By Melissa Lafrance on October 23, 2018
Mental health is the capacity to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face1. Our ability to live, learn, work and support ourselves and one another at UBC and beyond depends on our mental health and resilience.
Mental health literacy is a key component to enhancing the mental health and resilience of individuals, workplaces, and communities2. Mental health literacy involves understanding when you need assistance and where to go for help as well as knowing how to support yourself and others in challenging times and also proactively. Read further to learn about the resources available to support you.
Rico’s Challenge: When you need to support your mental wellbeing – at work and at home
Rico would like to learn more about work-life integration. He is feeling overwhelmed and often finds himself worrying about work, even when at home where he’s trying to focus on caring for his family and other life demands. He is feeling anxious and worries it’s putting a strain on his personal and professional relationships.
How EFAP and Extended Health Plan coverage can help:
UBC’s Employee & Family Assistance Program provider, Morneau Shepell, offers confidential counselling and consultative services to help you and your dependents find solutions to any challenges, including anxiety, work-life integration and relationships. Their experienced professionals are available 24/7: in-person at various locations across BC, over the phone in multiple languages, via video, or through First Chat.
To book services or to learn which service is right for you, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 or visit www.worklifehealth.com. (Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization.)
Through UBC’s Extended Health Plan, you can access counselling services from a licensed psychologist, registered social worker or registered clinical counsellor and be 100% reimbursed up to a maximum of $2,500 for each person enrolled per benefit year. For more details, refer to your UBC Employee Group.
How HR resources can help:
There is a range of programs and resources available to help improve individual mental health and resiliency, and support UBC workplaces that want to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of its staff and faculty. Visit our Mental Health page for more information.
Lori’s Challenge: When supporting a thriving team and workplace begins with you
Lori supervises a team of employees at UBC and tries her best to set a supportive and respectful atmosphere. Recently, she noticed that Frank has been acting differently. Typically very social, he avoids team gatherings and eats lunch alone. He seems to have lost his sense of humour and appears more tired than usual. Lori has approached him a couple of times to ask how he is doing and he replies, “busy but good”. Lori is growing increasingly concerned for Frank, but doesn’t know how to approach the topic and does not want to offend or upset him.
How HR resources can help Lori respond to and support someone in need:
To help staff and faculty in distress, Lori can use the guidelines contained in the Orange Folder. She can also contact UBC’s Advisory Services for support and access online information specifically for managers. Because Lori likes to take a proactive approach to her manager role, she can consider professional development opportunities in this area, including health and wellbeing workshops and trainings, or free and individualized coaching support.
How can EFAP assist Lori:
UBC’s EFAP provider, Morneau Shepell, offers a range of supports and resources for managers, including manager consultations to help Lori recognize the signs of someone struggling or to refer staff to EFAP counselling support. Manager consultations are designed to offer advice and resources to promote and maintain a healthy working environment while supplementing the information and guidance provided by HR Advisors and/or Associates.
Morneau Shepell delivers support services in a number of ways, including in-person, over the phone and online. Choose the format that works best for you. To book services or to learn which service is right for you, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 or visit www.worklifehealth.com. (Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization.)
- Public Health Agency of Canada, 2014
- Kutcher et al., 2016, p.155; Whitley, Smith, & Vaillancourt, 2012; Whitley & Gooderham, 2016
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By Miranda Massie on September 11, 2018
Welcome back to another academic year at UBC.
In our efforts to be our best professional selves to the populations we serve, we often overlook an important element: ourselves. It’s tempting to prioritize everything and everyone above ourselves, particularly during busy times of the year like September. The general sense of overwhelm can lead to increased stress, and if we’re unable to manage this stress, we tend to fall into negative behaviours that can result in ill health (mental, physical and emotional).
So what’s the solution? Instead of a one-off activity (that will ultimately find its way to the bottom of our to-do list), utilize self-care as an ongoing stress management tool. It’s best implemented through activities and practices that are small, manageable and either low-cost or no-cost; you’ll reduce as many barriers as possible and increase success.
There are effective ways to incorporate self-care in both personal and professional settings to enhance your overall resilience and reduce stress. If you are finding it difficult to come up with self-care strategies of your own, use some of our ideas below.
