Connecting with others is a great way for us to stay social, and stay healthy! By nature, we are social beings. Most of us are fine with being on our own at times, but we also enjoy talking to others, sharing our experiences, and just being around other people. This sociability can keep us healthy, both physically and mentally.
There are plenty of reasons why being around others keeps us healthy. The support of others can help us maintain a greater sense of self-esteem and reduced stress. Being social may hold one of the keys to living a longer life. In a study published in the August 1999 issue of the British Medical Journal, 2,761 participants 65 years of age and older were followed for 13 years. Researchers tracked participation in 14 activities, including swimming and brisk walking, to shopping, volunteering, and playing cards with friends. The results suggested that people who spent time taking part in social activities fared just as well in terms of longevity, as those who spent the same amount to time exercising.
Letting UBC Support You
One great way to feel supported and to interact with others is to utilise Healthy UBC programming available UBC to staff and faculty. 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. 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! Some recent recipients include
- Museum of Anthropology’s Organic vegetable garden
- Centre for Hip Health and Mobility’s Hip to be Fit Program
- Sauder Business and Careers Centre’s Physical activity and Nutrition program
(The next application deadline is Nov. 21, 2014 at 4:30pm – Click here for a full list of past and present recipients.)
Information Session: Applying for the UBC Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP): Oct. 7, 2014 @ 12.15-1.15pm
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? This interactive, practical workshop will be one hour dedicated to helping you understand HWIP and directing you to the path of possible funding. For more information, or to register, click here.