July, 31st- Lunch & Learn- Paddle On! High Level Canoes and Kayaks will be leading a session talking about canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding including technique, lessons, rental information and the best local spots to hit the water. Register here.
In honour of the 50th Anniversary, the Wellness Committee is hosting a year long health challenge- 50 Ways to Stay Well.
Each week we want you to focus on a different aspect of Wellness up until mid-December 2017. Each month we will post the four or five activities meant to improve your mental and physical well being.
Mindful Employer Sessions - Wellness will be contacting U of L departments to set up workshops in one of 4 areas: Accommodation, Resolving Conflict, Improving Workplace Relations, Responding to Mental Health Issues. Watch for 1 hour sessions in your area, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Mental Health and Wellness presentation for Academic Leaders. Feel free to take a look - you may find some new strategies to deal with your own mental wellness.
Wellness in 10: Creative Ways to Reduce Stress.pdf
The purpose of this program is to provide stretching and strengthening exercises that can be completed at your desk, out on the job, or even at home. The program is broken up into six sections. Use that break-down to manage your exercise time and target areas you want to develop. Remember the key here is balancing strength and flexibility in the important muscle groups and for the whole body. CLICK HERE to download the program.
Follow along to a video demonstration HERE!
Or HERE for demo 2
Want some quick ergonomic tips? Watch this short video clip Office Ergonomics
'Health Check for U' is Changing Lives!
Read an article by U of L's Kori-Lee Nicolle about how Health Check for U helped her achieve her health goals.
How do YOU Stay Well at the U of L? Do you have an interest you enjoy outside of work, something that helps stretch and maintain your physical and/or mental well-being?
If so, we'd love to display it in our rotating 'Staying Well at the U of L' feature on our website.
Take a photo of your talent, interest or yourself in action. You could display a quilt, or some wood-turning, a woven scarf, or a jar of jam. Use the online form to share your story and photo and we will display on a rotating basis on our website and other U of L wellness publications (monthly wellness newsletter, Wellness Facebook, Twitter).
EFAP (Employee Family Assistance Program) 1-800-663-1142 http://www.homewoodhealth.com/
Here's great new perspective on stress - watch this 15 minute video to start to change your thinking Kelly McGonigal - Why stress is not our enemy
Some self care strategies and other tips from Great West Life Working Through It
Learn healthy ways to manage stress - physical activity, humour, creative self-expression, mediation using deep breathing, yoga, praying
Dealing with Stress at Work TZ5013 Stress Reduction.pdf
- See the following handouts to assist with Grieving or adjusting to a traumatic event - Someone close to you has passed away.pdf; CMS_Supporting Grieving Employees_EN.pdf; CMS_Experiencing a Traumatic Event_EN.pdf
•Mental Health Commission of Canada •Public Health Agency of Canada •Alzheimer Society of Canada •Check-Up From The Neck Up •Mental Health Website •Canadian Association of Social Workers •Canadian Institute for Health Information •Centre for Addictions and Mental Health •Canadian Medical Association •Canadian Mental Health Association • Workplace Strategies for Mental Health •Schizophrenia Society of Canada •Canadian Psychological Association •Health Canada Mental Health •Mood Disorders Society of Canada
Thank you to all who took the time to fill out the 2015 Employee Health & Wellness Survey. The goal was to capture trends, identify health and wellness programming and improve where possible. 574 employees (or 49.4%) responded and we have captured the results.
The result are available HERE.
The University of Lethbridge Employee Assistance Program is a confidential resource provided to help faculty, staff and family members (who are enrolled in the benefits plans) enhance their personal and workplace functioning.
You and your eligible dependents can each receive up to twelve hours of counselling services per benefit year provided through the EFAP. Counselling services are provided either in person, over the phone or through a secure Internet site.
Toll Free English 1 (800) 663 1142
Need more info? Click EFAP.
Are EFAP appointments confidential?
Yes. The EFAP carefully adheres to professional standards of ethics and confidentiality. Records maintained by the EFAP are not part of or accessible to any other University record system. Except for danger to self or others, child or elder abuse or neglect, or authorized legal access, no information is released without consent of the client.
What does it cost to use the EFAP?
There is no cost to you for up to twelve, 1-hour long appointments with the EFAP.
My supervisor (or spouse/co-worker) wants me to come for counselling. Do I have to?
Use of the EFAP is voluntary. This said, if someone is suggesting the EFAP, they must be worried about you and it may be a good idea to talk with a professional. When you think about it, an hour with a trained professional who listens carefully to your concerns is a supportive event.
Is it true that most people who come to the EFAP have alcohol or substance abuse issues?
No, this is not true. Most people who use the EFAP come to discuss relationship issues or personal development. People also come for help with managing anxiety or for assistance in adjusting to a new community.