Strategies to inspire self-care in your professional setting: [1,2]
- Set clear expectations of self and others.
- Be open to help offered by others.
- Share your feelings (with someone or with yourself).
- Find ways to infuse humour into your day. Can you see the lighter side of situations or interactions?
- Make a fulfillment list: write down the aspects of your job that you find the most rewarding, fulfilling and nurturing. Keep it handy.
- Try the ‘3 Things a Day” rule. Start your day by listing three, non-negotiable tasks that you want to accomplish and schedule your day in order to prioritize them. It gets things done while producing a sense of accomplishment.
Strategies to incorporate personal self-care: [1,2]
- Make gratitude Post-it Notes.
- Start eating breakfast or add protein to your breakfast.
- Spice up your water. Try flavoured or fizzy water to encourage hydration.
- Stand, stretch or change the position that you are in at the top of every hour.
- Create a sleep routine to encourage quality sleep.
- Take a 5-minute digital detox (no devices!)
This month, I invite you to try implementing just one new self-care strategy using the examples above. I hope that it will help to keep your own wellbeing in mind while you’re working and serving our broader UBC communities.
Happy school year!
All my best,
 The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for Helping Professionals, Skovholt and Trotter Mathison, 2011.
 Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization, Pearlman & Staff, 1996.
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By Guest Contributor on September 11, 2018
Guest contribution from Dr. Thara Vayali
The five senses – sight, sound, smell, touch and taste – are familiar to most of us. We often employ these senses to become more mindful of our environment. But did you know there are three other senses that are incredibly valuable to recognizing our stress triggers and responses?
Those folks who say “I can’t dance”, I believe you can! Though it seems that coordination is innate, proprioception – the ability to know where and how your body parts are held in space – is a skill learned with practice. Whether it is your elbow, your knee, your shoulder muscles or the top of your head, there are receptors in your muscles and joints that help you understand tension, relaxation and balance. Proprioception can temporarily falter when you are tired, distressed or experiencing pain.
Try the blindfolded balance
Stand on one leg for 30 seconds with your eyes closed. For the pros, try doing this on a blanket.
The capacity to connect a physical sensation to your needs is a practiced skill as well. Yawning, tummy discomfort, a full bladder, butterflies in the belly, sweating, goose bumps, a racing heart, and breathlessness are all physiological signals that move us to act. If you aren’t paying attention, your actions can be delayed, mindless or stress-inducing. The better you are at sensing your internal environment, the better you will be at decision-making during stress. Interoception helps you recognize your reactions, adapt and respond in a way that serves you best.
Do a breakfast body scan
On waking, you have likely not eaten for at least 8-12 hours. This is a great time to take a scan of your mood, your abdomen and your cognition. After eating a small amount of food, note what happens. What happens if you eat a large amount?
Beyond your “gut sense” of physiological sensations, you have a “spidey sense”. Neuroception is involuntary: subconsciously assessing people, situations and environments for danger and safety. Depending on your history, your patterns of behaviour and other factors, neural circuits can sometimes perceive danger inaccurately. In this case, safe situations can elicit fear, or risky situations can be entered without caution. The better your neuroception functions, the better we can take care of ourselves.
Practice Softening your Eyes
The muscles around the eyes tense when we feel fear. This muscular change influences our cognition and decision-making. On your daily commute (or another neutral situation), take 30 seconds to practice the following:
- What does it feel like to harden your eye muscles?
- Now try softening them.
- Notice your default.
- Then try changing it in a challenging situation.
Practice using all of your secret senses. These hidden senses are how your mind and body work together to signal and regulate your stress responses.
Dr. Thara Vayali is a Vancouver-based naturopathic doctor and yoga teacher, UBC alum and popular guest contributor to our Healthy UBC newsletter who specializes in intestinal and immune health, hormones, and pain-free bodies. For more information about Thara, visit www.tharavayali.ca
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By Melissa Lafrance on September 11, 2018
A new school year is here and as staff and faculty, we may be experiencing a host of emotions. Some days, we might feel excited and joyful; other days we might be overwhelmed. As we bid farewell to another summer and move into the fall, check out the available resources you can access to better manage stress and build resilience. In this month’s Benefits Spotlight, let’s look at the services and resources available through Workplace Wellbeing & Benefits, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and UBC’s Extended Health Benefits Plan that can help you manage stress and build resilience.
