By Melissa Lafrance on December 2, 2015
As the busyness of the holiday season begins to ramp up with to-do lists and social commitments both at work and at home, it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Remember, the holidays are a time to be jolly and spend time with loved ones. The following four articles by Shepell, UBC’s EFAP provider, can help support you to maintain your wellbeing during the holiday season.
- Rediscover the joy of the holidays with Make it Meaningful: Reconnecting to the Spirit of the Holiday Season.
- Become a smart shopper and creative gift giver with Tips for Savvy Holiday-season Spending.
- Warm-Weather Activities to Bring Your Family Together
- Time Out: Making the Most of the Holidays
UBC’s EFAP provides confidential counselling and work-life consultations to eligible UBC faculty, staff and their dependents. EFAP counseling services can be accessed by calling the Shepell Care Access Centre, 24/7, at 1-800-387-4765.
Counselling services include but are not limited to issues related to:
- Personal/emotional (stress, anxiety, depression);
- Couple/relationship (communication, separation/divorce);
- Family (parenting, elder care);
- Work (workplace violence/harassment and conflicts); and
UBC staff, faculty and dependants have many ways to get help today – all completely confidential. Review the services available here and use the icons under Get in Touch to book your service anytime, anywhere. For more information on UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell click here.
If you have questions about the UBC EFAP or Shepell, contact Melissa Lafrance, UBC Health and Wellbeing Associate, at 604-827-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extended Health Benefit Plan
Don’t forget to get the most of your UBC benefits this December by reviewing your Extended Health Benefit Plan.
The plan is designed to help promote the continued health and wellbeing of UBC staff and faculty. Benefits include coverage for a wide range of services that are beyond the scope of coverage of BC’s Medical Service Plan.
Need Help with Benefits?
If you have questions about your UBC Extended Health benefits or need help filing your claim, contact UBC Benefits.
By Miranda Massie on October 6, 2015
October is Healthy Workplace Month! Submit your photo for a chance to win a FREE workshop!
Submit a photo of your efforts to “healthify” your department for a chance to win a free workshop. It can be as simple as encouraging colleagues to take the stairs, attending one of our health workshops, hosting a healthy workplace potluck lunch, or creating a health information board. Email your photos to Melissa.email@example.com by 4:30pm on October 9th. Three prizes to giveaway and open to all work locations!
UBC Library Garden Design Consultation: Until Oct. 12
Participate in the consultation process for the re-design of one of the largest public green spaces on campus, Library Garden. Help shape the design for the area, share what is important to you about this space as well as what opportunities you see for its future.
United Way Week of Caring: Oct. 13-16
Join the campus for seven fun and unique events to kick off the 2015 UBC United Way Fundraising Campaign. Last year, UBC raised over $570,000 to help school-aged children succeed throughout the Lower Mainland.
UBC’s Apple Festival at the Botanical Garden: Oct. 17-18
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia’s favourite fruits. The Apple Festival is a great opportunity to discover more about this delicious fruit and have a whole lot of fun doing it!
Fall MOGA (Yoga at MOA): Starts Oct 19
Relax and recharge with yoga in the Great Hall at the Museum of Anthropology! 3 classes offered per week: Monday 12:30pm-1:30pm, Wednesday 5:15pm-6:15pm, Thursday 5:15pm-6:16pm. Unlimited passes are $80 and 5 class passes ($45) and drop-ins are available ($12). Please contact Jill (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information of if you wish to purchases a pass.
Great Trek Run, Relay & Walk: Oct. 30
Celebrate the 1922 student march that led to the build of the UBC Vancouver Campus in Point Grey. There are three ways you can participate: as an individual on an 8km run; as part of a four-person relay; or as a walker of the 3.5 km route. The start and finish is at the Great Trek Cairn and the route is along the scenic part of south Main Mall through Hawthorn Place. Register by Oct. 26.
- Post-event pancake lunch, smoothies and celebrations.
- Family friendly; if you’re walking, feel free to bring kids along too.
