Health & Wellbeing

Two Free Noon-Time Health & Wellbeing Workshops Next Week

We have two health & wellbeing noon-time workshops coming up next week:

Welcoming Change into Your Life: March 26, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Change is a natural part of life. While some changes can affect the very structure of your life, other changes can have subtle impacts on your day-to-day activities. Sometimes you may be aware that a change is imminent but are uncertain about what it will involve and how it will affect your life. Situations like these can create ambiguity, worry, or a sense of loss and sadness.

This session will address the emotional reactions that participants may experience when confronted with change, taking into account their personality and strength, and provide coping skills to enable them to manage change more effectively.

Debunking Diet Series – Part 2: The Superfood Showdown: March 27, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

In the story of the superhero, villains play a role too. Let’s define what makes a food a superhero and uncover misconceptions around villainous foods. Learn how to evaluate a superfood’s claim to fame. You will leave with three dietary suggestions to nourish yourself and to improve your nutritional health.


See all health & wellbeing workshops at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits/events-and-workshops/.

Save the Date: Staff & Faculty Sports Day is May 4

Mark your calendars! Human Resources and UBC Rec invite all faculty, staff and graduate students to participate in Staff & Faculty Sports Day, a free, fun and inclusive event on May 4, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Each year, Sports Day brings together teams of employees who can choose physical and/or intellectual challenges in a competitive or just-for-fun format. Registration opens March 15 at http://www.recreation.ubc.ca/sportsday/.

Get Comfy & Help Kick Off Move UBC (Feb. 1-28)

Get Comfy & Help Kick Off Move UBC (Feb. 1-28)

Next Thursday, Feb. 1, you’re invited to reach for your go-to active wear, lace up your favourite sneakers, and join your comfortably-attired colleagues in kicking off Move UBC.

Move UBC is an annual, month-long initiative that encourages the entire UBC community to find ways to move more. By sitting less and moving more, we can help to improve our mental and physical health. When your colleagues move along with you, you’ll also enjoy social health benefits.

For more info about Active Wear Day (Feb. 1) and Move UBC events (Feb. 1-28), visit www.move.ubc.ca.

12th Annual Walkabout Challenge Begins Jan. 22

12th Annual Walkabout Challenge Begins Jan. 22

Jan. 22 marks the beginning of the 12th annual Walkabout challenge, a partnership between the Faculty of Education, UBC Rec, and Human Resources.

Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge promoting regular exercise in social settings. Everyone at UBC is welcome to join a team or register as an individual ($10/person).

Learn more about the challenge at http://walkabout.educ.ubc.ca.

Reminder: Search Inside Yourself Training Program: Jan. 15-16, 2018

In support of UBC’s commitment to workplace health and wellbeing, we are offering a unique professional development opportunity to UBC staff and faculty at the Vancouver campus.

Developed at Google and founded in neuroscience, Search Inside Yourself (SIY) is a unique training program that uses emotional intelligence and mindfulness to optimize performance, build leadership skills and increase wellbeing.

Program Details

  • Two-day in-person cohort-based training taught by SIY-certified instructors (Jan. 15-16, 2018, at the Vancouver campus)
  • Four weeks of follow-up exercises, content and cohort conversations via email (approx. mid-January to mid-February)
  • One-hour debrief session via webinar to integrate learning, answer questions and provide direction going forward (approx. late February)

Registration Information

For more information, including program benefits and what’s included in the program, visit the Search Inside Yourself webpage.

Search Inside Yourself Training Program (starting January 2018)

Search Inside Yourself Training Program (starting January 2018)

In support of UBC’s commitment to workplace health and wellbeing, HR is offering a unique professional development opportunity to UBC faculty and staff at the Vancouver campus.

Developed at Google and founded in neuroscience, Search Inside Yourself (SIY) is a unique training program that uses emotional intelligence and mindfulness to optimize performance, build leadership skills and increase wellbeing. The SIY program consists of:

  • Two-day in-person cohort-based training taught by SIY-certified instructors (Jan. 15-16, 2018, at the Vancouver campus)
  • Four weeks of follow-up exercises, content and cohort conversations via email (approx. mid-January to mid-February)
  • One-hour debrief session via webinar to integrate learning, answer questions and provide direction going forward (approx. late February)

Cost: $50 per person (eligible for PD funding). Registration deadline: Jan. 5, 2018.

Spots are limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Register now!

For more information, including program benefits and what’s included in the cost of the program, visit the Search Inside Yourself webpage.