By Melissa Lafrance on January 11, 2016
30 Day Online Mindfulness Challenge – Orientation & Registration
Dates & Locations:
- Jan. 12, 2016 | 1:15pm – 2:15pm (VGH/DHCC)
- Jan. 13, 2016 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Point Grey)
This free orientation session is an opportunity to learn more about the art and science of mindfulness and the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, as well as an opportunity to register for the programs beginning in February, 2016. There will be time for questions and answers at the orientation session.
For more information and to register for the orientation sessions, click here.
Introduction to the CUPE 2950 Health Spending Account & Other Benefit Changes
Dates & Locations:
- Jan. 12, 2016 | 12-1pm (Point Grey)
- Jan. 20, 2016 | 3-4pm (VGH/DHCC)
- Feb. 3, 2016 | 12:10-1pm (Point Grey)
This session will be an opportunity for CUPE 2950 members to learn about their new benefit changes and to ask questions about the changes and other available benefits. For more information and to register for one of the information sessions, click here.
Gentle Yoga – Jan. 20, 2016 @ 11am – 12pm (Location: Point Grey)
By focusing on your breathing, relaxing your mind, and connecting with your body, you will find calmness within yourself and be prepared to take on the rest of your day.
All UBC staff & faculty of all yoga practice levels are welcome to register and attend this free Gentle Stretch Yoga class. For more information and to register, click here.
Financial Success Workshop: Saving Strategies – Jan. 21, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
This workshop will provide you with an analysis of wealth accumulation and savings mechanisms, as well as a review of best practices. For all levels of wealth management, there is information relevant to all situations no matter your knowledge base or income bracket. For more information and to register, click here.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training – Jan. 27, 2016 @ 10am – 12pm (Location: Point Grey)
QPR Training is an internationally recognized suicide prevention program designed to help you question, persuade, and refer. QPR acts as an emergency mental health intervention designed to save lives much like CPR or other methods of emergency medical intervention. For more information and to register, click here.
Ergo Your Office – Jan. 27, 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.
Creating Balance in Your Life – Feb. 10, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: VGH/DHCC)
This session will help you explore how your current choices impact your work-life satisfaction and help you develop strategies to achieve a greater balance in life. Learn a better understanding of what balance means, recognize what you can and cannot control, and identify priorities in your life. For more information and to register, click here.
By Miranda Massie on June 3, 2015
Summer MOGA, Food for Foodies demo, Farm Markets, Canada Day Family Festivals, Bard on the Beach, UBC Opera, Whitecaps FC2 soccer and more! Find out what is happening on and off campus this month!
UBC-based events (Vancouver campus)
Summer Yoga at MOA (MOGA!): Runs May 21-October 16
Enjoy summer yoga classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the beautiful atrium space at MOA! Classes will be led by instructor Samantha Burke.
United Way Secondment Opportunity: Application Deadline June 10
Participate in a truly unique professional development opportunity as a United Way Campaign Associate (previously known as Loaned Representative).
UBC Farm Markets at Point Grey bookstore : Begins June 10, runs through October
The UBC Farm weekly Wednesday markets are back for another season. Find fresh and very local produce for purchase outside of the bookstore.
Whitecaps FC2 Games at Thunderbird Stadium: June 14, 21
Take in a Whitecaps FC2 soccer match this month against LA Galaxy II or Portland Timbers II at Thunderbird stadium.
Wescadia and the UBC Farm, in partnership with the UBC Bookstore, presents a food demo with Chef David Speight, Executive Chef at Wescadia. Recipes, tasty samples and more!
UBC Opera Presents La Traviata: June 20-28
Enjoy the wonderful talent that UBC has to offer while listening (in Italian) to Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata.
Off campus events
Take your pick of a variety of different weekend night markets to visit this summer all across the lower mainland. Enjoy food, drinks, vendors, entertainment and more!
Bard on the Beach-Vancouver: June 4- Sept. 26
Enjoy your choice of four classic and modern Shakespeare productions in one of the most picturesque theatre settings around.
Take part in a number of free workshops to learn about and support healthy aging and active living.
Enjoy a new and improved Highland Games & Scottish Festival, as Simon Fraser University celebrates its 50th anniversary with special events, piping and drumming, an expanded refreshment area and activities for kids and adults.
