By Melissa Lafrance on June 4, 2019
Outdoor cooking and eating is much more inviting when the weather warms up. This month, let’s see what’s cooking when it comes to picnics, grilling, markets and farms.
Week 1: Picnic Ideas & Areas
How many of you have to work indoors but enjoy getting your vitamin D too? Incorporate some outdoor time during your workday by stepping away from your desk/office/workplace and eating lunch outside in nature. Here are some ideas to try:
- Check out our July 2018 Healthy Recipes & Tips article for picnic tips and recipes.
- Discover UBC Vancouver’s outdoor spaces – great for eating out or hanging out with colleagues.
- Additional spots at UBC Vancouver include the tables, benches or green spaces outside the Pharmaceutical Sciences building, the Nest, along Main Mall, and near the Forestry building and Reconciliation Pole.
- Discover UBC Okanagan’s outdoor spaces, including the Amphitheatre, Commons, and the Courtyard.
Week 2: Grilling 101
There are many benefits to grilling: it’s a simple, fast and low-fat cooking method that uses fresh ingredients and best of all, it’ll mean fewer dishes! Our June 2018 Healthy Recipes & Tips article offers a number of tasty ideas and options.
Week 3: Farmers’ Markets
Farmers’ markets are venues that increase food accessibility and where consumers have access to local, fresh and readily available produce. It’s also a great way to learn what foods are in season and connect with your community, nearby farmers and food providers. Whether you’re in Vancouver or the Okanagan, visit one of BC’s many farmers’ markets using the BC Farmers’ Market Trail resource.
Week 4: Explore the UBC Farm
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at UBC Farm in Vancouver is a research centre and local-to-global food hub working towards a more sustainable, food-secure future.
Throughout the growing season, the UBC Farm hosts three markets each week, including their Farm Gate Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and their farm markets outside the UBC Bookstore on Wednesdays. Check out the 2019 market calendar and visit a market for an opportunity to purchase fresh food right from the source.
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By Colin Hearne on July 6, 2015
The UBC blueberry fest, Aboriginal History Month exhibits, Pride 2015, faculty instructional skills workshop, project recruitment, new websites, family festivals and more! Find out what is happening on and off campus this month!
UBC events (Vancouver campus)
A new website by men and for men focused on health strategies for managing and preventing depression. A partnership between UBCs Men’s Depression and Suicide Network and Movember Canada.
Faculty Instructional Skills Workshop: July 14, 15, 16
A three-day workshop facilitated by CTLT that focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of new and experienced educators.
UBC Blueberry Fest: July 15-17
Join in a celebration of local produce through a series of events and tasting opportunities by UBC Food Services. Located at the Bookstore Plaza.
Aboriginal History Month Exhibit: July-Aug. 26
A new collaborative exhibit at the Irving K Barber Learning Centre to celebrate Aboriginal History Month. The exhibit looks at the history of the Musqueam people and connections to territory, ancestors and belonging.
UBC Farm Markets : runs through October
The UBC Farm Markets at are back for another season. Find fresh and very local produce for purchase, Tuesdays and Saturdays at the UBC Farm, and Wednesdays at the UBC Bookstore.
Indian Summer Festival-Lower Mainland: July 9-19
This festival features top performers, authors, practitioners, chefs and musicians from across the globe. Celebrate ideas and diversity at one of the various 2015 featured events.
Giro di Burnaby: July 16
Giro di Burnaby is a fast paced pro-cycling criterion race. Attend this action packed, spectator friendly bicycle road race in Burnaby Heights.
Fusion Festival-Surrey: July 18, 19
This two-day festival brings together cultural and community groups from around the world. Live entertainment, food pavilions and interactive cultural activities will keep you busy throughout the weekend.
This event will feature an upbeat boot camp and collective yoga class in the park to help support and raise awareness for children’s overall wellbeing, including mental, physical and community health.
Pride 2015 -Vancouver: July 25-Aug 2
Join in one or more of the many events, walks, festivals, shows and parties in celebration and support of LGBTQ2+ neighbours and community members!
Shipyards Night Market-North Vancouver: runs until Sept 25
This free series features markers market, and a variety of local food trucks and live entertainment in the historic Wallace Shipyard.
By Miranda Massie on July 3, 2014
Hosted at the UBC Bookstore.
Learn about the Museum of Anthropology’s collections and exhibitions through a variety of daily guided tours.
UBC is the proud host venue of the 2014 Special Olympics. Join 1500 athletes from across the country as they compete in 11 different sporting events.
The Farm offers three weekly markets June through October, including one at the UBC Bookstore!
We have updated our promotional offer with YYoga. Be sure to print off the latest barcode to receive your corporate rate!
From beginners to advanced, find the bootcamp that best fits your schedule and suits your fitness needs.
Gold’s Gym at UBC is under new management and is offering a range of new discounts and deals for staff and faculty. Click here for more details.
UBC Grand Prix–July 8
Experience this world class cycling event on campus! This event promotes cycling as both a vehicle to a healthy lifestyle and as a safe, sustainable means of transportation.
UBC Colour Me Rad 5K–August 2
Participate in this festive and colourful 5K walk/run. Proceeds go towards supporting Special Olympics BC.
Off campus events
Enjoy a variety of movie classics in the great outdoors. There are free movie sites across the province so be sure to find a location nearest you!
Indian Summer Festival–July 3-12
This local festival showcases artists of South Asian origin in the performing, visual, literary and folk arts and hopes to foster dialogue between Canada and South Asia, and within communities in Canada.
Symphony in the Park, Deer Lake Park-July 13
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs its annual free outdoor concert showcasing the beauty of Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park.
Dolphin Basketball Classic, Richmond-July 18-20
The 4-on-4 Dolphin Basketball Classic originated in the summer of 1986 and over the past two decades the classic has become one of the premier outdoor basketball tournaments on the west coast.
Surrey Fusion Festival July 19-20
Participate in the ultimate celebration of music, food and culture. Enjoy live performances, cultural pavilions, celebrity cooking demonstrations and more! Activities suited for the whole family.
North Vancouver Caribbean Days Festival–July 26-27
The Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining, socializing (liming) and dancing in the sunshine.
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By Colin Hearne on October 30, 2013
|Apply Now: Healthy Workplace Initiative Program Funding.This fund is available to UBC departments, units and operational committees to support healthy workplace initiatives. Application deadline is November 22nd at 4:30pm. Individualized coaching is available for departments/units interested in applying for funding. Find out more.|
|November 5th 2013: Breast Cancer PreventionJoin 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 on the UBC Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment Clinic visit www.breastcancerprevention.med.ubc.ca.|
|November 6th 2013: Stress BustersWhen stressors overwhelm us, we need effective techniques to bring us back to equilibrium. This session explores all aspects of the stress response, focusing on practical tips and tools to bring us to optimal stress levels, helping us to maximize our energy and performance.|
|November 7th 2013: Simple Meditation-Coping with Anxieties and WorriesThis workshop introduces meditation techniques complementary to cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and worries. Participants will be trained to take a step back from their own anxious reactions and will learn techniques to disengage from the sensations, thoughts and feelings associated anxiety, instead of trying to control or stop them. Meditation and creative visualization techniques are introduced to tame and disarm the sensations, thoughts and feelings of anxiety.|
|November 8th 2013: Fresh Air Farm Friday TourSituated within a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest, the UBC Farm comprises a mosaic of cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, and successional forest stands. In the midst of a city, this landscape offers an important bridge between the rural and the urban. Walk the 60-acre site of fields, forests and hedgerows! Visit Beehives, hoop houses, and greenhouses. See where the Farm Markets happen, walk through our educational Children’s Garden, and learn about Aboriginal Hub. Bring your picnic lunch if you’d like to eat after the tour. Remember to dress for the weather, including boots for wet grasses.|
|November 8th, 2013: Zumba-Thrive Wrap-up CelebrationThis year, to celebrate Thrive, we will be hosting a large scale 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. Participants will have the opportunity to experience elevated mood, clearer thinking and improved self-esteem. Physical activity is one of the largest preventive factors against chronic physical illness and, chronic conditions are a risk factor for poor mental health. Students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in this fun event. Please wear comfortable clothing. Wear yellow to support Thrive! Free healthy snacks will be provided.|
|November 12th, 2013: Achieving HappinessHappiness is a topic of interest to many, and everyone has an opinion about what factors can bring them greater happiness. On Tuesday November 12th, join Kostadin Kushlev, PhD student and Vanier Scholar at the Department of Psychology, and explore the latest empirical evidence indicating which of our intuitions are right and also examine the factors that are associated with greater psychological wellbeing.|
|November 14 and 15th, 2013: Mental Health First Aid TrainingThe goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy in the community. 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, or in a family member, a friend or a colleague. By the end of the workshop, participants will recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, are able to provide initial support to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis, and be prepared to guide a person towards appropriate professional help. This training is 12 hours in length, to be completed in two sessions over a two-day period. Note: If you are not able to attend both sessions, you will not be eligible for the course completion certificate.|
|November 19th, 2013: Beyond Stigma-Understanding Mental Health in the WorkplaceIn 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. Click here to register.|
|November 28th, 2013: Mindfulness in the WorkplaceResearch shows that increases in mindfulness are associated with increased creativity and decreased in the workplace. Some of the health benefits include lower blood pressure, a reduction of insomnia and improved memory. Mindfulness Meditation not only reduces the harmful effects of stress but can increase your energy, productivity and enjoyment of everyday life. Join UBCs Health and Wellness Specialist Dr. Geoffrey Soloway for this intriguing workshop, and explore how you can adopt mindfulness in the workplace. Click here to register.|
|Every Monday and Friday: PowerwalkingJoin your campus colleagues for a lunch-hour walk on Mondays and Fridays. All abilities welcome. Mondays at 12:30pm and Fridays at 12:10pm outside the General Services Administration Building (GSAB). For more information email email@example.com or click here.|
|Every Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: Meditation ClassesThe rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep that you can ever have. When the mind becomes free from agitation, is calm and serene and at peace, meditation happens. Join the UBC Meditation Community, which holds weekly sessions from September until May. Click here for more information.|