By Melissa Lafrance on March 4, 2019
Appointments Available at the Travelling Health Fair | March 12 | Diamond Health Care Centre (VGH)
The Travelling Health Fair is visiting the Diamond Health Care Centre and there are a few appointments left! The fair is open to all UBC staff and faculty. This year, we are focusing on kidney health, so sign up to get assessed and learn how to maintain your kidney health.
Visit the Travelling Health Fair page to reserve your appointment and find out more information.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial | March 13 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation with a practical session, giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse, and monitor to promote neutral working postures. Find out more and register now.
Sit-Stand Desks & Platforms | March 13 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This workshop will provide important information about different types of sit-stand desks and platforms available for the workplace. Understanding the pros and cons of each will assist departments, staff and faculty in deciding which option may be most suitable. Product samples will be available for participants to try in order to understand how the different models impact physical positioning and workflow. Find out more and register now.
Boosting Your Positive Outlook | March 14 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Focusing on the negative side of challenges or issues can greatly affect overall wellbeing and affect performance. Join us for a session that will help you understand this seemingly automatic negative thinking and learn how to tackle negative thoughts effectively and increase your positive outlook. Find out more and register now.
Creating Balance in Your Life | March 20 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In today’s environment of competing demands, relentless commitments and feelings of being short on time, balance doesn’t often come easily or naturally. Join us for a session to help you explore how your current choices impact work-life satisfaction and develop strategies to achieve a greater balance in life by identifying your priorities and the things you may not be able to control. Find out more and register now.
Welcoming Change in Your Life | March 27 | 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Change is a natural part of life. You may be aware that a change is imminent, but are uncertain about what it will involve and how it will affect your life. Join us for a session that will address the emotional reactions involved with change and help you learn the coping skills to manage change more effectively. You will understand the different types of change, develop management strategies and learn to view change in a more positive manner. Find out more and register now.
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge | Begins Every Tuesday
This free, innovative, evidence-based training is for all UBC staff and faculty looking to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace and in their everyday lives. Content is delivered online via any device, and focuses on simple yet powerful and achievable learning objectives. After just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days, participants will be healthier, more productive and better able to problem-solve and work in a team. Learn more and register for the challenge now.
Coming in April:
Office Ergo Rep Training | April 4 | 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
If your department is looking for more efficient response and support with regards to ergonomic issues for staff, consider taking the three-hour Ergo Rep Training. Learn about basic ergonomic risk factors and assessments, proper computer workstation set-up, and resources to take back to your unit. Find out more and register now.
Community Health News
Ongoing: Register now for UBC Camps (discounts for UBC staff and faculty)
March 7-9: Turn it Up and Disrupt
Photo Credits: UBC Communications and Marketing, UBC Camps
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By Miranda Massie on September 11, 2018
September is busy enough without worrying about finances too. Read on to discover low-cost or no-cost fitness options and inclusive activities on campus.
Week 1: Make the most of Free Week!
From Sep. 10-16, UBC Recreation invites you explore as many classes as you like at various Vancouver campus locations. See the full class schedule on the UBC Rec’s Free Week webpage, including details about open houses happening at the ARC, Aquatic Centre and Tennis Centre, and special events like Recess on Main Mall or the Free Skate.
If you’re in the Okanagan, check out the Campus Rec Free Week (Sep. 10-15).
Week 2: Take advantage of UBC corporate discounts
UBC staff and faculty have access to a wide range of on- and off-campus corporate health, fitness and family discounts. Fit in your fitness without breaking the bank.
Week 3: New staff and faculty recreation rates
Want to move more while on campus? Check out UBC Recreation’s new fitness membership bundles which include fitness centre access and spin and fitness classes, as well as yoga and Pilates.
Week 4: Stay in shape while on the move
Walking is a wonderful no-cost option for keeping active. Try incorporating it into your commute: park on the top level of the parkade, get off the bus 1-2 stops early, or host a walking meeting. People who use active transportation (e.g. bus, bike, on foot) to commute to work and school tend to be more active, and have more positive lifestyle attributes [source].
Looking for accessible fitness options? Discover these inclusive recreation options offered at UBC Point Grey.
By Miranda Massie on September 13, 2017
Week 1: Don’t miss Free Week!
UBC Recreation (September 11-17) and BodyWorks Fitness Centre (September 11-16) invite you explore as many classes as you like at various Vancouver campus locations. It’s a great opportunity to try different types of activities before registering for a full program. If you’re in the Okanagan, check out the Campus Rec Open House (September 14).
As UBC staff and faculty, you have access to a wide range of corporate health, fitness and family discounts that will help you fit in fitness without breaking the bank. Check back as the list is updated and expanded regularly.
