By Melissa Lafrance on March 7, 2018
Understanding Your Travel Benefits | March 8 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Planning a vacation in Canada or abroad? This information session will be useful for anyone wanting to know more about UBC’s travel benefits and how to be prepared in a medical emergency. Join UBC Benefits Specialist Stephanie Mah for a one-hour session to deepen your understanding of your travel benefits and ensure that your well-earned vacation is as stress-free as possible. Find out more and register now.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial | March 13 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and 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 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
This workshop will provide important information about different types of sit-stand desks and platforms available on the market. Understanding the pros and cons of each will assist departments, staff and faculty in deciding which option is most suitable. Product samples will be available for participants to try out in order to get an idea of how the different models impact positioning and workflow. Find out more and register now.
Caring for the Caregiver | March 14 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: UBC Okanagan)
The role of caregiver, while often rewarding, can also take a tremendous toll on individuals both emotionally and physically. Whether participants are already caring for an aging family member or plan to take on this role in the future, this seminar will provide important information to consider. Find out more and register now.
Debunking the Diet Series with Dr. Thara Vayali (Location: Point Grey)
Part 1: The Detox Equation | March 15 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“Detoxes” can be nebulous and controversial. Find out more about toxins and cleanses and whether or not we really need them. You will also learn how to use this information to improve your own health, as well as three simple dietary and lifestyle changes to support your “detox” equation. Find out more and register now.
Part 2: The Superfood Showdown | March 27 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In stories about superheroes, villains play a role too. Let’s define what makes a food a “super” and uncover misconceptions around “villainous” foods. Learn how to evaluate a superfood and three dietary suggestions to nourish yourself and improve your nutritional health. Find out more and register now.
Part 3: Diet, Hormones & Health | April 10 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In this final session, let’s put superfoods and myths aside and explore the impact of diets on metabolism and health. We will cover the dos and don’ts of dietary changes and learn how diets impact hormones. You will leave with three tangible steps for balancing food choices, metabolism and overall health. Find out more and register now.
Boosting Your Positive Outlook | March 22 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Consistently focusing on the negative side of an issue can greatly contribute to stress and can lead to physical changes in the body and affect performance and overall wellbeing. This session will help you understand and recognize negative thinking, develop a strategy for combating negative thoughts and increase your positive outlook. Find out more and register now.
The Art of Managing Conflict | March 22 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Location: Robson Square)
Conflict is a common part of life and is a natural result of people having different points of view, values and beliefs. When left unaddressed, workplace conflict can lead to challenges, but when well managed, conflict can enhance your relationships, deepen your understanding of yourself and others, and stimulate change and growth. This workshop will provide participants with a framework for assessing the types of conflict common in the workplace and propose strategies for their resolution. Find out more and register now.
Welcoming Change into Your Life | March 26 (new date) | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
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 acquire the coping skills to manage change more effectively. Participants 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.
Coming in April:
- April 5 – May 10: Mindfulness@Work Program (DHCC/VGH)
- April 16: Office Ergo Rep Training (Point Grey)
Photo Credit: UBC Thrive (via UBC Communications & Marketing)
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By Melissa Lafrance on December 7, 2016
Coaching@UBC Information Session – Jan. 9, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Location: Point Grey)
Coaching@UBC is accepting applications for the 2017 Coaching Internship Program, and we invite you to learn more about the internship and the Coaching program. These one-on-one professional coaching services have helped over 1,500 UBC employees. UBC employees have an opportunity to become Credentialed Coaches with financial support from one of our Coaching Internship Award. For more information and to register, click here.
UBC Walkabout Kick-Off – Jan. 11, 12:00pm-1:00pm.
Anyone already registered, or interested in joining this year’s Walkabout, is invited to attend the Kick-Off event. Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge promoting regular exercise in social settings. For more information, event dates and Kick-Off details, click here.
Career Navigation Three-Part Series (Location: Point Grey)
Join UBCs Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal to discover and design opportunities for your professional success to enhance your UBC career experience.
Part 2: Making Meaningful Connections – Jan. 12, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In this interactive session, discover ways to unfold your unique career strengths while learning about new resources and opportunities for the enhancement of your career.. For information and to register, click here.
