Winter Wellness 2023 - February 13 to 24

The Seven Domains of Wellness

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Take time for you 

No matter the time of year or weather, the pursuit of a healthy, balanced lifestyle is always a priority, and Western believes in strongly supporting its faculty and staff in that pursuit. Our special Winter Wellness program has been organized to help you be your best, even as the weather grows colder! Built on the foundation of the seven domains of wellness, it offers physical activities, workshops, webinars, tours and more to help each of us reach our wellness goals.

See our Winter Wellness poster for a great overview of what's available!

Scheduled activities

Monday, February 13 - 16, and February 22

Pension Consultations: 1:1 with Sun Lifefinancial_sm.jpg
In-person (with option for virtual)
Did your recent annual pension statement spark questions or would a personal review be a good way to start your year?  If so, register for a consultation with Sun Life. Appointments available February 13-16 and 22. 
Go to the registration webpage

Monday, February 13

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12:10-12:50 p.m. - Alumni Hall, Room 15
Join fitness instructor Lisa Silvestro, for a 40-minute Buti Yoga class. Buti is a music-driven movement methodology that incorporates dynamic yoga asana with primal movement, cardio-dance bursts + deep core conditioning. 
Registration required - Register now or Learn more about Living Well  

Tuesday, February 14 (and 21)

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12:10-12:50 p.m. - Alumni Hall, Room 15
Join, Tracy Ishmael in her weekly yoga class. This activity class focuses on improving posture, balance, coordination, strength, and breath control by practicing a series of physical postures. Use the power of positive thinking to develop harmony in the body, mind, and environment. Namaste. Please bring your own yoga mat!
Registration required - Register now or Learn more about Living Well

Wednesday, February 15

20-Minute Body Weight Workoutphysical
12:10-12:30 AND 12:30-12:50 p.m. - Alumni Hall Room 15 (basement)
Join Fitness instructor JJ Keck for 20-minute body weight workout! There will be two 20-minute classes back-to-back. You can stay for one or both, allowing you more flexibility to attend.
Registration required - Register now or Learn more about Living Well 

RISE Above Adversity - Randell Adjei, Poet Laureate of Ontario - A Black History Month Eventemotionalcommunity_sm.jpg
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. - Online via Zoom
"There is so much power in knowing ourselves and in owning our Identities." Randell Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker and spoken word practitioner who uses his gifts to Empower the message of Alchemy. He was recently appointed Ontario’s first Poet Laureate.
Register now or read more in the Western Event calendar or visit the Western Black History Month website.

John & Dotsa Bitove Law Library Tour
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
community_sm.jpgoccupationalWelcome to the John & Dotsa Bitove Law Library! Join us for a tour of this hidden gem at Western University. This tour will feature a brief history of the law library, our collections and resources, and tour of the physical space. Meet at the entrance to the library (located in the Law Building).
Registration required - Register now or Learn more about Living Well

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5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - University College (UC), Room 3110
Join the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for a screening of two short films to celebrate Black History Month. The films focus on the history of Black Canadians from the diaspora and African Canadians. The films are Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community and Speakers for the Dead.
Register now or read more in the Western Event calendar or visit the Western Black History Month website.

Thursday, February 16

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11:00-12:00 p.m. - Biological & Geological Sciences (BGS)
Western employees are invited to join in a wellness walk across campus including some of our beautiful nature trails.  Some days walks are moved to Fridays.
Email Ben Souriol to get updates on the wellness walk schedule.

Friday, February 17 (and 24)

Living Well @ Western Core & Cardio
12:10 – 12:50 p.m. - Alumni Hall, Room 15
physicalJoin Michelle Phillips, certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor for a 40-minute core and cardio workout. Please wear active clothing, running shoes and bring your water bottle!
Registration required - Register now or Learn more abou Living Well website

Monday February 20  - Family Day - Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 21

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Environmental Wellness at Western Webinar
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. - Online (Zoom)
Western’s own Office of Sustainability will review recent accomplishments, as well as current and future initiatives.  Various ways that employees can improve their environmental well-being and get involved at Western will also be discussed. 
Registration encouraged Register now or Learn more about Living Well
Zoom link for event

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1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Come and check out the new Weldon Learning Commons!  Learn about the recent renovations and how we have transformed the space to support students, staff, faculty and researchers. Attendees will be meeting their tour guide inside the lobby on the main floor of Weldon. 
Registration required Register now or Learn more about Living Well

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12:10-12:50 p.m. - Alumni Hall, Room 15
Join, Tracy Ishmael in her weekly yoga class. This activity class focuses on improving posture, balance, coordination, strength, and breath control by practicing a series of physical postures. Use the power of positive thinking to develop harmony in the body, mind, and environment. Namaste. Please bring your own yoga mat!
Registration required - Register now or Learn more about Living Well

