breast cancer awareness
By Colin Hearne on May 6, 2014
This month, UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of sessions focused on a wide variety of topics from Zumba, breast cancer prevention, nutrition to optimize performance, ergonomics and more. Join us and take a few moments to build new skills, boost your health and to reflect on how you face the day. (Courses are at the Point Grey campus unless otherwise indicated)
Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind dance/fitness program. Achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in an exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate. Running shoes and comfortable clothing suggested. For more information and to register, click here.
Join Breast Cancer Prevention Lifestyle Counselor Bonnie McCoy in this Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment session – an interactive 45-minute education session that provides recent evidence about how to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. For more information and to register, click here.
You can’t expect your body to train at a high level without providing the best possible fuel at least most of the time. This session is designed to motivate participants to improve their eating habits and optimize their health, energy, and performance; the session will also focus on prevention and management of stress through balanced meals /snacks and tips on specific foods that induce or reduce stress. For more information and to register, click here.
UBC Ergonomics is offering free computer workstation set-up tutorials, on the last Thursday of every month. These one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and a practical session giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. Learn how to optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures. Training is located on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd). Register online for these sessions now.
The Ergonomics program at UBC strives to have an Office Ergonomics Representative for each department. We provide the training (usually three hours) and material required for reps to promote, educate and ensure musculoskeletal health in their departments. Office Ergo Reps are trained by the Ergonomics Coordinator in simple computer workstation set-up, signs and symptoms of injuries from poor ergonomic set-up and control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms. Register Online Here. Session will be held on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd).
The goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy. This workshop, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. This training is 12 hours in length, to be completed in two sessions over a two-day period. If you are not able to attend both sessions, you will not be eligible for the course completion certificate. For more information and to register, click here.
Take a time-out from work for your mental and physical health! Join your campus colleagues for a lunch-hour walk on Mondays and Fridays. Monday’s group meets out front of the UBC Bookstore and leaves at 12:10 p.m. and Friday’s leaves at 12:10 p.m. outside the TEF3 building on Agronomy – location here. All abilities welcome. For more information, call 604.827.3047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the UBC Meditation Community, which holds weekly sessions from September through May. Click here for more information.
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By Colin Hearne on October 30, 2013
|Apply Now: Healthy Workplace Initiative Program Funding.This fund is available to UBC departments, units and operational committees to support healthy workplace initiatives. Application deadline is November 22nd at 4:30pm. Individualized coaching is available for departments/units interested in applying for funding. Find out more.|
|November 5th 2013: Breast Cancer PreventionJoin Bonnie McCoy from the UBC Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic in a Breast Cancer Prevention Education Session to learn how to prevent breast cancer. This interactive session will provide evidence-based information to help participants understand how to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer through lifestyle changes. For more information on the UBC Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment Clinic visit www.breastcancerprevention.med.ubc.ca.|
|November 6th 2013: Stress BustersWhen stressors overwhelm us, we need effective techniques to bring us back to equilibrium. This session explores all aspects of the stress response, focusing on practical tips and tools to bring us to optimal stress levels, helping us to maximize our energy and performance.|
|November 7th 2013: Simple Meditation-Coping with Anxieties and WorriesThis workshop introduces meditation techniques complementary to cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and worries. Participants will be trained to take a step back from their own anxious reactions and will learn techniques to disengage from the sensations, thoughts and feelings associated anxiety, instead of trying to control or stop them. Meditation and creative visualization techniques are introduced to tame and disarm the sensations, thoughts and feelings of anxiety.|
|November 8th 2013: Fresh Air Farm Friday TourSituated within a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest, the UBC Farm comprises a mosaic of cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, and successional forest stands. In the midst of a city, this landscape offers an important bridge between the rural and the urban. Walk the 60-acre site of fields, forests and hedgerows! Visit Beehives, hoop houses, and greenhouses. See where the Farm Markets happen, walk through our educational Children’s Garden, and learn about Aboriginal Hub. Bring your picnic lunch if you’d like to eat after the tour. Remember to dress for the weather, including boots for wet grasses.|
|November 8th, 2013: Zumba-Thrive Wrap-up CelebrationThis year, to celebrate Thrive, we will be hosting a large scale Zumba class with UBC Rec to wrap up the week of activities. Join us to have fun and get a bit of exercise while spending time with friends and colleagues. Participants will have the opportunity to experience elevated mood, clearer thinking and improved self-esteem. Physical activity is one of the largest preventive factors against chronic physical illness and, chronic conditions are a risk factor for poor mental health. Students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in this fun event. Please wear comfortable clothing. Wear yellow to support Thrive! Free healthy snacks will be provided.|
|November 12th, 2013: Achieving HappinessHappiness is a topic of interest to many, and everyone has an opinion about what factors can bring them greater happiness. On Tuesday November 12th, join Kostadin Kushlev, PhD student and Vanier Scholar at the Department of Psychology, and explore the latest empirical evidence indicating which of our intuitions are right and also examine the factors that are associated with greater psychological wellbeing.|
|November 14 and 15th, 2013: Mental Health First Aid TrainingThe goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy in the community. This workshop, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, or in a family member, a friend or a colleague. By the end of the workshop, participants will recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, are able to provide initial support to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis, and be prepared to guide a person towards appropriate professional help. This training is 12 hours in length, to be completed in two sessions over a two-day period. Note: If you are not able to attend both sessions, you will not be eligible for the course completion certificate.|
|November 19th, 2013: Beyond Stigma-Understanding Mental Health in the WorkplaceIn today’s society, there still remains a lack of awareness and even sometimes bias related to mental health problems. This wellness session will allow participants to enhance their understanding of the personal and environmental factors that can have an impact on mental health, as well as the most appropriate prevention and intervention strategies available. Click here to register.|
|November 28th, 2013: Mindfulness in the WorkplaceResearch shows that increases in mindfulness are associated with increased creativity and decreased in the workplace. Some of the health benefits include lower blood pressure, a reduction of insomnia and improved memory. Mindfulness Meditation not only reduces the harmful effects of stress but can increase your energy, productivity and enjoyment of everyday life. Join UBCs Health and Wellness Specialist Dr. Geoffrey Soloway for this intriguing workshop, and explore how you can adopt mindfulness in the workplace. Click here to register.|
|Every Monday and Friday: PowerwalkingJoin your campus colleagues for a lunch-hour walk on Mondays and Fridays. All abilities welcome. Mondays at 12:30pm and Fridays at 12:10pm outside the General Services Administration Building (GSAB). For more information email email@example.com or click here.|
|Every Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: Meditation ClassesThe rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep that you can ever have. When the mind becomes free from agitation, is calm and serene and at peace, meditation happens. Join the UBC Meditation Community, which holds weekly sessions from September until May. Click here for more information.|