Fireworks, festivals, family runs, historical activities a salmon festival and more. Take your pick from a wide range of Canada day events and activities for all ages across the Lower Mainland this summer.
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By Miranda Massie on May 5, 2015
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of FREE activities and events coming up in May and over the summer. Sign up for topics including Naturopathic Cleanse, Manage Your Money, Ergo Your Office, and more!
National Mental Health Week: May 4-10
This week is designed as a celebration of mentally healthy lifestyles and positive attitudes, as well as a source of information and support.
- Improve your mental health with Shepell (UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance program)
- Learn more about UBC Thrive
Join the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge! Register by May 20
Climb your way to better health! This is a fun and inclusive way to encourage staff and faculty to use the stairs. Stair climbing is a great way to boost cardiovascular health, build muscle and strengthen the core. Grab some teammates and challenge yourself to a 4 week climb to the peak of your choice. Runs May 25-June 19, 2015.
Yoga at Hillel: May 27-August 5
Looking for yoga this summer? Look no further. UBC’s Hillel house will be hosting drop in or full term pass classes with mats and block provided. Early bird deadline is May 8!
Safe and Sustainable Transportation Month, May, 2015
UBC is committed to creating a pedestrian and cyclist-friendly campus community. Throughout May, we’re celebrating safe, active and sustainable transportation with activities and events aimed at promoting walking and cycling on campus—from a Jane’s Walk, to Bike to Work Week, to community bike clinics and more. Visit http://www.utown.ubc.ca/sstm.
UBC has a brand new self-directed office ergonomics guide and assessment tool available to all staff and faculty. For a full description, read more here.
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By Colin Hearne on May 5, 2015
This month features Debbie McPherson, Development Coordinator, Development and Alumni Engagement at the Faculty of Forestry.
Thriving Campus features, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences from UBC staff, faculty and students.
The importance of finding balance:
Many years ago, I found myself in a position where my professional life and personal demands collided and I soon realized that my life was incredibly out of balance. I struggled with depression, feeling like there was no end in sight to finding the balance we all need. I decided to make a significant change and knew I needed to identify and prioritize what was most important to me: family, friends, health, spirituality, career, personal development and fun. I look back on that time and believe it was a test to help me understand what I needed to maintain a healthy balance in my daily life.
How do you thrive at work?
Firstly, I feel very fortunate that I work in an environment surrounded by supportive, happy, well-adjusted people who have much of the same mind-set towards striving for work-life balance. And not unlike its spectacular location, UBC offers countless opportunities to help us thrive in the workplace.
Sports Day: For the past four years, our Faculty has participated in this great team-building event. It has been a great way to work in unison as a team and challenge our physical and mental abilities. And how fun it is to watch each other try and follow a Zumba class!
Running: One of my favorite outdoor activities to do on campus is running. Whether it’s around the Thunderbird track, through Pacific Spirit Park or down to the beach, it is always a huge stress relief and I find a great way to revive yourself to maintain your workload productively.
Yoga, Meditation, Bootcamp: I have participated in various classes offered around campus including the UBC Yoga Club, meditation teachings and indoor boot camp classes with UBC Recreation. I always enjoy shopping week!
Walking Program: For years I played an active role leading a weekly lunchtime walking program around campus. It was a great way of motivating people to leave their office and spend their lunch hour outdoors, engaging with colleagues and taking advance of campus surroundings.
Lunch-Hour Volleyball: A group of colleagues participated in weekly outdoor volleyball matches during the spring/summer months. It was a casual, fun group who loved the sport and getting outdoors. Regrettably, our workmate who owned the volleyball equipment left UBC and our games ceased. So if anyone out there has a net and is willing to get this going again, please contact me!
Thrive Week: I was a Thrive Ambassador for two of these annual events and felt privileged to be a part of UBC’s focus of building positive mental health for UBC students, faculty, and staff. I believe that good mental health strengthens and supports our ability to have healthy relationships, maintain physical health and well-being and handle the natural ups and downs of life.
What strategies do you use in your personal life to help you thrive?
