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

Take Part in the Seasonal Shutdown

Take Part in the Seasonal Shutdown

It’s time for UBC’s Seasonal Shutdown. Send in an energy-saving checklist before winter break for a chance to win prizes.

Simple actions like unplugging electronic equipment and turning off lights save thousands of dollars each year.

Before you leave for the holidays:

  • Switch off electronics
  • Unplug small appliances
  • Turn off the lights
  • Close windows and blinds
  • Report any air or water leaks
  • Shut fume hood sashes
  • Shut down non-essential lab equipment

Help us save even more energy this year by completing some simple actions and filling out the Shutdown Checklist!

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.