC earned high praise for its holistic focus on workplace wellbeing. The UBC model of embedding health and wellbeing – from the organizational level through Focus on People to employee groups and individuals – was seen as unique and reinforced UBC’s reputation as a leader in the area of sustainable workplace health and wellbeing.
“Thank you to all our colleagues and long-standing UBC partners at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses who continue to contribute meaningfully to a supportive, respectful and healthy work environment at UBC,” said Natasha Malloff, Director of Health, Wellbeing & Benefits, UBC Human Resources. “This award is a timely recognition as wellbeing has emerged as an institutional priority, one that builds on existing strategic priorities and practices. We’ve seen significant growth in collaboration across portfolios, faculties and units, and we’ll continue our collective, strategic, holistic efforts to make UBC a place where individuals can flourish.”
At a special ceremony on March 28, 2018, UBC HR’s Workplace Wellbeing Strategist Crystal Hutchinson and Health & Wellbeing Associate Melissa Lafrance accepted the award on UBC’s behalf. UBC was among 14 finalists at the Gold level which included Thompson Rivers University, RBC, Telus and ICBC. Due to the calibre of nominees, a Platinum level was created and UBC became the inaugural winners of the award.
About UBC HR and Wellbeing at UBC:
UBC Human Resources recognizes the foundational importance of wellbeing. As one of the first universities in the world to adopt the Okanagan Charter, UBC is committed to being a health-promoting university, the type of institution that excels in teaching, learning and research, and recognizes that excellence is rooted in the sustainable wellbeing of people, places, and the planet.
About the Canadian Cancer Society Extra Mile Awards:
The Extra Mile Awards were created by the Canadian Cancer Society to recognize the hard work and effort of workplaces committed to building strong workplace wellness programs. Now in its third year, the awards program empowers workplaces to focus on the health and wellness of their employees. For more information, visit www.healthywork.ca.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 5, 2018
UBC Human Resources and UBC Recreation invite you to join us at UBC’s Staff & Faculty Sports Day, on May 4, 2018.
Sports Day is a free, fun event for staff and faculty to build teamwork and celebrate the end of the school year by taking part in physical and intellectual challenges with colleagues.
See you at Sports Day!
By Breeonne Baxter on March 7, 2018
The March issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
- Rise and Shine! Four Reasons to Jumpstart Your Day with Breakfast
- Nutrition Myths Debunked: The Real Facts About Fruits, Veggies and Turmeric
- Apply Now for Healthy Workplace Funding
- What If Each Meal Left You “Feelin’ Groovy”?
- See What’s on the Menu When It Comes to Nutritional Health Support at UBC
- Free Events This Month: March 2018
- Community Health News: March 2018
- Thriving Campus: Steve Bohnen
- March’s Nutrition Month Recipes
- Fitting in Fitness: Posture Makes Perfect
- Alive@Work: March 2018
By Breeonne Baxter on February 21, 2018
The Spring 2018 issue of Benefits FYI is now available.
- Demystifying Dental Fees and Claims
- How Changes to EI Parental Benefits Can Impact You
- 2017 Tax Info: Medical Expense Claims & T4/T4A Receipts
- Help for Family Caregivers
- You Have Questions? We Have Answers
- Humans of Human Resources: Terri Jones