There’s no better time to think about food: March is National Nutrition Month! At UBC, food and nutrition are important priorities of UBC Wellbeing, and your UBC benefits offer many services and programs that can support you (and your eligible dependents) in the shift to healthier eating and living. Read on to learn more.
Extended Health Benefits: Registered Dietitians & Naturopaths
Did you know that the UBC Extended Health Benefits plan offers 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 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 improve digestion, boost energy levels and make proper nutrition and food choices.
To learn more about coverage and reimbursements for registered dietitian and/or naturopath services, visit our 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 to learn what service is right for you, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 or visit www.workhealthlife.com.
(Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization.)
1. Nutrition Support Services
Make positive changes to your diet or connect with a registered dietitian who can assess your eating habits, identify dietary concerns and answer nutrition-related questions. Through Shepell, access the following support services:
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Healthy eating on-the-go
- Well-balanced vegetarian diets
- Lowering/managing cholesterol levels
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Regulating diabetes
- Preventing heart disease
- Preventing osteoporosis
- Boosting stress resilience
- Accommodating shift work
2. Health Coaching
Shepell’s health coaches provide support and motivation to help you reach your lifestyle goals, including creating a risk-reduction action plan that targets:
- Weight management
- Healthy eating
- Smoking cessation
- Responsible alcohol use
- Stress management
- Exercise as a component of a healthy lifestyle
3. Naturopathic Services
Interested in learning more about naturopathic medicine and how it works? Shepell’s naturopathic services offer everyday lifestyle practices to help you improve digestion, boost energy levels and make proper nutrition and food choices.
4. Healthy Weight Management
With the support of a personal coach, you can manage your weight by learning how to make positive physical activity and nutrition changes. Shepell’s program consists of:
- An online assessment
- An interactive online program, including trackers, goal setting and challenges
- A smart scale to track progress and outcomes
- Consultations with a coach over the phone or through online chat