This month, UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of sessions focused on a wide variety of topics that include diet and stress, Healthy Workplace Funding, elder care, workstation ergonomics, QPR suicide gatekeeper training 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)
Have a great healthy workplace idea, but need some seed money to get it off the ground? Already running healthy workplace programming but want to take it to the next level? The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is a fund available to UBC departments, units and operational committees to support healthy activities for faculty and staff in the workplace. The program provides start-up funds for kick-starting health related, sustainable initiatives. This interactive, practical workshop will be one hour dedicated to helping you understand HWIP and directing you to the path of possible funding. (The next HWIP application deadline is Nov. 21, 2014 at 4:30pm) For more information, or to register, click here.
Whether caring for aging parents in the home, or managing elder care plans from a distance, most of us don’t know where to go for reliable answers. Join Home-to Home, a senior advisory and assistance business based in Vancouver, in this one-hour session to learn how to develop an elder care roadmap to plan for your parents’ housing and care needs as they age, and much more. For more information, or to register, click here.
Join UBC Ergonomics Advisor Abigail Overduin in this one-hour tutorial combining a presentation and a practical session giving you the skills to optimize your office environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. . For more information, or to register, click here.
Part 2 of Healthy UBC’s Fall Stress-Busting series with Dr. Thara Vayali. Stress is a loaded word, and decreasing stress can feel like an insurmountable task. In this session, learn how your diet and dietary habits affect your reaction to stressors, and how stress affects your cravings. Define your own three simple diet shifts that can assist you in stress management. For more information, or to register, click here.
QPR, Question, Persuade, and Refer ,is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary people how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need. It is also an action plan that can result in lives saved. At this training you will learn: how to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide, the common causes of suicidal behavior, the warning signs of suicide, how to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal, how to get help for someone in crisis, and gain familiarity with referral resources both on and off campus. For more information or to register click here.
UBC Ergonomics offers free computer workstation set-up tutorials on the last Thursday of every month. These one-hour tutorials combine a presentation with 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.
UBC Ergonomics strives to have an Office Ergonomics Representative for each department. We provide the training (one three-hour session) 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, how to notice signs and symptoms of injuries from poor ergonomic set-up, and to control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms. Session will be held on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd). . Register online for this session here.
The goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy. This workshop, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. This training is 12 hours in length, to be completed in two sessions over a two-day period. Only offered once per year so sign up now! For more information and to register, click here.
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 at 12:10 p.m., while Wednesday’s group meets at 12:10 p.m. outside the TEF3 building on Agronomy Road – location here. All abilities welcome. For more information, or to register, click here.