By Melissa Lafrance on January 11, 2018
EFAP Support Services for You and Your Eligible Dependents:
Free Health Coaching
Looking for information and tools to better understand health issues? UBC’s EFAP provider, Shepell, offers health coaching that includes teaching you how to make changes to be well and stay well, as well as motivating you to reach your lifestyle goals.
Registered nurses and occupational health nurses provide personalized and interactive support for a wide range of health matters, including weight management, exercise, nutrition, responsible alcohol use, smoking cessation, and information about preventing and managing health conditions.
Free Expert Advice from Naturopathic Doctors
Naturopathic services through EFAP provide a natural and holistic approach to the maintenance of good health. By accessing these services, you can have your health examined and learn how to make lifestyle changes that will benefit your health.
Naturopathic doctors offer customized support in a variety of health areas, including physiology, diet, lifestyle, sleep, aging, boosting immunity and energy levels, and illness prevention strategies.
Free Nutrition Support Services
Shepell’s Nutrition Support Services can help you make positive changes in your diet and address issues such as weight loss or weight gain, eating routines and lifestyle changes. You can also connect with a registered dietitian who can assess your eating habits, identify dietary concerns and answer nutrition-related questions.
If you need support or immediate help, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765.
Extended Health Benefits: Coverage for a Range of Health Services
The UBC Extended Health Benefits plan aims to promote the continued health and wellbeing of staff and faculty. Benefits include coverage for a wide range of services, including paramedical practitioners such as physiotherapists, registered massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, podiatrists and more.
The following two articles by Shepell, UBC’s EFAP provider, can support you with tools to improve and maintain your physical health:
Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization to access these articles.
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By Melissa Lafrance on March 1, 2016
The Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team in Human Resources is actively involved in promoting and improving health and wellbeing of staff and faculty. This commitment is part of the larger university goal to create an outstanding work environment. The spotlight this month is on benefits available to UBC staff and faculty for nutritional health.
Extended Health Benefits
The UBC Extended Health Benefits plan is designed to help promote the continued health and wellbeing of staff and faculty. Benefits include coverage for a wide range of services, including paramedical practitioners such as Registered Dietitians and Naturopaths.
Employee and Family Assistance Program Services
Nutrition Support Services
UBC’s EFAP provider, Shepell, offers Nutrition Support Services, with a holistic and proactive approach to nutrition and wellbeing. Shepell’s Nutrition Support Services are provided through phone consultations. Their health professionals can help you make positive changes to your diet and address weight loss or gain, eating routines and lifestyle changes. You also have access to Registered Dietitians who can assess your eating habits, identify dietary concerns and answer nutrition-related questions.
Support is available for a variety of concerns, including:
UBC’s EFAP also offers Health Coaching! As part of Health Coaching, information and tools are provided to better understand health issues. Shepell Health Coaches teach about the changes required to be well and stay well, while providing motivation to reach lifestyle goals.
Personalized and interactive support from Registered Nurses and Occupational Health Nurses provide:
- Initial assessment of health history
- Information about a variety of health conditions and risks including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- PMS, menopause, or andropause
- Gastrointestinal concerns
- Goal setting and action planning specific to the issue
Health Coaches can work with you to create a risk-reduction action plan targeting:
- Weight management
- Healthy eating
- Smoking cessation
- Responsible alcohol use
- Stress management
- Exercise as a component of a healthy lifestyle
Naturopathic support is also available through UBC’s EFAP, providing a natural and holistic approach to the maintenance of good health, including but not limited to improving digestion, boosting energy levels, proper nutrition and food choices. Naturopathic professionals will provide you with information about naturopathic medicine and how it works; the program will teach you practical lifestyle practices that you can use every day.
Get on the right dietary track with help from EFAP. Check out the services available.
For immediate assistance, call 1-800-387-4765 or visit www.workhealthlife.com.
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By Colin Hearne on May 5, 2015
UBC staff, faculty and dependents enrolled in EFAP, now have access to a free Naturopathic Service through UBC’s new EFAP provider, Shepell.