Week 3: Drop-in for a twoonie!
Looking for a cost effective workout plan? Staff and faculty can drop-in to the BodyWorks Fitness Centre Monday to Friday from 1-4pm for only $2!
Week 4: Stay in shape while on the move.
Looking for ways to incorporate more walking into your day? Park on the top level of the parkade, get off the bus 1-2 stops early, or cycle to meetings across campus. Another free alternative is to take the stairs to your classroom or office.
People who use active transportation to commute to work and school (by bus, bike, or foot) tend to be more active in their day, and have more positive lifestyle attributes [Source].
By Melissa Lafrance on April 5, 2017
It’s no secret or surprise that financial stress is a major cause of overall stress for many people and that finances play a crucial role in our wellbeing. After covering our fixed and living expenses, it can be difficult to justify spending money on personal or professional development. Luckily, UBC staff and faculty have free and discounted perks that make it a little less cost-prohibitive to take part in developing our health, wellbeing and professional growth.
The April edition of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is all about financial wellbeing – and there’s no better way to save money than by taking advantage of free things! Read on to learn about the wide range of free (or discounted) health, wellbeing and professional development offerings.
Corporate Health, Fitness & Family Discounts
As a member of UBC’s staff and faculty, you and your family are eligible for many discounts at organizations both on and off campus. Check out the health, fitness and family discounts for local fitness, yoga and recreation programs, as well as local arts and culture offerings.
Learn ways of budgeting for fitness, nutrition and work-life balance.
Free Courses and Professional Development Opportunities
Programming includes workshops, training and large-scale events aimed at increasing and promoting the wellbeing of faculty and staff as well as the development of healthy work environments.
Healthy UBC Events and Workshops are free ongoing university-wide educational opportunities that focus on promoting positive mental health and physical wellbeing for staff, faculty and departments.
Funding is available to several employee groups to support learning opportunities that enhance knowledge, work performance and career growth at UBC. Funding can be accessed to supplement UBC tuition waivers and it also covers external learning activities including professional membership fees, workshops, conferences and courses. Learn about eligibility criteria and how to apply by visiting the PD Funding page.
As an employee at UBC, there are many professional-development opportunities available to you that will support you in your current role as well as in your career progression at the university. Learning and development opportunities can range from in-person multi-day programs to on-demand online courses. You and your dependent family members may also be eligible to take many UBC courses without paying the tuition fee.
Learn the most in-demand tech, creative and workplace business skills taught by industry experts. All UBC staff and faculty receive free premium-level access to the lynda.com library of high-quality digital tutorials, courses and curated learning paths.
By Melissa Lafrance on January 10, 2017
This month’s newsletter is all about helping you forge your path towards better physical health. UBC employees have access to a wide range of services, information, and perks to support your physical health.
Taking the time to improve our physical wellbeing is time well spent. Evidence shows that increasing physical activity by moving more and sitting less leads to many health benefits, including improved physical and mental health, a greater sense of social wellbeing, and reduced risk of many preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and mental illness.
Here are ways you can ramp up your physical wellbeing in 2017:
1. Book your appointment at the Travelling Health Fair
The much-anticipated Travelling Health Fair is coming up Feb. 21 – March 1 and available for all staff and faculty!
This year, we are focusing on diabetes. Join us to learn how to manage your blood sugar to lower your risk of developing diabetes. These sessions are open to everyone (those with or without diabetes or pre-diabetes).
Registration is now open. For more information or to reserve your appointment time, click here.
2. Join the Walkabout Feb. 16 – March 19
Registration is now open 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 is welcome to create teams of five and or register as an individual and achieve personal and team goals for only $10/person.
Here’s how the Walkabout works:
- Form a team of 5 members. Individuals can also register and will be teamed up.
- Set overall team and individual goals for the 9-week Walkabout
- Register online at http://walkabout.educ.ubc.ca/
- Registration fee: $10/person (optional pedometer: $15)
- Record daily steps (or exercise equivalent steps) on the Walkabout tracking spreadsheet using pedometers/apps/Fitbits etc.
- At the end of each week, the total number of steps walked by the team are submitted through the website and the distance walked is calculated (1300 steps = 1KM)
3. Visit the Fitness Facilities on Campus
UBC Bodyworks Fitness Centre is offering a free trial of all classes Jan. 9 – 21. You can also use their facilities for $2 drop-in rate starting Jan. 4, Monday to Friday 1pm – 4pm. Check out their brochure for more information and class schedules.
UBC Recreation’s Free Week is coming up Jan. 9 – 15! Try out any instructor-led classes including yoga, Pilates, dances, boot camps and aquatics classes. View the schedule and plan your visit (first-come, first-served)!