Mona’s Challenge: When it’s difficult to bounce forward
Mona is excited to welcome back the fall semester and the many eager students to campus, some of whom will be coming to her for support. Dedicated to her role and to enhancing the student experience, Mona knows that the coming months will be busy and sometimes stressful and overwhelming. This knowledge is causing Mona to feel anxious and wonder if she is prepared to manage her emotions and to handle students who may come to her in distress.
How HR resources can help:
There is a range of programs and resources available to help improve individual mental health and resiliency, and support UBC workplaces that want to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of its staff and faculty. Visit our Mental Health webpage for more information, including:
- Tools and resources for staff and faculty
- Upcoming workshops
- Training programs and on-demand workshops
- Mindfulness and meditation
If you are enrolled in UBC’s Extended Health Plan, you can access counselling services from a licensed psychologist, registered social worker or registered clinical counsellor and be 100% reimbursed up to a maximum of $2,500 for each person per benefit year. For more details, refer to the information applicable to your UBC Employee Group.
Marc’s Challenge: When you want to be a healthy role model for your team
Marc manages a team of employees at UBC. He understands that he plays an important role in creating a positive and healthy working environment. Marc wants to be equipped to respond and support someone in distress and also wants to lead by example by taking a proactive approach to manage his own stress levels.
How HR resources can help:
Marc might want to think about professional development opportunities in this area including Health & Wellbeing Workshops and training programs. Marc can also access free, individualized Coaching support through HR’s Coaching program and access the Orange Insert for ways to help staff and faculty in distress.
How EFAP can help Marc:
UBC’s EFAP provider, Morneau Shepell, offers a range of supports and resources for managers, including manager consultations to help equip Marc to notice when someone is struggling or to refer his staff to counselling through EFAP.
Stress Coach Connects is a free, self-directed, online program. In a quick call to EFAP, Marc could enrol to assess, understand and manage high stress through tracking tools, goal setting, resources, and support from a counsellor via online chat.
Morneau Shepell delivers support services in a number of ways, including in-person, over the phone and through the web. Choose the format that works best for you. To book services or to learn which service is right for you, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 or visit www.worklifehealth.com. (Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization.)
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By Melissa Lafrance on August 7, 2018
The health benefits of quitting smoking can be realized the moment you quit. From the physiological to the psychological, you’ll notice the immediate and positive health changes that smoking cessation can have on you and those around you. But the path to being smoke-free isn’t an easy one and can be a challenging solo journey. In this month’s Benefits Spotlight, let’s look at the services and resources available through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and UBC’s Extended Health Benefits Plan that can support you along the way.
Anita’s Challenge: When Handling a Long Flight is Easier as a Non-smoker
Anita is taking a two-week vacation to travel to Australia and visit her sister. She’s been planning and saving up for this trip for a year, but with three months to departure, Anita feels anxious about not being able to smoke for a long period of time during the flight. She’s tried to quit before but relapsed due to symptoms of nicotine and tobacco withdrawal. With a 16-hour flight ahead of her, Anita has extra motivation to finally quit for good.
How your Extended Health Benefits can help:
UBC’s Extended Health Benefits Plan reimburses for smoking cessation products that require a prescription, as well as over-the-counter products with a prescription. If you’re enrolled in the UBC plan, you can access up to $300 per year per person for smoking cessation drugs.
The plan also provides coverage for naturopathic services that can include anti-smoking treatments administered by a doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND).
For more details, refer to the information outlined by your UBC Employee Group. For specific drug coverage, visit the Sun Life Member Website, call Sun Life at 1-800-661-7334 or 1-800-361-6212, or review the details in your Sun Life benefits booklet.
Jesse’s Challenge: When Quitting Smoking is Part of the Prescription for Better Health
Jesse was recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes. His doctor outlined the health impacts of smoking on diabetes, including the damage it’s doing to his blood vessels and how smoking can accelerate long-term complications of diabetes. Jesse now understands what’s at stake and is desperate to quit, but he isn’t sure how to get started.
