By Miranda Massie on February 5, 2019
February is the month to celebrate movement at UBC! Move UBC is a UBC-wide campaign to increase physical activity and celebrate the diverse ways we can move on campus.
We already know that physical activity is important for our health, so why not join the movement? Move UBC connects staff, faculty and students with a variety of free and low-cost opportunities to be active on campus. There are options for everyone — no matter your fitness level or ability. So gather a few friends or colleagues and try something new this February!
Below is a selection of fun and inclusive Move UBC events to check out. See the Move UBC Events Calendar to find many more activities.
- Feb.11 to Mar. 8: Explore the campus and nourish your body by joining the UBC Wellbeing Challenge
- Feb. 28: Celebrate your month of movement with Wear Your Active Wear Day (participating locations)
- Free Brain BodyFit classes at Bodyworks all month long
- Feb. 18-22: Free access to all group fitness classes at The Hangar
Photo credit: UBC Recreation
By Miranda Massie on February 5, 2019
February is a perfect time of year to focus on all matters of the heart – including heart health. Get that blood pumping by exploring ways to stay mindful, motivated and moving.
Week 1: Take Part in Move UBC Month
Use February to celebrate movement at UBC! Move UBC is a UBC-wide campaign to increase physical activity and celebrate the diverse ways we can move on campus. Get inspired to move by checking out the Move UBC events calendar.
Week 2: Jump In!
Bring back the nostalgia of childhood and get your heart pumping with just 15 minutes of jumping rope, a fun and easy cardio alternative. Or, follow along with this six-minute FitnessBlender video.
Week 3: Check Your Health
UBC’s annual Travelling Health Fair may be booked up, but you can still take advantage of a check-up in the following ways:
- March 6-20: Contact the UBC Pharmacists Clinic at 604-827-2584 to request a free kidney health assessment (the same screening offered through the Travelling Health Fair this year).
- Visit our online Virtual Health Fair: You’ll find over 20 screenings, tools and resources to help assess your current wellbeing status and make improvements towards a healthier self.
Week 4: Get Your Cardio on Demand
Looking for inspiration to move more or move differently? Look no further than the following list of YouTube channels that offer fitness videos on demand.
Photo credit: Melissa Lafrance
By Miranda Massie on January 8, 2019
Mark your calendars for an action-packed start to the new year! There are lots of opportunities and ways to move and be active, so ask a friend or gather your colleagues and take advantage of the diverse programming coming your way.
UBC Walkabout (January 21 to March 24, 2019)
Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge that promotes regular exercise in social settings. Everyone is welcome to participate, either individually or by creating teams of five and walking the distance of the virtual route.
Register your team before January 27, 2019 at http://walkabout.educ.ubc.ca/.
Walkabout was designed and launched in 2005 by Dr. Joy Butler and is a partnership initiative between the Faculty of Education, UBC Recreation and UBC Human Resources.
Move UBC Month (February 1 to 28, 2019)
UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan
Get ready to move more this February! Move UBC is an annual university-wide initiative to encourage physical activity and reduce the time students, staff, faculty and the UBC community spend being sedentary. By inspiring people to move more through inclusive and accessible events and activities, Move UBC aims to improve everyone’s overall wellbeing. Check out the following Move UBC events:
- February 1: Cha Cha Slide
- February 11: Wellbeing Challenge Kick-off
- February 28: Wear Your Active Wear Day
- Click here for full calendar listings
Photo credit: UBC Communications and Marketing
By Melissa Lafrance on February 5, 2018
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge | Starting February 19 (Location: Online)
Learn the core skills of mindfulness through evidence-based online training. The 30-Day Challenge teaches mindfulness-in-action for everyday life, takes less than 10 minutes a day, and is now free for UBC staff and faculty at both Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Learn more and register now.
Office Ergo Rep Training | February 20 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
If your department is looking for more efficient response and support with regards to ergonomic issues for staff, consider taking the three-hour Office Ergo Rep Training. Learn basic ergonomic risk factors and assessments, as well as proper computer workstation set-up, and get resources to take back to your unit. Find out more and register now.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial | February 22 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.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 | February 22| 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 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.