Save the Date – Thrive 2015: Nov. 2-6
UBC Thrive is a campus-wide initiative designed to promote building positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff. Thrive builds understanding, critical thinking and dialogue about mental health, and highlights UBC’s visions, strategies and accomplishments in the promotion of mental well-being. Join us by attending an event, participating in an activity or by trying a new skill.
Off Campus Events and Activities
Explore the world of sustainable energy from a kid’s point of view at the grand opening of the new fully interactive Kids Gallery at the Surrey Museum.
The Turkey Trot is not your average run, but instead an experience. With great food, a family friendly course and wonderful volunteers, the Turkey Trot is a run to remember for the ages. The Granville Island Turkey Trot has also added a Kids Fun Run in addition to its traditional 10km race!
The Great BC Shake Out: Oct. 15
To help the campus community prepare for an earthquake, the University is participating in the province-wide ShakeOut BC earthquake preparedness exercise on October 15 at 10:15 a.m. when we’ll Drop, Cover and Hold on.
Practicing what to do in an earthquake helps you be ready to react quickly, as does knowing what to do afterwards.
Vancouver Writers Fest: Oct. 20-25
The Festival is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. The Festival can reignite a teacher’s passion for teaching, mesmerize a teenager who rarely looks up from her phone or engage a child who is a reluctant reader.
Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum: Oct. 28-30
See you for some ghoulishly good times! The Village, the Farmhouse and the carousel will all be open for family fun and adorned in a spooky but friendly fashion.
Alive@ work: October Edition
How to work out smarter, recipes to savour fall flavours, breast cancer prevention therapies, understanding your core values and more.
By Miranda Massie on September 15, 2015
The fall can be a time of new opportunities and new challenges, which sometimes can lead to people feeling anxious or worried. Perhaps you are starting a new job, or your children have changed schools or left home for the first time. UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is here to help make the transition as smooth as possible, with support for UBC staff and faculty and their dependants.
Free and confidential counselling services and telephone or e-counselling for issues such as:
EFAP counselling and support services are available 24/7 at 1-800-387-4765.
By Miranda Massie on September 15, 2015
Free recreation and fitness, UBC’s Movement Co., Weight Watchers @ Work, Continuing Studies programs, Alive @ Work Magazine, YWCA open house, U.Sask sedentary study, and lots more! Find out what is happening in and around the community this month.
UBC-based events (Vancouver campus)
Free Trial Period- at UBC BodyWorks Fitness Centre: Sept. 8 – 18
Visit Bodyworks for free group fitness classes and access to the fitness centre. Meet the knowledgeable and friendly Kinesiology undergraduate and graduate student staff who provide a unique and positive environment for making lifestyle changes. View programs and services here.
Free Week at UBC Recreation: Sept. 14-20
Take advantage of UBC Recreation’s Free Week, and try out any instructor-led classes in the SRC Studio, SRC Dojo, Ponderosa Studio, Aquatic Centre, and the Tennis Centre. Or, check out the NEW Movement Co.
It’s a new social club designed to help UBC community members find new ways to move their bodies. It’s about fun, not being the fittest or the fastest. It’s an inclusive, encouraging and motivational environment to try out new opportunities to build on our wellbeing. All staff, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students and members of the University Neighbourhoods Association* are welcome to join this free social club. Find out more!
New Session-Weight Watchers @ Work: Sept. 22
The UBC At Work Weight Watchers group is set to start a new series on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Take part in an Information & Sign-up Session on Tuesday Sept. 15. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions and/or come to the Information Session.
Share a meal, share a story and join 1,000 other guests in celebrating 100 years of UBC at this outdoor community feast! Chefs from UBC Food Services and AMS Conferences and Catering will be preparing a three-course meal that is inspired by everything UBC, including fresh, local produce from the UBC Farm. All staff, faculty, students and community members welcome. After dinner, the fun continues with Arts Night Out! Feast guests are invited to enjoy free shows and exhibits in UBC’s Arts and Culture District.
Tickets are $20-$30 and can be purchased at www.planning.ubc.ca/harvestfeast. Last year’s event sold out so be sure to get your tickets soon!
Join the Men’s Depression and Suicide Network, in partnerships with the Movember Foundations, UBC Speakeasy and the Crisis Centre for a free, public documentary film screening. The screening will be followed by a discussion panel. For more information or to reserve tickets, click here.