How EFAP can help:
UBC’s EFAP provider, Morneau Shepell, offers smoking cessation support services and expert tips and tools that could help Jesse quit. They can help people understand why and when they smoke, intercept smoking triggers, prevent relapse, and build social support networks. Learn more about their Smoking Cessation Program and Stop Smoking Centre. (Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization.)
EFAP is available to all eligible UBC staff and faculty and their dependents. Services are free at the time of access and 100% confidential. To book services or to learn which service is right for you, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 or visit www.worklifehealth.com.
Other Related Resources:
By Miranda Massie on April 3, 2018
I was fortunate to take a short vacation to a sunnier destination at the end of last month. Nothing gets me thinking about my finances more than travel, especially when converting hard-earned Canadian dollars into US currency. With tax season upon us, and in an effort to bring attention to the importance of financial wellbeing, I present a list of our top financial hacks to help set you on the right track for the new financial season.
Hack #1: Deal with high debt
Prioritize debt with the highest interest rates. When you’ve paid off one, move on to the next highest.
Hack #2: Unsubscribe from temptation
If you are trying to practice good financial health, unsubscribe from mailing lists so that you are not tempted to impulse-buy through online shopping deals.
Hack #3: Travel tips
Planning a vacation and want to stretch your dollars? Look at “value for money” destination lists such as Lonely Planet’s 2018 Best Value guide. Or, try clearing your cache (browsing history) each time you search for flights online, as sites often raise their prices if they see that you are searching multiple times for the same flight.
Hack #4: Statements serve a purpose
Read your monthly financial statements to help combat fraud and identify potential mix-ups early. Real-life example: I discovered I was being overcharged on my cellphone bill even after contacting the company to clear up the error. I would not have caught it without fully reading through my statement each month.
Hack #5: Get gift card savvy
If eating out is important, save some money by giving someone an “experience” gift, purchasing prizes in bulk, or buying discounted gift cards from places like Costco or London Drugs. Alternately, if you find yourself with a wallet full of unused gift cards, look at re-selling them online through sites like CardSwap.ca.
Hack #6: Maximize your benefits
Do you know all of the details of your UBC Extended Health plan? You might be missing out on opportunities to save money. Learn more about your benefit details, or check out our Health, Fitness and Family Discounts.
Hack #7: Strengthen your money know-how
Attend our upcoming workshop on Debt Freedom & Finances or The Psychology of Money, or read some of our past finance-related articles, including A Financial Cleanse in Five Steps and ‘Cha-Ching’: Cost Effective Health Hacks.
Here’s to healthier wallets this spring!
All my best,
By Melissa Lafrance on April 3, 2018
Are you looking for clarity when it comes to dealing with complex financial concerns? UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Shepell, can be a great place to start. Find insights, tips and strategies to simplify your financial matters and gain a clearer perspective when it comes to your finances. Best of all, EFAP’s financial support services are confidential, available 24/7 and free to access for all eligible UBC staff and faculty enrolled in EFAP.
To help you and your family understand both everyday and more complex financial situations, EFAP offers the following financial support services:
- Credit and debt management
- Financial aspects of separation and divorce
- Financial emergencies
- Retirement and will planning
- Employment transitions
- Real estate
It’s All About 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 and helps you create a tailored action plan for your future
- Convenient, secure and confidential
- Professional and confidential financial advice
- Referrals to financial advisors and additional resources provided as needed
To get started with Shepell’s financial support services, call 1-800-387-4765 or browse their available services online.
Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization.
Enhance Your Financial Knowledge
Shepell offers an extensive library of online financial information. If you prefer to take a self-guided approach to learning about finances, access their workhealthlife articles on the following topics:
- Finances for New Parents
- Financial Health: How Your Finances Affect Your Mind
- Credit and Debt Management
- Things to Consider for Retirement Planning
- Will and Estate Planning
- Legal Support Services
- Tax Planning
- Real Estate and Mortgages
Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization.
By Melissa Lafrance on March 7, 2018
There’s no better time to think about food: 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.