Outside of work, I like to begin with the basics, including drinking plenty of water, eating healthy (but allowing myself to indulge on the weekends), being physically active and getting enough sleep. I love being outdoors, near the beach, in the forest and cherish the days filled with sunshine. I find that I thrive when I am cultivating gratitude and make a point of trying to be present in my daily life. Having a regular yoga practice really helps with this. I love spending time with my family and have the most supportive circle of friends you could ask for. I enjoy running at Jericho and Spanish Banks, practicing outdoor yoga at Kits Beach, hiking on the North Shore Mountains and cycling along the seawall. When I’m not enjoying the great outdoors, I love going to live music concerts, local festivals and sporting events.
Debbie McPherson is the Development Coordinator in the Faculty of Forestry. For several years Debbie was a leader for the Healthy UBC Walking Program, ran outdoor bootcamps for the Forestry staff and students and plays an active role in promoting UBC Healthy Workplace Initiative within her Faculty. Debbie joined UBC Forestry through Staff Finders in January, 2008, moving through numerous administrative positions before securing her current role as part of the Development and Alumni Engagement team.
By Colin Hearne on April 8, 2015
Welcome to Fitting in Fitness – a series that shares tips and hints on how to increase physical activity levels.
These physical activity boosters are distributed one-per-week through our UBC Health Contacts and will available here as a group each month.
Dumbbells 101 –click here
Yogi About Town- click here
Fartlek Running-click here
Pushup Progressions- click here
Courtney is a third-year kinesiology student at the University of British Columbia. When not studying or working at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. Courtney enjoys running and curling, and has a secret passion for line dancing. To her, the most important part of fitness is feeling good about yourself and having fun!
By Miranda Massie on January 7, 2015
Yoga at MOA-Jan 15 start
Yoga at the Museum of Anthropology is back this winter, for as little as $4 per class.
UBC Continuing Studies at Robson Square is offering a practical course that will provide leaders with the tools to engage in challenging conversations with confidence.
TEAM UBC is a group of UBC staff, faculty, students and alumni who have come together to participate in the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer event benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. Join TEAM UBC on Aug. 29 and 30, 2015, as they make the 250-kilometre journey from Cloverdale to Seattle, either as a rider or a crew member. Learn more about TEAM and join us for an orientation on Jan. 22, 5pm in Michael Smith Labs, room 101. Please RSVP here.
UBC Suicide Awareness Day-Jan 28
January 28 is UBC’s annual Suicide Awareness Day. Look out for booths and street teams across campus distributing resources and promoting the message of ‘Reach Out’. Wear orange on January 28 to show your support for people whose lives have been affected by suicide and for those perhaps seeking help.
Whether you’re thinking about suicide yourself, or you know, hear, or see someone who might be, the most important thing you can do is reach out.
Don’t have any orange? We can send you and your colleagues Suicide Awareness Day buttons. Contact Miranda Massie for more information.
Getting Active at UBC has never been easier. Learn about the benefits of walking and find a list of walking activities available on campus!
Studies have shown that 46.5% of the time, our minds and attention are wandering. Learn how practicing mindfulness and meditation can help you become more productive at work and more balanced in life. View a list of mindfulness and meditation activities and trainings on campus.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month-Jan 2015
January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC. Start talking, keep learning, and stand up against sexual assault. You can help end the violence.
Off Campus Events
Alive Interactive Magazine-January Issue
Focus: Easy and Healthy Goal Setting
The Robson Square public ice rink will remain open until Feb.y 28, 2015. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available.
This free guided walk series is for people of all ages and fitness levels and is led by a led by a member of the Richmond Fitness and Wellness Association.
This market runs weekly at the Port Moody Recreation Complex. Come by for local BC products, artisan crafts, and delicious baked goods!
Burnaby Used Kidstuff Sale– Jan 24
This event will take place at the Edmonds Community Centre. Clean out your child’s cluttered closet or pick up a bargain!
Surrey Family Day-Feb 8
Explore, enjoy, and create art together on BC’s Family Day weekend! Drop in to the Surrey Art Gallery for interactive and family-friendly activities.
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By Miranda Massie on September 9, 2014
UBC Recreation Open House-Sept. 8-14
Join UBC Recreation for a free week of programming and open houses at all of its sport facilities. Throughout the week, there will be free classes, including yoga, martial arts, aquatic fitness, dance, pilates, cycle fit, boot camps, and more.
President’s Installation-Sept. 12
Attend the installation of Professor Arvind Gupta as the 13th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of British Columbia. Join UBC students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community for a full day of events on the Vancouver campus.
UBC Homecoming-Sept. 13
This year’s Homecoming will feature a ton of fun activities, concluding with the big game on Saturday, Sept. 13 against the University of Calgary Dinos. Come out and show your UBC pride!
UBC is proud to welcome Vivek Shraya to UBC’s Vancouver campus on Sept 24 to screen his film, What I LOVE about being QUEER. Join a lively discussion about language, identity and being queer at UBC and in today’s society.
Main Mall Harvest Feast–Sept. 25
Share a sustainable, family style, long table dinner. White linens, tableware, glassware & candles will be set where old & new friends share in food, drink, & share stories. In collaboration between chefs from UBC & the AMS with some UBC Farm items. Purchase tickets here. View the Harvest Feast Menu
Thrive is both a mindset and a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for UBC students, faculty, and staff. The campus community is invited to partner in hosting an event or promoting the initiative. By partnering with Thrive, your group can contribute to this dialogue and support positive mental health at UBC. Are you a faculty member? You are invited to bring Thrive into the classroom.
The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is a fund available to UBC departments and units to support healthy activities in the workplace. The program provides start-up funds for kick starting health related, sustainable initiatives. Have a great idea but need some seed money to get it off the ground? Already running programming but want to take it to the next level? Apply for Healthy Workplace funding! New funding criteria. Deadline to apply is November 22, 2014.
UBC’s updated iPhone and Android app is available for download. Students, faculty, staff and prospective students can access up-to-date event information and news from around campus. The app can also help users find their way around using a list of locations and maps.
Hot Box Yoga-UBC Corporate Discount
UBC’s newest yoga studio, located in Westbrook Village, is offering a corporate discount to staff and faculty.
Yoga classes at International House are starting up again for the fall!
Best Catch Sustainable Seafood Festival, Steveston-Sept. 14
This free community event promotes the value of making ocean-friendly seafood choices.The Best Catch Sustainable Seafood Festival features live cooking demonstrations, food tastings, live music, and more!
Surrey Youth Fest, Sept. 20
An outdoor concert, live performances, an exhibitor’s expo and more. All geared towards youth!
Vancouver International Film Festival– Starts Sept. 25
As one of the largest film festivals in North America, the 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival brings Vancouver audiences some of the best films from around the globe.
Richmond Culture Days-Sept. 26-28
This year, Richmond is pleased to present the 5th annual Culture Days, a Canada-wide program featuring free arts and culture activities that showcase creativity in the community. From backstage tours to pottery demos to hands-on Chinese calligraphy workshops, there is something for all ages and interests.
Alive interactive-September Issue
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By Miranda Massie on June 3, 2014
The Equity and Inclusion Office, along with a working group of diverse stakeholders is conducting a review of the UBC Vancouver Positive Space Campaign. Take the online survey and share your views. Deadline is June 8, 2014.
Celebrate UBC! June 6, 2014
Join UBC Campus and Community Planning as they launch the university community into a summer of fun and celebration. Staff, faculty, students and residents are invited to a FREE BBQ to launch the pop rocks installation at Koerner Plaza.
New series starts June 3, 2014 at the newly renovated UBC Bookstore.
The Museum of Anthropology’s yoga program has started a new summer session. Take in the beauty of the museum atrium while you practice. Classes are on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 5:15 p.m.
Join your colleagues for on campus yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays. Enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that come from regular yoga practice. Drop-in is $10 and discounts are available with pre-registration.
Man-up Against Suicide exhibition – May 29 – June 28
The exhibit draws attention to the stigma of depression, mental illness, and suicide by placing cameras in the hands of people who have been affected by male suicide.
Thank you for participating in Moving Minds 2014. It was a fantastically successful event with over 250 participants and far more partners and activities than ever before. Please help us continue Moving Minds by participating in our evaluation survey. You can win a free Personal Training session from UBC BodyWorks Fitness Centre. Check out the great photos from Moving Minds 2014 here.
In Canada there are less than 20% female engineering undergrads. Be Like Ada’s goal is to help reach 50% female engineering grads and double the number of engineers in Canada. 500 female teens, 8 hours of fun and lots of opportunity to meet relevant role models. Find out more here.
2014 City of Bhangra Festival, Vancouver– May 29-June 7
An exciting ten-day all-out dance party and music-fest showcasing the music and dance of the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan.
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver-June 20-July 1
A community event to celebrate the world’s oceans. Plenty of family fun and lots of inspiration for ways to enjoy and care for the coastline.
Doors Open Richmond-June 7 & 8
Richmond’s 7th annual celebration of arts, culture and heritage. This free event allows visitors of all ages to explore Richmond’s arts, culture and heritage with at 42 partner sites across the city.
This survey is an exciting opportunity to learn how our lifestyle, our environment, neighbourhood characteristics and daily interactions affect our health over time.
By Miranda Massie on April 3, 2014
Registration is now open! Join UBC REC and UBC Human Resources for the 4th Annual UBC Staff & Faculty Sports Day. It is a free event for all UBC staff and faculty, and a great opportunity for team-building through physical and mental activity.
A large variety of camps tailored to engage children on all levels. From arts and music camps to exciting sports camps to thrilling sailing camps, inspiring adventures await every child in 2014.
Join your colleagues on campus for yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays. Enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that come from regular yoga practice. Drop-in is $10 and discounts are available with pre-registration.
Did you know that there is a Weight Watchers group that meets weekly on the UBC Point Grey Campus? Find support and work towards improving and maintaining your health goals.
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The eHealth Strategy Office with UBC’s Faculty of Medicine is looking for people with Type-2 diabetes to take part in a study exploring how mobile technology (text messaging, websites and biosensors) can support disease management. Participants do not have to be part of the UBC community and will be compensated for their participation. – Information is available at http://ehealth.med.ubc.ca/2013/09/06/mdawn-recruit or by contacting project manager Alison Booth at Allison.firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a tour through UBC’s online health fair and check out over 20 different screenings, tools and resources to help assess your current status and make improvements towards a healthier self.
Corporate Open House for UBC Staff and Faculty-April 21 to May 2
Show your UBC business card at the downtown Vancouver YWCA to get unlimited access to swimming, group fitness, cardio, weights, and more.
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival-April 3 to 28
It is an annual celebration that marks the reawakening in the community of all that makes us alive and human. Celebrate with poetry, dance, music and laughter.
North Shore Writers Festival-April 11and 12
Back for its 15th year, the North Shore Writers festival invites the community to participate in a fantastic literary weekend.
Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade-April 19
This event bring together over 200,000 members of the community to celebrate the creation of the Khalsa- one of the most important days in the Sikh Calendar. The event will feature live music, performances floats along with food and drinks. The community is welcome!
G Day: A Day for Girls-April 28
G Day is a global social movement marked by day-long events that celebrate, inspire and empower girls around the world. The inaugural event for girls ages 10-12 takes place in Vancouver on April 28, 2014.
Alive Interactive Magazine
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By Miranda Massie on March 3, 2014
Thriving Faculty is a regular column highlighting individual or collective UBC Faculty who exemplify integration of health and wellbeing into their classrooms, research, departments and/or communities. Thriving Faculty support others’ health and wellbeing in addition to making a commitment to their own self-care. This column highlights personal and professional stories of Thriving Faculty.
Please describe the role of your own mental health and wellbeing in your teaching, research and service to the community?
Since health and well-being are at the heart of my research, I try to live according to the insights they offer. I wrote my PhD thesis on holistic health, based on ayurvedic medicine, the world’s oldest recorded system of health care which focuses on health of the whole person within the context of their physical and social environment. My husband and I enjoyed eating most of our meals according to ayurvedic nutritional guidelines. When our children were born we took them to our ayurvedic physician in conjunction with our MD. My parents, sister and other family members followed the same approach. Similarly, other parts of my research have had a major impact on my own health behaviour.
What strategies do you use in your own life, that help you thrive as Faculty?
I really come alive when I am traveling and working! This is one of my greatest joys. My husband and I took our boys for a year of work/travel, seeing the world in 2007/8. We started in Tbilisi Georgia, where we were teaching as Visiting Scholars at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. After that we made collective decisions about where to visit, just buying one-way tickets and feeling completely free. Traveling as a family we learned how the world really is a big human family. The four of us continue to travelling and this is one of the ways we spend meaningful time together.