UBC Continuing Studies Life and Career Programs help you take charge of your career and personal success, and gain the knowledge and skills you need to embark on a new path.
- Learn more about personalized and individual one-on-one career development and testing.
- Learn core counselling and interpersonal communication skills. Peer Counselling Certificate Program (Apply now. Starts Oct 16th)
- Learn to use coaching skills to influence positive change for individuals, group and teams. Organizational Coaching
UBC staff and faculty can use their tuition waiver s for these courses.
Connect with Respect Conversations (UBC Equity and Inclusion): Sept 30-Dec. 16
Connect with Respect Conversations are a series of four informative and interactive discussions about how we can all contribute to a respectful environment at UBC. These free, lunchtime sessions, facilitated by Equity and Inclusion Office staff address concerns you may have working or studying at UBC – come prepared to ask questions! Join us for one conversation or for all four. Click here to register or learn more.
A world of arts and culture is happening at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus. Everything from theatre, film, contemporary and fine art, to music, opera, live performances and a world-renowned Museum of Anthropology are right at your doorstep. Pick your path and discover unique and innovative programming.
Human Resources is excited to open a limited number of spaces to the Managing@UBC Program for any management and professional staff who have direct reports. There are currently three options for management and professional staff to enter the Managing@UBC Program:
1) Managing@UBC Onboarding and Orientation: if you have been in your management role for less than 1 year and are directly responsible for 1 or more staff member.
2) Managing@UBC Evolving Your Leadership: If you have been in your management role for more than 1 year and are directly responsible for 1 or more staff member.
3) Managing@UBC Intercultural Certificate: If you have been in your management role for any length of time and are interested in an intercultural focus and developing the University’s capacity to talk about diversity.
For more information: Contact Chantal Duke
Alive @ work-September 2015
Now mobile responsive! This month, discover cost saving back to school ideas; ways to revamp your work life and yoga for commuters.
YWCA Corporate Open House: Sept. 8-18
Visit the UBC’s corporate fitness discount partner, the downtown YWCA, for free! Over 70 different classes are available, in addition to pool and gym facilities.
Vancouver International Film Festival: Sept 24-Oct 9
The 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival will once again welcome some of the world’s finest films to one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.
City Centre Block Party-Surrey: Sept 25
The main goal of the event is to bring together residents of the City Centre community, both Canadian-born and newcomers, to have fun and improve a sense of belonging and inclusion to the community.
Culture Days-Lower Mainland: Sept 25-27
Culture Days is a collaborative Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and culture life of their communities.
The University of Saskatchewan needs your help! The purpose of this research is to understand sedentary behaviour (sitting) in office workers. Participants will be asked to complete four online questionnaires within an approximately two-week period. Click here to participate in the study.
We are interested in studying the effects of exercise on brain health and function. Volunteers between the ages of 19 and 45 who are interested in participating in a 12-week exercise program should contact the researchers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Colin Hearne on July 6, 2015
Helping Kids Emotionally Prepare For Summer Camp
Going away to summer camp can be the highlight of a child’s year: after all, a cabin full of friends and non-stop fun without parental rule seems like a great proposition. But the idea of being away from home can also be daunting to some children—especially those who haven’t been to camp before —and can stir up feelings of anxiety or a fear of the unknown. UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell has an excellent article on helping your kids emotionally prepare for summer camp – click here to read the full article
By Miranda Massie on June 3, 2015
Summer MOGA, Food for Foodies demo, Farm Markets, Canada Day Family Festivals, Bard on the Beach, UBC Opera, Whitecaps FC2 soccer and more! Find out what is happening on and off campus this month!
UBC-based events (Vancouver campus)
Summer Yoga at MOA (MOGA!): Runs May 21-October 16
Enjoy summer yoga classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the beautiful atrium space at MOA! Classes will be led by instructor Samantha Burke.
United Way Secondment Opportunity: Application Deadline June 10
Participate in a truly unique professional development opportunity as a United Way Campaign Associate (previously known as Loaned Representative).