Extended Health Benefits: Registered Dietitians & Naturopaths
Did you know that the UBC Extended Health Benefits plan offers coverage for a wide range of services, including paramedical practitioners such as registered dietitians and naturopaths?
Registered dietitians provide advice and counselling about diet, food and nutrition. They can help you make healthy food choices and manage any special health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies and obesity.
Registered naturopaths use a natural and holistic approach to the maintenance of good health and can help you improve digestion, boost energy levels and make proper nutrition and food choices.
To learn more about coverage and reimbursements for registered dietitian and/or naturopath services, visit our Extended Health page.
Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) Services
UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell offers four services that can help you and your eligible dependants with healthy eating. All services are provided by telephone consultation. To book services or to learn what service is right for you, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 or visit www.workhealthlife.com.
(Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization.)
1. Nutrition Support Services
Make positive changes to your diet or connect with a registered dietitian who can assess your eating habits, identify dietary concerns and answer nutrition-related questions. Through Shepell, access the following support services:
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Healthy eating on-the-go
- Well-balanced vegetarian diets
- Lowering/managing cholesterol levels
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Regulating diabetes
- Preventing heart disease
- Preventing osteoporosis
- Boosting stress resilience
- Accommodating shift work
2. Health Coaching
Shepell’s health coaches provide support and motivation to help you reach your lifestyle goals, including creating a risk-reduction action plan that targets:
- Weight management
- Healthy eating
- Smoking cessation
- Responsible alcohol use
- Stress management
- Exercise as a component of a healthy lifestyle
3. Naturopathic Services
Interested in learning more about naturopathic medicine and how it works? Shepell’s naturopathic services offer everyday lifestyle practices to help you improve digestion, boost energy levels and make proper nutrition and food choices.
4. Healthy Weight Management
With the support of a personal coach, you can manage your weight by learning how to make positive physical activity and nutrition changes. Shepell’s program consists of:
- An online assessment
- An interactive online program, including trackers, goal setting and challenges
- A smart scale to track progress and outcomes
- Consultations with a coach over the phone or through online chat
By Miranda Massie on February 5, 2018
A variety of personal, professional and educational situations have presented themselves recently that have prompted me to explore and reflect on my values.
Perhaps influenced by the current state of the world (or any number of other factors in my life at the moment), the value I seem most drawn to is love. After some coaching and reflection, I am able to say that I see love as the most foundational value upon which my values system is built.
Within a workplace context, I value leading with the heart and strongly believe that we should be able to bring our whole selves and whole hearts to work. I think work should be a place where is it safe to be authentic, and to openly acknowledge and practice our values.
There was a time not too long ago, when I felt that I had to separate my values from my professional self. I was sure that my personal values were too ‘soft’ to be present in my work. Bringing love into the workplace might seem like a radical idea, but I realize now that it might be a way to create change and to re-frame the idea of “workplace culture”.
In the spirit of love (and Valentine’s Day), I offer five ways to improve the physical and emotional health of your heart:
1. Say Thank You
Practice gratitude by thanking others, either publicly or privately. Doing this on a regular basis can increase happiness, contentment, pride and hope. It also make us more willing to help others. 
2. Laugh Out Loud
Laughter is one of the oldest and most cost-effective health products on the market. It produces a wide range of both physical (pain reduction, improved cardiovascular health, better immunity) and psychological benefits (elevates mood, creates focus, reduces stress). 
3. Show Compassion
Practicing compassion towards ourselves is just as important as showing compassion to others. Through compassion, we learn to soften our hearts and see improvements in kindness, self-confidence and connectedness. 
4. Spend Time in Nature
Exposure to nature not only boosts lower blood pressure, but it also builds empathy and fosters community. 
5. Stay Connected
Social support creates physical and emotional connection. It has also been found to be a protective factor against stress, and less stress on our hearts leads to healthier lives! 
This month, I invite you to imagine what it would be like if we worked from our hearts. Wishing you a February full of love, warmth and happiness.
All my best,
By Melissa Lafrance on February 5, 2018
Why is emotional intelligence important and why should you cultivate it in yourself?
Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is the “ability to perceive and express emotion, assimilate emotion in thought, understand and reason with emotion, and regulate emotion in the self and others.” 
