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Friday, October 24 is "Take Back Your Time" Day. Say NO to the overwork, over-scheduling, and over-stress that threatens to overwhelm our lives

Take Back Your Time

Center for Families, Work & Well-Being

Wellington, Dufferin, Guelph Health Unit
It Starts at Work

Useful and creative work is essential to happiness – but both producing and consuming more have become the single-minded obsession of Western economies. Time famine means the neglect of strong families and communities, good health, a sustainable environment, active citizenship and social justice, and time for nature and the soul.

Longer hours on the job
•considerable numbers of Canadian men and women have increased their work hours by moving from a standard work week (35-40 hours) to long hours (41 or more hours).

Overtime work is at record levels
• and more than half of those individuals were not paid or otherwise compensated.
• working Canadians average a little over two weeks of vacation per year, while Europeans average five to six weeks.

Overwork threatens health
• contributing to unhealthy weight gain, increased smoking and alcohol consumption, and mental health problems including depression, anxiety, and emotional and physical fatigue.

Overwork means less time
• for relationships, for kids and elders, less time for friends
• overwork weakens communities with less time with neighbours and for volunteering
• overwork leaves little time for ourselves, for self-development, or spiritual growth, and less time to just hang out.
• overwork contributes to environmental destruction and encourages the use of convenience and throw-away items and reduces recycling.

Take a moment or take the day to discuss the epidemic of time pressure
Email your strategies for taking back your time to We will put them together and post them
Join us from Oct 17th-24th in the first ever It's About Time events in Guelph
On Friday October 24, 2003 say NO to the overwork, over-scheduling, and over-stress that threatens to overwhelm our lives.
Find out more and participate in future events

Join us.
There is no time like the present.

It's About Time
  • is a local Guelph initiative
  • is part of an international effort to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that threatens our health, our families, our communities, and our environment.
  • is affiliated with the U.S. national “Take Back Your Time” movement.
  • TAKE BACK YOUR TIME day is Oct 24th, 2003.

For more information contact John Beaton at

Centre for Families, Work & Well-Being is at
Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Health Unit is at
Take Back Your Time at

Centre for Families, Work & Well-Being | 900 MacKinnon |
University of Guelph | Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1 | (519) 824-4120 Ext. 53829 | 2003 University of Guelph