UBC Farm Markets at Point Grey bookstore : Begins June 10, runs through October
The UBC Farm weekly Wednesday markets are back for another season. Find fresh and very local produce for purchase outside of the bookstore.
Whitecaps FC2 Games at Thunderbird Stadium: June 14, 21
Take in a Whitecaps FC2 soccer match this month against LA Galaxy II or Portland Timbers II at Thunderbird stadium.
Wescadia and the UBC Farm, in partnership with the UBC Bookstore, presents a food demo with Chef David Speight, Executive Chef at Wescadia. Recipes, tasty samples and more!
UBC Opera Presents La Traviata: June 20-28
Enjoy the wonderful talent that UBC has to offer while listening (in Italian) to Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata.
Off campus events
Take your pick of a variety of different weekend night markets to visit this summer all across the lower mainland. Enjoy food, drinks, vendors, entertainment and more!
Bard on the Beach-Vancouver: June 4- Sept. 26
Enjoy your choice of four classic and modern Shakespeare productions in one of the most picturesque theatre settings around.
Take part in a number of free workshops to learn about and support healthy aging and active living.
Enjoy a new and improved Highland Games & Scottish Festival, as Simon Fraser University celebrates its 50th anniversary with special events, piping and drumming, an expanded refreshment area and activities for kids and adults.
Fireworks, festivals, family runs, historical activities a salmon festival and more. Take your pick from a wide range of Canada day events and activities for all ages across the Lower Mainland this summer.
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By Colin Hearne on May 5, 2015
Stress is healthy, to a point. When faced with a perceived threat, the brain (specifically, the amygdala) alerts our bodies, causing hearts to pound, hands to sweat, and adrenal hormones to spike, prompting us to react. The operative word here is perceived. These days, the odds of being mauled by a sabre-tooth tiger may be nonexistent, yet the body doesn’t know that. It responds exactly the same way every time it gets the message, regardless of the trigger. This is when stress can become problematic.
Children and the Stress of Parenting
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), being a parent can be “one of life’s most joyful and rewarding experiences” but they also admit that it can be one of the most stressful things you ever do too – leading that little-almond shaped amygdala into thinking that sabre-tooth tigers are everywhere, all the time! But fear not, help is always available – the key is awareness and adopting stress –reduced parenting mechanisms.
Steps To Stress-Free Parenting
Recognize the Symptoms of Stress: Stress becomes a problem when you feel overwhelmed by the things that happen to you. You may feel “stressed out” when it seems there is too much to deal with all at once, and you are not sure how to handle it all. When you feel stressed, you usually have some physical symptoms. You can feel tired, get headaches, stomach upset or backache, clench your jaw or grind your teeth, develop skin rashes, have recurring colds or flu, have muscle spasms or nervous twitches, or have problems sleeping. Mental signs of stress include feeling pressured, having difficulty concentrating, being forgetful and having trouble making decisions. Emotional signs include feeling angry, frustrated, tense, anxious, or more aggressive than usual.
Cope: Coping with the stress of parenting starts with understanding what makes you feel stressed, learning to recognize the symptoms of too much stress, and learning some new ways of handling life’s problems. You may not always be able to tell exactly what is causing your emotional tension, but it is important to remind yourself that it is not your children’s fault. We all have reactions to life’s events which are based on our own personal histories. For the most part, we never completely understand the deep-down causes of all our feelings. What we must realize is that our feelings of stress come from inside ourselves and that we can learn to keep our stress reactions under control.
10 Tips to Help
- Make time for yourself and (your partner)– Reserve time each week for your own activities.
- Take care of your health with a good diet and regular exercise – Parents need a lot of energy to look after children of any age.
- Avoid fatigue- Go to bed earlier and take short naps when you can.
- Take a break from looking after the children – Help keep stress from building up. Ask for help from friends or relatives to take care of the children for a while. Exchange babysitting services with a neighbour, or hire a teenager, even for a short time once a week to get some time for yourself.
- Look for community programs for parents and children –They offer activities that are fun, other parents to talk with, and some even have babysitting.
- Talk to someone – Sharing your worries is a great stress reducer!