Having a high level of emotional intelligence can help us in understanding and addressing emotional reactions to better guide our thinking and behaviour. EQ is one key to helping us achieve happiness and overall wellbeing, and for some, becoming effective leaders. In the context of the workplace, emotional intelligence can enable key skill sets, including good work performance, effective leadership, and the ability to create the conditions for sustainable happiness.
- Self-awareness: knowledge of our internal states, preferences, resources and intuitions
- Self-management: management of our internal states, impulses and resources
- Motivation: emotional tendencies that guide or facilitate us in reaching our goals
- Empathy: awareness of others’ feelings, needs and concerns
- Social skills: adeptness at inducing desirable responses in others
Emotional competencies are not innate talents, but rather learned abilities, and can be deliberately acquired with practice. One of the practices that have been proven to be helpful is mindfulness, as it teaches us how to train our attention. To be emotionally intelligent, we need to able to focus on the present moment and notice and process feelings, thought patterns and reactions.
Opportunities for Achieving Emotional Intelligence
There are a number of learning opportunities for UBC faculty and staff that can help you explore emotional intelligence as it relates to your career and leadership success.
- Discover how attention-training can help you at work and in your life with UBC’s free 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge.
- Learn mindfulness for the workplace and how to establish your own meditation practice with the Mindfulness@Work Program.
UBC Extended Learning:
UBC Extended Learning has courses and programs for UBC faculty and staff to explore their emotional intelligence, or EQ, as it influences career success. Check out the online EQ assessments and in-person EQ courses.
You may be able to use your tuition waivers (staff only) or PD funds to pay for UBC Extended Learning courses. Click here for more information.
Learn with Lynda.com:
Lynda.com has many online courses that focus on emotional intelligence and leadership, which UBC faculty and staff can view for free. Here is a selection of short videos that can help you explore the concept of emotional intelligence:
- What is emotional intelligence? Course preview (4:33 minutes)
- Appreciating emotional intelligence (4:28 minutes)
- Cultivating emotional intelligence (5:21 minutes)
Visit http://lynda.ubc.ca to learn more about UBC faculty and staff access to Lynda.com.
Benefits to Support your Emotional Wellbeing:
Read up on additional ways that your benefits can support emotional intelligence and emotional wellbeing.
 Salovey P, Brackett MA, Mayer, JDMayer (2004). Emotional Intelligence: Key Readings on the Mayer and Salovey Model. Port Chester, New York: Dude Publishing.
By Melissa Lafrance on January 11, 2018
EFAP Support Services for You and Your Eligible Dependents:
Free Health Coaching
Looking for information and tools to better understand health issues? UBC’s EFAP provider, Shepell, offers health coaching that includes teaching you how to make changes to be well and stay well, as well as motivating you to reach your lifestyle goals.
Registered nurses and occupational health nurses provide personalized and interactive support for a wide range of health matters, including weight management, exercise, nutrition, responsible alcohol use, smoking cessation, and information about preventing and managing health conditions.
Free Expert Advice from Naturopathic Doctors
Naturopathic services through EFAP provide a natural and holistic approach to the maintenance of good health. By accessing these services, you can have your health examined and learn how to make lifestyle changes that will benefit your health.
Naturopathic doctors offer customized support in a variety of health areas, including physiology, diet, lifestyle, sleep, aging, boosting immunity and energy levels, and illness prevention strategies.
Free Nutrition Support Services
Shepell’s Nutrition Support Services can help you make positive changes in your diet and address issues such as weight loss or weight gain, eating routines and lifestyle changes. You can also connect with a registered dietitian who can assess your eating habits, identify dietary concerns and answer nutrition-related questions.
If you need support or immediate help, call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765.
Extended Health Benefits: Coverage for a Range of Health Services
The UBC Extended Health Benefits plan aims to promote the continued health and wellbeing of staff and faculty. Benefits include coverage for a wide range of services, including paramedical practitioners such as physiotherapists, registered massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, podiatrists and more.
The following two articles by Shepell, UBC’s EFAP provider, can support you with tools to improve and maintain your physical health:
Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization to access these articles.
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