By Miranda Massie on August 7, 2018
Guest contribution from Amelia Douglas
Summer is in full swing and based on current heat warnings from Environment Canada, it is unsurprising that Metro Vancouver workers and residents are feeling the heat.
Prolonged exposure to increased temperatures can result in health impacts that range from mild to severe, such as heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.1 While temperature affects all people, certain groups are at higher risk for heat related illness.2 Individuals who work outdoors, are over the age of 45, are pregnant, have poor general health, or are taking certain medications that interfere with thermoregulation (the body’s ability to maintain its internal temperature) can be at an elevated risk of experiencing adverse health effects in times of increased or prolonged heat events.1-3
The good news is that at UBC, there are a number of strategies and tools employees, supervisors and managers can use to prevent and reduce the risk of heat stress and illnesses.4
1. Drink plenty of water. For tips on how to hydrate, check out this Healthy UBC article, Top Tips for Staying Well This Summer.
2. Wear cool clothing (e.g. loose fitting, cotton, light coloured). If you are required to wear a hardhat, try attaching a light-coloured piece of fabric to the back to shade your neck.
3. Take breaks out of the heat. Opt for the shade or air-conditioned buildings.
4. Work in pairs or groups. Avoid working alone in conditions where heat stress is possible.
5. Schedule work to reduce heat exposure. Be aware of daily temperature changes, and schedule the hardest physical tasks for cooler parts of the day (e.g. in the morning).
Recognition & Action
Recognizing if a colleague is exhibiting any signs and symptoms of heat stress or heat-related illness is critical for intervening early and reducing the risk of serious health effects. To learn more about the physiological effects of heat and what you can do if you are a manager/supervisor/colleague, visit this WorkSafeBC page on heat stress. If you recognize signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses, follow these St. John Ambulance first aid guidelines.5
Amelia Douglas is the Program Coordinator for UBC’s Occupational & Preventive Health Unit. Originally from the ‘friendly town’ of Almonte, Ontario, she moved to Vancouver in 2015 to pursue her Masters of Public Health in Environmental & Occupational Health at Simon Fraser University. Amelia has a keen interest in risk assessment and disease prevention and brings a background in community engagement and outreach to her work at UBC.
By Melissa Lafrance on February 2, 2017
How can managing your emotions be good for your heart? The brain and the heart are closely connected. When your emotions adversely affect your mental wellbeing, your heart is impacted as well.
Stress & Heart Health
There’s a reason why we have a stress response – it’s necessary for survival. When stress or distress become overbearing and chronic, it has significant effects on your health, specifically your heart.
In a stressful situation, your body responds with a chain of reactions. Cortisol and epinephrine are released, which temporarily increase breathing rate, heart rate and blood pressure. This prepares you to deal with the situation and is also known as the “fight or flight” response. Most of us are able to return to normal functioning following a stressful situation. However, if such situations happens often, stress causes your body to remain in a heightened state for days or weeks at a time. Stress can also affect cardiovascular health by influencing behaviours such as unhealthy eating, sedentary behaviours, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, thereby affecting cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Chronic hypertension, or high blood pressure, can damage the artery walls. Managing stress and improving emotional wellbeing can improve overall heart health. Learn more about preventing high blood pressure.
You should consult your physician if you are concerned about your stress levels or your risks for cardiovascular disease. Learn more about preventing and managing risk factors.
Get involved & take care of your heart:
- Learn more about heart anatomy & function and cardiovascular disease risk factors
- Inform yourself on heart health by visiting our Virtual Health Fair & Online Assessment
- Visit heartandstroke.ca to learn more about Heart Health & Heart Month
Emotional Wellbeing & Stress Management:
- Work or talk it out with UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell
- Shepell’s Stress Coach Connects – an online stress management program
- Improve your stress management with the 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge
- Learn mindfulness for the workplace and how to establish your own meditation practice with the Mindfulness@Work Program
- Check out other stress management resources for staff and faculty
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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 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.
By Guest Contributor on September 15, 2015
For many of us, September – rather than January – is a conditioned time for restarting and beginning new projects. Home life through the summer is often full, but also nourishing. As a result of feeling relaxed with long days, we have a high capacity to keep on top of all of our responsibilities. When we feel good about juggling it all, it may seem like preventing a fall is unnecessary, but the adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” still holds when it comes to stress management.
Unmanaged stress and its impacts can be harmful to health and wealth, as it has strong interactions with both metabolism, productivity and interpersonal dynamics. If you’d like a primer on the mechanism of burnout, read here.
As tasks keep piling, how can we effectively handle the onslaught? Decreasing stress isn’t a reasonable choice in a busy work/home life. Changing our reactive response to stress is a great goal, but it takes time, patience, & compassion to notice triggers and develop new habits.
What can help us manage stress right now?
I call it the Triple O solution.
An Ounce Of Organization
First: The Basics
Before organizing our responsibilities, let’s look at the basics of well-functioning brains.
