July 2019 Wellness@Work Calendar

The July Wellness@Work calendar is now posted and there are a lot of exciting activities to participate in this July! 

Join the new ON TOUR series to explore unique spaces on campus that are focused on sustainability.  Tour the UC Basement Kitchen, the Honey Bee Research Centre or the Organic Farm.  Join a talk from the Sustainability Office to learn more about the sustainability programs U of G is known for. 

Water You Drinking? Challenge

Wellness@Work is challenging you to increase your daily water consumption.  Track your daily water intake throughout July!  Put an “X” in each water drop on your tracking sheet (attached) after you’ve had 8 oz of water. 

5 Ways to Make More Time for Friends

If you have a busy scheduled filled to the brim with work, hobbies, and errands, carving out some time for your friends can be difficult. But your pals are important and good friends are good for your health. It’s important to find ways to make time for friends, even if it seems like your planner can't handle another engagement.

Summer Fresh Flowers

Rebecca Best from U of G's Athletics Department has created a short "Summer Fresh" video presentation that showcases beautiful garden photos she has taken.

View this short video on a break. By incorporating relaxation into your day, you can drastically reduce stress levels in the body, and improve both your physical and mental health. 

Creating a Bee-Friendly Garden

In July, Wellness@Work is inviting faculty and staff on an exclusive tour to the Honey Bee Research Centre to learn more about the work they do and how they are supporting honey bee health.

Bees play an important role as pollinators, working on both wild plants and food crops.  Below are 7 tips on how you can keep bees in your garden:

1. Plan for Continuous Bloom

2. Mass Plants

3. Avoid Pesticides

4. Choose Single Blooms

5. Use Colourful Plants with Scent

6. Dead-Head and Prune

7. Water and Fertilize Adequately

Composting 101

When compostable material is placed in the garbage, it's sent to landfill. In the landfill, this material is compressed over time as more garbage is added. During this process, food waste in unable to decompose due to lack of access to oxygen. Instead, it produces methane, and in turn contributes to global warming.

When we compost, organic materials are diverted from landfill. This process also allows valuable nutrients to return to the soil. This organic material is no longer considered "waste", it's now a useful resource. 

Healthy Habits: Positive Influences on Mental Health and Addiction

"Being in recovery can sometimes feel like you have been placed into a remote location, amid unfamiliar surroundings, with the added complexity and challenge of finding your way back to civilization. Recovery can be lonely, scary and often confusing, with an array of mental and physical obstacles.

The path ahead of you doesn’t run in a straight line. It’s important to recognize and take inventory of the skills and tools you have acquired, and to know how and when to use these strategies to help you navigate your recovery journey."

Make Water your Drink of Choice

In Canada's new food guide, we are all encouraged to make water our drink of choice.  What we drink can be just as important as what we eat. 

In Canada's food guide website, learn about:

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