Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program

Encouraging Healthy Workplaces

The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is a fund available to UBC departments, units and operational committees to support grass roots healthy activities in the workplace.

The program provides start-up funds for kick starting health related, sustainable initiatives.  Have a great idea but need some seed money to get it off the ground?  Already running programming but want to take it to the next level?  Apply for Healthy Workplace funding!

The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program is currently undergoing some improvements.  Funding applications will begin again in Spring 2016.

What is HWIP all about?

Learning new skills:

Sauder Health and Safety Week

Sauder Health and Safety Week

Enrollment Services Department Sports Day

Enrollment Services Sports Day

This activity has helped me become more aware of my activity levels and I intend to keep  using a pedometer and to keep walking.”-UBC Staff member

Team building:

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers-Crafternoon!

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers-Crafternoon!

Healthy Lunch Break: Enrollment Services Sports Day

Healthy Lunch Break: Enrollment Services Sports Day

The Healthy Workplace Initiative has been excellent in terms of boosting morale and camaraderie.  I look forward to a summer and fall of cycling which helps to improve my health and minimize my stress.“-Angie Perdios, Research Coordinator, Division of Plastic Surgery

Sustaining healthy behaviours:

Check out this video of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility’s Hip to be Fit Program, Video by UBC’s Healthy Workplace Initiative Program:

This has been a great initiative. As well as consciously walking more, I have changed my eating habits, joined a gym and lost 14 pounds.  I intend to keep this up” – Office of the Dean of Arts

Trying something new:

An organic vegetable garden funded through Healthy Workplace Initiatives funding was featured in UBC’s 2013-2014 annual report! Read about the garden here.

Trying something new! Yoga on Main Mall

Trying something new! Yoga on Main Mall

Everyone was in a much better mood and it was nice to get out of the office.  I also appreciated going to a class with co-workers rather than doing something on my own“-Loralie Hettler, Accounts Receivable Coordinator, Conferences and Accommodation

This competition typically funds applications less than $5,000.  Applications in excess of this amount are considered if highly adherent to the criteria. Review previous recipients.

Individualized coaching is available for departments/units interested in applying for funding.  Please contact Miranda Massie, Health Promotions Coordinator ( or 604.822.8762) to book a meeting.

Congratulations to all our recent recipients!

Everyone has a role in creating a healthy workplace. We encourage all UBC staff and faculty to motivate their departments/units to partake in this opportunity.

The fund is part of the Focus on People Framework strategy “to develop a sustainable, healthy workplace.”

Sign up for the monthly Healthy UBC e-Newsletter to stay informed about HWIP criteria and application deadlines.


Miranda Massie
Health Promotions Coordinator