By Melissa Lafrance on July 4, 2018
Summer is here! What better way to enjoy the nice weather and nature than with an al fresco outing. To kick-off summer this July, we are exploring picnic ideas and tricks, as well as delicious recipes for a nourishing and fun outdoor meal, whether it’s in a park, at the beach, or a building rooftop. Read on to learn more.
Week 1: Pack with Ease
- Opt for reusable over disposable. Check out BC Living’s picnic packing list for ideas on what to bring.
- Mason jars or repurposed glass jars are perfect for carrying liquids or anything that could potentially leak. Check out these 26 portioned meals in a jar by Greatist.
Week 2: Seriously Sizzling
- Looking for vegetarian options? Explore BBC Good Food’s collection of vegetarian picnic recipes.
- If you need recipe ideas for your next summer BBQ cookout or picnic, check out this collection of summer BBQ picnic foods made healthier.
- If you are grilling burgers and/or sausages (meat or veg), spice ‘em up with Pampered Chef’s ultimate list of toppings and Kitchn’s how to quick pickle any vegetable (no canning required).
Week 3: Snack Attack and H2O Hydration
- Build your own healthy trail mix with this recipe from The Healthy Maven.
- Don’t forget to bring water in a reusable water bottle or try a cool summer beverage idea by making your own no-sugar-added iced tea (Eating Well) or jazzing up your water with fruits, vegetables and herbs thanks to these flavoured water recipes (Food Network).
Week 4: Sandwiches and Sweet Stuff
- Need inspiration to create a delicious sandwich? Check out Tablespoon’s grilled vegetable on focaccia recipe and caprese picnic sandwiches.
- Think outside the bread and try these deconstructed sandwiches on a stick (Food Network).
- Watermelon: there’s nothing better on a hot summer day. Here are five ways to cut it according to WikiHow.
- Try making summer melon slushies (Woman’s Day) and berry trifle in a jar (All Recipes).
Looking for more ideas?
Each week in July, we will be sharing tips, tricks and recipes to help you a picnic with a punch! Become a UBC Health Contact to receive weekly reminders.
By Miranda Massie on December 7, 2017
This Month’s Feature:
Participate in a Standing Desk Study
Many office workers spend a high proportion of their work day sitting, often in prolonged unbroken bouts. The Population Physical Activity Lab in the School of Kinesiology at UBC is conducting a workplace intervention aimed at reducing employee sitting time through the provision of a low-cost standing desk.
If you are interested in trying out a standing desk, aged 18-65 years old, and sit at a desk at least three days a week, then you are invited to participate.
This study involves wearing an activity monitor and completing a few surveys – three times over a six-month period. You will receive $60 for your participation and be offered the standing desk to keep.
Click here for more information or if you’d like to sign up for this study, please email Dr. Guy Faulkner, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health, or Katie Weatherson, the Research Assistant at email@example.com
Other Events and Activities:
December 7: Night Shift – Supernatural Vibes
Emcee Suzette Amaya curates an all-female line-up of Indigenous spoken word and hip-hop performers from around the Northwest Coast. Supernatural Vibes celebrates Northwest Coast matriarch voices to honour women’s stories, talents and histories.
December 12: UBC Undergraduate Admissions Information Session
Do you have a dependent child thinking of attending UBC? When your dependent child progresses from high school to post-secondary education, it can be an exciting, overwhelming and confusing time for you and your child. Staff and faculty who are parents of children thinking of attending UBC are invited to learn more about UBC’s student application process and timelines.
December 13: Winter Bang! Festival
Enjoy electroacoustic music, student capstone presentations and an interactive music and dance concert as part of this free UBC School of Music celebration. Additional event details available here.
Coming in 2018:
- January – Sexual Assault Awareness Month
- Save the Date: January 31 – UBC Suicide Awareness Day
- February – Annual Travelling Health Fair
- Save the Date: February 15 and 16 – Annual Health Assessments, UBC Okanagan
Photo credit: UBC Communications and Marketing
By Melissa Lafrance on June 7, 2017
Thriving Campus features testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff members. This month we feature Dionne Halyk, a human resources administrative assistant within Development & Alumni Engagement.
How do you thrive at work?
Taking classes: I love taking classes and there is so much opportunity for staff and faculty to learn at UBC. I’ve taken classes ranging from Adobe InDesign to Ethnographic Film Methods to Writing for Multimedia and the Web. I also love to attend the “lunch and learn” classes put on by UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits. It’s a wonderful opportunity to eat my lunch while learning things like mindful meditation techniques, debt and saving strategies, and nutrition tips.
Taking part in things around campus: We’re lucky to have so many things available to us right on our doorstep! I’ve joined yoga on Fridays in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, gotten vitamin advice at the UBC Pharmacists Clinic, visited the Museum of Anthropology (multiple times), watched in awe at UBC’s Baccalaureate Concert, ate delicious Hot Lunches, competed in the Staff & Faculty Sports Day (shout out to my HR team, Team Fabulous, who just won this year’s Team Spirit award!), and so on. The list of things to do here is unending!
