Health & Wellbeing

Free flu clinics: Oct. 29-31

UBC hosts an annual flu immunization campaign offering free flu shots for all students, faculty, and staff. This year’s campaign will run Oct. 29-31, 2019 at the the Nest, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on a drop-in basis. At the clinic, show up and proceed to the registration table.

You can find more information at the Safety & Risk Services site.

Funding for Wellbeing Scholars: Call for proposals by Nov. 15

UBC staff or faculty are invited to submit a proposal to UBC Wellbeing, which is once again providing co-funding support for up to five wellbeing projects that support the health, wellbeing and social sustainability priorities at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.

Since 2017, UBC Wellbeing has co-funded a number of UBC Sustainability Scholars Program projects that support UBC’s various wellbeing strategies, from the Wellbeing Strategic Framework to UBC’s Strategic Plan.

If you have an applied research project that a sustainability scholar student can complete within 250 hours during the May 4 to Aug. 14, 2020, program period, please submit a proposal by Nov. 15, 2019.

Proposed topics will be evaluated based on how they further the goals and principles outlined in the Okanagan Charter and UBC’s 20-Year Sustainability Strategy.

For more information about the funding program or to apply using the proposal template, visit the Wellbeing Scholars website.

To learn more about the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program, visit their website.

Featured Focus on People story: Annual Staff BBQ serves up opportunities for connection and wellbeing

Featured Focus on People story: Annual Staff BBQ serves up opportunities for connection and wellbeing

Read the story: Annual Staff BBQ serves up opportunities for connection and wellbeing

The Welcome Back Staff BBQ stimulates social connections among members of the UBC community. As the university’s Wellbeing Strategic Framework highlights, we believe that “everyone thrives when they feel respected, supported, and part of a community.” That is why our community encourages and creates opportunities for building meaningful connections.

The event is also aligned with the Focus on People 2025 framework through Catalyst #1, which supports actions that create a diverse, inclusive, safe and vibrant environment for those who work at the university.

As many of the staff’s tips suggested, the BBQ is just one of the many initiatives that UBC promotes to improve health and wellbeing in the workplace. It is not an isolated initiative, but part of an integrated effort that is helping to bring UBC’s strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century to life.

Stay tuned for more stories that highlight how the Focus on People 2025 framework is coming to life at UBC.

Wellbeing workshops: Fall stress & resilience series

Join HR’s Health Promotions team and Dr. Thara Vayali in a three-part Stress & Resilience wellbeing series this fall, to explore the stress response, recognize your stress levels, build resilience, and discover the connection between empathy and stress.

These free workshops will be held 12:00-1:00 p.m., in Neville Scarfe (2125 Main Mall). Register for free in the HR events catalog.

50/50 Yoga Pilates: Aug. 1

Join HR’s Health Promotions team for a free 50/50 Yoga Pilates class on Aug. 1. 50/50 Yoga Pilates consists of 50% standing Pilates work, which integrates Pilates principles into lower-body work, and 50% yoga mat work to strengthen the core with complementary exercises. There will be some mats available however quantities are limited. Participants who have their own mats are encouraged to bring them.

Details:

Date: Aug. 1, 2019
Time: 11:00-11:55 a.m.
Location: Life Building, ARC Main Level Studio [map]
Register online

Reminder to register by June 12 for the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge

If you’re looking for opportunities to bring team wellbeing activities into your workplace this summer, the 2019 Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge begins June 17.

This four-week program is open to all UBC staff and faculty in Vancouver and the Okanagan, no matter your level of motivation or ability. You can participate as an individual or register as a team. Weekly random prize draws, photo challenges and meet-up events will help give you the boost you need week-to-week.

Sign up by June 12 at 4:00 p.m. by visiting the Stair Challenge webpage

Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge begins June 17

Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge begins June 17

All UBC staff and faculty are invited to participate in the annual Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge (June 17 – July 12). This four-week challenge is a free, easy, accessible way to get active or keep fit – no matter the level of motivation or ability. Register as an individual, or make it social and participate as a team.

There will be weekly random prize draws, photo challenges, meet-up events, and an overall prize for both the top team and top individual.

The registration deadline is June 12, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Visit the Stair Challenge website  to learn more and to register.