By Miranda Massie on October 29, 2014
Bike to Work Week– Oct. 27-Oct.31
UBC`s community of staff, faculty, students and residents can support healthy workplaces and sustainable transportation by hopping on their bikes for one week, starting Monday Oct 27. Get healthy, active and energized at work, reduce your carbon footprint and win prizes!
UBC Thrive Week-Nov. 3-7
Thrive is a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for UBC students, faculty and staff. This year, UBC’s Vancouver campus will host over 40 events aimed at increasing understanding, building skills and developing coping strategies to feel good and build positive mental health year-round.
Grace Under Pressure: Managing Stress Through Strategy (UBC AAPS)-Nov. 3, 5
Develop a better understanding of your own reactions to stress and your ability to manage it. UBC AAPS will be hosting three sessions for members – one at St. Paul’s Hospital and two at Point Grey. A UBC THRIVE EVENT! Please note that these events are open to UBC AAPS members only.
Faculty and Staff at UBC are invited to answer questions on various topics such as career, resources and support, wellbeing, community, and leadership. The survey is confidential and anonymous and offered online (paper surveys available). Make sure that your voice is heard!
Influenza (flu) season is here and it’s important to think about protecting yourself and those around you from the flu. Get your flu shot to ensure you stay healthy throughout the fall and winter months. UBC is offering free flu shots to staff, faculty and students on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and be sure to reserve your spot! A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
Early Alert Training-Nov. 4, 5, 7
Early Alert is an early intervention response system that helps faculty, staff and TAs provide better support for students who are facing difficulties that put their academic success at risk. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
UBC celebrates Movember’s mighty mustache-growing season by bringing together top experts in men’s health to discuss practical skills, tools, and approaches to keeping guys healthy. You won’t want to miss this diverse line-up of faculty, staff, and students who share the latest findings on the needs of men in maintaining positive mental health. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
UBC’s Largest Zumba Class-Nov. 7
Give yourself a break and join UBC Recreation in celebrating Thrive at UBC with the University’s Largest Zumba Class. Free giveaways and snacks! Open to all abilities, no registration required. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
Remembrance Day Ceremony (UBC)-Nov. 11
This year will mark sixty-three years that the University of British Columbia has hosted a Remembrance Day ceremony. This special ceremony is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the on and off-campus community to honour and remember all those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace.
alumni UBC Achievement Awards-Nov. 19
This November, the alumni UBC Achievement Awards will honour seven inspiring members of the UBC community who, through their extraordinary activities, have connected the university with communities both near and far to create positive change.
Mammography Screening Clinic-Nov. 20
The Screening Mammography Program (SMP) Mobile Services will be visiting UBC and providing FREE screening mammograms to women ages 40 to 79. Regular screening mammograms can find breast cancer early, usually before it has spread. Make it part of your regular health routine and book an appointment today! Pre-registration is required: To register, call 604.877.6187
Have a great healthy workplace idea, but need some seed money to get it off the ground? Already running healthy workplace programming but want to take it to the next level? The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is a fund available to UBC departments and units to support healthy activities for faculty and staff in the workplace.
Off Campus Events
Surrey International Film Festival-Nov. 1-14
This festival encourages emerging filmmakers to tell their stories, and showcases short independent films from around the world, culminating in the presentation of awards at the gala.
Hometown Hockey Tour, Burnaby-Nov. 8, 9
Ron MacLean is coming to Burnaby, BC, with the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour to celebrate the city’s iconic hockey story. You’re invited to join the free weekend outdoor hockey festival packed with interactive activities for all ages.
Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head for the title of 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Taste all the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.
Anonymous Art Show, North Vancouver-Nov. 20-Dec. 20
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council & CityScape Community Art Space are very excited to announce the 10th Annual “Anonymous Art Show”.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery Farmers Market, Steveston-Nov. 2, 16, 30
Join the community every other Sunday from 10am-3pm inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. The market continues the tradition of the Steveston winter market as a local attraction and a neighbourhood gathering place.
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By Colin Hearne on October 1, 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.
Join UBC Professor Dr. Carolyn Gotay as she discusses her research, which examines if improved sleep habits can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who work night shifts, such as nurses, ambulance paramedics, and casino workers. Recently featured in UBC News the findings in this study will give workplaces and individuals ways to improve breast health. Click here to sign up.
Join Stephanie Mah (UBC Benefits Analyst) and Miranda Massie (UBC Staff and Faculty Health Promotion Coordinator) in this one-hour workshop to find out how UBC can help you become healthier. Featuring Benefits information, Q&A session, information on health promotion initiatives, corporate discounts, and health events on Campus, this workshop is a perfect opportunity to learn how to use your benefits and become the healthiest you while working at UBC. Click here to sign up.
Research 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 Geoffrey Soloway for this intriguing workshop, and explore how you can adopt mindfulness in the workplace. Click here to sign up.
Forget apples – lifting weights and doing cardio can also keep the doctors away (available here). Join Teresa Liu-Ambrose, an Associate Professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine and a member of the Brain Research Centre at UBC, as she explains some interesting findings from a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and learn how a healthy body can lead to a healthy mind. Click here to sign up.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Join representatives from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM), Western Canada’s only naturopathic medical school accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, and learn about the fundamentals of naturopathic medicine and how you can expand your knowledge through courses available at the BINM. Click here to sign up.
Join 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
The 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.