By Miranda Massie on February 2, 2017
The UBC Staff & Faculty Travelling Health Fair is here!
The Travelling Health Fair is a free annual mobile health clinic offering one-on-one health assessments and consultations. The 2017 Travelling Health Fair is dedicated to helping you learn about diabetes and how to manage your blood sugar to keep your risk as low as possible.
11 million Canadians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Chances are you or someone you know is affected; however, many people do not even know they are affected. Awareness and knowledge are critical.
The Fair is open to everyone, with and without diabetes or pre-diabetes.
What to expect
As part of this free health assessment you will receive:
- Measurement of weight, body dimensions, blood pressure and blood sugars (a small pin prick of blood will be drawn)
- A personalized risk assessment and information about risk factors
- Education about blood sugars, diabetes and what it all means
- Interpretation of results & an individualized action plan
Appointments are available every 15 minutes, in multiple locations across campus and our hospital site locations. Total appointment time runs between 20 and 30 minutes.
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team will also be on hand to provide resources, info and freebies!
Dates and Locations
Feb. 21 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Henry Angus room 292 (Point Grey)
Feb. 22 | 9:00am – 12:15pm
Location: Diamond Health Care Centre (DHCC) at VGH room 9299
Feb. 23 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Brock Hall Main Concourse (Point Grey)
Feb. 28 | 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: Centre for Integrative Research on Sustainability (CIRS) Hydro Theatre (Point Grey)
March 1 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Alumni Centre rooms 222 & 224 (Point Grey)
All screenings are free for UBC faculty and staff, but you must pre-register. Click here to make your appointment.
All services are provided by registered pharmacists and pharmacy students from the Pharmacists Clinic, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The Fair is part of Move UBC Month!
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By Miranda Massie on November 1, 2015
UBC Events and Activities
UBC Thrive Week: Nov 2-6
Happy Thrive! Participate in Thrive 2015 by attending an event, trying out an activity, or by learning a new skill. There are over 40 ways to engage with Thrive this year, including visiting the Kick-Off Celebration, attending a film screening, checking out an art exhibit, learning more about positive mental health, and attending our wrap-up Zumba event!
UBC Thrive is a university-wide initiative designed to promote building positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff.
Piece of Mind Art Exhibition: Nov 4-21
Piece of Mind is an art exhibition showcasing pieces of work that answer the question: What does psychological health mean to you? Piece of Mind aims to inspire members of the community, through artistic expression, to live psychologically healthy lifestyles by adopting healthy coping skills.
Submissions will be available for public viewing with the hopes of facilitating a platform that will transfer these pieces of art into pieces of individual inspiration and motivation. The exhibition will be held in the Hatch Art Gallery in the new AMS Student Nest.
The Screening Mammography Program is providing free screening mammograms for female students, staff, faculty and university neighbours ages 40 and up. While no referral is required, it is recommended women between the ages of 40 – 49 and 75+ discuss the benefits and limitations of screening mammography with their doctors. A referral is required for women under age 40 who are at high risk of developing breast cancer. To book a mammogram at the UBC Screening Mammography Clinic at the University Services Building, call 1.800.663.9203 or 604.877.6187.
Lace Up for Kids: Nov 26
UBC Recreation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Rare Disease Foundation are teaming up to transform the world of rare disease care. Lace Up for Kids is a student-driven fundraiser supporting important, life-changing rare disease research, culminating in a community skating celebration at the UBC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena on Thursday, November 26.
Join UBC students, staff, faculty, and community members and make a difference in a child’s life.
More information about Lace Up For Kids: www.recreation.ubc.ca/2015/10/14/lace-up-for-kids-november-26
Are you interested in connecting with UBC colleagues across campus and making a difference in your community? TEAM UBC is a group of UBC staff, faculty, students and alumni who have come together to participate in the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer event benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. To learn more about TEAM UBC and the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer, please join us for the following orientation:
Thursday, November 26, 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm in Michael Smith Labs, Room 101 (2185 East Mall)
Please RSVP to email@example.com
Free Flu Shot Clinics: November 2015
Beat the flu! Get vaccinated. Getting your flu shot is easy. Clinics are held at convenient locations/times across campus Nov. 2-30, just before the beginning of the flu season. Vaccinations are available on a first-come, first-served basis for all registrations. Register online to secure a vaccine on a day that suits you, during a morning or afternoon session.
Off-Campus Events and Activities
Diwali Fest 2015- Various locations: Nov 3-15
Diwali Fest is an annual South Asian arts and culture festival celebrating the universal light that exists in everyone. This growing event has shown increasing interest from the general public; we are proud to have had a total audience of over 15,000 people. Each year’s festival engages dozens of artists in events across the city, the majority of which are open and free to the general public, by suggested donation, or at very affordable ticketed prices.
Partners in Parks is pulling out all the stops and partnering with 365 Productions to bring the garden at Bear Creek Park to life. Combining digital technology with the natural landscape of the garden, this all new experience of sound and light will truly amaze.
