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March 2021 Wellness Calendar

Winter, and the cold and darkness that comes with it, can be difficult for many people.  Winter during a pandemic provides additional challenges, such as sadness, nostalgia about life before COVID-19, uncertainty, and fear of loss, illness, and medical facilities. If you find you are experiencing changes in your mood, you are not alone.

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March Challenge: Paint Your Plate with Fruits and Vegetables

Regularly eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is an important part of healthy eating.  During March Nutrition Month, participate in four Paint Your Plate With Fruits and Vegetables mini-challenges.

Challenge #1. Give them a try.  Try one new vegetable or fruit or try a vegetable or fruit on your dislike list again.

Challenge #2. Snack attack. Have a vegetable or fruit as a snakc.

February 2021 Wellness Calendar

Explore the February Wellness@Work calendar for upcoming events and opportunities, including:

  • Movement Mondays-  Join a 30-minute light, low impact movement and stretch break.
  • Parenting and Social Media Discussion with Dr. Candice Odgers, a renowned research professor from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. 
  • The Impact of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity on Well-being at Work 
  • COVID-19: What's New with Dr. Andrew Papadopoulos 
  • and more! 

Join the 28 Day Gratitude Challenge

Each day in February, commit to your own gratitude practice. 

Below are a few ideas for inspiration. Pick one strategy that works best for you or try out different practices throughout the month:

January 2021 Wellness Calendar

See attached the full January 2021 Wellness@Work calendar for upcoming events and opportunities. 

31 Day January Wellness Challenge

Participate in the attached 31 day January Wellness Challenge.

Look on the calendar each day for a small actionable step you can take to boost your mood. Complete as many activities as you like and cross them off on the challenge card.

Fill out your contact information and submit to wellnessatwork@uoguelph.ca by February 5, 2021 for your chance to win a prize.

Dry January: Take a break from alcohol use

Dry January is an option annual event that some people take part in by avoiding the consumption of any alcohol for the entire month of January.  Some do it for health reasons, to improve their sleep patterns, to save money, or simply to take a break after increased drinking over the holidays.

Below are a few tips on how you can tell people you aren't drinking:

Free Take your Break Activity Book

U of G faculty and staff are invited to sign-up now to receive a free Take your Break Activity Book in the mail, including puzzles, colouring pages, wellness tips, and employee wellness resources. 

Take a sneak peek at a few of the pages from the activity book below.

Registration has now closed and the activity books are being shipped before the holiday break. 


December Wellness Challenge: Share your Holiday Food Tradition

Wellness@Work is challenging you to share your favourite Holiday Food Tradition for your chance to win a prize! 

Use the Kudoboard to tell us about your holiday food tradition, post a photo of the food, and include the recipe in your post.  Follow the Kudoboard link and use your single sign on to access the site and share your post. 

Every post will earn you an entry into a draw for a prize and additional entries will be awarded from heart reactions you receive on your post.

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