By Melissa Lafrance on April 5, 2017
It’s no secret or surprise that financial stress is a major cause of overall stress for many people and that finances play a crucial role in our wellbeing. After covering our fixed and living expenses, it can be difficult to justify spending money on personal or professional development. Luckily, UBC staff and faculty have free and discounted perks that make it a little less cost-prohibitive to take part in developing our health, wellbeing and professional growth.
The April edition of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is all about financial wellbeing – and there’s no better way to save money than by taking advantage of free things! Read on to learn about the wide range of free (or discounted) health, wellbeing and professional development offerings.
Corporate Health, Fitness & Family Discounts
As a member of UBC’s staff and faculty, you and your family are eligible for many discounts at organizations both on and off campus. Check out the health, fitness and family discounts for local fitness, yoga and recreation programs, as well as local arts and culture offerings.
Learn ways of budgeting for fitness, nutrition and work-life balance.
Free Courses and Professional Development Opportunities
Programming includes workshops, training and large-scale events aimed at increasing and promoting the wellbeing of faculty and staff as well as the development of healthy work environments.
Healthy UBC Events and Workshops are free ongoing university-wide educational opportunities that focus on promoting positive mental health and physical wellbeing for staff, faculty and departments.
Funding is available to several employee groups to support learning opportunities that enhance knowledge, work performance and career growth at UBC. Funding can be accessed to supplement UBC tuition waivers and it also covers external learning activities including professional membership fees, workshops, conferences and courses. Learn about eligibility criteria and how to apply by visiting the PD Funding page.
As an employee at UBC, there are many professional-development opportunities available to you that will support you in your current role as well as in your career progression at the university. Learning and development opportunities can range from in-person multi-day programs to on-demand online courses. You and your dependent family members may also be eligible to take many UBC courses without paying the tuition fee.
Learn the most in-demand tech, creative and workplace business skills taught by industry experts. All UBC staff and faculty receive free premium-level access to the lynda.com library of high-quality digital tutorials, courses and curated learning paths.
By Miranda Massie on March 2, 2017
Our Healthy UBC team has been busy over the past few months. Check out some of our Out and About photos below!
Suicide Awareness Day 2017
What a successful day! With the help of staff, faculty and student volunteers, we were able to hand out close to 4,000 Suicide Awareness pens and resource cards in addition to hosting two QPR Suicide Prevention workshops. We truly are making progress in creating a caring campus by increasing awareness and decreasing the stigma around suicide.
We are well on our way in the nine-week Walkabout Challenge and are participating on one of four human resources teams enrolled this year. The Majesties in Motion (see our lovely team pic below) are averaging around 320,000 steps a week!
Dog Walk to Tower Beach
To snag some extra social steps, we participated in the Dog Walker’s Stroll, one of the Step It Up weekly guided walks. We met up with around 40 colleagues from across campus, as well as five of their furry friends, and headed for a gorgeous sunny walk to the beach and back!
Team Building: Cooking Class
Our Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team ventured to Nourish Café on 10th Avenue for a fun and food-filled afternoon. We learned how to make hummus, crackers, Mediterranean roasted chicken, cauliflower and kale, and a millet and roasted squash salad with tahini dressing. Delish!
Travelling Health Fair 2017
We have just finished our annual health screenings! Thank you to the more than 200 people who came out to receive their free diabetes screening.
Missed the fair? The UBC Pharmacists Clinic will be offering the same Diabetes Awareness Assessments for two weeks in March. Between March 6 and March 17 you can receive the same FREE screening offered at the Travelling Health Fair. Call the UBC Pharmacists Clinic at 604-827-2584 to book your appointment.
See you around!
Melissa and Miranda
Do you have an upcoming event that you would like us to be a part of? Email Miranda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Melissa Lafrance on December 7, 2016
This month’s Healthy Path is all about self-reflection and exploring our spiritual wellbeing, which is a fitting topic with the holiday season right around the corner.
