By Melissa Lafrance on October 25, 2017
Time to dig out your flannel jammies, rain boots, and scarves: winter is coming. Let’s look on the bright side: at least we don’t get wallops of snow like the east coast for four months of the year. On the west coast and Metro Vancouver, we get the rainy season, which can be pleasant if we make the most of it. Research has shown that gratitude increases overall wellbeing, so let’s look at a few things we can be grateful and cheerful for this November.
1. Benefit from the Mindfulness@Work Program (starts Nov. 7)
This six-week, in-person and highly beneficial program focuses on integrating mindfulness in the workplace to promote effectiveness, teamwork and communication, and has many more personal and professional benefits. The enrolment fee is $100, and UBC staff and faculty can access professional development funds to cover the cost.
The program begins November 7, with a second cohort starting in April 2018. Spaces are limited, so register now!
2. Aim to Thrive at UBC (Oct. 30 – Nov. 3)
Thrive is a mindset as well as a week-long series of events and year-long focus on building positive mental health and reducing stigma for everyone at UBC.
3. Rain graffiti is coming to UBC (starts Oct. 30)
Be sure to notice new things in your environment when you step out for a walk on campus. You might just find something whimsical, quirky and fun on the pavement. Rain grafitti uses water-repelling and eco-friendly paint that only appears when wet. If you spot it, take a photo and share it on social media with the hashtags #LetsThriveUBC and #UBCSEEDS for a chance to win tickets to an upcoming UBC School of Music concert.
4. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. (Sunday, Nov. 5)
Mornings will be brighter and we gain an hour! Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night on November 4. Learn more about Daylight Saving Time.
5. Grow your mo’ during Movember (Nov.)
Led by the Movember Foundation, Movember is an annual, global, moustache-growing charity event held during November to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. Each year, brave and selfless individuals from around the world come together in a commitment to moustachery. Join the movement to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives.
6. Enjoy fall colours by getting outside
The crisp weather won’t chill your bones because you’ll be warming up with exercise. Get outside and check out these thriving places and spaces at the Vancouver campus and 30-minute walking maps, walking events and groups.
Check out Tourism Vancouver’s list places to enjoy fall colours. If you like to hike, check out Vancouver Trail’s suggested hikes for November and December. Be sure to check trail conditions and prepare before you go out. For more hiking trails, check out Vancouver Trails and Outdoor Vancouver.
7. Cook comforting foods with fall produce
Savour fall flavours with BC Fresh’s featured fall recipes and use the fantastic array of in-season fall produce in BC.
8. Explore other offerings at UBC
- UBC Farm’s upcoming workshops
- UBC Recreation’s staff and faculty offerings
- UBC Bodyworks Fitness Centre
9. Take up ice skating
UBC Recreation’s ice-based programs include hockey and skating lessons for youth and adults. UBC Rec also offers drop-in sessions of public skating, figure skating, hockey, and stick and puck. Their dynamic range of hockey and skating programs can accommodate people of all ages and skill levels. Whether it’s your first time on the ice or you’re looking to refresh your hockey skills, they have a program for you.
10. Additional events and activities
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By Guest Contributor on December 2, 2015
Health benefits of mindfulness include less stress, improved sleep and reduced pain
The chances are good that you have heard about mindfulness recently– it’s everywhere! From the World Economic Summit in Davos, to 60 Minutes, to the Armed Forces or the Seattle Seahawks, mindfulness is being used in a multitude of settings , as it has been proven by neuroscience to do everything from improve leadership skills and sleep quality, to reduce stress and conflict.
What is mindfulness & how does it work?
Mindfulness is a systematic training of the attention to help people live their lives in the here and now. By teaching people to focus on the moment, without judgement, they can see things more clearly – the good and the bad, and can therefore respond more skillfully.
Benefits of mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness can improve both physical and psychological symptoms as well as create positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors.
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The University is participating in a pilot project in partnership with the Movember Foundation to bring the benefits of mindfulness to faculty and staff. During 2015, UBC offered several mindfulness workshops, plus a ‘Mindfulness@Work’ six-week course and one-day retreat taught by Dr. Geoffrey Soloway and Kara Smith of MindWell Canada. All events were well attended, with results showing increases in resiliency, productivity, and the ability to handle stress and interpersonal conflict.
To further create a mindful community at UBC, the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, an online mindfulness training, is being offered to 225 faculty and staff on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Challenge is an online mindfulness training where lessons are delivered via any device, anytime, and anywhere that takes just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days. Participants and their buddies (each person will be asked to invite a buddy for free, from outside the organization) will learn core mindfulness concepts and be able to experience outcomes including improved health and wellbeing, enhanced productivity and creativity, and improved problem-solving and teamwork.
Orientation and Information Sessions
To learn more about mindfulness and the 30 Day Challenge, join Dr. Soloway on Dec. 8, Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 for one-hour information sessions. Click here for more information.
Can’t Make the Orientation Session?
Everyone is welcome to attend an orientation session, however attendance is not mandatory in order to register for the challenge. To secure a space in the 30-Day Challenge, payment must be made at an orientation session or sent to UBC Human Resources (attn. Melissa Lafrance). Please note that payments will not be processed until after December 8, 2015. Click here for more information.
MindWell Canada (MWC) is a leader in helping people integrate mindfulness into their personal and professional lives, by working with executives, athletes, health care professionals and teachers helping them create a more joyful, less stressful and more connected career and life. MWC has a network of partners around the world and has worked with companies and organizations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Dr. Geoffrey Soloway has been working in the area of health promotion, mindfulness and wellbeing for over 12 years. Geoff completed a PhD on Mindfulness at OISE of the University of Toronto, as well as a Master’s of Education on Holistic Education. Geoff is also an Organizational Coach, completing his certification through the University of British Columbia. Currently, Geoff is a Partner with MindWell Canada, and Instructor for UBC Continuing Studies.
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By Colin Hearne on November 1, 2015
July and August were awesome, September was vibrant, October was autumnal and now we’re onto November. With its drizzly rain, cold weather, and short, darker days, sometimes it seems like November is the cruelest month, or at least the most disliked. But although summer days are now long past, there are plenty of reasons to love November! Here are eight of them:
Daylight Saving Time Ends – Nov 1 2015
November brings an end to Day Light Saving, which means that we all get an extra hour of sleep! Can anyone argue with that?
That’s not a moustache, that’s a mous-take!
Movember, the month formerly known as November, is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health. Each year, brave and selfless individuals from around the world come together as one and stand side by side, united in a commitment to fine moustachery and to changing the face of men’s health. Click here to get involved!
Fuzzy Socks and Warm sweaters
November is cold enough to wear all your favorite warm clothing. Bury yourself in knit sweaters and stock up on fuzzy socks and scarves – or knit them yourself! Did you know that UBC has a knitting and sewing club?
Thrive is here!
Thrive is a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for UBC students, faculty, and staff. Thrive is also a mindset. We all have mental health, and we can each strengthen our mental health by learning about it, thinking about it, talking about it, and discovering new skills and resources to help us Thrive all year long. For more information, visit thrive.ubc.ca
Cold Crisp Mornings
Stanley Park glazed with frost, hedgerows draped in rose hips hanging motionless in the breathless early morning light; and glistening spiders webs woven throughout the Pacific Spirit Park. Get outside and love this beautiful month! Click here for a list of active walking groups and walking related activities at UBC’s Point Grey Campus. All groups and activities welcome newcomers and participants of all abilities.
November means the start of ice skating season! Did you know UBC Recreation’s ice based programs include hockey and skating lessons for youth and adults? They also offer drop-in sessions of public skating, figure skating, hockey, and stick & puck. Their dynamic range of hockey and skating programming can accommodate people of all ages and skill levels. Whether it’s your first time on the ice, or you’re looking to refresh your hockey skills, they have a program for you! Click here for more information.
October means pumpkin-flavored everything, but November means the “winter flavors” come out! It seems like everywhere you go is tempting your taste buds with peppermint, cinnamon, or gingerbread-flavored coffee, tea, cookies, cereal, and, well, everything! Click here for a list of winter hot drinks to make at home!
New Professional D Offerings
The Winter 2015/2016 catalogue of Professional Development workshops is available and registration is now open. Offerings include: Practical Project Management, Customer Service Excellence, Moving from Peer to Leader, and much more. To view the catalogue of offerings, or for information on funding opportunities, click here
Need more reasons to love November?
Join us for Thriving in the Workplace – The Importance of Mental Health to Overall Wellbeing and Academic and Professional Success: Nov. 18, 2015, 12-1pm
Join Emily Rugel, a PhD candidate and research fellow in the School of Population and Public Health, as she highlights some of the most interesting findings from her field of study (the association between health and place); discuss the importance of mental health to overall well-being and academic and professional success; and describe ways busy people can integrate nature into their day, both at work and at home. For more information or to register for this free session, click here.
By Miranda Massie on October 29, 2014
Bike to Work Week– Oct. 27-Oct.31
UBC`s community of staff, faculty, students and residents can support healthy workplaces and sustainable transportation by hopping on their bikes for one week, starting Monday Oct 27. Get healthy, active and energized at work, reduce your carbon footprint and win prizes!
