Wellness Watch

Goals

Increase awareness and participation, throughout the College community, of healthy living and working practices in order to promote wellness. This will be facilitated through workshops, newsletters and a variety of College events and projects.

Objectives
  • Communicate with the College Community through Wellness articles in PD Announcements and/or PD Web Site.
  • Advocate for Wellness Practices throughout the college.
  • Offer health related workshops and social events.
  • Increase environmental awareness and participation.
  • Deliver, plan, coordinate an annual wellness challenge.
  • Advocate healthy food choices for staff and students.
  • Participate and/or have representation in College Committees related to Wellness.
  • Assess outcomes of all Wellness activities annually.

Employee and Family Assistance Program

When personal, family or work-related life presents challenges that may be a little more than you can handle, face-to-face, telephone or online counseling can be arranged quickly.

Visit Human Resources for more information about the Employee and Family Assistance Program offered through Homewood Human Solutions.


Life Lines Newsletters from Homewood Human Solutions

These help documents in PDF format are offered for download at no cost to you from Homewood Human Solutions.

  • Vol. 5, No. 2 – Getting to Know Yourself
    By a certain age, we should know who we are right? Not necessarily. Very often we simply do what we’re expected to do by our families or communities.
  • Vol. 5, No. 3 – Exercising and Eating Right
    We all know that regular physical activity and a healthy diet help us control our weight, better manage stress and prevent certain chronic diseases. They also help keep our bones and joints healthy, our muscles strong, our energy levels high and our minds running at peak capacity.
  • Vol. 5, No. 4 – The Benefits of Giving Back
    Canadians like to give back. About half of us contribute our time, energy and skills to organizations and groups while 84 percent of us donate money. But while giving your time or money benefits communities at home and abroad, research shows that doing good also does you good.
  • Vol. 5, No. 5 – Mental Illness and Extending your Hand
    We’re all touched by mental illness. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, one in five of us will experience a mental illness at some time in our lives. The rest of us will be affected by a family member, friend or colleague with a mental illness. Despite this, many people suffer in silence, either thinking they’ll “snap out of it” or afraid they’ll be labelled as “crazy.”
  • Vol. 5, No. 6 – Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress
    Not all stress is bad for us. Some stress is good—it helps our minds focus and our senses sharpen. However, continual high levels of stress have the opposite effect, actually interfering with our ability to function and taking a toll on our health. Therefore, it’s important to find healthy ways to cope with stress.
  • Vol. 5, No. 7 – The Impact of Money on your Mind
    Recent studies have found that money is the leading source of stress for Canadians and that it’s literally making us sick. Financial stress can cause headaches, stomach aches, and even heart attacks. But it’s the impact on our minds that can be the most damaging.
  • Vol. 5, No. 8 – Building your Resilience
    We’ll all experience great highs and great lows during our lives. And while the great highs are exhilarating, the great lows can knock us to our knees. Some people seem to have difficulty dealing with adversity, while others get up, dust themselves off and carry on. These are people who have more of what psychologists call ‘resilience’.
  • Vol. 5, No. 9 – Loving What You Do
    Loving what you do doesn’t have to mean you have the perfect job or that you are never stressed, frustrated or annoyed. It means taking pride in your work and wanting to be the very best you can be.
  • Vol. 5, No. 11 – Adapting to Change
    Why is change, even change that is beneficial, so stressful? It’s because it involves the unknown, and the unknown can be frightening.

Other Resources from Homewood Human Solutions

  • Your Nutrition Resource Kit
    Eating well at work can be challenging with rushed mornings, meetings, food temptations, and end-of-day exhaustion. Registered Dietitians (RDs) want to inspire Canadians to eat better in the workplace for a healthier 9 to 5. Recipes are included!
  • Mental Health Awareness – Men and Boys
    We don’t often talk about mental illness—especially as it relates to men and boys. Let’s change that.
  • October_Healthy Workplace Month
    A healthy workplace means different things to different people but there are some general considerations which can make a big difference to everyone. Healthy eating, physical activity, proper rest, taking breaks, a safe workspace, open communication, and treating team members with respect are all elements that contribute to a healthy workplace