By Miranda Massie on April 3, 2018
There’s still time to apply for UBC’s Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP)! If your UBC department or unit is interested in promoting wellbeing in the workplace and just need some start-up funds to get going, apply by April 18.
Full details, including regulations, funding toolkits and application forms can be found on the HWIP page.
By Miranda Massie on April 3, 2018
Open to UBC faculty, staff and grad students, this free event is an exciting team-building afternoon that encourages inclusivity, accessibility, mental and physical wellbeing, and fun! Participate in what your time allows.
New for 2018:
- New spaces and places: Events will take place in the new UBC Life Building, War Memorial Gym, Student Recreation Centre, UBC Alumni Centre and more!
- Free smoothie and social: All participants are invited to socialize and celebrate with free snacks and smoothies, courtesy of UBC Food Services.
- Step it up again: Help foster some friendly competition between staff and faculty at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan by taking part in the Step It Up Challenge. UBC Okanagan holds the 2017 title, so it’s time for a rematch.
Benefits of Participating:
- Make connections: 93% of survey respondents from last year’s event reported that it positively impacted their sense of belonging within their team.
- Improve your health: Last year’s participants reported positive increases in mental health (91%) and physical wellbeing (92%).
Spots are filling up fast so be sure to register now! To register or for more event details, visit the UBC Staff & Faculty Sports Day website.
Photo Credit: UBC Recreation
By Miranda Massie on March 7, 2018
UBC’s favourite departmental funding program is back! Applications are now being accepted for the Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP).
In support of UBC departments and units that are interested in promoting wellbeing in the workplace, the HWIP provides start-up funds for health-related activities. The program has previously funded grassroots initiatives such as yoga classes, health challenges, mental health training and creative activities.
In 2017, the HWIP funded the following in Vancouver and the Okanagan:
- Seven bike share programs
- Six fitness classes
- Six health challenges
- Four patio gardens
- Two mental health programs
- Two arts-based projects
- 12 innovative new ideas
Do you and your colleagues have a great idea for boosting the health and wellbeing of your team? Need a little financial assistance to supplement department resources? Consider applying today. Deadline for applications is April 18, 2018.
Full details, including regulations, funding toolkits and application forms can be found on the HWIP page.
By Miranda Massie on July 1, 2017
Your trusty Health and Wellbeing team has been very busy this spring. Check out the photos and stories below for an insider’s view of what we’ve been up to.
Travelling Health Fair (February)
In partnership with the UBC Pharmacists Clinic and Pharmacy students, we provided over 200 diabetes screenings to UBC staff and faculty at the Point Grey campus and VGH. As a result of the assessments, 13% of participants discovered that they were pre-diabetic or at risk for pre-diabetes. The screenings also prompted 44% of participants to seek follow-up care with another health professional.
Awards Announcement: At the recent Canadian Pharmacists Conference 2017 in Quebec City, the collaborative work between UBC HR and the UBC Pharmacists Clinic was highlighted when the clinic team was awarded the prize of Best Pharmacy Practiced Research poster. The poster, titled “Perceptions of pharmacy students involved in preventative health and wellness events at the University of British Columbia,” was created in support of the Travelling Health Fair. The award is not only a tribute to the successful partnership and continuing work of UBC HR and the UBC Pharmacists Clinic, but also represents an opportunity to explore further collaborations in support health and wellbeing at UBC. View the other research poster here.
Staff and Faculty Sports Day (May 5)
Over 500 UBC staff and faculty took part in this 7th annual end-of-term celebration. This year, we were part of the staff and volunteer teams; nothing beats cheering on your colleagues at the finish line! Check out this year’s results and awards as well as the photo gallery.
Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge (May 15 – June 9)
More than 450 staff and faculty tracked their Stair Challenge points in this year’s Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge. The total stairs climbed by all participants was equal to 728,030 metres! We collectively climbed Mount Everest 82 times! This year, we managed to climb “Mount Everest” 18 more times compared to our 2016 numbers. A huge thank you to all our corporate health and fitness discount partners for donating prizes, and a big congratulations to all participants. Check out the inspiring photos from our 2017 Challenge.
