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Wellness@Work Program & Events 


  • 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:

    • Physical Inactivity
    • Unhealthy Weight
    • Smoking
    • Poor Diet
    • Stress
    • Excessive Alcohol Consumption and / or Drug Use
  • For more information or help in improving your lifestyle to reduce or eliminate known lifestyle risk factors, please connect with Occupational Health and Wellness or seek advice through the Employee and Family Assistance Program. 

    Or visit Heart & Stroke Canada  -

    Hope to see you at one of the screening events!

  • The Wellness@Work Programming Committee has created a unique “Screening Series” of topics that will provide some fun and interesting learning on wellness activities that can help keep your heart healthy!  Please see the schedule below for dates, times, topics, and locations.   

    Each session will be hosted by members of the Wellness@Work Programming Committee.






    Hosted by

    How To Make Stress Your Friend

    Thursday February 8th

    12:10 pm - 12: 50 pm

    Alexander Hall, EHS Training Room 168

    Hosted by Manuela Racki and Nicole Reuss

    The Happy Secret to Better Work

    Thursday February 15th

    12:10 pm - 12: 50 pm

    University Centre, Room 441 (use North Elevators)

    Hosted by Sarah Joosse 

    The Secret to Living Longer May Be Your Social Life

    Thursday February 22nd

    12:10 pm - 12: 50 pm

    OVC Learning Centre 1714

    Hosted by Steve Nyman and Alan Miller

    How Meditation Can Affect Your Heart and Brain

    Wednesday February 28th

    12:30 pm to 1:15 pm

    Gryphon Lounge, Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre

    Hosted by Sarah Mau and Dave Trudelle, with special guest Sadie

    You are invited to bring your lunch, sit back and relax, and enjoy some healthy screen time! Snacks will be provided.


  • Recess League 
    Every Thursday from 12-1pm you have a chance to play some fun (and often silly) sports and games with colleagues, get some exercise, laugh, and enjoy using your lunch break for some healthy fun! Skill is neither necessary nor encouraged. Sports and games to be played are chosen by the participants. Everyone is encouraged to participate to the best of their abilities, and the atmosphere is fun and inclusive.

    Feb. 2nd : Wellness Friday- Healthy Sleep Habits

    We all feel so much better after a good night's sleep. Our thoughts are clearer, our reactions faster and our emotions are less fragile. This session introduces participants to the effects of sleep deprivation and reviews some key strategies for what you can do to promote healthy sleeping habits.

    Feb.7th: Building Resilience- Letting Go and Moving Forward

    In today’s high pressure work environments resilience is considered a necessary attribute that enables individuals to thrive in the face of everyday work-pressures and stresses. 

    Feb. 7th: Wellness@Work Grant Program Info Session

    Any interested faculty and staff are invited to attend an in-person information session to learn more about the newly launched Wellness@Work Grant Program and ask questions. 

    Feb. 8th: Screening of “How to Make Stress your Friend”

    Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

    Feb. 9th: Foundations of Positive Parenting

    This practical and interactive session provides participants with the principles and tools of positive parenting focused on children's skills in social development and well-being. Participants will also get an opportunity to review and discuss strategies for bringing positive parenting into the home.

    Feb. 13th: RRSP vs RFSA Financial Wellness Seminar

    In this session we’ll go over some of the key differences between an RSP and a TFSA as well as the benefits of each. We’ll talk about which type of registered investment will help you maximize your savings and ultimately reach your goals that much sooner. 

    Feb. 15th: Screening of “The Happy Secret to Better Work”

    We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.  There are ways that you can train your brain to be able to become more positive. In just a two-minute span of time done for 21 days in a row, you can actually rewire your brain, allowing your brain to actually work more optimistically and more successfully.  Come out to learn Shawn’s secrets for a happier, healthier life.

    Feb. 15th: Coaching and Communicating for Performance

    Coaching & Communicating for Performance is a highly interactive program that provides supervisors and managers the opportunity to build skills that will enable them to share expectations and set objectives for employees, provide constructive feedback, more effectively engage in learning conversations, and coaching opportunities.

    Feb. 16th: Wellness Friday- Office Ergonomics Training

    This training will be reviewing muscular-skeletal disorders (MSDs), symptoms of MSDs, ergonomic risk factors, and solutions.  As well as an in-depth review of how to properly set up your workstation, identify hazards and propose solutions, as well as tips for at work and at home.

    Feb. 21st : Having Difficult Conversations for Staff

    In this session, you will learn tools and strategies to have a difficult conversation that will result in a productive discussion; tips and suggestions to get you in the right mindset before engaging in a difficult conversation; and common mistakes to avoid while engaging in the difficult conversation.

    Date TBC : Screening of “The Secret to Living Longer may be your Social Life“

    The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.

    Feb. 23rd: Helping your Child Succeed at School

    Every parent wants their child to be happy and successful at school. Many working parents struggle with knowing how to support their children with school-related activities. This session invites participants to seek a partnership between each child, the school and themselves as parents. 

    For a full list of upcoming events and opportunities, please visit the Wellness@Work website: