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Live Well @Work celebrates faculty and staff health and wellness with a new format, May 28 to June 1

May 18, 2018 — 

Did you know that over 600 staff and faculty participated in last year’s Live Well @Work week? People raved about the multiple workshops and wellness fairs celebrating mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being. So if you’ve ever wanted to learn about the benefits of mindfulness in workflow, improving your work-life balance or caring for yourself and others, plan to attend this year’s Live Well @Work week from May 28 to June 1.

New format

This year’s Live Well @Work week format is new. Each campus will host a wellness fair and a one-day conference open to all staff and faculty.

The Live Well @Work conference will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at the Bannatyne campus and Thursday, May 31 at the Fort Garry campus. Workshops and times will be posted on the Live Well @Work website. The wellness fairs will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday at Bannatyne and Tuesday at Fort Garry.

The conference offers three streams, “Body,” “Mind” and “Life,” with corresponding popular sessions such as Medicine Wheel Teachings, mindful self-compassion or coping with stress.  New this year are some financial wellness sessions such as planning for your future and retirement. Conference participants can attend a single one-hour session, part of the day or the full day, depending on their schedule and needs of their unit.

For the first time, the Active Living Centre and Joe Doupe Recreation Centre also offers its free Staff Appreciation Week as part of the Live Well @Work week, so faculty and staff can enjoy free admittance and group fitness classes throughout the week.

The new format incorporates active living and fitness offerings and condenses workshop times to allow for coordinated presentations across both campuses.

Participating

Greg Juliano, associate vice-president (human resources), encourages everyone to participate in the Live Well @Work week. “Getting tips on health and wellness, feeling refreshed and recharged, and networking with colleagues is time well-spent in a workday,” he says. “The U of M is dedicated to supporting and engaging our faculty and staff to create a healthy and outstanding community.”

He notes that partnering with other units and community members has resulted in a fun and impressive line-up.

If the operational needs of a unit can still be met, supervisors are encouraged to release employees to participate as a professional development opportunity, and part of their regular workday.

Drawing on health and wellness resources available at the U of M, Live Well @Work week at the U of M has been created to acknowledge the ‘whole selves’ that faculty and staff bring to work each day.

Live Well @Work ties into the overall Live Well initiative, a webhub that gathers health and wellness resources at the U of M, and Success through Wellness: U of M’s Mental Health Strategy. Together, these efforts support the university’s goal to create an outstanding learning and working environment. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Live Well @Work week coordinator Erica Ominga at J [dot] Ominga [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

To read the guidelines on attending U of M sponsored events as part of a regular workday, download the Guidelines on Development and Engagement Opportunities.  

 

FORT GARRY CAMPUS

Monday to Friday: Staff Appreciation Day at the gym. Fitness classes will be posted on the Active Living Centre website.

Tuesday, May 29: Wellness Fair: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Marshall McLuhan Hall. 

Thursday, May 31: Live Well @Work Conference: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Conference workshops and times will be posted on the Live Well @Work website. Conference participants can attend a single one-hour session, part of the day or the full day, depending on their schedule and needs of their unit.

 

BANNATYNE CAMPUS

Monday to Friday: Staff Appreciation Day at the gym. Fitness classes will be posted on the Joe Doupe Rec Centre website.

Monday, May 28: Wellness Fair: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Brodie Atrium. 

Wednesday, May 30: Live Well @Work Conference: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Conference workshops and times will be posted on the Live Well @Work website. Conference participants can attend a single one-hour session, part of the day or the full day, depending on their schedule and needs of their unit.

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