By Miranda Massie on April 5, 2016
It is no secret that we live in one of the most expensive cities on the planet. The draw of delicate cherry blossoms, crisp ocean breezes and gorgeous mountain views are only some of the reasons that keep us here, despite the costs.
The stark reality however, is that we can’t count on the ocean or the view to pay the bills, and, the stresses associated with finances can be overwhelming and at times suffocating.
I often hear from people that items related to personal health and wellbeing are the first things to be sacrificed in times of financial strain. What we sometimes forget is that keeping well doesn’t have to break the bank.
At the end of the day, if we don’t have our health, how are we to enjoy and appreciate our wealth?
Top health hacks to boost your wellbeing while keeping money in your wallet
Participate in free events:
Register now for UBC’s annual Staff and Faculty Sports Day on May 6, 2016. This free UBC Centennial event is designed to build teamwork and celebrate the end of the school year. With your team of 4-6 people, you will take part in four physical or intellectual challenges and enjoy a free lunch, prizes and more!
Take advantage of discounts:
As a staff and faculty member at UBC, you have access to a wide range of corporate discounts for local fitness, yoga, and recreation programs. Already covered for physical health? Don’t forget to explore the arts and culture as well as family event discounts available too. Discounts include both on and off campus options.
UBC offers free pension plan workshops on a wide range of topics intended to help you make informed decisions for your family and future. Topics include Pension Plan 101, Understanding your Pension Plan, Retirement Information and GetEducated Seminars. Available for individuals, departments and larger groups.
You also have access to a wide variety of online learning tools through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell. Visit workhealthlife.com to find out more.
Find the right incentive:
Canada’s first wellness rewards program has launched in the form of Carrot Rewards. BC residents who make an effort to lead healthier lifestyles can now be rewarded with loyalty points such as Aeroplan, PetroPoints, Scene and MoreRewards. Users who sign up (it’s free) for Carrot Rewards will be able to earn loyalty points for completing activities centred on making healthier lifestyle choices.
As we set foot into a fresh fiscal year, I want to leave you with one last hack, or perhaps just a fun fact:
People often assume that eating healthier costs more money. Well, Harvard did a study to see if this was really the case. They found that the difference in price between the healthiest diets (rich in fish, nuts, fruits and veggies) and the least heathy diets was $1.50 per day. For the cost of a daily cup of store-bought coffee, you have the potential to re-allocate your funds in a health boosting way.
All my best
By Miranda Massie on December 4, 2014
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has been hard at work seeking out more corporate discounts for staff and faculty!
The 2014 UBC Influenza Immunization Program has wrapped up a successful 2014 campaign. A big thanks to the 4,500 staff, faculty and students who joined the resistance and got vaxxed at free flu shot clinics across UBC Vancouver Campus. This is up nearly 1,000 from last year!
To help make next year’s program even better, we’re conducting a survey to hear your thoughts on the UBC flu clinics, the safety and effectiveness of the vaccination, and how you decide whether to get vaccinated against the flu. Complete the survey here.
This Nov. 3-7, UBC celebrated Thrive week with a number of activities and initiatives aimed at promoting positive mental health and resiliency on campus. Find out what happened and how you can Thrive all year!
Sessions are currently being held at the Bookstore. Join anytime! Find support, access to eTools, inspiration and motivation.
MoodFx is an interactive app designed by the UBC eHealth office to help people with depression and low mood feel better—a helpful tool to assist you in overcoming depression. Screen and track symptoms, print, email, or show your results to your doctor and receive helpful tips for managing depression, anxiety, and difficulties with cognition and work stress.
Interested in supporting safe walking and cycling routes for people of all ages and abilities within the UBC and University Endowment Lands community? Learn more about the Alliance for Biking and Walking.
Off campus events
Dejal is a Stretch Prompter Software aimed to gently remind you to take a break from your workstation on a regular basis. Recommended by the UBC Ergonomics program.
Shop local year-round: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.
Alive interactive Magazine–Winter Issue
Read about diabetes management advice, tips for an injury-free workout, hearty, warming stew recipes and more!
