February 2019 Wellness@Work Calendar

The Wellness@Work Programming Committee has compiled a February calendar of wellness-related events and blog posts.

Check out the attached calendar and click on each event to learn more and register where applicable. 

Highlights from Healthy Workplace Month 2018

In October 2018, U of G celebrated its second annual Healthy Workplace Month.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the events, activities and contests that were held throughout the month. 

Below you will find links to a variety of articles, photos and video recordings that provide a snapshot of highlights from some of the events that took place:


Spooktacular Space Contest Winners

As a new Healthy Workplace Month activity, employees were encouraged to festively decorate their work space or common office area with colleagues and submit photos using the hashtag #wellnessatUofG or email to wellnessatwork@uoguelph.ca.

11 groups used their creativity to decorate their work spaces and U of G looked spooky! 

Here are the top 3 winning Spooktacular Spaces:

1st- Amy Tyszka and Barb Piccoli in Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management

Discover our Spaces Scavenger Hunt Winners

Thanks to everyone who explored the U of G campus to complete the Discover our Spaces Scavenger Hunt!  

We had 39 employees submit their completed crossword and a review committee randomly selected the top 3 winners. Congratulations to the following prize winners:

1st place- Brendan Fagan

2nd place- Amanda Sawlor

3rd place- Morgan Rees

Here is the feedback we received from the cross-word activity: 

Celebrate our Spaces Photo Contest Winners

During October's Healthy Workplace Month, we asked employees to submit a photo of a beautiful U of G space. We asked, "What’s your favourite space on campus? Take a photo of the place that you love best on Guelph campus, at Ridgetown, the University of Guelph-Humber or at a research station – anywhere U of G is! – and tell us why you like it so much."

We received 21 photo entries and it was a difficult decision for the review committee. The following photos were selected as the winning photos:

1st place- Danielle Watson

New Leading for Well-being Program

Wellness@Work has partnered with Excellence Canada and Human Resources (Learning & Development) to launch a new leadership program at U of G that fosters cross-campus collaboration and the development of leadership competencies that promote the health and wellness and personal success of employees. Leading for Well-being is a two-day program that will build a community of U of G leaders with an enhanced capacity to further cultivate a psychologically healthy and safe workplace for employees.

U of G Recognized with Bronze Healthy Workplace Award

On November 6th, 2018 U of G was recognized at the Canada Awards for Excellence Summit for the Bronze Healthy Workplace® award.  View the full news release from Excellence Canada attached below.

Excellence Canada's mission is to help organizations in all sectors become the best-in-class by implementing standards of excellence. 

You can learn more about U of G's partnership with Excellence Canada and read the Bronze submission here.  

Winner of FHT to Move! Activity Challenge

From September 21st to October 5th, many U of G employees participated in the Guelph Family Health Team's FHT to Move "Hustle for the Harvest" Activity Challenge.  The annual contest celebrates opportunities to be physically active and participants are asked to track their daily exercise. 

Congrats to Danica who rose to the top of U of G's Wellness@Work team with the most activity points throughout the challenge!   

Fall Colours on the Campus Walking Tour

Steve Nyman led another successful Campus Walking Tour for Wellness@Work during October's Healthy Workplace Month.  The beautiful Fall colours and brisk October air provided a refreshing break outdoors over the lunch hour.

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