There’s no better time to think about food and nutrition: March is a National Nutrition Month. At UBC, food and nutrition are important priorities of UBC Wellbeing. Your UBC benefits offer many services and programs that support you and your eligible dependents in the shift to healthier eating and living. Read on to learn more about the services available to support your healthy lifestyle.
Mohammed’s Challenge: Finding a balance between food and self-love
Mohammed has been feeling pressure to meet the perceived societal expectations of what a male should look like. It seems that everywhere he turns, there is another picture of a man with bigger shoulders, stronger legs, and a more defined abdominal region than he has. Mohammed is embarrassed by his body shape and is plagued by the fear of gaining more weight. Although he is anxious about gaining weight, he finds that he has started eating excessive amounts of food at a time, eating when he is not hungry and feeling out of control around food. He realizes that these are not healthy eating habits and wants to get help from a professional.
How EFAP can support Mohammed:
Through Morneau-Shepell, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Mohammed can access health advice from expert professionals who can assist him in navigating healthy eating habits and eating disorders. Registered counsellors, dietitians, naturopaths and health coaches are available to assess eating habits, identify dietary concerns and provide risk-reduction action plans. When he calls the Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765, Mohammed can talk to a professional and book the type of service best suited to his needs. The EFAP is also able to refer Mohammed to a community professional should he want continued support.
Morneau-Shepell also offers an online hub of resources with articles designed to educate and increase awareness on eating disorders and maintaining overall nutritional health. To access the articles, please enter the University of British Columbia as your organization when visiting the website.
How to access paramedical coverage through Extended Health Benefits:
UBC Extended Health plan supports employees like Mohammed in continuously caring for their health and wellbeing with coverage for a wide range of services from paramedical practitioners (e.g. registered counsellors, registered dietitians, naturopaths, etc.). Learn about your coverage for paramedical services