CACUSS Presentation and Panel (June 12-16)
With other colleagues from UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, we presented on UBC Thrive at the annual CACUSS conference for Canadian student services professionals in Ottawa. We were also invited to represent UBC HR on a panel about Mental Health Curricula for the CACUSS Best Practice Network in Canadian Higher Education. A highlight of our visit: we bumped into the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he kicked off Pride Month at Parliament!
Canadian Colleges and Universities Community of Practice (June 15-16)
While in Ottawa, members of our team met with colleagues working in workplace health and wellbeing from across the country. This was the 5th annual face-to-face gathering, and this time, we presented on UBC’s workplace health promotion activities and programs.
UBC Staff Pension Fair (June 21)
With our UBC HR colleagues, we attended the annual Staff Pension Fair held at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. The fair was a great opportunity to learn more about the pension plan with hosted information tables highlighting key services and resources.
Our table included information about the Employee and Family Assistance Program, UBC’s Benefits Plan, and Health and Wellbeing offerings. We interacted with over 300 people and had a great time answering questions, providing information and meeting colleagues from across the campus.
We have been busy delivering health and wellbeing-related training, educational sessions, and workshops across campus. Here are some of the topics we’ve covered over the past few months:
- Mental health first aid
- Conflict resolution
- Elder care
- Parenting tips on sexual health conversations
- Financial wellbeing
- Debunking the diet
- Understanding your travel benefits
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By Miranda Massie on April 5, 2017
Celebrate the end of another school year with some fun! Register now for UBC’s seventh annual Staff and Faculty Sports Day on Friday, May 5, 2017.
Open to UBC faculty, staff and grad students, this free event is an exciting team-building day that encourages inclusivity, accessibility, mental and physical wellbeing, and fun!
Why take part?
Make connections: 90% of survey respondents from last year’s event reported that it positively impacted their sense of belonging within their team.
Improve your health: Last year’s participants reported positive increases in mental health (90%) and physical wellbeing (84%) after participating in Sports Day.
2017 Highlights include:
- New spaces and places: Events will take place in Brock Hall, War Memorial Gym, the Student Recreation Centre, the UBC Alumni Centre and more!
- A Recognition Wall: Help recognize the personal and professional achievements of your colleagues. Submissions can be made in three ways:
- Special guests: VPs Lisa Castle (HR) and Louise Cowin (VPS) will be in attendance to present trophies and prizes at the Awards Ceremony.
- Free lunch and social: All participants are invited to socialize and celebrate while grabbing a free lunch. Check out the booths, watch the awards ceremony and add to the recognition wall.
Last year’s event sold out and spots are already filling up fast, so teams are encouraged to register as early as possible to secure a space. Registration is first come, first served and closes on April 26.
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By Miranda Massie on March 2, 2017
UBC’s favourite departmental funding program is back! The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program provides funds to departments and units to support grassroots activities that promote wellbeing in the workplace.
The program provides the start-up funds and support for health-related sustainable activities and initiatives like yoga classes, health challenges, mental health training, bike share programs, creative activities and more.
In 2016, the program funded four bike share programs, five patio gardens, eight health challenges, six innovative new ideas, two arts-based projects, three mental health training workshops and nine fitness classes in Vancouver and the Okanagan.
Have a great idea? Want to boost team-building and the health of your colleagues? It’s easy to apply – and the benefits to your department or unit can be far-reaching.
To learn more about the program – including regulations, funding toolkits and application forms – go to our Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program webpage.
Applications close on April 21, 2017.
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By Miranda Massie on March 2, 2017
Our Healthy UBC team has been busy over the past few months. Check out some of our Out and About photos below!
Suicide Awareness Day 2017
What a successful day! With the help of staff, faculty and student volunteers, we were able to hand out close to 4,000 Suicide Awareness pens and resource cards in addition to hosting two QPR Suicide Prevention workshops. We truly are making progress in creating a caring campus by increasing awareness and decreasing the stigma around suicide.
We are well on our way in the nine-week Walkabout Challenge and are participating on one of four human resources teams enrolled this year. The Majesties in Motion (see our lovely team pic below) are averaging around 320,000 steps a week!
Dog Walk to Tower Beach
To snag some extra social steps, we participated in the Dog Walker’s Stroll, one of the Step It Up weekly guided walks. We met up with around 40 colleagues from across campus, as well as five of their furry friends, and headed for a gorgeous sunny walk to the beach and back!
Team Building: Cooking Class
Our Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team ventured to Nourish Café on 10th Avenue for a fun and food-filled afternoon. We learned how to make hummus, crackers, Mediterranean roasted chicken, cauliflower and kale, and a millet and roasted squash salad with tahini dressing. Delish!
Travelling Health Fair 2017
We have just finished our annual health screenings! Thank you to the more than 200 people who came out to receive their free diabetes screening.
Missed the fair? The UBC Pharmacists Clinic will be offering the same Diabetes Awareness Assessments for two weeks in March. Between March 6 and March 17 you can receive the same FREE screening offered at the Travelling Health Fair. Call the UBC Pharmacists Clinic at 604-827-2584 to book your appointment.
See you around!
Melissa and Miranda
Do you have an upcoming event that you would like us to be a part of? Email Miranda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Melissa Lafrance on January 10, 2017
Get Free Health Coaching Through EFAP
UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program offers Health Coaching! You will receive information and tools to better understand health issues. Shepell’s Health Coaches teach you about how to make changes to be well and stay well, while providing motivation to reach your lifestyle goals.
Personalized and interactive support from Registered Nurses and Occupational Health Nurses are provided for a wide range of health areas including weight management and exercise and healthy eating as a component of a healthy lifestyle.
There are many ways for you to get help from your Employee & Family Assistance Program provider – all completely confidential. Review the services available here and use the icons under Let Us Help to book your service anytime, anywhere.
If you need support or immediate help, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765.
Read the counselling services page to learn what to expect when you contact Shepell.
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 psychologists/clinical counsellors, physiotherapists, registered massage therapists and chiropractors.
Learn more about your Extended Health Benefits coverage.
Set Up Your Workspace Ergonomically
Whether you mostly work at a desk or spend most of your work day on the move, UBC Ergonomics can help you ensure the design and arrangement of your work station allows for optimal use.
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By Miranda Massie on December 7, 2016
UBC Based Events and Activities
This interactive session will share findings, integrate ideas and share strategies related to the project How Teaching Practices Influence Student Mental Health and Wellbeing. Participants will gain instructional tools to promote and inspire curriculum that incorporates student wellbeing in the classroom.
Beaty Nocturnal: Dec. 15
Come by for a night at the museum! Every month, the museum will stay open late, offering family-friendly activities with admission by donation between 5:00-8:30 pm.. On Dec. 15, join us to learn more about northern animal species.
A Northwest Baroque Masterworks Project in collaboration with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra presents Festive Cantatas – J.S Bach Magnificat.
Winter Yoga at MOA: Now until May 2017
You can take yoga classes this winter in the Museum of Anthropology’s Great Hall. Cost is $150 for 20 classes, $90 for 10 classes, $55 for 5 classes, or $14 for a drop-in session.
Join us each week:
- Mondays 12:30-1:30pm
- Tuesday and Wednesday 5:15pm-6:15pm
Bodyworks Fitness Centre $2 Drop-in: January 2017
UBC Bodyworks Fitness Centre will be offering a new $2 drop-in rate to all staff and faculty! This offer is available starting Jan. 4, Monday to Friday 1pm – 4pm. Drop by and check out their facilities, or take part in their Free Weeks: Jan. 9- 21, 2017.
11th Annual Walkabout Challenge: Jan. 16 – March 19
Mark your calendar for the 11th annual Walkabout starting Jan. 16! Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge promoting regular exercise in social settings. Everyone at UBC ( staff, faculty, students, alumni and the community) is invited to join with their teams of five to achieve personal and team goals. If you want to join but don’t have a team, no problem! You will be matched with other participants. Everyone who registered or is interested is also invited to attend the Walkabout Kick-Off on January 11 from 12:00 – 1:30pm. Visit www.walkabout.educ.ubc.ca for more information, registration, and event dates.
Carrot Rewards App is a free mobile app that rewards you for living healthier. Receive bonus reward points just for being a member of the UBC Sun Life group benefit plan and a BC resident.
Earn reward points from your choice of 4 reward partners – Aeroplan®, SCENE®, Petro-PointsTM, and More Rewards® by completing quizzes and tracking your daily steps.
- If you are a UBC Sun Life group benefit plan member, click on a link below, download the app using promo code UBCsun1 and receive additional reward points. Promo code is for personal use only.
- If you are a UBC employee but not a member of the Sun Life group benefit plan, you can also participate. Click on a link below, download the app using promo code UBCsun2 and receive additional points. Promo code is for personal use only.
Already using the Carrot Rewards App? You can still use the promo codes to receive your bonus reward points. Simply click on “Account” at the bottom right-hand side of your Carrot Reward App and hit “Enter a bonus code” to enter the appropriate promo code.
Now is also a great time to download the my Sun Life Mobile App and take advantage of all of the features it has to offer, including easy claims submission.
Lunchtime Volleyball League for Faculty and Staff: January 2017
UBC Recreation is running a free lunch-hour Faculty and Staff Volleyball program at the SRC, Wednesdays 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Sign up now to join the league in the New Year! Drop-ins are also welcome with valid staff/faculty ID card.
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By Miranda Massie on August 3, 2016
Our Health and Wellbeing team has been keeping busy over the spring and summer. Check out some of our updates and photos below.
Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge 2016
We had over 460 staff and faculty participate this year-our biggest group ever!
The total stairs climbed by all participants was equal to 567,117 metres (over 567km!). We collectively climbed Mount Everest 64 times! A huge thank you to all of our corporate health and fitness discount partners for prizes and a big congratulations to all participants. Click here to see challenge photos and video.
Mental Health First Aid at UBC
We are excited to announce that two of our UBC HR team members (at both our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses) are now trained as Mental Health First Aid facilitators by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This means that Mental Health First Aid training will be more widely available for staff, faculty and students. Click here for more information about Mental Health First Aid.
Canadian Universities and Colleges Community of Practice Conference
In June, a group of 40 health promotion and disability management professionals from post-secondary institutions across Canada met UBC Okanagan for a community of practice conference. There was solid representation from UBC HR in the crowd and it was a great opportunity to share ideas, present on new ideas and to highlight important initiatives. It was also a great chance to check out the Okanagan campus!
UBC Events Professional Network Meeting (Botanical Gardens)
Our Health and Wellbeing team, along with members from the Workplace Learning and Engagement unit, attended and presented at the summer meeting of the UBC Event Professionals Network to promote professional development opportunities on campus.
All participants were then treated to a sun-filled, educational tour of the botanical gardens.
If you are interested in being a part of the Events Professionals Network, please email email@example.com.
Mindfulness in the news
Have you noticed that mindfulness has been in the news lately? We are so excited that the CBC recently profiled the work that UBC Human Resources has been doing with the Sauder School of Business and Mindwell Canada.
Read more about the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace here, or listen to an interview with UBC representatives, and Mindwell about the research that has been done (around 30 min.).
We will be offering Mindfulness programs again this fall so stay tuned for dates and registration details.
Workshops of note
We have been busy delivering training and educational sessions and workshops across campus over the past few months, including:
- Robson Square Health Check Day
- Not Myself Today info session
- Responding with Respect for UBC IT managers
- Celiac disease and a gluten free diet
- Learn to Meditate
And lots more!!
The fall is gearing up to be one of our busiest ever so we will be seeing you around!
-Melissa and Miranda
Do you have an upcoming health and wellbeing event that you would like us to be a part of? Email Miranda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Melissa Lafrance on October 6, 2015
As the season begins to change, our moods and behaviours can also shift. With the days getting shorter and temperatures colder, we may not be as motivated to be out and about or to maintain vibrant social circles. The following three articles by Shepell, UBC’s EFAP provider, can help support you with beneficial tools to improve or maintain your social wellbeing and support networks.
Most people know that proper nutrition, exercise, and relaxation techniques can reduce stress, but did you know that friendship is just as important? Learn some skills and strategies to improve the quality of your relationships with A friend, indeed: friendship as a source of solace and support.
If you are in a new work environment or in a new neighbourhood, or you feel the need to build your social support network, check out Building and maintaining a social support network.
Managing a social life with a busy schedule can sometimes prove to be demanding. For advice on fitting social time into your schedule, read: Maintaining friendships on a busy schedule.
Posted in Benefits Spotlight, EFAP, Information Update, Mental Health | Tagged assistance, Benefits, community, EFAP, Employee and Family Assistance program, Friendship, social support | Leave a response