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Wellness series of Lunch & Learns launched

September 16, 2014 — 

Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) is expanding its session offerings this year to include a series of 45-minute Lunch & Learns designed to support employee wellness.

Offered over a lunch hour and with open registration available to all employees, the goal of the series through LOD (formerly known as Learning & Development Services or LDS) is to provide informative, engaging and practical opportunities for employees to learn about something that they can then practice in their work and personal lives.

LOD director Mark O’Riley explains, “We want to offer relevant, impactful sessions that resonate with our community. Expanding the options available in the wellness section of our calendar is another way that we are trying to meet the needs of our community”.

The Lunch & Learns are being offered in partnership with campus specialists.

The fall series includes three sessions: “Yoga in Your Office Chair” facilitated by Ulla Liljegren, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management; “Your Personal Safety on Campus” facilitated by Christopher Bohonis, Security Services; and “Back Care: Preventing Strain & Pain” facilitated by Byron Bahniuk, Bison Athletic Therapy Centre. Sessions on how to manage stress and ways to avoid repetitive motion injuries are being planned for the winter term. Continuation of the series will depend on interest from the community.

“We have such great partners on campus that have so much to share with the community,” says O’Riley. “We are hoping that people will attend these sessions and that the community will tell us about other topics of interest so that we can expand our offerings going forward”.

Registration for the Lunch & Learn sessions opens on Monday, September 15 on the LOD registration page at:

For more information, or to suggest a Lunch & Learn topic, contact Linda Lassman at: 204-474-9124 or linda [dot] lassman [at] umanitoba [dot] ca (subject line: “Lunch & Learn”).


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