Wednesday, February 22

Mindfulness: Being Present in the Moment - Webinar by LifeWorks
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. emotionalspiritualOnline (Zoom)
In this one-hour introductory seminar, hosted and facilitated by Lise Leroux of LifeWorks, participants will explore the basics of mindfulness, in particular: What mindfulness is and why it is growing in popularity; Myths and facts: what mindfulness is and what it’s not; The neuroscience of mindfulness and the benefits; and The facilitator will guide participants through three simple mindfulness practices.
Registration required - Register now or Learn more about Living Well 

20-Minute Body Weight Workoutphysical
12:10-12:30 AND 12:30-12:50 p.m. - Alumni Hall Room 15 (basement)
Join Fitness instructor JJ Keck for 20-minute body weight workout! There will be two 20-minute classes back-to-back. You can stay for one or both, allowing you more flexibility to attend.Registration required - Register now or Learn more about Living Well

Thursday, February 23

Staying the Course in Changing Times - Webinar by Sun Lifefinancial_sm.jpg
1:00-2:00 p.m. or 3:00-4:00 p.m. - Social Science Centre, Room 2020
Learn more about how to navigate your investments and stay on track with your saving goals even during uncertain times. The discussion includes reviewing your priorities and goals and knowing your comfort with risk. 
Register now or Learn more about Living Well

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11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Thompson Arena
Join your colleagues at an open skate and/or use the indoor walking track, anytime between 11 am -1 pm! There will be hot chocolate, and cookies, as well as photo ops!
Registration required - Register now or Learn more about Living Well

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11:00-12:00 p.m. - Biological & Geological Sciences (BGS)
Western employees are invited to join in a wellness walk across campus including some of our beautiful nature trails.  Some days walks are moved to Fridays.
Email Ben Souriol to get updates on the wellness walk schedule.

Friday, February 24

Living Well @ Western Core & Cardio
12:10 – 12:50 p.m. - Alumni Hall, Room 15
physicalJoin Michelle Phillips, certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor for a 40-minute core and cardio workout. Please wear active clothing, running shoes and bring your water bottle!
Registration required - Register now or Learn more about Living Well

Silencing Your Inner Critic - Webinar by LifeWorks
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. - Online via Zoom
emotionalIn this one-hour introductory seminar, hosted and facilitated by Lise Leroux of LifeWorks, participants will learn to: Define self-esteem and identify the sources of adult self-worth; Make the connection between irrational thinking and low self-esteem; develop strategies for controlling the critic and enhancing self-esteem; and create a personal plan for developing positive self-esteem.
Registration required - Register now or Learn more about Living Well.

At your own pace

Check out some other on campus, or community resources when thinking about your wellness!

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  • Be your own tour guide! See our PDF self-guided walking tour of our beautiful campus!
  • Occupational Health, Safety & Well-being: In Workplace Health there is a full-time Occupational Health Nurse and Occupational Health Physician is available for medical treatment of occupational and non-occupational illness/injuries, and general health concerns.
  • Give the gift of life. To learn more about how you, and your team can arrange a group trip (by bus, free of charge) to donate blood, please email: livingwell@uwo.ca
  • Visit the Living Well @ Western webpage to learn about the free wellness programming and internal Wellness Rewards program available to all staff and faculty.  While there, sign up for our Living Well @ western email list to receive monthly calendars of activities, learn of special events and stay up to date on the Internal Wellness Rewards prize winners!

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Your Western Pension Plan provides a great foundation to save for retirement. Feel good about being on top of your decisions by checking out one of the on-demand videos made just for Western plan members or call Sun Life at 1-866-733-8612 for support in managing your account.

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  • A multi-faith space is available for students, staff, and faculty to book in Middlesex College, 15C. Book online here.
  • Western Chaplains maintain a list of places of worship off-campus in our community. You can see the list here.
  • Mindfulness practice Resources:
  • Learning Development & Success has recorded guided medications, a 31-day calendar of mindful learning, and some prompts to assist you to begin mindful journaling
  •  Read the January 2022 article from Western News about Tanaz Javan, then PhD candidate and wellness instructor on how she helps employees and students focus on their emotional and spiritual well-being.  Included is a 10-Minute Guided Meditation YouTube video.  

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  • Did you know LifeWorks, your Employee (and Family) Assistance Program offers career counselling and care now programs related to work?
  • Are you familiar with Western’s Disconnecting from Work policy?
  • Western Continuing Studies provides opportunities for everyone to keep learning at Western University. Check out the offerings today!
  • Check out the Staff & Leader Development pages for workshop and learning opportunities!

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Stay up to date on the various events happening on campus by visiting the main Western Events Calendar

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  • Explore some of the Mental Health resources we have on campus and complete the Mental Health module on OWL. After successful completion of the module, participants receive a certificate confirming their participation.
  • Sign up for your LifeWorks account.  LifeWorks is your confidential Employee (and Family) Assistance Program (EAP).  Services are available to all Western employees and to immediate family members. Help is available by phone anytime, or by video or online chat. In-person counselling is also available - masks are required. You are also encouraged to register to access the LifeWorks website and app. There you can take advantage of tools, podcasts, and other resources.
  • Based on the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, Healthy Minds is a program that looks to adopt the Standard in a practical way for our campus community.

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