- Take a course – Look for parenting courses and groups in your community.
- Learn some ways of unwinding to manage the tension – Simple daily stretching exercises help relieve muscle tension. Vigorous walking, aerobics or sports are excellent ways for some people to unwind and work off tension; others find deep-breathing exercises are a fast, easy and effective way to control physical and mental tension.
- If you’re feeling pressured, tense or drawn out at the end of a busy day, say so – Tell your children calmly that you will be happy to give them some attention soon but first you need a short “quiet time” so that you can relax.
- Practice time management – Set aside time to spend with the children, time for yourself, and time for your spouse and/or friends. Learn to say “no” to requests that interfere with these important times. Cut down on outside activities that cause the family to feel rushed.
How UBC can help:
Through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell, you and your enrolled dependents have access to many services to assist you in your journey as a parent. Such services are:
1. Parenting Articles
With topics such as:
- Positively a parent: embracing the ups and downs of parenthood
- Parenting: What Does the Job Take?
- Your relationship with your children: friendship or friendly?
2. Family Support and Parental Advisory Service
Family Support consultants can provide information on topics such as:
- Parenting classes
- Schools, educational services and special needs programs
- Expectant and new parenting
3. Professional Counselling
At the heart of your EFAP is the professional counselling service. Caring professionals are dedicated to supporting you through the issues that may be impacting your life, including the stress of being a parent.
Accessing your EFAP
Get on the path to better health, and keep all sabre-tooth tiger thoughts at bay, by calling your Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell, at1-800-387-4765 or, for online information and resources, log on to www.workhealthlife.com
Confidential EFAP Services are available to you and your family members as part of your EFAP. There is no cost to use the service.
If you have any questions about EFAP, contact Colin Hearne, Health & Wellbeing Associate, at 604-827-3047 or email@example.com.
By Colin Hearne on May 5, 2015
UBC staff, faculty and dependents enrolled in EFAP, now have access to a free Naturopathic Service through UBC’s new EFAP provider, Shepell.
In today’s hectic world, it’s easy to overlook the effects that lifestyle choices are having on your wellness. You may think that you could be living better, but you just don’t have the knowledge or time to follow a new lifestyle plan that would help you make better choices. Fortunately, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Shepell, is here to support you on the road to health and wellness.
Why Naturopathic Services?
Shepell’s Naturopathic Service provides a natural and holistic approach to the maintenance of good health, where the individual is seen as a whole person (physical, mental & emotional aspects) and the symptoms of disease are seen as warning signs of the improper functioning of body and lifestyle habits. Naturopathic professionals will provide you with information about naturopathic medicine and how it works; the program will teach you practical lifestyle practices that you can use every day.
How can the service help?
Shepell’s Naturopathic Service can help you:
- Address sleep difficulties
- Take steps to age well
- Stay healthy and prevent illness
- Improve digestion
- Boost energy levels
- Recognize mind-body connections
- Make good food choices
- Manage stress
- Balance work and personal life
- Learn how the workplace affects your health
- Live well as a shift worker
- Deal with jet lag
- Build your immune system
- Understand midlife health changes
You’ll receive customized health and wellness information and materials on choices related to physiology, diet, lifestyle, and mental/emotional well- being, including illness prevention strategies. Naturopathic Doctors provide assistance on a wide range of topics and can help you explore what naturopathic medicine can do for you.
Accessing Shepell’ s Naturopathic Service
Get on the path to better health by calling your Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell, at 1-800-387-4765. For online information and resources, visit www.workhealthlife.com .
Confidential Naturopathic Services are available to you and your family members as part of your EFAP. There is no cost to use the service.
UBC’s Extended Health Coverage
UBC’s Extended Health plan provides coverage for naturopath services. In order to help you understand the coverage, we summarized some main points of this benefit in the September, 2014, edition of Benefit FYI.