Longest Night Celebration–Richmond, December 20
Celebrate the Winter Solstice by lighting up the night with lanterns, the rhythm of drums, fire wishes and roasting marshmallows. Suitable for all ages.
By Miranda Massie on September 9, 2014
UBC Recreation Open House-Sept. 8-14
Join UBC Recreation for a free week of programming and open houses at all of its sport facilities. Throughout the week, there will be free classes, including yoga, martial arts, aquatic fitness, dance, pilates, cycle fit, boot camps, and more.
President’s Installation-Sept. 12
Attend the installation of Professor Arvind Gupta as the 13th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of British Columbia. Join UBC students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community for a full day of events on the Vancouver campus.
UBC Homecoming-Sept. 13
This year’s Homecoming will feature a ton of fun activities, concluding with the big game on Saturday, Sept. 13 against the University of Calgary Dinos. Come out and show your UBC pride!
UBC is proud to welcome Vivek Shraya to UBC’s Vancouver campus on Sept 24 to screen his film, What I LOVE about being QUEER. Join a lively discussion about language, identity and being queer at UBC and in today’s society.
Main Mall Harvest Feast–Sept. 25
Share a sustainable, family style, long table dinner. White linens, tableware, glassware & candles will be set where old & new friends share in food, drink, & share stories. In collaboration between chefs from UBC & the AMS with some UBC Farm items. Purchase tickets here. View the Harvest Feast Menu
Thrive is both a mindset and a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for UBC students, faculty, and staff. The campus community is invited to partner in hosting an event or promoting the initiative. By partnering with Thrive, your group can contribute to this dialogue and support positive mental health at UBC. Are you a faculty member? You are invited to bring Thrive into the classroom.
The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is a fund available to UBC departments and units to support healthy activities in the workplace. The program provides start-up funds for kick starting health related, sustainable initiatives. Have a great idea but need some seed money to get it off the ground? Already running programming but want to take it to the next level? Apply for Healthy Workplace funding! New funding criteria. Deadline to apply is November 22, 2014.
UBC’s updated iPhone and Android app is available for download. Students, faculty, staff and prospective students can access up-to-date event information and news from around campus. The app can also help users find their way around using a list of locations and maps.
Hot Box Yoga-UBC Corporate Discount
UBC’s newest yoga studio, located in Westbrook Village, is offering a corporate discount to staff and faculty.
Yoga classes at International House are starting up again for the fall!
Best Catch Sustainable Seafood Festival, Steveston-Sept. 14
This free community event promotes the value of making ocean-friendly seafood choices.The Best Catch Sustainable Seafood Festival features live cooking demonstrations, food tastings, live music, and more!
Surrey Youth Fest, Sept. 20
An outdoor concert, live performances, an exhibitor’s expo and more. All geared towards youth!
Vancouver International Film Festival– Starts Sept. 25
As one of the largest film festivals in North America, the 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival brings Vancouver audiences some of the best films from around the globe.
Richmond Culture Days-Sept. 26-28
This year, Richmond is pleased to present the 5th annual Culture Days, a Canada-wide program featuring free arts and culture activities that showcase creativity in the community. From backstage tours to pottery demos to hands-on Chinese calligraphy workshops, there is something for all ages and interests.
Alive interactive-September Issue
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By Miranda Massie on July 3, 2014
Hosted at the UBC Bookstore.
Learn about the Museum of Anthropology’s collections and exhibitions through a variety of daily guided tours.
UBC is the proud host venue of the 2014 Special Olympics. Join 1500 athletes from across the country as they compete in 11 different sporting events.
The Farm offers three weekly markets June through October, including one at the UBC Bookstore!
We have updated our promotional offer with YYoga. Be sure to print off the latest barcode to receive your corporate rate!
From beginners to advanced, find the bootcamp that best fits your schedule and suits your fitness needs.
Gold’s Gym at UBC is under new management and is offering a range of new discounts and deals for staff and faculty. Click here for more details.
