By Miranda Massie on January 11, 2018
This Month’s Feature:
Jan 22-March 25: Join the 12th Annual UBC Walkabout
Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge that promotes regular exercise in social settings. Everyone at UBC is welcome to create teams of five or register as an individual. Cost is only $10 per person, and registration is now open. This is a great opportunity to achieve a personal or team fitness goal at the start of a new year! For more details, visit the UBC Walkabout website.
Other Events and Activities:
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is filled with events and messages that aim to raise awareness and understanding about sexual assault, and what we, as individuals and the UBC community, can do to help prevent it. Join the conversation and explore ways to become involved.
Participate in a Standing Desk Study
Many office workers spend a high proportion of their work day sitting, often in prolonged unbroken bouts. The Population Physical Activity Lab in the School of Kinesiology at UBC is conducting a workplace intervention aimed at reducing employee sitting time through the provision of a low-cost standing desk.
If you are interested in trying out a standing desk, aged 18-65 years old, and sit at a desk at least three days a week, then you are invited to participate.
This study involves wearing an activity monitor and completing a few surveys – three times over a six-month period. You will receive $60 for your participation and be offered the standing desk to keep.
Click here for more information or if you’d like to sign up for this study, please email Dr. Guy Faulkner, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health, or Katie Weatherson, the Research Assistant at email@example.com.
January 8-14: UBC Recreation Free Week
It’s that wonderful time of the year when you can check out UBC Recreation classes – for free! Drop in for a fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, boot camp or aquatics class. No experience required. Try as many classes as you like, and register for your favourites!
January 14: UBC Opera Tea Series
Enjoy a concert of opera arias and song favourites in a casual setting. Coffee, tea and light refreshments served. Advanced reservation required.
January 18: Reawakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry
Participate in an inspirational evening with Suquamish Elder and Master Basketmaker Ed Carriere and wet site archaeologist and ancient basketry researcher Dr. Dale R. Croes. Ed and Dale will present a richly illustrated talk about ancient basket making and invite visitors to interact with the ancient basket replicas they make.
January 19: UBC Winter Classic Hockey Game
This popular annual event sold out last year, so get your tickets to watch the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Hockey before they’re gone! Family pack and student rate tickets available.
January 20: First-Year Educators’ Symposium
This free symposium will provide opportunities to network and share research and resources related to teaching, learning and community building with a focus on first-year students at UBC. This event is supported by Student Development & Services, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.
January 26: Arts in Health Research Community of Practice
The Arts in Health Research community of practice aims to be a vibrant collegial space in which members share their work, engage with and learn from the approaches of others, discuss challenges and successes of their research, and explore emerging trends and innovations in arts-based methodologies. All researchers who are currently working at the intersection between the arts and health research are welcome to attend.
January 31: Suicide Awareness Day
Reach out. Help is available. Reaching out early and preventing suicide requires everyone’s support. On Suicide Awareness Day, January 31, show your support for awareness and prevention. Visit ow.ly/bDae30gVnx4
To request free Suicide Awareness Day stickers for your group, department or faculty, please click here to place your order.
February 1: Wear Your Active Wear Day
On the first day of Move UBC month, you are invited to wear clothes that encourage you to move throughout your entire day. We want to see your lulu’s or your bright running shoes– anything that encourages you to move!
PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series returns in 2018 with the first of six dynamic events, where doctoral students tell their community-engaged research stories in just under seven minutes.
Save the Date: May 4, 2018 – Staff and Faculty Sports Day
Mark your calendars now to ensure that you are available to participate in this year’s event.
Photo credit: Martin Dee/UBC Communications and Marketing
Posted in Community Health News, Events | Tagged community health news, events, free week, moa, move UBC, SAAM, save the date, Suicide Awareness Day, UBC, UBC Opera, UBC Recreation, UBC Winter classic, updates, Walkabout | Leave a response
By Miranda Massie on February 2, 2017
This month’s feature:
With the demands we all have on our time from teaching, work, research and family needs, UBC knows it’s not easy to hit the gym every day. There are lots of different ways you can exercise instead! Whatever you can fit into your day is a great start to get moving: long walks, short sprints, commuting by bike – but most importantly, getting up from your desk and sitting less is a great start.
Research shows that moving more and sitting less can improve your mental and physical health, which helps you feel good and reduces the risk factors for preventable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and mental illness.
Find out why it’s important to start tackling the ‘sitting disease’ and explore how you can stay committed to moving more with #MoveUBC this month and don’t forget to Wear Your Active Wear on February 28!
Other Events and Activities
Join the annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Wesbrook Village. Experience a traditional lion dance and cultural performances, tea tasting, calligraphy, crafts, and leave with a red envelope!