Mental Health First Aid Training – Jan. 17 & Jan. 31, 9: 00 am – 4:30 pm (Location: Point Grey)
Mental Health First Aid, a two-day in-person workshop, aims to improve our community’s mental health literacy by providing participants with the skills and knowledge to help better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, be able to provide initial support to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a crisis, and be prepared to guide a person towards professional help. For more information and to register, click here.
Mindfulness Programs Celebration & Orientation – Jan. 17, 12:00pm – 12:45 pm (Location: Point Grey)
Join us to learn more and to enroll in the upcoming Mindfulness Programs at UBC. All those interested are welcome, and past participants are invited to celebrate and share their experience with the 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge and the Mindfulness@Work Programs. For more information and to register, click here.
Coming up in the New Year…
UBC Suicide Awareness Day – January 25, 2017
QPR Suicide Prevention Training – Diamond Health Care Centre on Jan 24 & Point Grey on Jan 25
Travelling Health Fair – Dates to be announced in January
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By Melissa Lafrance on August 3, 2016
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of free activities and events coming your way this August. Sign up today for programs including Office Ergo Rep Training, Effective Communication at Work, Self-Defense Training, and Nitobe Memorial Garden Guided Walk!
Office Ergo Rep Training – Aug. 16, 2016 @ 1-4pm (Location: Point Grey)
If your department is looking for more efficient response and support in regards to ergonomic issues for staff, consider taking the three-hour Ergo Rep Training. Learn basic ergonomic risk factors and assessments, proper computer workstation set-up, and resources to take back to your unit. For more information and to register, click here.
Effective Communication at Work – Aug. 17, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
In order to communicate effectively, individuals have to master the techniques of effective listening and self-expression. These skills involve verbal and non-verbal behaviours as well as the ability to speak with persuasion and confidence. In this session, participants will be able to understand the three major communication styles, develop techniques, speak effectively when conversing about conflict, and recognize the barriers that prevent listening. For more information and to register, click here.
Self-Defense Training Workshop: Keeping it Safe – Aug. 24, 2016 @ 3-5pm (Location: Point Grey)
This two-hour self-defense training workshop will combine comprehensive defense techniques with realistic scenarios for men and women of all ability levels. Simple and realistic self-defense techniques that are highly useful and effective will be demonstrated. This workshop is open to all staff and faculty and all degrees of strength and fitness level are welcome. For more information and to register, click here.
Getting a Restful Sleep – Aug. 25, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Sleep is critical to ensure maximum productivity. It increases your ability to concentrate and focus, allows you to approach challenges with a more positive attitude, and can have positive effects on your memory and health. In this session, participants will learn about circadian rhythms and the impact that disrupting these key biological processes can have on their day-to-day activities and work. This session will also describe sleep’s vital role in maintaining health along with valuable and practical tips and strategies that participants can apply to get quality, restful sleep and stay alert. For more information and to register, click here.
UBC Nitobe Memorial Garden Guided Walk – Aug. 31, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Join us for a guided tour of the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden located here at UBC! You will get to enjoy nature, socialize and learn about the many unique features of the garden! Limited spots available. For more information and to register, click here.
Coming up this fall…
- Career Navigation Series
- Living Well with Stress
- Stress Relaxation Techniques
- QPR Suicide Prevention Training
- Fitness Classes
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 Melissa Lafrance on April 5, 2016
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of free activities and events coming your way this spring. Sign up today for programs including Staff & Faculty Sports Day, CAMMPUS, Group Fitness Classes, Dr. Thara Vayali’s Debunking Diet Series, Ergonomics, Communications Lecture, and plenty more!
Communication Through the Senses – Apr. 12, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Learn how changing communication can shift the world around you. Presented by Melissa Ruckmick, Communications Specialist and Professional Speaker, participants will learn how Melissa’s fascinating and current research can connect you to your senses through higher levels of communication. Find out how your internal dialogue can shift to become more positive, offering new perspectives and insights about the world around you. For more information and to register, click here.
Debunking Diet Series Part 3: Nutrition vs. Nourishment – Apr. 14, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Join us for Part 3 of Healthy UBC’s Diet Health series with Dr. Thara Vayali. Superfoods are everywhere. Eat this, for that… But how much? For how long? To what end? Find out the components of nourishment, and learn the merits of 10 superfoods. Join us to learn three tools that will help you shift from counting calories and nutrients, into feeling nourished and making the most out of your food choices. For more information and to register, click here.
