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Health and well-being resources

UFV has established a Health Initiative steering committee composed of faculty and staff from across the university to develop an integrated health program to support you and create an environment that promotes well-being at work.

The term "well-being" encompasses the many dimensions of an individual's well-being that enhance their quality of life. Good health is comprised of interdependent elements of mind, body, and life. Explore these resources as well as the workshops and e-learning sessions that support this holistic approach to well-being.

 

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Health body

Provides the physical energy and endurance to fulfill life's daily requirements and reach personal goals. 

 

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Healthy mind

Provides the emotional energy and clarity to approach and manage life with optimism and resilience.

 

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Healthy life

Provides the ability to develop social connections, and interact with the world with confidence and happiness.

 

 

Health and well-being resource guides

We've put together a number of resources to help you get started in finding reliable health information online. New topics are added throughout the year, so come back often.

You can also learn more on specific topics by checking this month's health awareness campaign.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects over 3 million Canadians (8.1%) and 200 million people worldwide with that number increasing dramatically every day. Left uncontrolled, this chronic condition can result in high blood sugar levels, which can lead to serious complications such as cardiovascular disease, vision loss, kidney failure, nerve damage, and amputation. 

Learn more about diabetes including signs and symptoms, prevention and management.

  • Best Doctors can help!

    Best Doctors would like to bring awareness by reminding our members that Best Doctors can provide the support they need if they have any questions or concerns about this condition, are currently dealing with this diagnosis and would like to safely control and manage their symptoms or have a family member they are caring for and could use the expert medical advice.  Best Doctors is here to help. Call them today at 1-877-419-2378 or visit Get Started - Best Doctors. 
  • Diabetes, mental health, stigma and discrimination


It isn’t always something we associate with our wellbeing, but like physical health, financial health is very important to ensure our happiness and success. Being able to maintain a secure financial future will alleviate considerable stress in our lives. Annual check-ups are strongly encouraged to ensure that you are on track – evaluate your debt, review your emergency funds and plan for your retirement. December can be a difficult month for many of us with the added expenses of the holidays so we hope that some of the workshops and resources that we are offering this month will help bring you some peace of mind knowing that you have been proactive in your financial planning.

And don’t forget that Homewood Health is always there to help. Through their Life Smart Coaching Services, achieving financial peace of mind is possible. By taking the right steps you can maintain a positive cash flow, get out of financial trouble, and be financially prepared should difficulties or a crisis arise. Working with a financial expert can help you gain control of your money.  One call is all it takes to get started.

Life Smart Coaching empowers you with the information and support you need to help you achieve financial peace of mind. Homewood makes it simple to get started and guides you step-by-step. When you call into Homewood’s Client Services Centre, here’s what you can expect:

1. Homewood will ask you a few questions to make sure you receive the customized service that will be most helpful.

2. Homewood will arrange for one of their financial experts to call you to discuss your financial situation.

3. Homewood provides ongoing coaching to help you build the confidence to solve your financial challenge.

Call Homewood today at 1-800-663-1142 to get started.


We have been “forced” to work remotely due to circumstances beyond our control and we are fortunate enough to have amazing support from our employer as we’ve navigated our way through this difficult time.

For many, the idea of remotely working from home sounds great – no commuting, no dressing up in suits, no lunches to make, freedom from managers milling about – but is it all it’s cracked up to be? Although there are some benefits of this work style, there are also many challenges including feeling disconnected from, and maintaining engagement with your team; working too much because it’s hard to “switch off” at the end of the day; prioritizing your work and being self-motivated; dealing with interruptions of family, pets or the doorbell; feeling isolated and lonely, and of course, the constant technology hiccups, even though our IT staff has gone over and above to help us function from home smoothly and comfortably.

This month we will focus our wellness efforts on remote work and will provide you with workshops and resources to help you overcome some of the obstacles that you have encountered. Please let us know what you are enjoying or what you are struggling with during this time and we will do our best to support and guide you in a positive direction.

 

Remote Learning – Turning a Challenge into an Adventure
Check out this great post on the HR Blog from guest blogger, Shawn Johnston who describes to us how even in uncertain times, teaching and learning can still prove to be a lot of fun!

 

How to Stay Productive and Motivated when Working from Home

 

Virtual Workplaces - The New Norm

 

Guide for Setting Up your Home Work Station

 

Guide for Setting Up your Standing Home Work Station


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