Collaborating with colleagues: I’m genuinely lucky to work with such kind-hearted, hard-working and very fun colleagues. Everyone – from my cubicle partner Masa to our very own President Ono – embodies the true UBC spirit of positivity and collaboration, and every day at work I see this. Working in HR means I connect with multiple people across campus daily and I can honestly say they make my job a joy. Thank you to everyone at DAE, IT, Central HR, Payroll, Benefits, Building Ops, Admissions, etc. for your help! We have a saying in my office – one team, one dream – and I can tell you that truly exists here.
How do you thrive at home?
All things artistic: Painting, writing, photography, filmmaking, sewing – I even made a willow chair once! I love being able to express myself and create different things.
All things outdoors: Hiking on the North Shore, snowboarding at Mount Seymour, being a beach bum at Kits Beach – mountains, forests and the ocean are happiness therapy for me.
Travel, travel, travel: I’ve been to 29 countries so far with plans for number 30 this fall. New people, cultures, art, architecture, foods and languages…these are a few of my favourite things.
And finally, my family and friends: Movie nights, board games or just sitting around telling stories and laughing – nothing makes me thrive more than spending time with them!
Dionne Halyk is a human resources administrative assistant within Development & Alumni Engagement. She has a BA in Sociology and a BComm in Marketing, both from the University of Saskatchewan. Dionne is originally from Saskatoon and has travelled, worked and studied in locations that range from Banff and Quebec City to Chile and Ireland. She is currently working on a short poetic documentary, blending her love of travel with writing and filmmaking.
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By Colin Hearne on July 6, 2015
Helping Kids Emotionally Prepare For Summer Camp
Going away to summer camp can be the highlight of a child’s year: after all, a cabin full of friends and non-stop fun without parental rule seems like a great proposition. But the idea of being away from home can also be daunting to some children—especially those who haven’t been to camp before —and can stir up feelings of anxiety or a fear of the unknown. UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell has an excellent article on helping your kids emotionally prepare for summer camp – click here to read the full article
By Colin Hearne on July 6, 2015
This month we are featuring UBC Philosophy Professor Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins. Carrie recently wrote a Globe and Mail article on ‘What’s love got to do with Sex-Ed? Maybe everything’– and is currently working on a book on the nature of romantic love. If that is not enough to grab your attention then maybe hearing about her philosophy rock band will! Interested? Read on.
Thriving Faculty exemplify the integration of health and wellbeing into classrooms, research, departments and communities.
What are the central challenges that you face in your role as Faculty?
Teaching is very challenging for me, because it comes with so much responsibility. I know that how good a job I do as teacher impacts other people, in potentially huge ways. Being aware of this often means I find it hard to set boundaries on my time when it comes to teaching: what if putting in more hours makes all the difference to one student? This problem hits even harder when I’m teaching large classes, and/or multiple classes at once. I’m also quite an introvert. Face-to-face interaction is generally exhausting for me. A three-hour class can leave me feeling like I’m about to melt into a puddle.
What strategies do you use in your own life that help you thrive as Faculty?
Evening yoga practice helps me calm down; it serves as a kind of physical and mental release valve. My dog takes me outside for daily walks, which are a good idea if you have to spend most of your working day at a computer or reading books. Talking with my husband (who is also a professor) helps me be more reflective about balancing my time and responsibilities. Agreeing to DO ALL THE THINGS can sometimes be the default setting for me, so I need reminders that I’m actually not doing anyone any favours when I agree to take on more tasks than I can complete to a good standard. (I’m working on internalizing this moral, but in the meantime it helps to have an external source of reminders.) My latest work hack is “prioritizing my priorities”. I know it sounds obvious, but until I started thinking about it in those terms I wasn’t doing it. For example, this summer my priority is to finish a draft of my new book about love. Every morning, I spend my first working hour on the book. It’s very rare that I have a day in which I can’t spare one hour for writing. But until I thought about it in these terms, I was just trying to “fit it in” when I could, which invariably meant that I’d try to get everything else out of the way first. But there’s a never-ending stream of everything else! That approach wasn’t working. As soon as I started putting my priority first in this very literal sense, I started making progress on it at a much faster rate. It’s also meant that I can spend the rest of the day on other things without feeling constantly frustrated about the progress I’m not making on the book.
In your role as faculty, please describe your experience balancing work-life commitments? Is there a metaphor that depicts this relationship?
I guess it’s a work in progress, although I’m not sure what would count as being finished. The UBC campus would be a good metaphor.
Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Philosophy at UBC. She is one of the three principal editors of Thought: A Journal Of Philosophy, winner of the 2015 PROSE award for Best New Social Sciences and Humanities Journal. Carrie did her BA, MPhil, and PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge, and since then has worked at Universities in the UK, the US, Australia, and Canada. Her latest research is on the nature of romantic love. Her book What Love Is And What It Could Be is scheduled to appear in 2016 with Basic Books. Carrie is a member of the Philosophy rock group The 21st Century Monads; you can listen to their music at: http://the21stcenturymonads.net. Find out more about Carrie’s work at http://www.carriejenkins.net or follow her on Twitter: @carriejenkins.
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