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.

Fireside Chat with Lynne Skilton-Hayes

On a warm September morning at the beginning of another school year at University of Guelph, Lynne Skilton-Hayes rolls over in bed to turn her alarm clock off after an almost 8-hour sleep. She stretches her arms above her head preparing for the day ahead of her in the state-of-the-art Athletic Centre that her visions brought to life. Rather than breakfast, Lynne makes her way into the kitchen to start her day with a cup of coffee. After coffee, she blends up her smoothie for her ride to work and the fitness classes she plans to teach.

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.  

Learn to Cook Pasta Primavera

During Healthy Workplace Month, Chef Valerie hosted a cooking demonstration in the University Centre Courtyard, sharing her tips and tricks for cooking the perfect pasta primavera dish.  Participants were given a sample of her delicious recipe following the cooking demo. 

Interested in trying out this dish?  View the recipe attached below and watch the video recording from this event.

Bon appétit!


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.

Get a Better Sleep

Does it take a long time to fall asleep? Or to fall back to sleep when you wake in the night? Not getting much energy from your sleep?

Answering “yes” to any of these questions suggests that you may have insomnia.

It’s normal to have a sleepless night now and then. However, if insomnia persists for more than 3 weeks and begins interfering with your life, it’s considered a chronic insomnia.

One third of North American adults are having difficulties with sleep and the most common problem is insomnia. 

U of G Walks a Campus Mile

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Campus Mile: Healthy Workplace Launch Event.  We had over 100 people join on a rainy afternoon for a fun warm-up with Gryph and a one-mile walk or run through our beautiful campus. Thank you also to the United Way and community mental health agencies that came out to provide resources and information to our campus community.

Healthy Workplace Month - October 2018 Calendar

We are excited to celebrate Healthy Workplace Month this October, alongside a number of other Canadian organizations and institutions. The Wellness@Work Programming Committee has planned dozens of free activities, events and opportunities for faculty and staff at U of G to participate in throughout the month.

View the full event calendar for the Guelph Campus or the calendar for Ridgetown, Simcoe, Guelph-Humber and research stations attached below.

Join the Campus Mile: Healthy Workplace Month Launch Event on October 1st!

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