Yoga and Pilates for Staff and Faculty at the Alumni Centre: Starting Feb 8
Start the New Year off with free yoga and Pilates with your colleagues.
Join us on Wednesday mornings in the foyer of the UBC Welcome Centre for some Pilates stretching and strengthening 7:30-8:20am.
Visit on Fridays (starting Feb. 3) for yoga classes from 12:05-12:50pm in the Bill & Risa Levine Classroom on the 2nd floor.
Free – open to UBC faculty and staff. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Join Dr. Eli Puterman, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, to explore the damaging impact chronic stress can have on the aging of our minds and bodies, deep into our cells, and learn how movement can mitigate these effects.
Pink Shirt Day: Feb. 22
Take a stand against bullying and wear a pink in support of kindness and acceptance in schools, at work and in your communities.
UBC Recreation Open House: Feb. 24, 12-2pm
UBC staff, faculty and community members are invited to attend an open house! This interactive afternoon will include a tour of the new aquatic centre, games, free fitness classes, food, prizes, and an exclusive opportunity to register children for UBC Summer Camps. Click here for full details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the last day of MoveUBC, you are invited to wear clothes that encourage you to move throughout your entire day. We want to see your lulu’s or your bright running shoes– anything that encourages you to move! Leave behind those high heels, restrictive ties, skirts and tight pants that can keep you from maintaining your wellbeing!
Pick up a sticker at any of the MoveUBC events and sport it on February 28th to help explain why you’re in your active wear.
For those staff with required uniforms, safety clothing or shoes/boots, we encourage you to have a discussion with your supervisors and colleagues to see how you might be able to adapt these requirements, so that you can move easily throughout your day, while still maintaining safety protocol and professionalism.
Immerse yourself in a classic Northwest Legend featuring incredible and original illustrations by world-renowned printmaker, painter, carver, author, Roy Henry Vickers.
In Peace Dancer, Vickers shares the Legend from his village of Kitkatla, BC; it is the story of The Flood. Sharing this story is more relevant to the world right now than ever before. Click here to register.
Posted in Community Health News, Events, Physical Health | Tagged activities, community, events, faculty, February, health, Lunar New Year, move UBC, Open house, pilates, staff, Stress, sustainability, UBC Recreation, updates, wellbeing, Yoga | Leave a response
By Miranda Massie on August 3, 2016
Our Health and Wellbeing team has been keeping busy over the spring and summer. Check out some of our updates and photos below.
Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge 2016
We had over 460 staff and faculty participate this year-our biggest group ever!
The total stairs climbed by all participants was equal to 567,117 metres (over 567km!). We collectively climbed Mount Everest 64 times! A huge thank you to all of our corporate health and fitness discount partners for prizes and a big congratulations to all participants. Click here to see challenge photos and video.
Mental Health First Aid at UBC
We are excited to announce that two of our UBC HR team members (at both our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses) are now trained as Mental Health First Aid facilitators by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This means that Mental Health First Aid training will be more widely available for staff, faculty and students. Click here for more information about Mental Health First Aid.
Canadian Universities and Colleges Community of Practice Conference
In June, a group of 40 health promotion and disability management professionals from post-secondary institutions across Canada met UBC Okanagan for a community of practice conference. There was solid representation from UBC HR in the crowd and it was a great opportunity to share ideas, present on new ideas and to highlight important initiatives. It was also a great chance to check out the Okanagan campus!
UBC Events Professional Network Meeting (Botanical Gardens)
Our Health and Wellbeing team, along with members from the Workplace Learning and Engagement unit, attended and presented at the summer meeting of the UBC Event Professionals Network to promote professional development opportunities on campus.
All participants were then treated to a sun-filled, educational tour of the botanical gardens.
If you are interested in being a part of the Events Professionals Network, please email email@example.com.
Mindfulness in the news
Have you noticed that mindfulness has been in the news lately? We are so excited that the CBC recently profiled the work that UBC Human Resources has been doing with the Sauder School of Business and Mindwell Canada.
Read more about the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace here, or listen to an interview with UBC representatives, and Mindwell about the research that has been done (around 30 min.).
We will be offering Mindfulness programs again this fall so stay tuned for dates and registration details.
Workshops of note
We have been busy delivering training and educational sessions and workshops across campus over the past few months, including:
- Robson Square Health Check Day
- Not Myself Today info session
- Responding with Respect for UBC IT managers
- Celiac disease and a gluten free diet
- Learn to Meditate
And lots more!!
The fall is gearing up to be one of our busiest ever so we will be seeing you around!
-Melissa and Miranda
Do you have an upcoming health and wellbeing event that you would like us to be a part of? Email Miranda.firstname.lastname@example.org.