Anyone who has taken care of young children knows the importance of prioritizing these three pillars of health:
- Healthy Eating
- Healthy Sleeping
- Healthy Bowels
We see the impact of these three on attention, creativity, and productivity clearly. If we can get these in order, resilient responses will be within our grasp.
Make sure that the three pillars of health are taken care of, and if not – maybe getting a system of organizing them will help.
Next: Get a system, whether that’s with your inbox, your large projects, or your meal plans.
Organization systems are not meant to be complicated – they could be as easy as:
- A daytimer
- A tear-away note pad
- Phone applications with programmed reminders
- Small sticky notes to which you will pay attention
The trick with systems is getting ourselves into to the habit of actually using and responding to the system we make. To motivate ourselves, we need to have achievable goals so the “to-do’s” get checked off. Checking off lists changes brain chemistry to respond to reward of finishing the task, so that we feel a rush of accomplishment and a desire to continue with our system. Once you find a format that works, then begins the organizing.
Start small with your tasks. Instead of saying, “I’m going to answer all my emails, or I have to finish this entire project today or I’m eating salad for lunch forever,” (extremes inevitably defeat us) break down your bigger goal into bite-sized pieces.
What is the smallest primary task within your larger goal? Only once it is checked off do you move on to the next small task, until completion of the larger goal comes into view, ad infinitum. Letting the big picture overwhelm us, stalls us from our using our skills and showing ourselves our own potential.
See the big picture initially is important – and then create an organizational system that best and logically handles your tasks. Sometimes setting up tasks under a strict timer works, and sometimes setting up tasks to be focused on until completion works best. Each goal and person will have their own appropriate style, see what works for you.
When you can see the small steps to the big goal and make adjustments for the unexpected, you become your own personal project manager.
Being your own project manager means explicitly laying out your tasks. Making a list is crucial in this role. Don’t keep the small tasks in your head: get them out on paper and check them off as you go. Lists are not made to hold your long-term goals. Lists are small, achievable tasks that you can accomplish within a day.
That means setting up an organizational system today so that you can better handle the project tomorrow. For sustainable life/work dynamics, efficient organization trumps emergency solutions.
To be efficiently organized you need timelines, and to build timelines you need to break down your goals into bite-sized tasks. Make (realistic) lists today, manage stress tomorrow. An ounce of prevention is all it takes to prevent burnout.
Thara Vayali is a Naturopathic Doctor & Yoga Teacher in Vancouver and is also a UBC alumnus. She is obsessed with intestinal and immune health, hormones, and pain-free bodies. She is the creator of Change Natural Medicine: Budget conscious, membership based health consulting.
By Colin Hearne on June 3, 2015
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of FREE activities and events coming up in June. Sign up today for topics including a 3-Part Summer Career Series, Eldercare 101, Ergo Your Office training, Learn to Meditate, UBC Benefits information, breast cancer risk assessments and more!
Take this opportunity to meet our new EFAP provider, Shepell, and learn about how to access the new range of services for UBC staff and their enrolled dependents. Find out about:
- New ways to access counselling services
- New Naturopathic, Elder care and Legal Advisory services
- The extensive new Family Support programming available to you.
Shepell will also be available to answer any questions you may have. For more information, or to register, click here.
UBC Ergonomics strives to have an Office Ergonomics Representative for each department. We provide the training (one three-hour session) and material required for reps to promote, educate and ensure musculoskeletal health for employees in their departments. Office Ergo Reps are trained by UBC Ergonomics Advisor Abigail Overduin in simple computer workstation set-up, how to notice signs and symptoms of injuries from poor ergonomic set-up, and to control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms. For more information, or to register, click here.
Join UBC’s Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal in this three-part series to help UBC employees navigate possible career opportunities and create a personalized career development plan. These sessions will provide you with access to thought-provoking questions, links to resources, tools, and web sites within UBC that may support you in your career planning process. For more information click here
Join Breast Cancer Prevention Lifestyle Counselor Bonnie McCoy in this Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment session with information about how to modify and decrease breast cancer risk via lifestyle changes. For more information, or to register, click here.
Join UBC Ergonomics Advisor Abigail Overduin in this one-hour tutorial combining a presentation and a practical session giving you the skills to optimize your office environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. For more information, or to register, click here
Whether caring for aging parents in the home, or managing elder care plans from a distance, most of us don’t know where to go for reliable answers. Join Home-to Home, seniors advisory and assistance business based in Vancouver, in this one-hour session to learn how to develop an elder care roadmap to plan for your parents’ housing and care needs as they age, and much more. For more information, or to register, click here.
The summer is nearly here and lots of us and getting ready for vacations both at home and abroad. A medical emergency while travelling can be a frightening and costly experience. Join UBC Benefits Analyst Stephanie Mah in this one-hour session on Understanding your Sun Life Travel benefits and ensure that your well-earned break is as stress free as possible. This session will also include a Q & A, so feel free to come with questions. For more information or to register, click here.
