Health & Wellbeing

For Managers/Supervisors: Preview “The Working Mind”: June 20, 2018

Human Resources will be holding a preview of the new training Working Mind session for UBC managers/supervisors on June 20 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). All members of the distributed HR community of practice in Vancouver are invited to attend for free.

About the Working Mind

The Working Mind is a Mental Health Commission of Canada, evidence-based workplace training program aimed at increasing mental health literacy for both supervisors/managers and employees. In advance of rolling out this program to the campus community, UBC managers and supervisors are invited to see how it aligns with UBC’s employment policies and procedures.

The session on June 20 is the the manager/supervisor version, and will include information related to duty to enquire, accommodations, return to work, along with the other program elements.

To register, please email Miranda Massie, UBC Health Promotions Coordinator.

Read more about the program goals and objectives under the cut.


Last Call to Register for “The Working Mind” Session on June 20

We have a few spots still available for “The Working Mind”, a new training session being previewed by Miranda Massie (Health Promotions).

This evidence-based workplace training program aims to increase mental health literacy for employees. Anyone in HR is welcome to register for this free session.

Visit the post from May 17 for more information about the training session.

Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge Begins May 28, 2018

Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge Begins May 28, 2018

Staff and faculty are invited to join the 4th annual Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge. This four-week challenge is a fun and inclusive way to encourage our community to keep fit by taking the stairs.

The challenge will include weekly participant prizes, photo challenges, and an overall prize for both the top team and top individual. Teams are encouraged, to build spirit and to stay motivated. Everyone, of all ability levels, is invited to participate.

Visit the Pick Your Peak webpage to learn more and to register. The registration deadline is May 23.

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.

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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