By Melissa Lafrance on April 5, 2017
It’s no secret or surprise that financial stress is a major cause of overall stress for many people and that finances play a crucial role in our wellbeing. After covering our fixed and living expenses, it can be difficult to justify spending money on personal or professional development. Luckily, UBC staff and faculty have free and discounted perks that make it a little less cost-prohibitive to take part in developing our health, wellbeing and professional growth.
The April edition of the Healthy UBC Newsletter is all about financial wellbeing – and there’s no better way to save money than by taking advantage of free things! Read on to learn about the wide range of free (or discounted) health, wellbeing and professional development offerings.
Corporate Health, Fitness & Family Discounts
As a member of UBC’s staff and faculty, you and your family are eligible for many discounts at organizations both on and off campus. Check out the health, fitness and family discounts for local fitness, yoga and recreation programs, as well as local arts and culture offerings.
Learn ways of budgeting for fitness, nutrition and work-life balance.
Free Courses and Professional Development Opportunities
Programming includes workshops, training and large-scale events aimed at increasing and promoting the wellbeing of faculty and staff as well as the development of healthy work environments.
Healthy UBC Events and Workshops are free ongoing university-wide educational opportunities that focus on promoting positive mental health and physical wellbeing for staff, faculty and departments.
Funding is available to several employee groups to support learning opportunities that enhance knowledge, work performance and career growth at UBC. Funding can be accessed to supplement UBC tuition waivers and it also covers external learning activities including professional membership fees, workshops, conferences and courses. Learn about eligibility criteria and how to apply by visiting the PD Funding page.
As an employee at UBC, there are many professional-development opportunities available to you that will support you in your current role as well as in your career progression at the university. Learning and development opportunities can range from in-person multi-day programs to on-demand online courses. You and your dependent family members may also be eligible to take many UBC courses without paying the tuition fee.
Learn the most in-demand tech, creative and workplace business skills taught by industry experts. All UBC staff and faculty receive free premium-level access to the lynda.com library of high-quality digital tutorials, courses and curated learning paths.
By Miranda Massie on April 5, 2016
It is no secret that we live in one of the most expensive cities on the planet. The draw of delicate cherry blossoms, crisp ocean breezes and gorgeous mountain views are only some of the reasons that keep us here, despite the costs.
The stark reality however, is that we can’t count on the ocean or the view to pay the bills, and, the stresses associated with finances can be overwhelming and at times suffocating.
I often hear from people that items related to personal health and wellbeing are the first things to be sacrificed in times of financial strain. What we sometimes forget is that keeping well doesn’t have to break the bank.
At the end of the day, if we don’t have our health, how are we to enjoy and appreciate our wealth?
Top health hacks to boost your wellbeing while keeping money in your wallet
Participate in free events:
Register now for UBC’s annual Staff and Faculty Sports Day on May 6, 2016. This free UBC Centennial event is designed to build teamwork and celebrate the end of the school year. With your team of 4-6 people, you will take part in four physical or intellectual challenges and enjoy a free lunch, prizes and more!
Take advantage of discounts:
As a staff and faculty member at UBC, you have access to a wide range of corporate discounts for local fitness, yoga, and recreation programs. Already covered for physical health? Don’t forget to explore the arts and culture as well as family event discounts available too. Discounts include both on and off campus options.
UBC offers free pension plan workshops on a wide range of topics intended to help you make informed decisions for your family and future. Topics include Pension Plan 101, Understanding your Pension Plan, Retirement Information and GetEducated Seminars. Available for individuals, departments and larger groups.
You also have access to a wide variety of online learning tools through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell. Visit workhealthlife.com to find out more.
Find the right incentive:
Canada’s first wellness rewards program has launched in the form of Carrot Rewards. BC residents who make an effort to lead healthier lifestyles can now be rewarded with loyalty points such as Aeroplan, PetroPoints, Scene and MoreRewards. Users who sign up (it’s free) for Carrot Rewards will be able to earn loyalty points for completing activities centred on making healthier lifestyle choices.
As we set foot into a fresh fiscal year, I want to leave you with one last hack, or perhaps just a fun fact:
People often assume that eating healthier costs more money. Well, Harvard did a study to see if this was really the case. They found that the difference in price between the healthiest diets (rich in fish, nuts, fruits and veggies) and the least heathy diets was $1.50 per day. For the cost of a daily cup of store-bought coffee, you have the potential to re-allocate your funds in a health boosting way.
All my best
By Melissa Lafrance on December 2, 2015
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of free activities and events coming your way this winter. Sign up today for topics including Healthy UBC Career Navigation, Online Mindfulness Challenge Orientation, and plenty more!
30 Day Online Mindfulness Challenge – Orientation & Registration
Dates & Locations:
Dec. 8, 2015 | 11:30am – 12:30pm (Point Grey)
Jan. 12, 2016 | 1:15pm – 2:15pm (VGH/DHCC)
Jan. 13, 2016 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Point Grey)
This free orientation session is an opportunity to learn more about the art and science of mindfulness and the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, as well as an opportunity to register for the programs beginning in February 2016. There will be time for questions and answers at the orientation session.
For more information and to register for the orientation sessions, click here.
Stay Tuned for January 2016 Offerings!
Intro to CUPE 2950 Health Spending Account & Other Benefit Changes – Jan. 12, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
This session will be an opportunity for CUPE 2950 members to learn about their new benefit changes and to ask questions about the changes and other available benefits. For more information and to register, click here.
Financial Success Workshop: Saving Strategies – Jan. 21, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
This workshop will provide you with an analysis of wealth accumulation and savings mechanisms, as well as a review of best practices. For all levels of wealth management, there is information relevant to all situations no matter your knowledge base or income bracket. For more information and to register, click here.
Visit the Health Workshop Catalog for all upcoming workshops.
Sneak Peek of our 2016 Offerings…
- Ergo Your Office
- Creating Balance in Your Life
- Debunking Your Diet Series
- Communications Workshop
- Group Fitness Classes
- Stretch Yoga
- Power/Flow Yoga
- 50/50 Yoga/Pilates
- The Healthy UBC Career Navigation Series returns!
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