Posts Tagged ‘health’

Health: A Balance of Limiting and Creating Access

Posted by: | July 21, 2011

Recently I came across a study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine that concluded that the weight of teenage women is influenced by the number of convenience stores in her neighbourhood.  While we don’t want to assume that one study should be applied to all, sometimes I see studies (like this one) which just […]

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Fixing My Desk and My Body

Posted by: | June 15, 2011

I have neck and back problems. I also happen to share a cubicle with our Ergonomics Coordinator (Abigail Overduin).  I have had numerous discussions about ergonomics and the prevention of chronic pain, so I think of myself as fairly “ergo conscious.”   Today, however, I was given a humbling lesson that life doles out every now […]

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June Health Hero: The Health & Safety Advocate

Posted by: | June 7, 2011

Since joining UBC in 1986, Irene Barrett has prioritized safety both in her lab and in her life in general.  She joined the local Health and Safety committee in her first year at UBC.  Originally, she was interested in the health and safety courses that emphasized safe handling of biohazardous organisms and chemicals, in order […]

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Walking the Talk: Tips for Successful Walking Programs

Posted by: | June 6, 2011

Suzanne shares her ideas and resources for those interested in creating a successful walking program (for themselves or their department/unit).

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How Do We Create Healthy Habits?

Posted by: | May 24, 2011

Recently, some colleagues from another department asked me to present about putting healthy ideas into action.  What I ended up doing was presenting about understanding one’s motivations and understanding what often causes us to lose sight of our health goals.  If you’re interested in the presentation, you can find it here. Then today, on my Twitter feed, I […]

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Bike & Bike & Bike (First Week of 30 Days of Biking)

Posted by: | April 8, 2011

I wasn’t feeling too well this past week. I even had to sleep away most of Tuesday, instead of coming to work. So my first week of the 30 Days of Biking was challenging.  I had to convince myself to get on my bike most of the week.  Every day I was on my bike […]

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March Health Hero: The Health Advocates

Posted by: | February 28, 2011

Right now, I am running the UBC Travelling Health Fair.  Last month, we asked for people to invite us into their departments to help us host the fair at the various workplaces around UBC Vancouver.   So each day over a two week period, accompanied by a team of health consultants, I spend the day promoting […]

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Misjudging the Veggies

Posted by: | February 16, 2011

When researching for March’s Food of the Month for the Healthy UBC Newsletter, I found an interesting article online about a study done on the food preferences of approximately 50, 000 college students in the 1966-1967 school year.  It ranked the foods least liked by these college students, in a nice little table.  48% of […]

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How Do You Stay Well At Work?

Posted by: | February 1, 2011

I’m working on what I’m going to share at this coming Thursday’s free lecture series at UBC Robson Square.  It’s being run by Continuing Studies, and it’s part of a month of free workshops focused on wellness at work.  I’m speaking on Thursday about what has been working at UBC workplaces in regards to promoting […]

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February Health Heroes: Up for the Challenge

Posted by: | January 31, 2011

The need to reconnect with nature and push herself physically and emotionally led Shakeela to seek a local challenge.  She joined five friends to hike the West Coast Trail on the Southwestern edge of Vancouver Island (often rated as one of the world’s top hiking tails), carrying a 40 pound backpack over 100 KM. With […]

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Oranges Every month, the Healthy UBC Blog highlights a locally available food, and gives you a recipe or two to try out.  This month, read all about mandarin oranges, rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre and folate.

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