Thriving Campus features, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff, faculty and students.
How do you Thrive at Work?
I try to plan my time effectively. I will schedule myself 90-minute sessions to focus on a specific task and then move on to a different project when that time is up. I feel that the brain becomes less effective after 90 minutes of focus on a specific task. I will be sure to stand up and move around if I am at my desk for any extended period of time. I do have the luxury of splitting my time in an office setting as well as being more active in a kitchen environment, so I am able to get some physical exercise during my workday. I stock my office with healthy snacks that I can eat on the go. This includes granola and yogurt, almonds, fresh fruit and healthy energy bars. I also try to drink as much water as possible during the day. I cannot stress how important this is to everyone! At the end of my workday I ride my bike home to the Commercial Drive area, which is about a 40-minute ride if I hustle. I find that this exercise is a great way for me to clear my head of work-related issues so that I have decompressed by the time I arrive at home.
How do you Thrive at home?
At home, I have two little ones (aged four and almost two) to keep me busy. We try to teach them the importance of exercise and play in the outdoors. This by default gets me outside and active during my free time. It is important for us as a family to experience nature on a weekly basis, so we try to get out for a walk in the woods at least once a week. I think that this is key to having a healthy lifestyle. Eating is an important part of our family culture. We eat mainly fresh local ingredients, and avoid processed foods for the most part. Without a healthy diet to provide the body and mind with the nutrients it needs to succeed, you are already starting off in the hole. If you don’t think breakfast is an important meal then I believe you are not properly preparing yourself for the day ahead. While at home I try to limit my screen time and instead I like to read books or listen to music. I have tried to make a commitment to myself by not checking work emails while I am at home. Unfortunately I don’t always succeed at this, but I continue to try to improve.
Want to check out Chef David’s culinary skills inn action? Attend UBC’s Centennial Harvest Feast:
On September 24, join 1000 guests celebrating 100 years of UBC at Centennial Harvest Feast—an outdoor community dinner of epic proportions. After dinner, the fun continues with Arts Night Out! Feast guests are invited to enjoy free shows and exhibits in UBC’s Arts and Culture District.
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David is a homegrown Vancouver culinary artist, who has been cooking professionally for the past twenty years. He has successfully completed culinary programs at the Vancouver Community College, as well as from the Culinary Institute of America in New York state. Prior to leading the Food Services team at UBC, David held the Executive Chef position at Rogers Arena, Monk McQueen’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, and Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island. David believes that food found in the Pacific Northwest region is amongst the best in the world, and looks to provide guests with local, sustainable, organic offerings wherever possible.
In his short time at UBC, he has already won the UBC Chef’s Challenge cooking competition (twice) and played a key role in the inaugural Harvest Feast, feeding 750 students, faculty and staff on the lawns of Main Mall. He is partnering with the UBC Farm to increase the amount of locally grown produce available on campus.