By Miranda Massie on May 3, 2018
Staff and faculty at UBC’s Vancouver campus are invited to join the 4th annual Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge. This four-week challenge is a fun and inclusive way to encourage our community to keep fit by taking the stairs.
Stair climbing is a great way to boost cardiovascular health, build muscle and strengthen the core. The best part? It’s free!
The challenge will include weekly participant prizes, photo challenges, and an overall prize for both the top team and top individual.
Everyone, of all ability levels, is invited to participate. Visit the website for accessible participation options.
How it works
- Register as a team or as an individual (team rankings are scored based on an average of all team members’ achievements, so a larger team won’t have an advantage over an individual)
- Select the peak you’re aiming for – from Diamond Head (232 metres) to Mount Everest (8,848 metres)
- Log your flights of stairs climbed on the Daily Step Tracker for a chance to win participation prizes
- Submit your grand totals at the end of four weeks
Your steps to success
Last year’s participants stepped up to better health!
Over 60% of last year’s participants reported that the challenge had a positive impact on their overall wellbeing as well as their physical health, while 66% reported that their relationships with colleagues improved. 69% of participants took the stairs once a day or less before the challenge, with some reporting a 30% increase in their stair climbing/physical activity after the challenge.
By Miranda Massie on December 7, 2017
In support of UBC’s commitment to workplace health and wellbeing, HR has secured special, one-time funds to subsidize the costs associated with offering a unique professional development opportunity to UBC Vancouver faculty and staff.
Developed at Google and founded in neuroscience, Search Inside Yourself (SIY) is a unique training program that uses emotional intelligence and mindfulness to optimize performance, build leadership skills and increase wellbeing. The SIY program consists of:
- 2-day, in-person, cohort-based training taught by SIY-certified instructors (January 15 and 16, 2018 at UBC Vancouver)
- 4 weeks of follow-up exercises, content and cohort conversations via email (approx. mid-January to mid-February)
- 1-hour debrief session via webinar to integrate learning, answer questions and provide direction going forward (approx. late February)
Cost: $50 per person (eligible for PD funding). Registration deadline: January 5, 2018.
Spots are limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Register now!
For more information, including program benefits and what’s included in the cost of the program, visit the Search Inside Yourself webpage.
By Miranda Massie on May 4, 2017
Staff and Faculty at UBC Vancouver are invited to join the 3rd annual Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge. This four-week challenge is a fun and inclusive way to encourage our community to take the stairs.
Stair climbing is a great way to boost cardiovascular health, build muscle and strengthen the core. And the best part is – it’s free!
The challenge will include weekly participant prizes, weekly photo challenges and an overall prize for both the top team and top individual. The top team prize is awarded based on the highest average point total per participant.
All abilities are welcome to participate. Visit our website for accessible participation options.
How it works:
- Register as a team or as an individual
- Select the peak that you want to strive for – whether it’s climbing the equivalent of Grouse Mountain or Mount Everest
- Log your daily flights of stairs
- Submit your totals at the end of four weeks
- Participate for a chance to win great prizes!
Take steps for success
Here’s the information you need to get started:
Check out a list of the top stairs to climb across the city, as voted by last year’s participants.
Last year’s participants step up to health!
Over 50% of last year’s participants noticed positive impacts on their overall wellbeing.
Before the challenge, 48% of participants took the stairs once a day or less. After the challenge, 91% said they were committed to continuing to use stairs once a day or more.
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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