UBC Grand Prix–July 8
Experience this world class cycling event on campus! This event promotes cycling as both a vehicle to a healthy lifestyle and as a safe, sustainable means of transportation.
UBC Colour Me Rad 5K–August 2
Participate in this festive and colourful 5K walk/run. Proceeds go towards supporting Special Olympics BC.
Off campus events
Enjoy a variety of movie classics in the great outdoors. There are free movie sites across the province so be sure to find a location nearest you!
Indian Summer Festival–July 3-12
This local festival showcases artists of South Asian origin in the performing, visual, literary and folk arts and hopes to foster dialogue between Canada and South Asia, and within communities in Canada.
Symphony in the Park, Deer Lake Park-July 13
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs its annual free outdoor concert showcasing the beauty of Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park.
Dolphin Basketball Classic, Richmond-July 18-20
The 4-on-4 Dolphin Basketball Classic originated in the summer of 1986 and over the past two decades the classic has become one of the premier outdoor basketball tournaments on the west coast.
Surrey Fusion Festival July 19-20
Participate in the ultimate celebration of music, food and culture. Enjoy live performances, cultural pavilions, celebrity cooking demonstrations and more! Activities suited for the whole family.
North Vancouver Caribbean Days Festival–July 26-27
The Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining, socializing (liming) and dancing in the sunshine.
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By Miranda Massie on May 6, 2014
Weight Watchers@Work UBC Open House-May 13, 2014
The UBC Bookstore will be hosting a Weight Watchers at Work open house to kick of the latest series of sessions. Register to attend if you are interested in participating. A new series will begin on June 3.
UBC Tennis Centre-Spring Programs
Moving Minds Walk- May 15, 2014
Moving Minds is an annual free event promoting the use of breaks from work to support one’s health and wellbeing. This walk/run offers education as well as a community atmosphere to enable UBC community members to create healthy habits that promote vitality. For more information click here.
Diversity and Inclusion: Spring Symposium– May 16, 2014
This one-day symposium focuses on creative pathways to move communities, campuses and organizations into inclusion. presentations and discussions include practices in Aboriginal recruitment and inclusion, transgender and gender variant inclusion, and mental health inclusion in the work place.
UBC’s Bike to Work Week– May 26-30, 2014
The UBC community can support healthy workplaces and sustainable transportation by hopping on their bikes for one week, starting Monday May 26. To help get you ready, UBC and HUB are offering a Lunch-Hour Primer on May 13!
UBC Breastfeeding Cafe–May 28, 12pm-1pm
Are you a UBC mom with questions on latching or pumping? Looking for a welcoming place to meet others and nurse your baby or toddler? Ask questions, share your experiences with other moms in a non-judgmental environment. Click here for more information.
National Mental Health Week-May 5-11, 2014
The Canadian Mental Health Association is holding its annual Mental Health Week in May. Participate in local community events, donate to the cause and join the conversation around mental health.
When you shop at Vancouver Farmers Markets, you help keep BC farmers farming. Yaletown location opens May 1, while the Trout Lake and Kitsilano locations open May 10 and 11.
A two-month long series of free events and programs throughout Surrey that include storm drain marking, bird watching, hatchery tours and more!
The Robert Lee YMCA (955 Burrard Street Vancouver) has offered all UBC Staff, Faculty and non UBC Hospital staff a free two-week trial for the month of May (classes included) – For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cloverdale Rodeo-May 16-19 2014
This year marks the 126th year of this local country fair. The event includes family friendly entertainment, BBQ competitions, the West Coast Lumberjack show and lots of rodeo action.
Richmond Move for Health Festival-May 10, 2014
Enjoy main stage entertainment, “Discover your Sport” with Richmond Sports Council, explore interactive community booths, walk with the Mayor and meet Active Jack. Fun for the whole family!
Community Meditation-North Vancouver
Meditation can be incorporated in to daily life. Join the Kadampa Meditation Centre for weekly community classes at the John Braithwaite Community Centre Wednesdays from 7pm-8pm. Registration required.
