Posts Tagged ‘workplace 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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May is for Mental Health

Posted by: | April 7, 2011

I just wanted to send a little thank you to the UBC folks on campus who are taking part in the Miles for Mental Health Run that is a fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association (Simon Fraser Branch).  Miles for Mental Health Run is a run against mental health stigma and meant to raise […]

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April Health Hero: The Walkers

Posted by: | April 1, 2011

You can see them all over campus in their business clothes and a conspicuous pair of running shoes on their feet.  They join our Walking Program, or they walk on their own, dragging their colleagues out at lunchtime. If they are like Verni Brown, they walk in events like the MovingMinds walk/run.  All the walkers […]

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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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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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How Do You Leave Work at Work?

Posted by: | December 9, 2010

I love the work that I do, and because it means so much to me, on a personal meaning level, I struggle to stop thinking about my work when I leave at the end of the day.  When things aren’t going smoothly, in particular, my brain likes to focus (even obsess?) about how to solve […]

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Is it Nap-Time?

Posted by: | November 9, 2010

An interesting read for those of you who feel the “afternoon energy crash”: I know when I was a student, I would take naps regularly during my study-time.  I do know of folks who like to nap in their office sometimes too, during their breaks. What do you think?  Naptime instead of your coffee […]

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Food of the Month

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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