Hatha Yoga Class | February 27 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
All UBC staff and faculty are invited to register for this free Hatha yoga class. Great for all abilities and for those who wish to move their bodies and relax, this class will focus on strength, endurance, balance and flexibility and will incorporate sun salutations and feel-good stretches. Calm the body and mind. Find out more and register now.
Coming Up in March and April:
- March 8: The Art of Managing Conflict (Robson Square)
- April 5 – May 10: Mindfulness@Work Program (DHCC/VGH)
Photo Credit: UBC Thrive via UBC Communications and Marketing
By Miranda Massie on February 5, 2018
This month’s feature:
Feb 1-28: Move UBC Month
Move UBC is an annual initiative that encourages the entire UBC community to find ways to move more. By sitting less and moving more – and getting your colleagues to move along with you – we can improve our mental, physical and social health and reduce the risk of many preventable diseases.
Get inspired to move in different ways with #MoveUBC. Start by participating in one of the following:
Other Events and Activities:
February 11: Kids Takeover UBC
February 13: Equity Enhancement Fund Info Session
February 14: UBC Okanagan – Healthy Measures Assessment Day
February 14: Global Health Café (hosted by SPPH)
February 17: Lunar New Year Celebration (Wesbrook Village)
February 21: Learning the Basics of Herbal Medicine (UBC Farm)
February 27-March 4: The Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (MOA)
By Miranda Massie on January 11, 2018
This Month’s Feature:
Jan 22-March 25: Join the 12th Annual UBC Walkabout
Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge that promotes regular exercise in social settings. Everyone at UBC is welcome to create teams of five or register as an individual. Cost is only $10 per person, and registration is now open. This is a great opportunity to achieve a personal or team fitness goal at the start of a new year! For more details, visit the UBC Walkabout website.
Other Events and Activities:
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is filled with events and messages that aim to raise awareness and understanding about sexual assault, and what we, as individuals and the UBC community, can do to help prevent it. Join the conversation and explore ways to become involved.
Participate in a Standing Desk Study
Many office workers spend a high proportion of their work day sitting, often in prolonged unbroken bouts. The Population Physical Activity Lab in the School of Kinesiology at UBC is conducting a workplace intervention aimed at reducing employee sitting time through the provision of a low-cost standing desk.
If you are interested in trying out a standing desk, aged 18-65 years old, and sit at a desk at least three days a week, then you are invited to participate.
This study involves wearing an activity monitor and completing a few surveys – three times over a six-month period. You will receive $60 for your participation and be offered the standing desk to keep.
Click here for more information or if you’d like to sign up for this study, please email Dr. Guy Faulkner, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health, or Katie Weatherson, the Research Assistant at email@example.com.
January 8-14: UBC Recreation Free Week
It’s that wonderful time of the year when you can check out UBC Recreation classes – for free! Drop in for a fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, boot camp or aquatics class. No experience required. Try as many classes as you like, and register for your favourites!
January 14: UBC Opera Tea Series
Enjoy a concert of opera arias and song favourites in a casual setting. Coffee, tea and light refreshments served. Advanced reservation required.
January 18: Reawakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry
Participate in an inspirational evening with Suquamish Elder and Master Basketmaker Ed Carriere and wet site archaeologist and ancient basketry researcher Dr. Dale R. Croes. Ed and Dale will present a richly illustrated talk about ancient basket making and invite visitors to interact with the ancient basket replicas they make.
January 19: UBC Winter Classic Hockey Game
This popular annual event sold out last year, so get your tickets to watch the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Hockey before they’re gone! Family pack and student rate tickets available.
January 20: First-Year Educators’ Symposium
This free symposium will provide opportunities to network and share research and resources related to teaching, learning and community building with a focus on first-year students at UBC. This event is supported by Student Development & Services, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.
January 26: Arts in Health Research Community of Practice
The Arts in Health Research community of practice aims to be a vibrant collegial space in which members share their work, engage with and learn from the approaches of others, discuss challenges and successes of their research, and explore emerging trends and innovations in arts-based methodologies. All researchers who are currently working at the intersection between the arts and health research are welcome to attend.
January 31: Suicide Awareness Day
Reach out. Help is available. Reaching out early and preventing suicide requires everyone’s support. On Suicide Awareness Day, January 31, show your support for awareness and prevention. Visit ow.ly/bDae30gVnx4
To request free Suicide Awareness Day stickers for your group, department or faculty, please click here to place your order.
