The Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team in Human Resources is actively involved in promoting and improving health and wellbeing of staff and faculty. This commitment is part of the larger university goal to create an outstanding work environment. The spotlight this month is on benefits available to UBC staff and faculty for nutritional health.
Extended Health Benefits
The UBC Extended Health Benefits plan is designed to help promote the continued health and wellbeing of staff and faculty. Benefits include coverage for a wide range of services, including paramedical practitioners such as Registered Dietitians and Naturopaths.
Employee and Family Assistance Program Services
Nutrition Support Services
UBC’s EFAP provider, Shepell, offers Nutrition Support Services, with a holistic and proactive approach to nutrition and wellbeing. Shepell’s Nutrition Support Services are provided through phone consultations. Their health professionals can help you make positive changes to your diet and address weight loss or gain, eating routines and lifestyle changes. You also have access to Registered Dietitians who can assess your eating habits, identify dietary concerns and answer nutrition-related questions.
Support is available for a variety of concerns, including:
UBC’s EFAP also offers Health Coaching! As part of Health Coaching, information and tools are provided to better understand health issues. Shepell Health Coaches teach about the changes required to be well and stay well, while providing motivation to reach lifestyle goals.
Personalized and interactive support from Registered Nurses and Occupational Health Nurses provide:
- Initial assessment of health history
- Information about a variety of health conditions and risks including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- PMS, menopause, or andropause
- Gastrointestinal concerns
- Goal setting and action planning specific to the issue
Health Coaches can work with you to create a risk-reduction action plan targeting:
- Weight management
- Healthy eating
- Smoking cessation
- Responsible alcohol use
- Stress management
- Exercise as a component of a healthy lifestyle
Naturopathic support is also available through UBC’s EFAP, providing a natural and holistic approach to the maintenance of good health, including but not limited to improving digestion, boosting energy levels, proper nutrition and food choices. Naturopathic professionals will provide you with information about naturopathic medicine and how it works; the program will teach you practical lifestyle practices that you can use every day.
Get on the right dietary track with help from EFAP. Check out the services available.
For immediate assistance, call 1-800-387-4765 or visit www.workhealthlife.com.