This month, UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of sessions focused on a wide variety of topics from digestive health, career navigation, healthy eating, a botanical garden walk, workstation ergonomics and more. Join us and take a few moments to build new skills, boost your health and to reflect on how you face the day. (Courses are at the Point Grey campus unless otherwise indicated)
Part 2 of Healthy UBC’s ‘Summer Digestive Health’ series with Dr. Thara Vayali. In this session, attendees will learn the real deal behind bacterial balance, what probiotics do (and don’t do) and whether probiotics are appropriate for you. Leave with 4 easy food ideas that promote bacterial health to incorporate into your diet over the next 4 weeks. Click here for information.
Join UBCs resident walking tour expert Arlene Decaire for this FREE lunchtime guided tour of UBCs famed Botanical Gardens. UBC Botanical Garden is a hidden gem where visitors can expect a quiet visit away from crowds whilst also getting a learning experience rich with interesting plants and informative signs. A group will be meeting at 12.30pm outside the main entrance the Gardens. To enroll in this walk call 604-827-3047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information click here.
Join UBC’s Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal in this one hour session to promote the supports available for UBC employees to navigate possible career opportunities, and create a personalized career development plan. This session will provide you with access to thought-provoking questions, links to resources, tools, and web sites within UBC that may support you in your career planning process. Click here to sign up.
For more information visit www.hr.ubc.ca/career-navigation.
You’ve probably heard that your body is like a car – give it the right fuel, add extras like quality protein sources; antioxidants, healthy fats, and fluids – and you are no different than keeping a high-performance car engine going strong. Join dietitian Melissa LeBlanc in this session designed to motivate participants to improve their eating habits and optimize their health, energy, and performance; the session will also focus on prevention and management of stress through balanced meals /snacks and tips on specific foods that induce or reduce stress. Click here for more information.
This 4 session course is designed for both beginners and experienced practitioners of mindfulness meditation. It will introduce participants to the basic concepts of meditation and mindfulness techniques and is specifically tuned to the working environment. Sessions will include instruction, discussion, guided meditation and visualization in a non-religious context. Participants will be provided with handouts, homework practice, and follow up emails and access to downloadable recordings. Cost: $35 (Payable by JV to KPGK or by cheque to UBC Human Resources. Payment must be received before registration is confirmed.) Click here for more information.
UBC Ergonomics is offering free computer workstation set-up tutorials, on the last Thursday of every month. These one-hour tutorials combine a presentation and a practical session giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. Learn how to optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures. Training is located on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd). Register online for these sessions now.
The Ergonomics program at UBC strives to have an Office Ergonomics Representative for each department. We provide the training (usually three hours) and material required for reps to promote, educate and ensure musculoskeletal health for employees in their departments. Office Ergo Reps are trained by the Ergonomics Coordinator in simple computer workstation set-up, signs and symptoms of injuries from poor ergonomic set-up and control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms. Register Online Here. Session will be held on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd).
Take a time-out from work for your mental and physical health! Join your campus colleagues for a lunch-hour walk on Mondays and Wednesdays. Monday’s group meets out front of the UBC Bookstore and leaves at 12:10 p.m., while Wednesday’s group leaves at 12:10 p.m. outside the TEF3 building on Agronomy – location here. All abilities welcome. For more information click here.