Celebrating International Day of Yoga

The United Nations has declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.  

What is yoga? 

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice.  The word 'yoga' translates to "unite" or "join," connecting the body and consciousness (United Nations).  

“Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.” - B. K. S. Iyengar

What are some benefits of yoga?

Guelph Campus is now Tobacco- and Smoke-Free

As communities around the world celebrate World No Tobacco Day, U of G’s Guelph campus marks its first day as a tobacco- and smoke-free space.

“It’s something that will help us create a healthier future for everyone on our campus,” said Don O’Leary, vice-president (finance, administration and risk). “It’s an important step for us.”

Wellness@Work Strategic Plan Consultation

What has been happening since the 2017 Wellness@Work Survey?  The Wellness@Work Advisory Committee has been working on a draft strategic plan.  

Broad input from University of Guelph employees is important to ensure the Advisory Committee has identified meaningful priorities and to confirm that there are not any significant gaps or omissions in the draft plan.

Please share your feedback by June 18, 2019 to Melissa Horan, Wellness@Work Coordinator at or extension 53314.


June 2019 Wellness@Work Calendar

The Wellness@Work Programming Committee has compiled the June calendar of wellness-related events and blog posts. Upcoming events include:

Spring Snaps Challenge

Participate in the Spring Snaps Challenge for your chance to win a prize! 

Snap a photo of beautiful flowers, gardens or trees at U of G and enter your photo to to be entered in the contest.  The contest is open until June 21st, 2019. 

Join one of the featured walks (Garden Gander or Arboreteum walks) for inspiration.  Now that spring has sprung, there are so many beautiful spaces on campus that we can appreciate, thanks to the U of G Grounds team! 

Please see the attached promotional poster.

Men's Mental Health

"Men and women experience many of the same mental health disorders, but their willingness to talk about their challenges and feelings are very different. The perceived standards of masculinity and stigmas surrounding men seeking support for mental health disorders continue to present challenges."

Learn facts about men's mental health and further information on these tips on how to support men's mental health, including:

1. Become better informed

2. Ask what you can do

3. Be there to listen

4. Don’t blame or judge

Men's Health: Five Things Every Man Should Know

The Movember Foundation has compiled a list of 5 things every man should know and do to take care of their health. Here's a sneak peak at the top 5 suggestions:

1.  Spend time with people who make you feel good.

2. Talk, more.

3. Know the numbers.

4. Know thy nuts. Simple.

5. Move, more. 

The Movember Foundation is working to change the face of men's health.  They address some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Spot the Hazards! Activity Winners

In May during Be Well, Be Safe Week, employees were invited to test their workplace safety knowledge with the Spot the Hazards! activity.  Employees were asked to identify three safety concerns in each of the staged photos, and also share one idea they had to fix one of the safety concerns.

28 people participated in the activity and 3 winners were randomly selected to receive a $25 Hospitality gift card. 

Congratulations to the following winners:

Mental Health and Nutrition

Did you know that the human brain is sensitive to the food we eat? Nutrition plays an active role in mental health. The World Health Organization defines mental  health as a state of well-being and the ability to cope with life’s daily stresses. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association 20% of Canadians will experience a mental illness at some point in their life.


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