4. Take Advantage of Health, Fitness, and Family Discounts
As a UBC employee, you and your family are eligible for many discounts at organizations on and off campus. Visit the Health, Fitness & Family Discounts page for a full list of offers or check out the ones highlighted below.
- Discounts at Student Recreation Centre and BirdCoop Fitness Centre
- UBC BodyWorks Fitness Centre offers personal training for as low as $37/session and memberships from as low as $35/month plus a 10% discount on annual Basic Memberships for UBC staff and faculty. Fitness Centre drop-ins are only $2/person from Mondays to Fridays between 1-4pm.
- Free month pass Jan. 15 – Feb. 15, 2017 and other discounts at Steve Nash Fitness Clubs
- Free trial pass and $17.99 bi-weekly for a 12-month membership at Gold’s Gym University Market Place
- 25% off adult Park Board Flexipasses at participating Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation facilities
- Take your first Hot Box Yoga class for free with your UBC employee ID card and get a monthly pass for $66/month
- 15% off YYoga 5-Class Pass, 10-Class Pass and Annual Pass
- 15% discount on monthly continuous memberships at the Richmond Olympic Oval
5. Walk around and Discover Campus
6. Fitting In Fitness Info Series
Find all the inspiration you need to improve your overall health with Fitting In Fitness! With tips and guides for heart-pumping workouts, improving your flexibility, strengthening your muscles and more, you’ll be able to fit fitness into your schedule.
7. Explore our Virtual Health Fair & Online Assessments
On the Virtual Health Fair webpage, you will find 20 different screenings, tools and resources to help you assess your current health status and make lifestyle impro
By Miranda Massie on September 13, 2016
September is a hectic time of year, which can make it challenging to stay active. Competing demands on our time, financial obligations and fatigue are among some of the reasons that contribute to a decline in our fitness habits.
Here are some ideas for fitting a little fitness into your day, without breaking the bank, as you kick off the new school year:
Week 1: Take advantage of Free Week!
Try out as many classes as you want on campus from both UBC Recreation (Sept. 12-18) and Bodyworks Fitness centre (Sept. 6-17) totally free. Provides a great opportunity to try new classes while exploring different campus fitness locations.
Week 2: Try active commuting
People who commute to work and school by bus, bike, or foot tend to be more active in their day, and have more positive lifestyle attributes [Source]. Look for opportunities to build more walking into your day. Park on the top level of the parkade, get off the bus 1-2 stops early, or cycle to your meeting across campus. Or try taking the stairs to your classroom or office.
Week 3: Access corporate discounts
UBC has a wide variety of corporate health and fitness discount partners to help you fit in your fitness without taking too much out of your wallet. Be sure to check back as the list is updated and expanded regularly.
Week 4: Book time with a workout buddy
Scheduling your active time with a buddy is a great way to stay accountable to yourself and your health and fitness goals. Join a running group, sign up for a class with a friend, or share your goals with someone who will provide encouragement and support.
Check out these workouts for two:
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 2, 2015
UBC Events and Activities
Birdcoop supports the AMS Food Bank: Dec 1-15
Come and enjoy a free boot camp, cycle fit, be fit class or a workout with a non-perishable food donation from Dec. 1 – 15, 2015, at the Birdcoop Fitness Centre in the Student Recreation Centre.
For $30, enjoy unlimited access to all dance, yoga, Pilates, Barre, Zumba, and Tai Chi classes at the SRC and Ponderosa Commons studio. Passes are on sale now!
New faculty are invited to a mid-year check with UBC’s Senior Advisor Teaching and Learning and Academic Director, Simon Bates, and CTLT educational consultant staff. Please join the group for a morning of networking, discussion, and reflection.
Learn practical ways to model behaviours we would like to see from others, to; respect one another’s boundaries, to speak up if you see bullying, how to and seek help when necessary. Learn tips and tools to help make UBC a more respectful place in which we all can work, live, and learn.
30 Day Online Mindfulness Pilot: Registration open now
The 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge is an online training focused on reducing stress, while increasing joy and peak performance in all areas of life including leadership, interpersonal communication, conflict management, and decision-making in the workplace.
- 10 minutes per day of mindfulness training for 30 days
- Expert led and evidence based programming
- Online and on the go platform that can be used anywhere
- A cost of $25 per person (includes participation for a buddy of your choice for free!)
Check out our list for new and updated corporate health, fitness and family discounts!
Off-Campus Events and Activities
Winter Wonderland at the PNE: Dec 11-20
Join in the fun at the 10-day holiday extravaganza filled with activities, attractions, arts and crafts, culinary delights and more!
Alive @ Work Magazine: December Issue
Winter running tips, immune boosting strategies, holiday eating and more!
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.
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