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July/August 2019 Newsletter
The Be(e) Heart Smart Physical Activity Challenge is now over for another year!

ParticipACT Your Way to a Healthy Lifestyle!

We thank all participants for your involvement and support of our Heart Smart/ParticpACT Your Way to a Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, not only this year, but also for your continuous support over the years. We hope to see you all next year!  
Please take a minute or two to complete a short survey about the challenge
A big THANK YOU goes out to Kinesiology Student Krysta Nagel for this year's brains and work behind this year’s challenge and tips on Healthy Habits. We also appreciate Matt Monaghan, Kinesiology Student, as he volunteered his time and expertise to this year's challenge.
Big thanks to Trevor Flexhaug for being our behind the scenes wizard and setting up and keeping our website running smoothly! Also, thank you to Lukas Neamtu, and the Supporting Our Students committee; the team at the SU Food Bank; and all of our prize sponsors: Horns Recreation SRS; West Lethbridge Safeway; LA Chefs; Tony Roma's; Blue Cross. 

Thanks also to the Wellness Committee for this year's theme and support!
I don’t think we won the ParticipACTION challenge because I have not been contacted by them yet.  If you haven't yet downloaded the app, you can do so here.  

Check out the slide presentation of all photo submissions. wrap_up_presentation_heart_smart.pdf

Click here for a snapshot of this year's challenge!

Heart Smart is an initiative to encourage wellness and increased physical activity among staff and faculty at the University of Lethbridge. You can count the steps from your car in the parking lot to your office. The Physical Activity Guidelines indicate that adults should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more (including brisk walking!)  So let’s get moving!   

Summer Wellness Champions
Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Education Wellness Committee - spearheaded by Danny Balderson and Aaron Stout have been working on an initiative to make health and wellness a part of their programming and culture. The rationale for the program is to make health and wellness an important part of the education Faculty of Ed students are receiving, so they might carry that forward into the schools and contexts where they work.
Take a look at the digital signage around campus celebrating some of their Faculty and Staff and their various forms of wellness. Here are a couple of examples!
Hats off to the Faculty of Education for being Wellness Champions and sharing their stories!
  More staff and faculty will be featured next month!

Richard Larouche continues to ride his bike across Canada to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer's Research. Check out his progress

Health Check for U will be back in the fall 2019. We will be once again scheduling appts starting Sept 18.  Please contact us for more info.
Markin Hall 2007 Wednesdays this semester
8:00 - 10:00 AM in 15 minute increments
Register Here
Click here for more info on the program.

Nutrition and Mental Health
Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, Professor Emerita, University of Calgary

12  - 1 PM
All welcome!!  Register here

Sept/October (date to be determined)
Mindfulness - Dr. Toupey Luft, Health Sciences Faculty

12 - 1 PM
Location TBD
Everyone welcome! Register here

Save the Date!  Annual Life Balance Fair

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
SRS Indoor Track
Enhanced services through Employee and Family Assistance Program as of July 1, 2019.

Homeweb – Helping you Live a Healthier Life  Welcome to Homeweb – Homeweb is an innovative online platform that offers members access to personalized health and wellness tools, resources and support when they want it – anytime, anywhere.

Homewood Health - E-Learnings Courses - Homewood Health offers a variety of course that focus on health and wellness, life skills, and work-related people management concerns. All content is based on current, best-practice research and include printable information, quizzes and practical exercises. The best part is that you can access courses from anywhere 24/7.

Homewood Health - Busy Family Childcare Resource Locator and Eldercare Resource Locator - enables employees to conduct their own customized searches by keying in their specific requirements.

