Health and Wellbeing
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
By Breeonne Baxter on February 6, 2018
The February issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
- Five Secrets to a Healthier Heart
- A Feel for Success: How Emotional Intelligence Can Support Personal and Professional Growth
- Does Your Heart Need a Check-Up?
- Resolving Internal Conflicts with Mindfulness
- Thriving Faculty: Dr. Hanh Huynh
- Strength in Numbers: Support Services for Your Emotional Wellbeing
- Free Events This Month: February 2018
- Community Health News: February 2018
- February’s Healthy Recipes and Tips
- Fitting in Fitness: Heart Pumpers
- Alive@Work: February 2018
By Breeonne Baxter on January 12, 2018
The January issue of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is now available.
- Musings on New Year Motivation
- 10 Ways To Maintain Physical Health At UBC
- Maintaining a Mindful Mindset for 2018
- Register Now for UBC Mindfulness Programs
- Maximize Your Physical Health Services Coverage
- Free Events This Month: January 2018
- Community Health News: January 2018
- Thriving Campus: UBC Press’ Liz Hudson Thrives on Positivity, Connection and Being Active
- January’s Healthy Recipe’s and Tips
- Fitting in Fitness: Resuscitate Your Resolutions
- Alive@Work: January 2018
By Breeonne Baxter on January 12, 2018
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at UBC began in 2009 as a student initiative, and has since grown to include programming for all employees at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses each January. This month, everyone is encouraged to join the conversation that is happening in the media, in our communities, and around the world. The goal of SAAM is to raise awareness and understanding about sexual assault and what we can do to help prevent it.
- Access the SAAM toolkit for newsletter and social media messages, digital signage, email signatures, printable Denim Day stickers and posters.
- For the Vancouver calendar of SAAM events, visit ubc.ca/saam.
- For Okanagan events, visit ok.ubc.ca/saam.html.
Key events you can attend
- Jan. 15: SAAM Keynote, featuring guest speaker Farrah Khan
- Jan. 17: Denim Day, an opportunity to show your support for ending sexual assault on campus at worldwide
- Jan. 25: Parenting Tips, a free session on how to talk to your kids about sexual health, facilitated by certified sexual health educator Miranda Massie
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, or to learn how you can support survivors, please contact:
- UBC’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office
- Counselling services through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
Thank you for helping to create an inclusive and respectful culture at UBC.