By Miranda Massie on February 4, 2015
UBC’s Travelling Health Fair, UBC Rec open house, Lunar New Year celebrations, family day activities, Ideas Lunch and Wine bar discount, President’s Awards nominations and more! Find out what is happening in and around the community this month.
2015 Travelling Health Fair-Feb 12, 24, 25
The Travelling Health Fair is a free mobile health clinic offered once a year to UBC staff and faculty, that offers individualized health assessments. This year’s Traveling Health Fair will focus on bone health for men and women of all ages.
UBC Rec Winter Open House-Feb 18, 20
Reading Week is around the corner. Book some FREE fitness time into your calendar by visiting one of the UBC Recreation open houses! The open house on Feb 20 will feature great prizes including Davis cup tickets, Wesbrook Village gift certificates, private tennis lessons and more!
UBC Reads Sustainability is an exciting program that brings well-known sustainability authors to our campus to engage in a campus-wide discussion.
A joyous opportunity for the UBC community to demonstrate their Chinese language skills through songs, stories and comical performances.
Ideas Lunch and Wine Bar *discount* – until Feb 13
Have you visited the UBC Ideas Lunch and Wine Bar for Staff and Faculty? Located in a peaceful corner of the Peter Wall Institute, this on campus oasis offers self-serve salads, soups, sharable snacks and drinks. Help out by filling in a 5 minute user survey. Respondents will be entered into a draw to win a FREE LUNCH at Ideas!
Do you know UBC staff who make outstanding contributions to UBC? We invite you to recognize them and their achievements by nominating them for the 2015 President’s Service Award for Excellence and President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus).
Looking for an opportunity to give back to the UBC community? The Equity and Inclusion Office is looking for volunteers to be on call to support events, and help promote their organization and resources to both the campus and greater community.
Red Mitten Weekend at the BC Sports Hall of Fame-Feb 7, 8, 9
Find your 2010 Olympic red mittens and wear them for FREE admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the games: view medals, stand on the podium and more!
Wear red and try Zumba, Latin Funk and fitness dance moves along with a 30-minute yoga stretch. Suitable for all fitness levels.
Talking Stick Festival: Vancouver-Feb 17-March 1
Experience, Explore, enjoy aboriginal culture through the arts. All areas of the performing arts are represented at the Talking Stick Festival from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, and multimedia performance.
Coldest Night of the Year Walk: Surrey – Feb 21
The Coldest Night of the Year is a fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in over 80 communities across Canada.
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By Miranda Massie on July 3, 2014
I have been in my role as health promotions coordinator at UBC for just under 16 months, and in this time, I have had the pleasure to meet and learn from some wonderful people from all across both campuses. My most profound realization to date has been a deeper understanding of just how interconnected personal health is with other aspects of our lives. Our overall state of wellbeing plays a key role in how we face each day and can affect, and be affected by everything from our physical environment, work, sleep habits to family demands and social connections.
With UBC being one of the provinces largest employers, I spend a great deal of time focuses on health in the workplace.. I strive to encourage and support individuals to be conscious of the effects that the working environment can have on health and to welcome the benefits that good health can have on productivity and self-esteem.
Canadians spend an average of 36.6 hours at work per week. This equates roughly to between 40% and 45% of our available weekday waking hours. With so much of our collective time being spent in the workplace, we have a responsibility to ourselves and those around us to find ways to stay well.
Maintaining our health within a working environment can look different for each individual. Taking regular breaks or going outside for a walk might appeal to some. Bringing the outside in might work for others: Studies show that having pictures and photographs of nature in an office environment leads to reduced stress levels and more positive emotional states. It is also important to remember that a work environment does not just include our physical space but it also includes the work that we do and how we interact within that space.
Another great way to maintain a healthy work environment is to actively participate in career navigation. We all have the ability to thrive when we feel we are contributing and having our ideas heard. Being aware of career building opportunities and having the ability to pursue new challenges can lead to an increased sense of control over our work life. Though we may not always have the ability to dictate what our day will look like, we can be working towards our wellbeing by exploring new and exciting opportunities within our work environment. UBC offers several ways in which to do so.
In response to feedback received in the Workplace Experiences Survey in 2011, UBC has created a Career Navigation consultancy service aimed at supporting staff in discovering and designing opportunities for growth.
Have you heard of Leave for Change? Volunteer your professional skills to help others!
You can also explore leadership while giving back to the community through the UBC Community Leadership Program.
This summer, I invite you to reflect on your working environment and to try one new thing to make yourself or your work environment healthier.
For more information on UBC’s Career Navigation services, attend a FREE workshop on July 24, 2014.
All my best,
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