October is Healthy Workplace Month
Submit your photo to have a chance at winning a FREE workplace workshop
UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits is offering an exciting opportunity to win a FREE workshop to departments who submit a photo of their efforts in “healthifying” their workplace. It could be as simple as encouraging colleagues to take the stairs instead of the elevator, attending one of our healthy workshops, hosting a healthy workplace potluck lunch, creating a wellness information board, scheduling a daily group stretch break, or starting a walkabout program for a group of colleagues.
We want to see your photos engaging in healthy initiatives/activities! Email firstname.lastname@example.org your healthy workplace photo submission no later than end of day (4:30pm) Friday, October 9th to be entered in the draw. Workshop topics include but not limited to life/work balance, effective communication at work, healthy active living, and stress relaxation techniques. Three UBC departments who submitted their photo will receive a free workshop. Open to all UBC worksite locations.
For information and tips on “healthifying” your workplace as well as information on the Healthy Workplace Month, visit www.healthyworkplacemonth.ca/en/.
Special Opportunity: Not Myself Today Campaign
Registration deadline: Friday, October 9
This year, as part of Thrive 2015, UBC is partnering with the Not Myself Today Campaign, an initiative focused on reducing stigma and supporting mental health in the workplace. This year’s partnership with Not Myself Today is designed to provide departments with a ready-made and easy-to-use action plan for participating in Thrive Week. Join us in celebrating diversity, community and respect as colleagues at UBC.
For more information or if you would like to participate in the Not Myself Today Campaign as part of Thrive 2015, please email email@example.com. Registration deadline is October 9.
Own your Own Fitness 2015 Part 3: BodyWorks Fitness Centre Orientation and Introduction
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | 5:15-6:15pm
Learn the basics of strength training to get you started on a general exercise program anywhere that is convenient for you. Instruction on utilizing proper exercise technique for common exercises will also be covered. Click here for more information and to register.
Managing your Money
Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 12-1pm
Join Money Coach Melanie Buffel and learn to manage and control finances, reinforce good habits, build new ones and create a manageable budget. There will be additional information on saving to meet your financial needs and investing these savings. Click here for more information and to register.
CAMMPUS | Are You Heart Healthy? Say Yes with CAMMPUS
UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits in the Department of Human Resources, in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, invite UBC faculty and staff from UBCs Point Grey campus, Robson Square and Hospital Locations to participate in a unique project called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site). CAMMPUS features confidential, expertly guided services provided by the UBC Pharmacists Clinic (located at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver campus) to help you find out your current level of heart health (and cardiovascular disease risk) and take steps to keep this risk as low as possible.
Participating in CAMMPUS is your chance to make long-lasting changes to your health and is available at no cost to you. Click here for more information. Click here to view the postcard.
If you would like CAMMPUS promotional posters or postcards for your department, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming MOST Workshop | Practical Project Management
December 7 & 8, 2015
Is project management an area where you would like to develop more skills? This fall, UBC Workplace Learning & Engagement has two opportunities for you to learn and practice the critical tools and techniques that have been proven necessary for project management success, presented by UBC’s MOST Program together with Lynda.com, an online collection of instructional videos designed to provide just-in-time training in a variety of areas (available at no individual charge to UBC staff and faculty). Click here for more information or contact email@example.com.
This week’s Healthy UBC Recipe
This week’s healthy recipe from Stephanie Dang from the school of Food Nutrition and Health is Quick Quinoa and Veggie Casserole. Quinoa is a complete protein, which means that it contains all the essential amino acids. This recipe is a delicious way to incorporate quinoa into your diet.
All of our weekly healthy recipes will be located in our Healthy UBC Recipe Series page where they will live forever.
This week’s Fitting in Fitness
When you’re stuck in a rut (or stuck inside during a rainy day), it can be hard to know where to look for inspiration. Our Fitting in Fitness contributor Courtney Chan shares 5 Youtube channels that provide videos you can easily follow along at home in Cardio on Demand.
UBC’s Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
Services provided by Shepell
You can trust Shepell to help you and your family to resolve issues that you may be facing. They can help with stress, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, nutrition and weight loss, parenting, and much more. There are many ways to get help today - all completely confidential. Review the services available here and use the icons under Get in Touch to book your service anytime, anywhere. For more information on UBCs EFAP provider Shepell click here.
Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 4-10, 2015
This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, is excited to bring you a new online, issue-focused initiative, Mental illness: Awareness and action. This microsite features an interactive poll and new articles that address myths and facts about mental illness, how you can help someone who is affected, and a how-to guide for raising awareness.
Visit, learn, and share today: workhealthlife.com/mental-illness-awareness-and-action
Turkey 2K Trot – Donations in Support of United Way
October 14, 2015; 11am-4pm @ The Cairn
Join Applied Science’s kickoff to UBC’s annual United Way campaign on October 14! Run or walk from Agronomy Road (Main Mall crosswalk) to Flag Pole Plaza and back. Open to everyone. Click here for more information.
Stretch for a Cause | UBC United Way Yoga
Thursday, October 15, 2015; 12-1pm @ Jack Poole Hall
Participate in the first United Way Stretch for a Cause at Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. All UBC staff and faculty are welcome! RSVP to Karolin Konig at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, October 13.
UBC Apple Festival & Scarecrow Contest
October 17 & 18, 2015 @ UBC Botanical Garden
A family event for all ages, UBC’s Apple Festival celebrates all things apple. Participate in a Scarecrow Contest at UBC’s Apple Festival. Let your imagination run wild and be eligible to win some great prizes. Entry deadline for the scarecrow contest is October 7.
Corporate Discounts Available to UBC Staff and Faculty
A wide range of Health, Fitness and Family discounts both on and off campus are available to UBC staff and faculty: