By Melissa Lafrance on May 4, 2017
Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge – May 15 – June 9 (Location: Vancouver)
The Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge is a fun and inclusive way to encourage staff and faculty to take the stairs. Stair climbing is a great way to boost cardiovascular health, build muscle and strengthen the core. All abilities are welcome to participate. Find out more and register a team or individual now.
Parenting Tips: How to Talk to Your Kids about Sexual Health – May 17, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
The prospect of talking to your children about sex and sexual health can be a difficult one – but these conversations do not need to be feared or avoided. Why not arm yourself with knowledge, age-appropriate information and fantastic resources? Learn how to speak to your children about comprehensive body science and sexual health information. You will also take away a helpful formula for answering questions and discover some fantastic resources for both parents and children of any age. Help provide your children with the tools to keep themselves safe and to make healthy and informed decisions. Find out more and register now.
The Art of Managing Conflict (Part 1) – May 24, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Conflict is a common part of life and is a natural result of people having different points of view, values and beliefs. When left unaddressed, workplace conflict can lead to challenges, but when well managed, conflict can enhance your relationships, deepen your understanding of yourself and others, and stimulate change and growth. This workshop will provide participants with a framework for assessing the types of conflict common in the workplace and propose strategies for their resolution. Find out more and register now.
Eldercare 101 – May 30, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Join Home-to-Home, a seniors advisory and assistance business, in this one-hour session on eldercare planning and management. Learn how to develop eldercare plans related to housing, avoid crisis situations, access resources, budget, understand legal considerations, and gain a greater awareness of eldercare options and resources. Find out more and register now.
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (Part 2) – May 31, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
In the workplace, unresolved conflict can negatively impact the individuals involved, other team members and the organization as a whole by affecting productivity and morale. The approach you take to managing conflict determines whether stress or opportunities for growth will be created. This workshop examines various types of conflict and will provide you with a model for successfully resolving conflict at work. Find out more and register now.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial – May 31, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and a practical session, giving you hands-on experience in adjusting typical office equipment. By the end of the tutorial you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures. Find out more and register now.
Mental Health First Aid Training – May 30, June 1, 6 & 8, 1:00–4:15 p.m. (Location: Robson Square)
Mental Health First Aid, a two-day in-person workshop, aims to improve mental health literacy by providing 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. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, be able to provide initial support to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a crisis, and be prepared to guide a person towards professional help. Find out more and register now.
Coming up in June…
Understanding Your Travel Benefits – June 20, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey & DHCC)
Planning a vacation in Canada or abroad? This information session will be useful for anyone wanting to know more about UBC’s travel benefits and how to be prepared in a medical emergency. Join UBC Benefits Specialist Stephanie Mah for a one-hour session to deepen your understanding of your travel benefits and ensure that your well-earned vacation is as stress-free as possible. Find out more and register now.
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By Miranda Massie on May 3, 2016
That being said, I always think it’s a great time to talk about sex, but perhaps that has a lot to do with my background as a community sexual health educator. The reality is that talking openly and honestly about sex and sexuality is hard to do and it can make us uncomfortable. This discomfort has historically led to generations of misinformation, shame and silence.
Everyone, of any age, deserves the right to access accurate and unbiased sexual health information in order to make informed decision about their health. The challenge is often knowing where to find it.
Our newsletter theme this month is health literacy and if there is one area that I think we could all benefit from more well-sourced information, it is sexual health.
A crash course in sexual health information:
Beware of search engines
My advice when it comes to sexual health and Google: just don’t. There is a lot of bad information on the internet, and pulling up a google search makes it difficult to decipher where the information is coming from and what potential biases or ulterior motives might be at play. Learn more about The Dangers of Dr. Google here.
My top 5
A list of the best sites for unbiased and non-judgmental sexual health information are as follow:
- Sexuality and U: Rated one of the top 10 health websites in Canada.
- Options for Sexual Health: Similar to Planned Parenthood, with services available for free to all residents of BC
- Scarleteen: Don’t be fooled by the teen/20’s label: This site has accessible information and advice for all ages.
- Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights: Like the World Health Organization, but for sexual health in Canada. Policy, research, advocacy and information.
- Sex is good for your health: Last year in my S is for SEX article, I outlined the physical, psychological and emotional benefits of being sexually active.
Brush up on the research
UBC has some amazing folks doing some interesting research on sexual health and sexuality:
- Dr. Lori Brotto and the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory
- The UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Youth Sexual Health Team
Increasing your sexual health literacy is a learning process, one that includes being both critical and curious. Even as an adult, it is okay to not have all the answers – as long as you keep looking.
Talking about sexual health as a parent can add another layer to a tricky topic, one that can provoke both anxiety and stress. For any parents or guardians out there looking for tips on how to talk about this topic with your kids, consider registering for our upcoming workshop:
All my best,
By Melissa Lafrance on May 3, 2016
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of free activities and events coming your way this spring. Sign up today for programs including Stress Relaxation Techniques, Parenting Tips, Movement, Dr. Thara Vayali’s Three-Week Balanced & Bright Cleanse Series, Ergonomics, CAMMPUS, and plenty more!
Stress Relaxation Techniques – May 5, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Make time to calm down and reduce stress, using both proactive and reactive relaxation techniques. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of the stress response, discuss the importance of managing stress, and practice stress reducing exercises. For more information and to register, click here.
Move by Design – an Interactive Movement Workshop – May 12, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
With the support and guidance from two chiropractors, you will learn the best ways to move and mobilize your body to maximize results while minimizing risk. For more information and to register, click here.
30 Day Online Mindfulness Challenge Wrap-up Celebration – May 16, 2016 @ 1:30-2pm (Location: Point Grey)
This session is an opportunity to celebrate all the people at UBC who participated in the 30 Day Online Mindfulness Challenge in February and March. Please join us in celebrating your success! For more information and to register, click here.
Parenting Tips: How to talk to your kids about sexual health – May 18, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Parents of children pre-school age and up will learn how to speak with your children about body science and sexual health, and get answers to many of the questions that children can ask about this sometimes awkward subject.
Join UBC HR’s very own Health Promotion Coordinator Miranda Massie, a Certified Sexual Health Educator, and arm yourself with knowledge, age-appropriate information and fantastic resources! For more information and to register, click here.
Ergo Your Office – May 25, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and a practical session, giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. By the end of the tutorial you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures. For more information and to register, click here.
Balanced & Bright Cleanse: A 3-Week Naturopathic Life & Diet Plan – June 2, 9, & 16, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Join Naturopathic Doctor, Yoga Teacher, UBC alumna, and Healthy UBC Newsletter contributor Dr. Thara Vayali to kick-start your cleanse in a three-part Cleanse Series this June.
Small changes over time make a big difference. Mindfulness, eating, and movement goals, supported with health education, discussion, and community. The cost is $10 to attend all three Thursday classes. For more information and to register, click here.
Are You Heart Healthy? Say Yes with CAMMPUS, and Attend an Info Session to Learn More! Available until September 30, 2016
Info Sessions: May 31 & June 22, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Join us to learn about participating in a unique project called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site).
CAMMPUS offers UBC faculty and staff a free 30-minute assessment with a registered pharmacist (or student under pharmacist supervision) from the UBC Pharmacists Clinic. During the assessment, you will find out your current level of heart health and what steps you can take to keep your cardiovascular system healthy.
Want to learn more about CAMMPUS? Attend an information session! For more information and to register, click here.
Coming up later in June…
QPR Suicide Prevention Training – June 28, 2016 (Point Grey)
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