Sports Day in Canada-Various locations: Nov 14-21
Be active and join in Sports Day in Canada. Try out free activities and local events and be one of over a million Canadians who are coming together for the love of sport.
Walk Richmond: Various dates
This free guided walk series is for people of all ages and fitness levels and is led by a led by a member of the Richmond Fitness and Wellness Association. Come connect with other walkers in Richmond.
By Colin Hearne on March 3, 2015
February 2015 was an extremely busy month for us at Healthy UBC. In particular we welcomed, and spread the healthy UBC message, to many brand new post-doctoral fellows as well as all of the attendees at the campus wide new staff orientation. It was also a month where we delivered Self Care for the Caretaker: Managing Wellbeing and Preventing Burnout – a presentation highlighting the importance of self-care and maintenance of wellbeing for those staff working in front facing positions with students- at the 2015 UBC Advising Conference and had over 160 staff and faculty attend two wellbeing empowering workshops (Salt Sugar Fat and Mindfulness@Work Orientation).
By far our busiest event this month was the 2015 Travelling Health Fair which spanned 6 days in 5 locations both at the Point Grey campus and at the Diamond Health Care Centre site. Titled ‘Bone Up on your Health’ the 6th annual Travelling Health Fair focused on bone health for men and women of all ages and was made possible by a partnership with UBC Human Resources and the Pharmacists Clinic at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
See you next month!
Miss the 2015 Travelling Health Fair?
Visit our Healthy UBC Virtual Health Fair & Online Assessment where you will find over 20 different screenings, tools and resources to help you assess your current status and make improvements towards a healthier self.
For more information on our services, presentations and information booths, please contact Health Promotions Coordinator, Miranda Massie, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-8762.
By Colin Hearne on October 29, 2014
This month, UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of sessions focused on a wide variety of topics that include stress management, breast cancer prevention, mental health training, workstation ergonomics, mens health 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)
A Thrive 2014 Event – Join UBCs Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal in this one-hour interactive and open discussion on how our careers impact our mental and total wellbeing, and what can we do about it. This session will provide you with access to thought-provoking questions, links to resources, tools, and websites at UBC that will support you in your career planning process. For more information or to register click here.
A Thrive 2014 Event – In today’s society, there still remains a lack of awareness and even sometimes bias related to mental health problems. This wellness session will allow participants to enhance their understanding of the personal and environmental factors that can have an impact on mental health, as well as the most appropriate prevention and intervention strategies available. For more information or to register, click here.
A Thrive 2014 Event – UBC celebrates Thrive Week and Movember’s mighty moustache growing season by bringing six amazing experts (listed below) together to each speak for 10 minutes on practical approaches to keeping guys healthy. Free snacks and refreshments provided. For more information or to register, click here.
- Dr. John Ogrodniczuk – Professor, UBC Medicine
- Dr. Paul Gross- Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Medicine
- Alistair Gordon – Masters student, UBC Counselling Psychology
- Tim Laidler – UBC alumni, Director, Veterans Transition Network
- Dr. Gen Creighton – Post-doctoral fellow, UBC Medicine
- Douglas Todd – Journalist, Vancouver Sun
A Thrive 2014 Event – Part 3 of Healthy UBC’s Fall Stress-Busting series with Dr. Thara Vayali. Depending on the stressor, the person and the situation, the way we dissipate our stress varies. Learn the healthy and not-so-healthy ways to manage stressors as they arise, and leave with three simple at home lifestyle & work style changes that can help you streamline your stressors. For more information or to register, click here.
A Thrive 2014 Event – This year, to celebrate Thrive, we will be hosting our second annual ‘mega’ Zumba class with UBC Rec to wrap up the week of activities. Join us to have fun and get a bit of exercise while spending time with friends and colleagues. Please wear comfortable clothing. Wear yellow to support Thrive! Free healthy snacks will be provided. For more information or to register, click here.
A Thrive 2014 Event – Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solitano has lost everything – his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them. (There will be with FREE POPCORN provided by the Lazy Gourmet) 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 the Ergonomics Coordinator 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. Session will be held on the sixth floor of TEF3 (6190 Agronomy Rd). . Register online for this session.
Join Bonnie McCoy from the UBC Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic in a Breast Cancer Prevention Education Session to learn how to prevent breast cancer. This interactive session will provide evidence-based information to help participants understand how to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer through lifestyle changes. For more information or to register, click here.
UBC Ergonomics offers free computer workstation set-up tutorials on the last Thursday of every month. These one-hour tutorials combine a presentation with 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 .
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.
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.
Take a time-out from work for your mental and physical health! Join your campus colleagues for a lunch-hour walk on Mondays and Wednesdays. Monday’s group meets out front of the UBC Bookstore at 12:10 p.m., while Wednesday’s group meets at 12:10 p.m. outside the TEF3 building on Agronomy Road – location here. All abilities welcome. For more information, or to register, click here.
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