Spiritual wellbeing is unique to each individual and involves values and beliefs that help provide a purpose in our lives. In general, spirituality is the search for meaning and purpose in human existence and can involve working to balance our inner needs with the rest of the outside world.
Spiritual wellbeing may not be something that you often think about, yet its impact and influence on your life is unavoidable. Spirituality also involves being tolerant of others’ beliefs and to live and act authentically, in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs. For some, spirituality may be equated with traditional religions such as Christianity, Hinduism or Buddhism, while for others, it may mean growing personal relationships with others or through a connection with nature.
You can live your life with purpose if you are purposely self-aware. If purposeful self-awareness is an unfamiliar concept, there are activities you can practice that can eventually instill self-awareness.
Nurturing our personal needs and allowing ourselves to truly relax, regenerate and recharge in meaningful ways is important for our own self-care. Keep in mind the big picture, think about what is meaningful to you and be mindful of your surroundings to truly savour the moments and experiences you encounter this holiday season – whether it’s with your family, friends, strangers, or with yourself.
Prepare yourself emotionally for the holiday season get-togethers with a guide to holiday peacekeeping. Learn how you can improve your relationships with others and improve your relationship with yourself.
Assess Your Spiritual Wellbeing
Where ever you find yourself, take a moment to reflect and evaluate your own spiritual wellbeing with this brief quiz:
- Do I make time for relaxation in my day?
- Do I make time for meditation or prayer?
- Do my values guide my decisions and actions?
- Am I accepting and open to the views of others?
- Do I feel a sense of hope and have a positive outlook on life?
If you answered no to any of the questions, that may be an area to work on exploring and improving. These feeling may also be related to other causes and there are some resources available to help you understand them.
Ways You Can Improve Spiritual Wellbeing
- Be still, be quiet. Take time for yourself, even if it is for five minutes as you wait for the bus or when you go to bed. Try to disconnect from electronic devices and just be in the moment.
- Practice being non-judgmental and having an open mind. Take five deep breaths to gather your thoughts before responding or reacting to a situation or person.
- Be mindful and/or meditate and/or do yoga.
- Be kind to others and yourself.
- Be grateful. Discover ways you can practice gratitude.
- Forgive. If it does not serve a purpose in your life and only causes you anguish, forgive and let it go.
- Give back to others.
- Become part of a community and maintain enriching relationships. Learn five ways to detox your relationships.
- Remain receptive to pain or sorrow. These feelings can help us discover how spirituality can help us cope.
- Do something outside of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to be challenged or to be (or act) silly. After all, the best memories are created when we come across unexpected moments, people, or situations. They are often the ones we learn lessons from the most as well. These lessons allow us to discover nuances within ourselves and build our knowledge and values, thereby creating stronger meanings in our lives.
Resources for Staff and Faculty
- UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program:counselling services for you and your dependents. Call Shepell’s Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 or visit Shepell’s website to view services available.
- Meditation and Mindfulness Programs at UBC
- Benefits to support staff and faculty mental health
- Yoga at UBC Recreation or UBC Yoga Club
- Campus Chaplaincy
- Consider these volunteering opportunities
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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 email@example.com.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Melissa Lafrance on June 8, 2016
Save Your Skin Foundation’s National Sun Awareness Week is June 6 – 12. It is designed to highlight the dangers of over-exposure to the sun and to promote safe behaviours. Summer is here and so are the beautiful sun-shining days! Take this time to learn about staying hydrated, sun safety tips, and vitamin D. Keep on shining!
Stay Hydrated – How much water should you be drinking?
To keep your body hydrated, aim for a daily fluid intake of about 2 – 3 litres (9 – 12 cups) per day, based on your body size and activity level.
When you are more active, and the weather is hotter, you will need to increase your intake. Learn about sports hydration here.
Water is one of the best fluid choices, but you can also drink other beverages such as milk, juice, broth/soups, coffee and tea.
