health and wellbeing
By Miranda Massie on July 1, 2017
Your trusty Health and Wellbeing team has been very busy this spring. Check out the photos and stories below for an insider’s view of what we’ve been up to.
Travelling Health Fair (February)
In partnership with the UBC Pharmacists Clinic and Pharmacy students, we provided over 200 diabetes screenings to UBC staff and faculty at the Point Grey campus and VGH. As a result of the assessments, 13% of participants discovered that they were pre-diabetic or at risk for pre-diabetes. The screenings also prompted 44% of participants to seek follow-up care with another health professional.
Awards Announcement: At the recent Canadian Pharmacists Conference 2017 in Quebec City, the collaborative work between UBC HR and the UBC Pharmacists Clinic was highlighted when the clinic team was awarded the prize of Best Pharmacy Practiced Research poster. The poster, titled “Perceptions of pharmacy students involved in preventative health and wellness events at the University of British Columbia,” was created in support of the Travelling Health Fair. The award is not only a tribute to the successful partnership and continuing work of UBC HR and the UBC Pharmacists Clinic, but also represents an opportunity to explore further collaborations in support health and wellbeing at UBC. View the other research poster here.
Staff and Faculty Sports Day (May 5)
Over 500 UBC staff and faculty took part in this 7th annual end-of-term celebration. This year, we were part of the staff and volunteer teams; nothing beats cheering on your colleagues at the finish line! Check out this year’s results and awards as well as the photo gallery.
Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge (May 15 – June 9)
More than 450 staff and faculty tracked their Stair Challenge points in this year’s Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge. The total stairs climbed by all participants was equal to 728,030 metres! We collectively climbed Mount Everest 82 times! This year, we managed to climb “Mount Everest” 18 more times compared to our 2016 numbers. A huge thank you to all our corporate health and fitness discount partners for donating prizes, and a big congratulations to all participants. Check out the inspiring photos from our 2017 Challenge.
CACUSS Presentation and Panel (June 12-16)
With other colleagues from UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, we presented on UBC Thrive at the annual CACUSS conference for Canadian student services professionals in Ottawa. We were also invited to represent UBC HR on a panel about Mental Health Curricula for the CACUSS Best Practice Network in Canadian Higher Education. A highlight of our visit: we bumped into the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he kicked off Pride Month at Parliament!
Canadian Colleges and Universities Community of Practice (June 15-16)
While in Ottawa, members of our team met with colleagues working in workplace health and wellbeing from across the country. This was the 5th annual face-to-face gathering, and this time, we presented on UBC’s workplace health promotion activities and programs.
UBC Staff Pension Fair (June 21)
With our UBC HR colleagues, we attended the annual Staff Pension Fair held at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. The fair was a great opportunity to learn more about the pension plan with hosted information tables highlighting key services and resources.
Our table included information about the Employee and Family Assistance Program, UBC’s Benefits Plan, and Health and Wellbeing offerings. We interacted with over 300 people and had a great time answering questions, providing information and meeting colleagues from across the campus.
We have been busy delivering health and wellbeing-related training, educational sessions, and workshops across campus. Here are some of the topics we’ve covered over the past few months:
- Mental health first aid
- Conflict resolution
- Elder care
- Parenting tips on sexual health conversations
- Financial wellbeing
- Debunking the diet
- Understanding your travel benefits
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By Melissa Lafrance on September 13, 2016
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of free activities and events coming your way this September. Sign up today for programs including CAMMPUS Info Session, Stress Release Series, QPR Suicide Prevention Training, 50/50 Yoga Pilates and more!
CAMMPUS Info Session – September 15, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Want to take control of your heart health? Attend an information session or view this video clip of a typical first assessment! Attend the info session to learn about participating in a unique project called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site).
CAMMPUS offers UBC faculty and staff a free 30-minute assessment with a registered pharmacist (or student under pharmacist supervision) from the UBC Pharmacists Clinic. During the assessment, you will find out your current level of heart health and what steps you can take to keep your cardiovascular system healthy. For more information and to register, click here.
Stress Release Three-part Series
Part 1: The Day-to-Day – September 21, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Stress is a loaded word, and decreasing it can feel like an unsurmountable task. Define “stress” and learn about your body’s natural & healthy response to stressors. Participants will leave with three simple and attainable suggestions for how to clear out unnecessary stressors, and shift the nervous system’s response to the inevitable stressors. For more information and to register, click here.
Part 2: Diet & Stress – September 27, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Learn how your diet and dietary habits affect your reaction to stressors, and how stress affects your food cravings. You will define three simple diet shifts that can assist you in stress management. For more information and to register, click here.
Part 3: Stress Relief Techniques – October 5, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
The way we handle our stress depends on the stressor, the person and the situation,. Learn how to identify healthy and not-so-healthy ways to manage stressors as they arise, and leave with three simple at home lifestyle and workstyle changes that can help you streamline your stressors. For more information and to register, click here.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training – September 22, 2016 @ 10am-12pm (Location: Point Grey)
QPR Training is an internationally recognized suicide prevention program designed to help you question, persuade, and refer. QPR acts as an emergency mental health intervention designed to save lives much like CPR or other methods of emergency medical intervention.
Learn to recognize suicide warning signs, approach someone who may be at risk, persuade the person to seek appropriate health services, and connect the person to resources that will help resolve crises. Suicide is preventable. For more information and to register, click here.
50/50 Yoga Pilates Class – September 28, 2016 @ 11-12pm (Location: Point Grey)
All UBC staff & faculty are welcome to register and attend this free 50/50 Yoga Pilates class!
50/50 Yoga Pilates presents a cutting-edge Pilates workout that is designed to sculpt the body and strengthen the core. A 50/50 Yoga Pilates class consists of 50% standing Pilates work, which integrates Pilates principles into lower-body work, and 50% yoga mat work to strengthen the core with complementary exercises. Discover the unique combination of Pilates and yoga sequences to help sculpt, strengthen and stretch the body. For more information and to register, click here.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial – September 28, 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.
Coming up later this Fall…
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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 August 3, 2016
Our Health and Wellbeing team has been keeping busy over the spring and summer. Check out some of our updates and photos below.
Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge 2016
We had over 460 staff and faculty participate this year-our biggest group ever!
The total stairs climbed by all participants was equal to 567,117 metres (over 567km!). We collectively climbed Mount Everest 64 times! A huge thank you to all of our corporate health and fitness discount partners for prizes and a big congratulations to all participants. Click here to see challenge photos and video.
Mental Health First Aid at UBC
We are excited to announce that two of our UBC HR team members (at both our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses) are now trained as Mental Health First Aid facilitators by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This means that Mental Health First Aid training will be more widely available for staff, faculty and students. Click here for more information about Mental Health First Aid.
Canadian Universities and Colleges Community of Practice Conference
In June, a group of 40 health promotion and disability management professionals from post-secondary institutions across Canada met UBC Okanagan for a community of practice conference. There was solid representation from UBC HR in the crowd and it was a great opportunity to share ideas, present on new ideas and to highlight important initiatives. It was also a great chance to check out the Okanagan campus!
UBC Events Professional Network Meeting (Botanical Gardens)
Our Health and Wellbeing team, along with members from the Workplace Learning and Engagement unit, attended and presented at the summer meeting of the UBC Event Professionals Network to promote professional development opportunities on campus.
All participants were then treated to a sun-filled, educational tour of the botanical gardens.
If you are interested in being a part of the Events Professionals Network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindfulness in the news
Have you noticed that mindfulness has been in the news lately? We are so excited that the CBC recently profiled the work that UBC Human Resources has been doing with the Sauder School of Business and Mindwell Canada.
Read more about the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace here, or listen to an interview with UBC representatives, and Mindwell about the research that has been done (around 30 min.).
We will be offering Mindfulness programs again this fall so stay tuned for dates and registration details.
Workshops of note
We have been busy delivering training and educational sessions and workshops across campus over the past few months, including:
- Robson Square Health Check Day
- Not Myself Today info session
- Responding with Respect for UBC IT managers
- Celiac disease and a gluten free diet
- Learn to Meditate
And lots more!!
The fall is gearing up to be one of our busiest ever so we will be seeing you around!
-Melissa and Miranda
Do you have an upcoming health and wellbeing event that you would like us to be a part of? Email Miranda.email@example.com.