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: 

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


When determining which recipe you want to share, consider:

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:

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