Signs of Dehydration
- Dry lips and mouth
- Flushed skin
- Headache, dizziness, fainting
- Low blood pressure, increase in heart rate
- Dark, strong smelling urine
If you feel any of these dehydration symptoms, do the following:
- Stop your activity and rest
- Get out of direct sunlight and find a cooler spot if possible
- Prop up your feet and take off unnecessary clothing
- Drink a rehydration drink:
- Combine 1 cup of juice (preferably apple), 2 cups of water, pinch of salt
- Sports drink will also work
Maximizing Your Vitamin D from Safe Sun Exposure & Diet
We get vitamin D from three sources; synthesis by the skin following exposure to sunlight; eating foods that contain vitamin D; and taking vitamin D supplements. Ultraviolet B (UVB) is the portion of sunlight that stimulates human skin to produce vitamin D. However, UVB rays are also the major cause of sunburns and can increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
The good news is that you don’t need to tan to get benefits from the sun. The amount of sun exposure needed to produce enough vitamin D depends on age, diet, skin colour, where you live, and how strong the sun is. For most people, just a few minutes in the sun every day during summer months will be enough.
Six Steps to Protect your Skin
I’m sure most of us have experienced sunburn at some point and we know, it’s not nice. To avoid the discomfort and minimize your risk of skin cancer, practice these tips!
- Avoid sun burning, intentional tanning, and using tanning beds.
- Use sunscreen properly.
Sunscreens are rated by the strength of their SPF. The SPF tells you the product’s ability to screen or block out the sun’s UVB rays. Use SPF 30 or higher that is labelled broad-spectrum and use a lipbalm with SPF.
Don’t forget your ears, neck, tops of your feet and any bald spots!
- Wear sun-protective clothing, wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.
One of the best ways to protect yourself from the sun is to cover up. Make sure you choose close-fitting sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection in a wraparound style.
- Check the UV Index and plan accordingly.
On days when the UV reaches 3 (moderate) or higher, you need to be diligent in protecting your skin, face, and eyes. In Canada between April and September, the UV Index can be 3 or more from 11am – 3pm, even when it’s cloudy.
- Seek shade.
If your shadow is shorter than you, it’s time to find some shade. Seek shade especially between 11am – 3pm.
- Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand. The rays reflect!
- Get vitamin D from your diet first and vitamin D supplements.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be stored in the body. We all need adequate vitamin D from our diet to help our bodies absorb and use calcium and phosphorous for strong bones and teeth as well as reduce the risk of osteoporosis and certain cancers. Learn more about vitamin D and rich food sources.
Want to know more?
- Summer is Coming – June 2015 Healthy UBC Newsletter article
- How to Pick the Right Suncreen – and Use it Properly – Tips from Sunil Kalia, UBC Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Skin Science
- Sun Safety Tips for Parents – tip sheet for parents
- Sun Sensitivity Test – quick survey tool
- Extreme Heat/Heat Waves – detailed safety tips
By Melissa Lafrance on April 5, 2016
Maintaining a wholesome diet or purchasing healthy foods may seem a little more difficult these days with increasing food prices. Perhaps you’ve noticed a difference in your grocery bill, or have seen the changes to Statistic Canada’s Consumer Price Index for food. One culprit is the current value of the Canadian dollar. With 81% of vegetables, fruits and nuts imported from outside of Canada, it’s an inevitable shift. Another factor is climate change and the effect this has on crops.
Regardless of food prices, we need to eat! There is some good news. We can all adopt a few habits to get the most bang for our buck while ensuring proper nutrition and reducing the impact the rising food cost has on our health and our wallets.
1. Cooking at Home vs. Eating Out
The University of Guelph’s Food Price Report states the average Canadian household will spend $8,631 on food in 2016, an increase of about $345 from 2015. Those figures include an average of $2,416 spent in restaurants. When you go out to eat, you are not just paying for the food itself, but also for the service, food preparation, staff wages, etc.
