Say "No" this Holiday Season Challenge

Wellness@Work is challenging you to say "no" to 3 holiday events or tasks if you are feeling stretched this December.  View the attached poster for some tips on how to say "no" respectfully to help you manage your own well-being over the holidays.

Wellness@Work Book Club

The first Wellness@Work Gryphons Read book club meeting was such a success that participants have asked for the faculty and staff book club to continue meeting. 

The next book is “Ready to Come About” by local author Sue Williams. 

Start reading over the holiday break and the Wellness@Work book club discussion will take place in February.

Sign up here to make sure you receive an invitation to the in-person book club discussion.


Supporting Those in Recovery During the Holidays

"It’s the time of year where invitations to gather with family, friends and co-workers are often plentiful. Seasonal celebrations and holidays can be wonderful times for people to come together. Families, workplaces and community organizations often host events that can be fun to attend, but they can also be sources of stress for many people. For someone in recovery, the memories and celebrations attached to the season can be particularly challenging as they often include tempting environments and social scenarios that may create conditions that increase the risk of relapse.

December 2019 Wellness@Work Calendar

See attached the December Wellness@Work calendar.

Athletics has generously opened up a variety of free fitness classes, access to the massage lounger, and fitness centre of specific dates in December.  We also invite you to join us at a free Wellness@Work rec skate on December 19. 

Healthy Workplace Month Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in October's Healthy Workplace Month contests and activities. Special thank you to Hilary Holmes for designing the Wellness BINGO activity and Alan Miller for creating the U of G Art and Objects Scavenger Hunt. 

Below is a summary of the contest winners who were awarded prizes:

Wellness BINGO Challenge

27 Wellness BINGO cards were submitted and entered into the draw for the Wellness BINGO Challenge.  Participants were awarded extra entries if they completed additional lines or the entire card! 

Give Yourself the Gift of Gratitude

What is Gratitude? Emmons and Shelton (2005) define gratitude as “a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness and appreciation for life” (as cited in McCabe et al., 2011, p. 183).

Individuals who are grateful have:

Winners of the Take a Hike! Challenge

Throughout the month of September, Welllness@Work challenged faculty and staff to Take a Hike! and explore the outdoors. 

Three winners were randomly selected from the contest and were awarded a prize.

Below are the Take a Hike! Challenge winners:

Gerrit Bos

November 2019 Wellness@Work Calendar

The Wellness@Work Programming Committee has planned another month full of unique wellness opportunities for you to take advantage of.  

As November is Financial Literacy Month, Wellness@Work is challenging you to try out the 30 Day Money Saving Challenge. Pick 3-5 things you will not spend money on for the month of November.  Spend 30 days watching your savings grow!    

Try the 30 Day Money Saving Challenge!

November is Financial Literacy Month.

Wellness@Work is challenging you to pick 3-5 things you will not spend money on for the month of November.  Spend 30 days watching your savings grow!  

At the end of November, tell us how you did!  Send us a note to Did you find it challenging?  Were you able to save quiet a bit of money?  Is this a strategy you will try again in the future to help save money?  We'd love to hear about your experiences! 

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