UBC Thrive Week-Nov. 3-7
Thrive is a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for UBC students, faculty and staff. This year, UBC’s Vancouver campus will host over 40 events aimed at increasing understanding, building skills and developing coping strategies to feel good and build positive mental health year-round.
Grace Under Pressure: Managing Stress Through Strategy (UBC AAPS)-Nov. 3, 5
Develop a better understanding of your own reactions to stress and your ability to manage it. UBC AAPS will be hosting three sessions for members – one at St. Paul’s Hospital and two at Point Grey. A UBC THRIVE EVENT! Please note that these events are open to UBC AAPS members only.
Faculty and Staff at UBC are invited to answer questions on various topics such as career, resources and support, wellbeing, community, and leadership. The survey is confidential and anonymous and offered online (paper surveys available). Make sure that your voice is heard!
Influenza (flu) season is here and it’s important to think about protecting yourself and those around you from the flu. Get your flu shot to ensure you stay healthy throughout the fall and winter months. UBC is offering free flu shots to staff, faculty and students on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and be sure to reserve your spot! A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
Early Alert Training-Nov. 4, 5, 7
Early Alert is an early intervention response system that helps faculty, staff and TAs provide better support for students who are facing difficulties that put their academic success at risk. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
UBC celebrates Movember’s mighty mustache-growing season by bringing together top experts in men’s health to discuss practical skills, tools, and approaches to keeping guys healthy. You won’t want to miss this diverse line-up of faculty, staff, and students who share the latest findings on the needs of men in maintaining positive mental health. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
UBC’s Largest Zumba Class-Nov. 7
Give yourself a break and join UBC Recreation in celebrating Thrive at UBC with the University’s Largest Zumba Class. Free giveaways and snacks! Open to all abilities, no registration required. A UBC THRIVE EVENT!
Remembrance Day Ceremony (UBC)-Nov. 11
This year will mark sixty-three years that the University of British Columbia has hosted a Remembrance Day ceremony. This special ceremony is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the on and off-campus community to honour and remember all those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace.
alumni UBC Achievement Awards-Nov. 19
This November, the alumni UBC Achievement Awards will honour seven inspiring members of the UBC community who, through their extraordinary activities, have connected the university with communities both near and far to create positive change.
Mammography Screening Clinic-Nov. 20
The Screening Mammography Program (SMP) Mobile Services will be visiting UBC and providing FREE screening mammograms to women ages 40 to 79. Regular screening mammograms can find breast cancer early, usually before it has spread. Make it part of your regular health routine and book an appointment today! Pre-registration is required: To register, call 604.877.6187
Have a great healthy workplace idea, but need some seed money to get it off the ground? Already running healthy workplace programming but want to take it to the next level? The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is a fund available to UBC departments and units to support healthy activities for faculty and staff in the workplace.
Off Campus Events
Surrey International Film Festival-Nov. 1-14
This festival encourages emerging filmmakers to tell their stories, and showcases short independent films from around the world, culminating in the presentation of awards at the gala.
Hometown Hockey Tour, Burnaby-Nov. 8, 9
Ron MacLean is coming to Burnaby, BC, with the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour to celebrate the city’s iconic hockey story. You’re invited to join the free weekend outdoor hockey festival packed with interactive activities for all ages.
Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head for the title of 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Taste all the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.
Anonymous Art Show, North Vancouver-Nov. 20-Dec. 20
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council & CityScape Community Art Space are very excited to announce the 10th Annual “Anonymous Art Show”.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery Farmers Market, Steveston-Nov. 2, 16, 30
Join the community every other Sunday from 10am-3pm inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. The market continues the tradition of the Steveston winter market as a local attraction and a neighbourhood gathering place.
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By Miranda Massie on December 3, 2013
UBC staff and faculty can now receive discounts at both Urban Fitness Club locations on annual memberships, as well as 10/20/monthly class passes. Additional limited time offer: FREE two week trial pass.
In recognition of our biggest and best Thrive to date, we would like to share how UBC thrives, through numbers. Check out the story on our sister publication, Benefits FYI.
The support from the UBC community for Movember has been outstanding! The UBC network raised $78,958 in support of men’s health.
The Sauder School of Business is running a study to learn about the relationship between mindful awareness, emotion and authenticity in workplace leaders. Click on the link above to participate.
Feel like a kid again and watch a classic family friendly musical. Running at the Arts Club theatre until January 5th, 2014.
Celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It’s a magical place to enjoy the holidays with your friends, family and loved ones.
The November/December edition of this online health magazine is out. A great place for health tips, recipes, and more!
Celebrate with Royal City Youth Ballet’s 25th anniversary production of the Nutcracker. This production delights young and old with beautiful sets and extravagant costumes. December 13-15th at the Surrey Arts Centre.
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