In today’s hectic world, it’s easy to overlook the effects that lifestyle choices are having on your wellness. You may think that you could be living better, but you just don’t have the knowledge or time to follow a new lifestyle plan that would help you make better choices. Fortunately, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Shepell, is here to support you on the road to health and wellness.
Why Naturopathic Services?
Shepell’s Naturopathic Service provides a natural and holistic approach to the maintenance of good health, where the individual is seen as a whole person (physical, mental & emotional aspects) and the symptoms of disease are seen as warning signs of the improper functioning of body and lifestyle habits. Naturopathic professionals will provide you with information about naturopathic medicine and how it works; the program will teach you practical lifestyle practices that you can use every day.
How can the service help?
Shepell’s Naturopathic Service can help you:
- Address sleep difficulties
- Take steps to age well
- Stay healthy and prevent illness
- Improve digestion
- Boost energy levels
- Recognize mind-body connections
- Make good food choices
- Manage stress
- Balance work and personal life
- Learn how the workplace affects your health
- Live well as a shift worker
- Deal with jet lag
- Build your immune system
- Understand midlife health changes
You’ll receive customized health and wellness information and materials on choices related to physiology, diet, lifestyle, and mental/emotional well- being, including illness prevention strategies. Naturopathic Doctors provide assistance on a wide range of topics and can help you explore what naturopathic medicine can do for you.
Accessing Shepell’ s Naturopathic Service
Get on the path to better health by calling your Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell, at 1-800-387-4765. For online information and resources, visit www.workhealthlife.com .
Confidential Naturopathic Services are available to you and your family members as part of your EFAP. There is no cost to use the service.
UBC’s Extended Health Coverage
UBC’s Extended Health plan provides coverage for naturopath services. In order to help you understand the coverage, we summarized some main points of this benefit in the September, 2014, edition of Benefit FYI.
If you have any questions about EFAP, contact the Health & Wellbeing Associate at 604-827-3047 or email@example.com.
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By Colin Hearne on October 1, 2013
Apply Now: Healthy Workplace Initiative Program Funding.
This fund is available to UBC departments, units and operational committees to support healthy workplace initiatives. Application deadline is November 22nd at 4:30pm. Individualized coaching is available for departments/units interested in applying for funding. Find out more.
Join UBC Professor Dr. Carolyn Gotay as she discusses her research, which examines if improved sleep habits can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who work night shifts, such as nurses, ambulance paramedics, and casino workers. Recently featured in UBC News the findings in this study will give workplaces and individuals ways to improve breast health. Click here to sign up.
Join Stephanie Mah (UBC Benefits Analyst) and Miranda Massie (UBC Staff and Faculty Health Promotion Coordinator) in this one-hour workshop to find out how UBC can help you become healthier. Featuring Benefits information, Q&A session, information on health promotion initiatives, corporate discounts, and health events on Campus, this workshop is a perfect opportunity to learn how to use your benefits and become the healthiest you while working at UBC. Click here to sign up.
Research shows that increases in mindfulness are associated with increased creativity and decreased in the workplace. Some of the health benefits include lower blood pressure, a reduction of insomnia and improved memory. Mindfulness Meditation not only reduces the harmful effects of stress but can increase your energy, productivity and enjoyment of everyday life. Join UBCs Health and Wellness Specialist Geoffrey Soloway for this intriguing workshop, and explore how you can adopt mindfulness in the workplace. Click here to sign up.
Forget apples – lifting weights and doing cardio can also keep the doctors away (available here). Join Teresa Liu-Ambrose, an Associate Professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine and a member of the Brain Research Centre at UBC, as she explains some interesting findings from a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and learn how a healthy body can lead to a healthy mind. Click here to sign up.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Join representatives from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM), Western Canada’s only naturopathic medical school accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, and learn about the fundamentals of naturopathic medicine and how you can expand your knowledge through courses available at the BINM. Click here to sign up.
Join your campus colleagues for a lunch-hour walk on Mondays and Fridays. All abilities welcome. Mondays at 12:30pm and Fridays at 12:10pm outside the General Services Administration Building (GSAB). For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
The rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep that you can ever have. When the mind becomes free from agitation, is calm and serene and at peace, meditation happens. Join the UBC Meditation Community, which holds weekly sessions from September until May. Click here for more information.