Life Smart Services

Included in the 12 hours per participant, per benefit year (January – December), Homewood Health provides telephonic, individualized coaching as needed (advice, resources, support). Support materials, resources, or packages may be sent through standard mail or email. The information provided is included as part of your group benefits and is preventative in nature, focusing on the following topics:

Improving Life

Life Balance Solutions:
-New Parent Support
-Childcare and Parenting
-Elder and Family Care
-Financial Consultation
-Legal Advisory – Including one 30 minute in-person apt with a lawyer
-Relationship Solutions
-Grief and Loss

Health Smart Coaching  coming July 1, 2019
-Nutritional Coaching
-Jumpstart Your Wellness – 30 Day Behavior Change Coaching
-Smoking Cessation

Career Smart Coaching 
-Career Counselling
-Pre-Retirement Planning
-Shift Worker Support

To access call 1-800-663-1142 - 24/7
App Corner - 8Fit app
Loved by lifestyle bloggers and influencers, 8fit takes an all-encompassing approach to health and fitness - allowing users to personalize their workouts to their strengths and weaknesses, teamed with healthy and delicious recipes that are easy to follow (and allow you to plan ahead and shop for the week). Essentially an online personal trainer that you can tailor to your own needs, no gym membership necessary.

Check it out here - App Store for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

Check it out here - App for Android

Wellness Lunch and Learns
Stay tuned for Nutrition, Mental Health and Mindfulness lunch and learns in September and October.

June's Lunch and Learn was 'All About Birding' with Samantha Krause. See more from past lunch and learn presentations here.

Register for lunch and learns here

Calgary Campus News!

Check out this recipe from the Calgary Campus!

BBQ Switch up: Swiss Chard
It’s hard to believe the its already the mid-point of summer. For those who love the sun, this is prime time! The days are long and the air is warm. Continuing with the theme of recipes for grilling, I want to share a recipe for grilling a vegetable that is more unconventional but absolutely delicious when BBQ’d that would surprise you. Ready for it? Swiss Chard. Now hear me out before you rule this one out. Swiss chard has a mild taste that pairs well with almost anything and a great crunch while getting you your leafy greats without the salad. I highly recommend giving this veggie a shot for your next grilling side dish for a lighter but more unique BBQ treat.
Grilled Swiss Chard
  • 2 pounds Swiss chard, don’t remove leaves from stems
  • 1.5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Blanch chard in a large pot of boiling water for 3 minutes or until just barely tender.
  2. Put chard in cold water to cool. Remove from water, allowing the excess water to drip off. Pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Toss chard stems with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat grill rack to medium heat and oil the grill grate. Grill chard, turning occasionally, until tender and lightly charred, about 7 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and squeeze fresh lemon over top. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from

The Secret to Living Longer May be Your Social Life! Check out Psychologist Susan Pinker's TED Talk - click Here

The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.
Fitness Programs - Sports and Recreation at U of L

-Private and Semi-Private Swimming Lessons - July and August - week long sessions available. Visit on line for available lesson times. 
-Lifesaving Society - Standard First Aid Re certification.  Includes CPR-C, AED and Oxygen Therapy.  Sat August 10 - 9 AM - 4 PM
-Lifesaving Society - CPR C, AED, and Oxygen Therapy Re-certification. Sat August 10 - 9 AM- Noon.
Register here. or call 403-329-2706

Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre  |  University of Lethbridge

Register on line

Or call the Customer Service Centre at 403-329-2706.

Alberta Healthy Living is a FREE program offered through Alberta Health Services. 
  • You can see a dietitian for free! Referral form here
  • More information about AHS Nutrition Services is located on the NEW! public landing page.

The Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP) is an integrated community-based chronic disease management program.The program includes the following services
-Patient education, including disease-specific and general health and lifestyle topics
-Self-management support through Better Choices, Better Health ® workshops
-Supervised exercises

-Services may also include specialty services and services targeting diverse and vulnerable populations.

Located in Melcor Centre
Address: 424 5 St S, Lethbridge AB T1J 2B6
Phone 403-388-6654

Please take a moment to review updated U of L Policies - These provide clarity in helping us ensure a respectful and inclusive workplace.
Harassment & Discrimination Policy

Sexual Violence Policy

Code of Conduct Policy

Watch for training sessions coming this fall.

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Homewood Health Life Lines May 2019 - for the full article click here:


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