Get cooking to save money! Check the Healthy UBC Recipes Series.
2. In-season Produce
Foods that are in-season are often less expensive than when they are not in season. Check out a helpful chart for seasonal and local foods in BC.
3. Shop the Specials
Take a minute to read the in-store flyers and plan your meals accordingly. It may mean you need to visit a couple of stores to get the best deal. Stock up while specials last but make sure not to overdo it to avoid food waste.
4. Plan Ahead and Stick to Your Grocery List
When there is a plan in place for meals, there is a better chance that food will be readily available when you need it and there will be less tendency to eat out or purchase pre-made meals. It’s so simple and the payoff will be worth it.
5. Waste Less and Use Leftovers
6. Cook More Vegetarian Meals
If you are finding animal proteins are more expensive than what you can afford, you can add more vegetarian sources of protein to your meals. Check out a fantastic collection of healthy vegetarian recipes and 10 meatless high-protein foods.
7. Check the Best Before Dates
Make sure you check the date to ensure you will have enough time to consume it before it goes to waste. Read more on best before dates vs. expiry dates.
By Melissa Lafrance on March 1, 2016
Spring is in the air! This time of year brings warmer weather, longer days, and perhaps less cloudiness and rain and more delightful sunshine. Spring is the season of new beginnings, fresh buds blooms and the earth seems to come to life again. There’s also a common activity that many take part in – spring cleaning. March is also Nutrition Month (aka my favourite initiative), given my passion for nutrition and health. And on that note, let’s take the opportunity to debunk eight nutrition myths and learn the real facts!
Disclaimer – The information is this feature is meant to make you think about being critical about the information we are bombarded with in the media. It is not meant to cause worry or make you revamp your diet. At the end of the day, we all need to make the choices that makes most sense to us at the time. If you have concerns about your diet, consider consulting a dietitian – see the December, 2014, article in Benefits FYI for information on using your UBC Extended Health Benefits for dietitian services.
Avoid carbs if you want to lose weight.
Restricting carbohydrates (carbs) typically involves lowering or eliminating carbohydrate-containing foods like grain products, some fruits, starchy vegetables, some dairy products, as well as high sugar-containing foods. While this can help one lose weight in the short-term due to a lower caloric intake, restrictive diets are not sustainable on a long-term basis. Our bodies need carbohydrates for energy and optimal brain function. Regardless of the diet approach, long-term lifestyle changes in eating habits and physical activity are required to prevent weight loss and maintenance. Complex carbohydrates are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and fibre.
- Learn more about low carbohydrate diets.
- Learn more about smart choices to include carbohydrates in your diet.
Late-night snacking causes weight gain.
Healthy snacking is a smart way to help ensure adequate nutrient intake for energy and wellbeing. Snacking in between meals can help keep blood glucose levels stable throughout the day. Remember to snack wisely, measure portion sizes, and listen to hunger cues. Visit Healthy Snacks for Adults for great ideas and snack foods to bring to work that will keep you satisfied in between meals or after a workout. It’s more about the type and the amount of food you consume and less about the timing.
You need to take vitamin and mineral supplements to be healthy.
Food first! Most healthy individuals can meet their vitamin and mineral needs with a well-balanced diet. There are certain population groups that require some extra nutrients in the form of supplements including, but not limited to, older individuals, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and those with restricted diets.
Everyone should eat a gluten-free diet.
A gluten-free diet is a necessity for individuals with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten is ingested, or with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein found most commonly in wheat, barley and rye. Unless you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, you don’t need to avoid gluten. Whole grains, among other high-fibre foods, are a healthy choice and offer dietary fibre needed for proper digestion. A gluten-free diet, when not planned properly, can lack vitamins, minerals and fibre. Consult a doctor if you think you may have a gluten allergy or sensitivity.