If you have any questions about EFAP, contact the Health & Wellbeing Associate at 604-827-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted in Benefits Spotlight, Colin Hearne, EFAP, Nutrition, Physical Health | Tagged Benefits, dependents, EFAP, Employee and Family Assistance program, family, naturopathic medicine, services, Shepell | Leave a response
By Colin Hearne on February 4, 2015
Due to Valentine’s Day, many of us recognise February as a relationship wellness month. However, Feb. 14 should not be the only opportunity to show your love for family, friends, and yourself. Through UBC‘s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Homewood Health, the new counselling service Relationship Solutions is available to support you in taking a proactive approach to enhancing your relationships – and ultimately making bonds, romantic and otherwise, healthier all year round.
Relationship Solutions is offered through the EFAP Plan Smart – Lifestyle and Specialty Counselling Services. This service provides you with information, resources and coaching and can help you take a proactive approach to enhancing your relationships with loved ones.
Relationship Solutions can help you with the following situations:
- Need help communicating with loved ones? Learn the importance of communication, honesty and forgiveness.
- Want to get the spark back? Learn how to keep your relationship fresh.
- Juggling kids, work, and your love life? Today’s couples are busy. Find out tips on how to make time for each other.
- Need help resolving couple conflict? Learn how to work out differences constructively, and how to appreciate and communicate each other’s point of view.
You will receive a Relationship Solutions Resource Kit that includes:
- A two-part educational workbook with information on how to enhance communication and a series of exercises designed to encourage you and your partner to re-engage with each other.
- A relationship self-help book, focused on improving relationship communication and resolving conflict.
- Other tools to support behaviour change in a fun and meaningful way.
This service is delivered by a Homewood Health relationship counsellor and is delivered over the telephone. Typically, the service includes two telephone sessions. If you require more counselling support, Homewood Health can arrange for face-to-face counselling with you and/or your partner.
Want to know more?
For more information on Relationship Solutions or UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), visit our website.
If you have any questions about EFAP, contact Colin Hearne, Health & Wellbeing Associate, at 604-827-3047 or email@example.com.
Remember: if you ever feel overwhelmed or stressed out by the challenges you face in life, you can easily access counselling (face-to- face, over the phone, or online) from Homewood Health. Visit www.homewoodhumansolutions.com or call 1-800-663-1142.
Posted in Benefits Spotlight, Colin Hearne, EFAP, Mental Health, Physical Health | Tagged counselling, EFAP, family, February, intimate, proactive solutions, relationships, romantic, valentine's day | Leave a response
By Miranda Massie on January 7, 2015
Yoga at MOA-Jan 15 start
Yoga at the Museum of Anthropology is back this winter, for as little as $4 per class.
UBC Continuing Studies at Robson Square is offering a practical course that will provide leaders with the tools to engage in challenging conversations with confidence.
TEAM UBC is a group of UBC staff, faculty, students and alumni who have come together to participate in the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer event benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. Join TEAM UBC on Aug. 29 and 30, 2015, as they make the 250-kilometre journey from Cloverdale to Seattle, either as a rider or a crew member. Learn more about TEAM and join us for an orientation on Jan. 22, 5pm in Michael Smith Labs, room 101. Please RSVP here.
UBC Suicide Awareness Day-Jan 28
January 28 is UBC’s annual Suicide Awareness Day. Look out for booths and street teams across campus distributing resources and promoting the message of ‘Reach Out’. Wear orange on January 28 to show your support for people whose lives have been affected by suicide and for those perhaps seeking help.
Whether you’re thinking about suicide yourself, or you know, hear, or see someone who might be, the most important thing you can do is reach out.
Don’t have any orange? We can send you and your colleagues Suicide Awareness Day buttons. Contact Miranda Massie for more information.
Getting Active at UBC has never been easier. Learn about the benefits of walking and find a list of walking activities available on campus!
Studies have shown that 46.5% of the time, our minds and attention are wandering. Learn how practicing mindfulness and meditation can help you become more productive at work and more balanced in life. View a list of mindfulness and meditation activities and trainings on campus.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month-Jan 2015
January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC. Start talking, keep learning, and stand up against sexual assault. You can help end the violence.
Off Campus Events
Alive Interactive Magazine-January Issue
Focus: Easy and Healthy Goal Setting
The Robson Square public ice rink will remain open until Feb.y 28, 2015. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available.