Alive Interactive Magazine-May issue
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By Miranda Massie on March 3, 2014
Healthy UBC Challenge 2014-Registration open!
UBC is hosting a Total Health Challenge for staff and faculty at our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses – a fitness and nutrition challenge focused on improving your overall health. The challenge will be hosted online so staff and faculty can participate from any location. Register now.
This month, we bring you three new health discounts for faculty and staff in Vancouver, Richmond and White Rock!
Westcoast hot yoga (Vancouver and WhiteRock)
Sunberry fitness (Richmond)
Curves Women’s Gym and Fitness Centre (Point Grey)
Take a tour through UBC’s online health fair and check out over 20 different screenings, tools and resources to help assess your current status and make improvements towards a healthier self.
You are invited to a weekend (March 7-9) of Coastal First Nations dance performances hosted at the Museum of Anthropology, and produced by the Dancers of Damelahamid. Admission to the weekend day-time performances is included with MOA admission, which is free for UBC faculty, staff and students.
Participate in one of UBC’s most iconic experiences! Swim, sprint, bike, run and storm the wall. This event is not exclusively for students. Grab a team of colleagues and join in one of UBC’s longest standing traditions!
A free and safe way to dispose of your expired medication right here on campus.
Alive Interactive Magazine-February/March issue
By Miranda Massie on January 7, 2014
January 29th is UBC’s annual Suicide Awareness Day. Join us as outreach/awareness booths and street teams are situated across campus to promote the message of “Reach Out”, both to those seeking support, and those who recognize someone in need. Wear orange on January 29th to show your support for those people whose lives have been affected by the suicide of friends, family members, students or colleagues, and to show that you want to reach out to those who are considering suicide.
Don’t have any orange? We can send you and your colleagues Suicide Awareness Day buttons. Contact Miranda Massie for more information.
UBC’s Bodyworks Fitness Centre has released its programming for 2014. Check out their Active Kids Programs!
UBC staff and faculty can enjoy one-year and two-year memberships at reduced prices at Gold’s Gym. One-year memberships are $34 per month, and two-year memberships are $30 per month, with no registration or hold fees. Show your UBC staff and faculty card to receive the discount.
A wide range of events will be held from January 6-January 29, 2014 with the aim of raising awareness and understanding of issues surrounding sexual assault and campus security.
Health, Wellbing and Benefits is collaborating with Sauder School of Business to offer Mindfulness@Work as part of a research study to better understand the association between mindfulness practice and workplace performance. Learn more here.
Complimentary intro session, and 10%, 20% and 25% discounts off of the CrossFit101 course. Learn more about Cross Fit West 10 here.
Every Saturday, 10am-2pm, at Nat Baily Stadium (November to April). Bonus: In January, they are doubling the number of food trucks!
Enjoy articles on ways to live healthier & feel better in 2014, including delicious winter recipes.
Lunar New Year Celebrations
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By Miranda Massie on December 3, 2013
UBC staff and faculty can now receive discounts at both Urban Fitness Club locations on annual memberships, as well as 10/20/monthly class passes. Additional limited time offer: FREE two week trial pass.
In recognition of our biggest and best Thrive to date, we would like to share how UBC thrives, through numbers. Check out the story on our sister publication, Benefits FYI.
The support from the UBC community for Movember has been outstanding! The UBC network raised $78,958 in support of men’s health.
The Sauder School of Business is running a study to learn about the relationship between mindful awareness, emotion and authenticity in workplace leaders. Click on the link above to participate.
Feel like a kid again and watch a classic family friendly musical. Running at the Arts Club theatre until January 5th, 2014.
Celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It’s a magical place to enjoy the holidays with your friends, family and loved ones.
The November/December edition of this online health magazine is out. A great place for health tips, recipes, and more!
Celebrate with Royal City Youth Ballet’s 25th anniversary production of the Nutcracker. This production delights young and old with beautiful sets and extravagant costumes. December 13-15th at the Surrey Arts Centre.
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