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.
By Melissa Lafrance on April 5, 2016
Financial Support through Shepell, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Provider
UBC Human Resources is actively involved in promoting and improving the health and wellbeing of our staff and faculty. This commitment is part of the university’s goal to create an outstanding work environment. The spotlight this month is on Financial Support Services available to UBC staff and faculty through the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).
UBC’s EFAP provider, Shepell, offers Financial Support Services, which are convenient, personalized and interactive. These services are available to help you and your family understand every-day and complex financial concerns.
You can gain valuable insight and the tools to build a solid financial plan, helping you plan for:
- Credit and debt management
- Aspects of separation and divorce
- Financial emergencies
- Retirement planning
- Employment transitions
- Real estate
Support Delivered in a Convenient Way for You
Shepell’s Financial Support Services are designed to suit your learning, lifestyle and comfort level. The following options are available:
- Online Financial Planning Services
- Interactive and personalized three-month online program
- Provides financial education
- Helps you create a tailored action plan for your future
- Convenient, secure and confidential
- Financial Consultations
- Professional financial advice
- In-person or phone consultations
- Referrals to financial advisors if needed
To get started with Shepell’s Financial Support Services, call 1-800-387-4765 or browse through their available services online.
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By Colin Hearne on May 5, 2015
UBC staff, faculty and dependents enrolled in EFAP, now have access to a free Naturopathic Service through UBC’s new EFAP provider, Shepell.
In today’s hectic world, it’s easy to overlook the effects that lifestyle choices are having on your wellness. You may think that you could be living better, but you just don’t have the knowledge or time to follow a new lifestyle plan that would help you make better choices. Fortunately, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Shepell, is here to support you on the road to health and wellness.
Why Naturopathic Services?
Shepell’s Naturopathic Service provides a natural and holistic approach to the maintenance of good health, where the individual is seen as a whole person (physical, mental & emotional aspects) and the symptoms of disease are seen as warning signs of the improper functioning of body and lifestyle habits. Naturopathic professionals will provide you with information about naturopathic medicine and how it works; the program will teach you practical lifestyle practices that you can use every day.
How can the service help?
Shepell’s Naturopathic Service can help you:
- Address sleep difficulties
- Take steps to age well
- Stay healthy and prevent illness
- Improve digestion
- Boost energy levels
- Recognize mind-body connections
- Make good food choices
- Manage stress
- Balance work and personal life
- Learn how the workplace affects your health
- Live well as a shift worker
- Deal with jet lag
- Build your immune system
- Understand midlife health changes
You’ll receive customized health and wellness information and materials on choices related to physiology, diet, lifestyle, and mental/emotional well- being, including illness prevention strategies. Naturopathic Doctors provide assistance on a wide range of topics and can help you explore what naturopathic medicine can do for you.
Accessing Shepell’ s Naturopathic Service
Get on the path to better health by calling your Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell, at 1-800-387-4765. For online information and resources, visit www.workhealthlife.com .
Confidential Naturopathic Services are available to you and your family members as part of your EFAP. There is no cost to use the service.
UBC’s Extended Health Coverage
UBC’s Extended Health plan provides coverage for naturopath services. In order to help you understand the coverage, we summarized some main points of this benefit in the September, 2014, edition of Benefit FYI.
If you have any questions about EFAP, contact the Health & Wellbeing Associate at 604-827-3047 or email@example.com.
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