Zumba Class – Apr. 20, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind dance/fitness program. Achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in an exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate. All UBC staff & faculty are welcome to register and attend this free Zumba class. For more information and to register, click here.
Ergo Your Office – Apr. 27, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and 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. For more information and to register, click here.
Healthy Workplace Initiatives Funding Applications: Registration now open
UBC’s favourite staff and faculty healthy activity funding program is back! The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is a fund available to UBC departments and units in both Vancouver and the Okanagan campus to support grass-roots activities that promote wellbeing in the workplace.
The program provides start-up funds and support for health related, sustainable initiatives. Apply today to bring healthy activities and initiatives into your department. Applications close on April 15, 2016.
Staff and Faculty Sports Day: Registration open
Sports Day returns on May 6, 2016! This free event is designed for staff and faculty 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! Find out what’s new this year, and register now.
Are You Heart Healthy? Say yes with CAMMPUS: sign up for a free assessment – Available until May 31, 2016
UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits in the Department of Human Resources, in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, invite UBC faculty and staff extended health plan members to participate in a unique project called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site). CAMMPUS features confidential, expertly guided services provided by the UBC Pharmacists Clinic (located at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver campus) to help you find out your current level of heart health (and cardiovascular disease risk) and take steps to keep this risk as low as possible. The deadline to receive a free cardiovascular assessment has been extended until May 31, 2016. Be sure to book before the deadline!
Participating in CAMMPUS is your chance to make long-lasting changes to your health and is available at no cost to you. You can book an appointment for a free cardiovascular assessment by contacting the UBC Pharmacists Clinic at (604) 827-2584 or by secure email: https://medinetmail.ca/cgi-bin/pharmclinic/pc_signup.cgi?appttype=CU.
By Miranda Massie on April 5, 2016
UBC based events and activities:
Staff and Faculty Sports Day: Registration open
Sports Day returns on May 6, 2016, as a special UBC Centennial event! This free event is designed for staff and faculty 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!
Healthy Workplace Initiatives Funding Applications: Registration open
UBC’s favourite staff and faculty healthy activity funding program is back! Apply today to bring healthy activities and initiatives into your department. Applications close on April 15, 2016.
Stress Less for Exam Success: April 4-8
Stress Less for Exam Success encourages students to find small ways to prepare for exams and engage in self-care during the often stressful final weeks of the semester.
Staff and faculty are invited to help promote the week and its messages of ‘Feel Good’ and ‘Feel Prepared’. This week is also a great reminder to think about staff and faculty wellbeing during this often hectic time of year. Download posters and tent cards.
End-of-Term Centennial Celebration, April 6
The campus community is invited to reflect on this historic year and to look beyond the present to another century of growth and transformation. Program of events includes:
- The dedication of the Musqueam Post by Musqueam artist, Brent Sparrow Jr. at Money and Raymond M.C. Lee Square
- A community festival
- The sealing of a time capsule
- Live music
- Read more
Free Concert: UBC’s Laptop Orchestra, April 14
SUBCLASS (Sonic UBC Laptop Sounds and Sensors) is an ensemble in which students code their own computer instruments or audio/video processes. Those systems are then controlled through gesture tracking of traditional instruments, dance, piano or string performance. Students compose solo, small ensemble and full group works, and perform or provide technical support in all works. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza! Read more.
UBC Centennial Session in Global Health, April 28
This Centennial Session is an opportunity for the UBC community and members of the public to understand the issues around global health, neglected tropical diseases and complexities of implementing systemic change in areas of need. Co-Sponsors for this event are The Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Read more.
Canada’s first wellness rewards program has launched in the form of Carrot Rewards. BC residents who are making an effort to lead healthier lifestyles can now be rewarded with loyalty points such as Aeroplan, PetroPoints, Scene and MoreRewards, thanks to an innovative new mobile app called Carrot Rewards. Users across the province who sign up for Carrot Rewards will be able to earn their choice of leading, brand-name loyalty points for completing activities centred on making healthier lifestyle choices. Click here to learn more.