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March 2020 Wellness@Work Calendar

View the full March Wellness@Work calendar with hyperlinks to activities below.

Featured events for March include:

March Meatless Mondays Challenge

March is Nutrition Month.

Throughout the month of March, Wellness@Work is challenging faculty and staff to make your Monday meals meatless.

Keep track of your meals using the worksheet attached.

Submit it by April 3, 2020 for your chance to win a prize (including a cookbook made by the Child Care Learning Centre).

Nominate a Colleague for an Exemplary Staff Award

Do you know someone who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence and has exceeded the expectations of their normal employment responsibilities? Nominate that staff member for a 2020 President’s Award for Exemplary Staff Service. Employees selected receive $2,000* and are recognized during an annual community event. Teams share the cash prize.

Five award categories are available:

Promoting Psychological Health While Going Through Change

"Change within your organization can occur in many ways. As our society progresses, so does every organization’s need to better address the changing complexity and composition of its employees. These changes can affect a number of aspects of your organization, including diversity, inclusivity, health and wellness, structuring, and technological development."

Read the full article from Homewood Health.

The Many Faces of Anxiety

"Anxiety, regardless of a person’s psychological or biological makeup, is highly common. Although it can be triggered by a specific event, such as a trauma or stressful situation, anxiety can also present as a consistent theme in a person’s life, creating challenges in daily activities or interactions."

Read the full article from Homewood Health.

Spreading Holiday Cheer through Music in OpenEd

The OpenEd Ukulele Club is excited to share their performance from the 2019 Open Ed Holiday Party. Playing holiday favourites like: Frosty the Snowman, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, and Feliz Navidad, the club spread their holiday spirit to everyone present.

The OpenEd Ukulele group was formed as a wellness initiative by Shara Inotay and Robert Cutting in Feb 2019 after belonging to a similar lunchtime group in OVC run by their music teacher, Cynthia Kinnunen http://www.CynthiaKMusic.com.

ON TOUR at Zavitz Hall

Wellness@Work partnered with the School of FIne Art and Music to provide a behind-the-scenes tour of Zavitz Hall to faculty and staff.

Charles A. Zavitz (1863-1942) was an accomplished researcher and during his years with the Ontario Agricultural College he implemented innovative selective breeding techniques, small experimental plots and meticulous measurements and testing. Zavitz Hall, built in 1914 for Field Husbandry, is now home to the School of Fine Art and Music.

Behind-the-Scenes at the Bovey Greenhouse

As part of the ON TOUR series offered by Wellness@Work, employees were invited to explore the Bovey Greenhouse with tour host Rodger Tschanz. 

Participants learned about the research happening in the greenhouse and partnerships that have formed with on-campus departments. At the end of the tour, participants potted their own sunflower or basil plant to take home.

Below is some of the great feedback participants shared after the tour, along with some photo highlights. 

What did you like most about the tour?

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