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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: 

The Great Wellness@Work Recipe Contest

Do you have a favourite healthy breakfast, main dish/entrée, or dessert recipe that you want to share? 

The Wellness@Work Programming Committee is encouraging all employees to submit a healthy recipe for a chance to win one of three prizes, including:

  • $50 gift card from Hospitality Services
  • A free 30 minute Q&A with a Registered Dietitian (in-person or over the phone)
  • Cookbook full of healthy recipes

CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERATION 

February Heart Month “Screening Series”

February is Heart and Stroke Awareness Month.

Heart disease and stroke can be prevented.  Known lifestyle risk factors that contribute to an increased risk of having a heart disease or stroke include:

Winter Wellness Walking Tour

Back by popular demand, Wellness@Work hosted a "Winter Wellness Walking Tour" led by Steve Nyman.  The sun was out and the air was crisp, with over twenty faculty and staff joining the walk.  Steve shared interesting historical facts about the campus, which was accompanied by his “Gryphons Walk for Wellness” guide.

 

Why Walk in the Winter?

Here are 3 reasons why making the trek outside is worth it:

Gryphons Walk for Wellness

The Gryphons Walk for Wellness during Healthy Workplace Month was a big success!

"The tour was interesting and well planned."

"​People that didn’t even attend the event heard about how great it was!"

Creating a Healthy Workplace Climate

On October 10th, 2017 Maureen McKenna facilitated a session on "Creating a Healthy Workplace Climate" during Healthy Workplace Month.  Maureen used her 20+ years of experience in organizational effectiveness to lead an engaging session for leaders on how to create a healthy work climate that can generate positive energy to power actions. She highlighted the importance of examining our behaviours and conversations at work to enhance work climate, and provided a practical tool that has the potential to make a positive difference. 

Celebrate Our Spaces

During Healthy Workplace Month, we asked faculty and staff, "What’s your favourite space on campus and why do you like it so much?" We encouraged our campus community to take a photo of a place they love the best anywhere U of G is and were impressed with the beautiful photos we received. 

The top three photos that were selected by the review committee are shared below: 

First Place

Vicki Shearer’s photo of Macdonald Street 

Marathon Race Image

The Power of Volunteering

A wide variety of organizations and associations rely heavily on volunteers to support their efforts.  Data collected through Statistics Canada, Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CGSVP) found that 47% of Canadians aged 15 and over provided volunteer work in 2010.  What motivates almost ½ of our population aged 15 and over to give of themselves, their skills and abilities, and their time?  Why is there power in volunteering?

Share your Thoughts on Workplace Wellness at U of G

Dear Colleagues,

The University of Guelph is committed to supporting a whole-person approach to workplace wellness.

The University’s Wellness@Work Advisory Committee aims to create and implement a strategic employee wellness plan based on faculty and staff feedback and employee wellness best practices. You are the expert. Your thoughts about your work environment and wellness initiatives are essential to this process.

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