By Melissa Lafrance on March 4, 2019
There’s no better time to think about food and nutrition: March is National Nutrition Month. At UBC, food and nutrition are important priorities of UBC Wellbeing, and your UBC benefits offer many services and programs that can support you (and your eligible dependents) in the shift to healthier eating and living. Read on to learn more about the services available to support a healthy lifestyle.
Whitney’s Challenge: Eating for life
Whitney was recently diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia and prescribed medication to manage her cholesterol levels. She’s hopeful that the medication will help, but wants to learn more about her condition and the proven diet and lifestyle changes that she can make to support her health.
How EFAP can be a health coach and a nutrition support service:
Through Morneau Shepell, UBC’s Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Whitney can obtain health advice from expert professionals who can recommend effective ways to manage cholesterol levels. Registered dietitians, naturopaths and health coaches are available to assess eating habits, identify dietary concerns and provide risk-reduction action plans. When she calls the Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765, Whitney can book the type of consultation she needs.
Morneau Shepell also offers an online hub of resources with articles to improve and maintain nutritional health, including Keeping your cholesterol in check and Heart Smarts: quick tips to stay heart healthy. (Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization to access these articles.)
How to access paramedical coverage through Extended Health benefits:
The UBC Extended Health plan supports employees like Whitney in their continuing health and wellbeing with coverage for a wide range of services from paramedical practitioners (e.g. registered dietitians, naturopaths, etc.) Learn about your coverage for paramedical services.
For more information
Through our Workplace Wellbeing & Benefits website and nutritional health page, you’ll find a variety of health and wellbeing information, resources and healthy recipes to help motivate you to cook more.
You can also visit our online Virtual Health Fair, where you’ll find over 20 screenings, tools and resources to help assess your current wellbeing status and make improvements towards a healthier self.