February 1: Wear Your Active Wear Day
On the first day of Move UBC month, you are invited to wear clothes that encourage you to move throughout your entire day. We want to see your lulu’s or your bright running shoes– anything that encourages you to move!
PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series returns in 2018 with the first of six dynamic events, where doctoral students tell their community-engaged research stories in just under seven minutes.
Save the Date: May 4, 2018 – Staff and Faculty Sports Day
Mark your calendars now to ensure that you are available to participate in this year’s event.
Photo credit: Martin Dee/UBC Communications and Marketing
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By Miranda Massie on February 2, 2017
This month’s feature:
With the demands we all have on our time from teaching, work, research and family needs, UBC knows it’s not easy to hit the gym every day. There are lots of different ways you can exercise instead! Whatever you can fit into your day is a great start to get moving: long walks, short sprints, commuting by bike – but most importantly, getting up from your desk and sitting less is a great start.
Research shows that moving more and sitting less can improve your mental and physical health, which helps you feel good and reduces the risk factors for preventable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and mental illness.
Find out why it’s important to start tackling the ‘sitting disease’ and explore how you can stay committed to moving more with #MoveUBC this month and don’t forget to Wear Your Active Wear on February 28!
Other Events and Activities
Join the annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Wesbrook Village. Experience a traditional lion dance and cultural performances, tea tasting, calligraphy, crafts, and leave with a red envelope!
Yoga and Pilates for Staff and Faculty at the Alumni Centre: Starting Feb 8
Start the New Year off with free yoga and Pilates with your colleagues.
Join us on Wednesday mornings in the foyer of the UBC Welcome Centre for some Pilates stretching and strengthening 7:30-8:20am.
Visit on Fridays (starting Feb. 3) for yoga classes from 12:05-12:50pm in the Bill & Risa Levine Classroom on the 2nd floor.
Free – open to UBC faculty and staff. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Join Dr. Eli Puterman, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, to explore the damaging impact chronic stress can have on the aging of our minds and bodies, deep into our cells, and learn how movement can mitigate these effects.
Pink Shirt Day: Feb. 22
Take a stand against bullying and wear a pink in support of kindness and acceptance in schools, at work and in your communities.
UBC Recreation Open House: Feb. 24, 12-2pm
UBC staff, faculty and community members are invited to attend an open house! This interactive afternoon will include a tour of the new aquatic centre, games, free fitness classes, food, prizes, and an exclusive opportunity to register children for UBC Summer Camps. Click here for full details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the last day of MoveUBC, you are invited to wear clothes that encourage you to move throughout your entire day. We want to see your lulu’s or your bright running shoes– anything that encourages you to move! Leave behind those high heels, restrictive ties, skirts and tight pants that can keep you from maintaining your wellbeing!
Pick up a sticker at any of the MoveUBC events and sport it on February 28th to help explain why you’re in your active wear.
For those staff with required uniforms, safety clothing or shoes/boots, we encourage you to have a discussion with your supervisors and colleagues to see how you might be able to adapt these requirements, so that you can move easily throughout your day, while still maintaining safety protocol and professionalism.
Immerse yourself in a classic Northwest Legend featuring incredible and original illustrations by world-renowned printmaker, painter, carver, author, Roy Henry Vickers.
In Peace Dancer, Vickers shares the Legend from his village of Kitkatla, BC; it is the story of The Flood. Sharing this story is more relevant to the world right now than ever before. Click here to register.
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By Miranda Massie on February 2, 2017
The ice has thawed and the days are getting longer. It’s a perfect time to check back in with your fitness goals and stay motivated. Discover new ways to support heart health and your fitness goals!
It’s #MoveUBC month on campus. Participate in a wide variety of activities and events that encourage moving more and sitting less!
Week 2: Cardio on Demand
We have a list of five Youtube channels that offer fitness videos on demand. Looking for inspiration to get moving? Look no further.
Week 3: Take a Heart Health Assessment
Explore a variety of self-assessments and tools related to blood pressure, diabetes, general heart health and more.
Week 4: Just Jump!
Bring back the nostalgia of gym class and get your heart pumping with this take-anywhere, cardio alternative.
For more even fitness tips and inspiration, visit our Fitting in Fitness page.