Are they any specific initiatives and/or research you are involved in that promote health, mental health and wellbeing?
I love being a public health researcher and educator! After all these years of asking questions about how we can realize Health for All, I continue to enjoy the challenges of posing questions that would improve how we approach ecosystem well-being. My research over the years has followed two main avenues of inquiry: 1) social justice and health–the social determinants of health, health advocacy, community development and so forth and 2) holistic health–the mind/body connection, ayurveda, yoga and more.
One of the most exciting initiatives that I have been engaged in recently is on Forests and Health, with UBC’s Dean of Forestry, John Innes. We have been identifying win-win opportunities for BC and Canada in harnessing the health-promoting, disease-preventing and treatment potential of forests and other ecosystems. We are planning to create Canada’s first research and teaching hub on forests and health.
I am also very excited about a global maternal mortality reduction study that is near completion. My research assistants and I have been working on ways that Canadians can contribute to preventing the deaths of 800-1000 women every day, usually during childbirth. I feel extremely sad about this tragic loss of life, particularly because almost 100% of it is preventable.
I am also involved in various social justice initiatives, apart from my research. Working on human rights, ecosystem wellbeing and in collaboration with Indigenous people and more are a part of my week. This community development work happens in small acts that include others. I am on the board of directors of an international development organization that works to better the lives of women in the Global South. I work as a Canadian organizer of The Peoples’ Health Movement. Therefore, my research on social justice has an ‘action’ component. Social justice work is often difficult so I am always grateful to dance, practice martial arts, care for my family and do other things that balance it all out.
In your role as faculty, please describe your experience balancing work-life commitments?
Life as a researcher is generally hectic, with lots of due dates and timelines. I typically thrive on the rush of high productivity and really enjoy working in research teams. In the last few years I have completed a variety of different projects eg nursing policy papers, health system innovation, complex chronic care challenges and more. The biggest stresses in my life are usually related to having far too much on my plate. Sometimes I just have to wake up even earlier and go to bed later to get it all done. This is when I am grateful for my kids, husband, meditation, yoga, NVC (non-violent communication) the language of empathy, walks in the forest, close friends, supportive relationships and singing.
Finally, teaching yoga to UBC staff and faculty has been a wonderful way for me to share my love of yoga here on campus. Recently a yoga participant and I had the pleasure of working together. Because we met through yoga, we decided that our work sessions would incorporate a bit of yoga every time. We started each session with the intention of making a positive contribution to population health status and the education of health professionals.
Dr Farah M Shroff, PhD, teaches in the Department of Family Practice and the School of Population and Public Health. She is also an independent researcher and educator who teaches yoga, dance, self-defence and more.
By Miranda Massie on October 30, 2013
Join the campus community from November 4-8th in a week dedicated to promoting and celebrating positive mental health. Staff, faculty and students can participate in over 35 events that highlight ways to thrive, resources and tools to feel great!
The University is offering free influenza (flu) immunizations to UBC students, faculty and staff at clinics throughout UBC Vancouver this November. Visit the Risk Management Services website at to reserve your spot at a clinic near you.
Screening Mammography Program (SMP) mobile services will be visiting UBC Building Operations November 13th and 14th and providing FREE screening mammograms to UBC staff, faculty and students ages 40 to 79.
Join your colleagues for on campus yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays. Enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that come from regular yoga practice. Drop-in is $10 and discounts are available with pre-registration.
Did you know that there is a Weight Watchers group that meets weekly on the UBC Point Grey Campus? Find support and work towards improving and maintaining health.
Burnaby Celebrates: Sports Day in Canada-November 25-30th
Sports Day in Canada is a nation-wide community project encouraging Canadians healthy living. Participate in a variety of events, classes and community building activities.
Enjoy family favourite movies each weekend for only $2.50.
Participate in one of the many events that are part of the 10th Annual South Asian arts & culture festival celebrating the universal light that exists in everyone. Runs October 28-November 8th .
The Health Show: Vancouver, November 9-10th
Discover up-to-date, reliable and practical diet, supplement, exercise and lifestyle tips that promote healthier living.
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