Superfoods will keep you super healthy.
Goji berries, kale, chia seeds, and quinoa: the list of “superfoods” grows every year. Just as there is no super pill to make you healthy, there isn’t one food that can make you lose weight or cure cancer. Superfoods are simply trends. There is no clear definition of what constitutes a superfood. While these foods can be beneficial to have in our diets due to their nutrient density, so are apples and carrots. Superfoods are often portrayed in the media that one only has to consume them to achieve health and wellbeing. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and you want to keep moderation and variety in mind to achieve health benefits.
Home cooking takes too much time.
Home cooking doesn’t take as much time as you might think! I urge you to get in the kitchen and be involved in the preparation of the foods that nourish you. It does not have to be complicated. It really doesn’t take that much time to grill a piece of fresh salmon and arrange a tossed vegetable salad with oil and vinegar. If you are not experienced in the kitchen, start with simple straightforward meals. Great local and fresh ingredients don’t need much tampering to construct a delicious and nutritious meal. Planning meals in advance let you use your time wisely and make extra for lunches the next day.
- Check out these 5 best time-saving cooking tips.
- If you need inspiration to get in the kitchen, please watch Michael Pollan’s Cooked Series (now on Netflix) based on his book Cooked.
- Need healthy recipes? Try Cookspiration.
Only people with hypertension need to limit their sodium intake.
Sodium is a mineral found in salt and is needed to control blood pressure and to help with muscle and nerve function. The recommended daily intake of sodium is less than 1,500 milligrams, or 2/3 teaspoon of table salt. Most Canadians consume double the amount of sodium needed largely due to the fact that the sodium we consume is hidden in prepared foods. Excess sodium can increase the risk of hypertension and the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Find out the sodium content of common foods.
- For information on lowering your sodium intake, check out the DASH Diet.
A detox diet is needed to clear the toxins from your body.
There’s been a recent obsession with “detox” diets, as if our bodies aren’t equipped to rid of “toxins”. Toxicity is the degree to which a substance can damage an organism. An abundance of numerous substances can eventually cause toxicity, which is why moderation is so important. There are substances that can cause acute or chronic toxicity in high amounts and it’s best to avoid these. Detox diets make big promises but don’t deliver the science to back up their claims. It is true that a couple of days free from processed foods and high in fibrous foods such as vegetables and fruits will do a digestive system some good and will in turn make you feel better. Our bodies are quite spectacular and our liver, kidneys, intestines, and lungs eliminate unwanted waste. Our insides are not dirty and don’t need to be cleansed with juices, pills or potions. Some detox diets include intestine-clearing supplements that might actually be harmful (try prune juice instead!). The gut microbiota play a crucial role in our health, immune function and digestion.
There are no “bad” or “good” foods. What is beneficial for one person, may cause another person extreme discomfort, indigestion, and even allergic reaction. We are all unique and have differing nutrient requirements. Be critical of what you hear and read as it is difficult to sift through the overwhelming amount of health information and unsupported claims.
Keep in mind that stressing about 10 calories or beating yourself up for eating the occasional treat can be more harmful than the actual food you eat. If you want advice, consult a credible and trusted health professional and seek assistance through our many benefits at UBC such as EFAP and Extended Health Benefit coverage. Do what makes most sense to you at the time and take advice from trusted sources.
By Miranda Massie on March 1, 2016
Our Healthy UBC team had a very eventful few months to kick off the start of the year. Check out some of our Out and About photos below!
Suicide Awareness Day 2016
What a successful day! With the help of staff, faculty, student volunteers, we were able to hand out over 3,000 Suicide Awareness pens and resource cards in addition to hosting two QPR Suicide Prevention workshops. We truly are making progress in creating a caring campus by increasing awareness and decreasing stigma around suicide.
