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 4, 2015
UBC’s Travelling Health Fair, UBC Rec open house, Lunar New Year celebrations, family day activities, Ideas Lunch and Wine bar discount, President’s Awards nominations and more! Find out what is happening in and around the community this month.
2015 Travelling Health Fair-Feb 12, 24, 25
The Travelling Health Fair is a free mobile health clinic offered once a year to UBC staff and faculty, that offers individualized health assessments. This year’s Traveling Health Fair will focus on bone health for men and women of all ages.
UBC Rec Winter Open House-Feb 18, 20
Reading Week is around the corner. Book some FREE fitness time into your calendar by visiting one of the UBC Recreation open houses! The open house on Feb 20 will feature great prizes including Davis cup tickets, Wesbrook Village gift certificates, private tennis lessons and more!
UBC Reads Sustainability is an exciting program that brings well-known sustainability authors to our campus to engage in a campus-wide discussion.
A joyous opportunity for the UBC community to demonstrate their Chinese language skills through songs, stories and comical performances.
Ideas Lunch and Wine Bar *discount* – until Feb 13
Have you visited the UBC Ideas Lunch and Wine Bar for Staff and Faculty? Located in a peaceful corner of the Peter Wall Institute, this on campus oasis offers self-serve salads, soups, sharable snacks and drinks. Help out by filling in a 5 minute user survey. Respondents will be entered into a draw to win a FREE LUNCH at Ideas!
Do you know UBC staff who make outstanding contributions to UBC? We invite you to recognize them and their achievements by nominating them for the 2015 President’s Service Award for Excellence and President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus).
Looking for an opportunity to give back to the UBC community? The Equity and Inclusion Office is looking for volunteers to be on call to support events, and help promote their organization and resources to both the campus and greater community.
Red Mitten Weekend at the BC Sports Hall of Fame-Feb 7, 8, 9
Find your 2010 Olympic red mittens and wear them for FREE admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the games: view medals, stand on the podium and more!
Wear red and try Zumba, Latin Funk and fitness dance moves along with a 30-minute yoga stretch. Suitable for all fitness levels.
Talking Stick Festival: Vancouver-Feb 17-March 1
Experience, Explore, enjoy aboriginal culture through the arts. All areas of the performing arts are represented at the Talking Stick Festival from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, and multimedia performance.
Coldest Night of the Year Walk: Surrey – Feb 21
The Coldest Night of the Year is a fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in over 80 communities across Canada.
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