This four-session series is designed for both beginners and experienced practitioners of mindfulness meditation. It will introduce participants to the basic concepts of meditation and mindfulness techniques and is specifically tuned to the working environment. Sessions will include instruction, discussion, guided meditation and visualization in a non-religious context. Participants will be provided with handouts, homework practice, and follow up emails and access to downloadable recordings. Cost: $35, payable by cash, JV to KPGK, or by cheque to UBC Human Resources. Payment must be received before registration is confirmed. Click here for more information.
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By Colin Hearne on June 3, 2014
This month, UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of sessions focused on a wide variety of topics from digestive health, conflict management, travel benefits, workstation ergonomics, Mental Health first Aid training and more. Join us and take a few moments to build new skills, boost your health and to reflect on how you face the day. (Courses are at the Point Grey campus unless otherwise indicated)
Part 1 of Healthy UBC’s ‘Summer Digestive Health’ series with Dr. Thara Vayali. In this session, attendees will learn to define proper digestion, understand why it has so much to do with your whole body health; and learn about the anatomy of the digestive system and how to discern where your body’s weakest link is. Attendees will also be able to take home four physical movements and lifestyle ideas to practice, that will assist the digestive system’s natural function. Click here for information.
Conflicts stem from many different sources. Understanding when, and how, to apply a variety of different conflict resolution strategies can prevent unnecessary hardship. This session reviews strategies to defuse anger and conflict so that difficult situations in the workplace can be resolved respectfully. Click here for information.
The goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy. This workshop, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. This training is 12 hours in length, to be completed in two sessions over a two-day period. Attendees must complete both sessions to qualify for course completion. For more information and to register, click here.
Join Breast Cancer Prevention Lifestyle Counselor Bonnie McCoy in this Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment session – an interactive 45-minute education session that provides recent evidence about how to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. Click here for information.
The summer is nearly here and lots of us and getting ready for vacations both at home and abroad. A medical emergency while travelling can be a frightening and costly experience. Join UBC Benefits Analyst Stephanie Mah in this one-hour session on Understanding your Sun Life Travel benefits and ensure that your well-earned break is as stress free as possible. This session will also include a Q & A, so feel free to come with questions. Click here for information.
UBC Ergonomics is offering free computer workstation set-up tutorials, on the last Thursday of every month. These one-hour tutorials combine a presentation and a practical session giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. Learn how to optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. By the end of the tutorial, you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures. Training is located on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd). Register online for these sessions now.
The Ergonomics program at UBC strives to have an Office Ergonomics Representative for each department. We provide the training (usually three hours) and material required for reps to promote, educate and ensure musculoskeletal health for employees in their departments. Office Ergo Reps are trained by the Ergonomics Coordinator in simple computer workstation set-up, signs and symptoms of injuries from poor ergonomic set-up and control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms. Register Online Here. Session will be held on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd).
Take a time-out from work for your mental and physical health! Join your campus colleagues for a lunch-hour walk on Mondays and Fridays. Monday’s group meets out front of the UBC Bookstore and leaves at 12:10 p.m., while Wednesday’s group leaves at 12:10 p.m. outside the TEF3 building on Agronomy – location here. All abilities welcome. For more information click here. (*NB Wednesdays Power-walking commences on June18 2014)
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By Colin Hearne on October 30, 2013
As the holiday season begins to sneak up upon us, so too does the inevitability of a dizzying array of demands. Parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining arrive on our doorsteps and can trigger stress and depression, derail your holidays and hurt your health. When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to take the time to stop and regroup.
Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past. With practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays, and you may even enjoy the holidays more than you thought you could! So let the preparations begin, today.
Preventing holiday stress and depression
Here are 10 tips that the Canadian Mental Health Association recommends to help prevent holiday stress and depression:
1. Acknowledge your feelings: If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realise that it is normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.
2. Reach out: If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. These events can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
3. Be realistic: The holidays don’t have to be perfect, or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.
4. Set aside differences: Try to accept family and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. Be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
5. Stick to a budget: Before you begin you gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts. Try these alternatives: Donate to a charity in someone’s name, give homemade gifts, or start a family gift exchange.
6. Plan ahead: Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. This will help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
7. Learn to say no: Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. If it’s not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
8. Don’t abandon healthy habits: Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.
9. Take a breather: Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
10. Seek professional help if you need it: Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.
“Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into something you’re not” – Paulo Coelho
Make November the month where you make your mental health and happiness a priority –take the first step by attending Achieving Happiness on November 12, 2013, 12-1pm at UBC’s Vancouver Campus.
In this talk, Kostadin Kushlev, PhD student and Vanier Scholar at UBC’s Department of Psychology will explore a wide range of factors that contribute to happiness, from the obvious, such as having good relationships and good health, to the less obvious, such as the benefits of pro-social behavior and a focused mind.