Cultivating Self-Care: A Starter Kit

On July 24 we recognize International Self-Care Day, as an opportunity to celebrate the important role self-care plays in maintaining positive mental and physical health.  

Self-care is not a luxury, but a necessity in our everyday lives.  Taking time for ourselves and developing new strategies to enhance our own mental and physical health is an important component to our overall wellness.  Often when we get busy, our basic self-care strategies are forgotten.  

Wellness Bikes Grant Program

These pedal pushers give knowledge mobilization new wheels

Some people are biking to work this week, to help launch the city’s 2018 Bike Month.

But 15 University of Guelph staffers have kicked it up a notch – they’re biking at work.

And in doing so, they’re saving time and pursuing wellness.

Update on Smoke-Free U of G

Dear Colleagues:

Today, we join with people around the globe to recognize World No-Tobacco Day, while also acknowledging the efforts of Indigenous communities to become tobacco-wise and keep tobacco sacred. The World Health Organization has established May 31 as an annual opportunity to draw attention to the negative cardiovascular health effects of smoking.

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on Smoke-Free U of G: the University’s initiative to make the Guelph campus a smoke-free environment.

So far:

Healthy Recipe Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted their healthy recipes for The Great Wellness@Work Recipe Contest.  It was a tough decision, but the review committee selected a breakfast, entree and dessert recipe. 

View the winning recipes here

Congratulations to the three winners:

1st place: Jennifer Demies
Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup

Volunteer Opportunity: Summerfest

Volunteers are needed for SummerFest- a U of G community event on campus which started just last year and includes live music, food trucks, and fun activities for kids and families of all ages.

The planning committee are looking for lots of volunteers, who are needed for tasks including set-up, takedown, monitoring entrances to Johnston Green and parking lots, greeting guests as they arrive, etc. to help make this event a success!

Please consider:

Be Well, Be Safe cannon

Highlights from Be Well, Be Safe Week

From May 7-11, U of G celebrated Be Well, Be Safe Week in recognition of National Mental Health Week and North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. 

Here are just a few snapshots of the 30 events that took place throughout the week! 

Starting with the kick-off event on Monday, we had over 200 staff, faculty and students join us for Lynne Skilton-Haye's keynote presentation on her personal story of resiliency.  


Wellness@Work and Student Wellness have collaborated to host a week-long series of events and activities to celebrate Mental Health Week and North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH).

From May 7-11th, we are encouraging students, faculty and staff to take time out of their busy days to participate in some new training opportunities, workshops, social events and activities.  

Wellness@Work Survey Results

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to everyone who attended our April 4 town hall event to share and discuss the Wellness@Work survey results. We were thrilled to have about 300 people in attendance, with others watching online.

Here on our Wellness@Work website, you will find the full survey report, supplemental report and an infographic that summarizes some of the key findings from the overall U of G survey results:

Town Hall Meeting: Wellness@Work Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who completed last fall’s Wellness@Work Survey. The responses we received will help us identify and better understand workplace factors that affect the psychological health and safety of University of Guelph faculty and staff.

Please join us April 4 to learn more about the survey results:

Town Hall

12-1 p.m.

Peter Clark Hall, University Centre (located in the basement)

Nutrition Month: Unlock the Potential of Food

March is Nutrition Month.  For over 30 years, Dieticians of Canada have helped Canadians increase awareness about the importance of healthy eating. 

Dieticians of Canada have put together 5 helpful factsheets on the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together. Learn more by clicking on each of the headings below: 

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