March is Nutrition Month, a national celebration focused on healthy eating education and awareness. There’s no better time to take advantage of the many services and programs offered through your UBC benefits that can support you (and your eligible dependants) in the shift to healthier eating and living.
Through UBC benefits, you can:
- be reimbursed for the cost of services from a registered dietitian and/or naturopath under the Extended Health Benefits plan and
- access nutrition support, health coaching, naturopathic services and a healthy weight management program from Shepell, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider.
Extended Health Benefits: Registered Dietitian & Naturopath
The UBC Extended Health Benefits plan is designed to promote the continued health and wellbeing of staff, faculty and their dependants. There is coverage for a wide range of services, including paramedical practitioners such as registered dietitians and naturopaths.
Registered dietitians provide advice and counselling about diet, food and nutrition. They can help you make healthy food choices and manage any special health conditions you may have, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies and obesity.
Registered naturopaths use a natural and holistic approach to the maintenance of good health and can help you with improving digestion, boosting energy levels and making proper nutrition and food choices.
To learn more about coverage for registered dietitians and naturopaths, visit the Extended Health page.
Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) Services
UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell offers four services that can help you and your eligible dependants with healthy eating. All services are provided by telephone consultation. To book services or for more information on what service is right for you, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 or visit www.workhealthlife.com.
Nutrition Support Services
Shepell’s Nutrition Support Services can help you make positive changes to your diet and address issues such as weight loss or weight gain, eating routines and lifestyle changes. You can also connect with a registered dietitian who can assess your eating habits, identify dietary concerns and answer nutrition-related questions.
Support is available for a variety of concerns, including:
- Weight loss or gain
- Boosting stress resilience
- Healthy eating on-the-go
- Accommodating shift work
- Well-balanced vegetarian diets
- Lowering/managing cholesterol levels
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Regulating diabetes
- Preventing heart disease
- Preventing osteoporosis
Shepell’s Health Coaching Services teach you about the changes required to be well and stay well, while providing support and motivation to help you reach your lifestyle goals.
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
Professionals in Shepell’s Naturopathic Services will provide you with information about naturopathic medicine and how it works. You will learn practical lifestyle practices that you can use every day to improve digestion, boost your energy levels and help you make proper nutrition and food choices.
Healthy Weight Management
Shepell’s Healthy Weight Management program can help you manage your weight by showing you how to make positive physical activity and nutrition changes with the support of a personal coach.
Healthy Weight Management consists of the following components:
- Online assessment
- Interactive online program including trackers, goal setting and challenges
- Smart scale to track progress and outcomes
- Consultations with a coach over the phone or through online chat