Travelling Health Fair 2016
If you thought you saw us out and about more often this past month, you are probably right! We hosted our annual staff and faculty Health Fair in six different locations, including Childcare Services and the Diamond Health Care Centre. Once again we partnered with the knowledgeable staff and clinicians from the UBC Pharmacists Clinic to provide free lung health screenings to over 250 people.
Not only are we helping to promote the 10th Annual UBC Walkabout program but we are participating in it. Meet our team-the Skywalkers! We are just past the halfway mark, so keep up the hard work and the friendly competition.
UBC Wins Mental Health in the Workplace Award
We were so honoured to accept the 2016 CM Hincks national award for outstanding workplace mental health programming from the Canadian Mental Health Association. It would not be possible without the amazing support from colleagues like you. Read more here.
New Staff Orientation
We helped welcome 55 new staff to UBC at the most recent orientation in February, and teamed up with our benefits colleagues to make we started them off right!
We hosted information sessions over Reading Week for the 10th Annual Sauder Health and Safety Day and the 2016 UBC Advising Conference.
See you around!
-Melissa and Miranda
Do you have an upcoming event that you would like us to be a part of? Email Miranda.email@example.com.
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By Melissa Lafrance on February 3, 2016
Heart Month is a national campaign that mobilizes Canadians to raise awareness and funds to improve the lives of all Canadians. Keeping your heart healthy can prevent and manage cardiovascular disease.
Heart Anatomy & Function
The human heart, which beats more than 2.5 billion times during a lifetime, is slightly larger than your clenched fist. The heart beats approximately 100,000 times each day and pumps around 7,200 litres of nutrient-rich blood, that travels all the way to our extremities through our arteries, arterioles and capillaries. Oxygen-poor blood is carried back to the heart through veins. The heart and circulatory system makes up our cardiovascular system.
Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Some factors contributing to cardiovascular disease are genetic, such as age, ethnicity, and family history. Fortunately, there are a number of factors under our control that can play a significant role, including tobacco exposure, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, unhealthy diets, stress, and excessive alcohol intake.
Modifiable Risk Factors
- Hypertension – single biggest risk factor for stroke and plays significant role in myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) – Blood Pressure Information
- Abnormal blood lipid levels – more specifically, high cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides, high levels of low-density lipoprotein or low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
- Tobacco use – risk is higher depending on starting age and for women
- Physical inactivity – increases risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%. Obesity is a major risk factor. – Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines
- Type 2 diabetes – Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
- Unhealthy diet – Healthy Eating Guidelines to Prevent Heart Disease
- Stress – Understanding Stress
- Excessive alcohol intake – Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
There are always exceptions to the rules, and someone may not necessarily develop cardiovascular disease if they have the risk factors; however, the more the risk factors, the greater the likelihood. These health ailments can in most cases be prevented by taking action to modify healthy behaviours and lifestyles. Your health-care team can help and should be consulted if you are concerned about your wellbeing. Prevention is key, and it’s always a good time to take care of yourself.
Get involved & take care of your heart by:
- Signing up for a CAMMPUS Information Session and/or getting a free cardiovascular assessment test from the UBC Pharmacists Clinic- Register here
- Informing yourself on heart health by visiting our Virtual Health Fair & Online Assessment
- Visiting www.heartandstroke.ca and learning more about Heart Health & Heart Month fundraising
EFAP Health Coaching
UBC’s Employee & Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell, can help you understand health issues and concerns in addition to helping you make the changes needed to be well.
There are many ways to get help today – all completely confidential. Shepell’s Health Coaches are Registered Nurses and Occupational Health Nurses who offer practical, personalized support for physical health issues which are risk factors of cardiovascular disease:
- Smoking cessation – via EFAP’s Stop Smoking Centre
- Weight management
- Healthy eating – via EFAP Nutrition Support led by Registered Dietitians
- Stress management
- Exercise as a component of a healthy lifestyle
- Health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
Review the services available at the Shepell website and use the icons under Contact Us to book your service anytime, anywhere.