This free guided walk series is for people of all ages and fitness levels and is led by a led by a member of the Richmond Fitness and Wellness Association.
This market runs weekly at the Port Moody Recreation Complex. Come by for local BC products, artisan crafts, and delicious baked goods!
Burnaby Used Kidstuff Sale– Jan 24
This event will take place at the Edmonds Community Centre. Clean out your child’s cluttered closet or pick up a bargain!
Surrey Family Day-Feb 8
Explore, enjoy, and create art together on BC’s Family Day weekend! Drop in to the Surrey Art Gallery for interactive and family-friendly activities.
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By Miranda Massie on October 1, 2014
Whether you plan an event, promote Thrive, volunteer, or bring Thrive into the classroom, you’ll be building positive mental health on campus. Register now to become a Thrive Partner and start planning your group’s involvement for Thrive 2014, Nov. 3-7.
UBC Community United Way Campaign-starts October 6th
The UBC Community United Way Campaign has been a part of our campus culture for over 30 years. Last year you helped UBC raise over $500,000 to prevent child poverty, help kids realize their potential and build stronger communities for seniors. Thank you for making a difference! This year, our campaign kicks off with 5 Days of Caring, a full week of events including the Great Pancake Race, Spelling Bee and the Turkey 2K Trot. Visit www.unitedway.ubc.ca for more info, and to register!
Weight Watchers at Work at the UBC Bookstore will be hosting 2 complementary meetings in October for new members interested in joining.
UBC ShakeOut-Oct 16
2014 will mark UBC’s fifth year participating in the province-wide ShakeOut BC earthquake preparedness exercise. At 10:16 a.m. do a DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON drill so you can react quickly in an earthquake. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.
UBC Continuing Studies presents a two day session that will explore the science of stress, mindfulness and wellbeing, and its impact on helping professionals, patients, clients and inter-professional teams.
MOA YOGA-Oct.20 start
The Museum of Anthropology’s yoga program (MOGA) is starting a new fall session on Monday, Oct 20th. MOGA runs Monday 12:30pm-1:30pm and Wednesday and Thursday evenings 5:15pm-6:15pm. This session will run until Dec 20th and costs $45 for 5 classes, $80 for unlimited classes.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! UBC faculty, staff, students, and members of the campus community are invited to learn how to prevent breast cancer through healthy lifestyle changes and to have your breast cancer risk status objectively assessed. Registration required.
Ergonomics is about designing for people to ensure that products, systems or processes complement the people’s capabilities, rather than forcing people to adapt to their work environments/tasks or tools. Find out how to get involved!
The Mental Health Needs Assessment: Take Action Project is investigating opportunities to improve student mental health at UBC. Faculty and staff are invited to share their perspectives on improving student mental health in a series of focus groups (October 2014). If you are interested in participating, please register for a focus group or request an interview online.
Homewood Health (UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance provider) has created a Healthy Workplace Month toolkit. The package contains information on the importance of getting outside; mental illness myth busters; the important link between workplace involvement and employee engagement.
Provincial not for profit, Arts Health BC is leading a province-wide survey of arts & health activity within health care, research, education and community settings in BC. The results will be used to create a report and directory of BC-based programs to increase networking and resource sharing.
Click here for more information or to participate.
This Italian community market provides the opportunity to bring home a taste of Italy every month, complete with local produce, live Italian music and children’s activities.
Cirque Musica makes its Vancouver debut! A thrilling concert that blends the world’s greatest Cirque performers with live symphonic music, it will mesmerize and transport you with its dazzling and mysterious beauty.
Stock up on fresh cranberries at the Richmond Nature Park Society’s annual cranberry sale. Proceeds support educational and public programs in the park.
Diwali Fest: Vancouver and Surrey–Oct. 17-26
“Unity in Diversity” is the theme at the lower mainland’s 11th annual Diwali Festival. The events making up this year’s festival will range in size, and spread through the cities of Vancouver and Surrey. Participate in community workshops, delicious cooking classes and plenty of arts and entertainment!
Family Day: Surrey–Oct. 26
Explore, enjoy and create art together! Engage in interactive family-friendly activities inspired by the exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature.
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