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Resilience in Work and Life

UHN Employees are invited to participate in a Research Study on Resilience in Work and Life.

Resiliency Prism

The UHN Wellness Centre is collaborating with researchers from the Ivey School of Business to study how employees can be more resilient in their work and life.

The study is open to all UHN employees (18+ years) that are able to meet for 1-hour per week for 8 consecutive weeks. Participants will be asked to complete weekly questionnaires and a final questionnaire approximately 4-weeks after program completion. Additionally, but not required, participants will be invited to participate in an interview with the researchers.

Participants must be willing to be randomly assigned to a mindfulness training group, a Pilates group, or a no-treatment control group. Any participant that wishes to receive mindfulness or Pilates training but does not get assigned to that group will be able to receive training at a later date. There is no cost to participate in this study.

For more information, visit: To enroll in this study or for any additional questions, please contact

Summer Activities with Colleagues

The summer of 2015 has officially arrived!  Sunshine, warmer weather and extended daylight hours make this season the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors.  There also happens to be an abundance of accessible activities in the summer.  This is the case at UHN, where fun activities with your colleagues are a great way to build relationships and re-energize together.


Physical activity is an excellent way to start the day. However, it is often a challenge to summon the motivation to exercise on your own. You can lighten the burden on yourself by inviting your co-workers to join you:

  • On the commute. Some people ride their bike, run or walk to work during the summer. Ask around the workplace to see if anyone else lives nearby you, and if so, ride, run or walk along with them.
  • At the gym. Become a member of the UHN Employee Fitness Centre @ MedWest, take advantage of the UHN GoodLife Corporate Plan or join a local gym or community centre with colleagues and schedule your workouts together.
  • In fitness groups. Accompany colleagues to a UHN Wellness Group Exercise Class.  Is the Group Exercise Schedule not accessible?  UHN Wellness will arrange group exercise classes for you and your colleagues through a program called Concierge.  Contact us for more information.

During work hours
Some colleagues may have obligations before and after work, such as dropping their kids off at school or continuing education. There are many summer activities for you and your colleagues to do during office hours:

  • Potluck picnic. An outdoor potluck is a wonderful way to enjoy the weather while sharing a meal. It allows you to taste a diversity of foods, learn about your co-workers’ cultures, and give everyone the chance to partake in a team event. Shared contributions are invaluable to bonding and team building.
  • Outdoor meetings. If you have a meeting scheduled with your co-workers and the weather is nice, conduct it outside. Fresh air is a boon for clear thinking and stress-relief. If you don’t need any papers, pens or other utensils, step it up a notch and transform the meeting into a walking-meeting.
  • Playing catch. Rather than take a coffee break, take a ‘catch-break’ with your colleagues. Skill is irrelevant when it comes to throwing around a ball or Frisbee. It is about getting some light exercise, enjoying the fresh air, great weather, and having fun with others.


UHN Wellness announces PLAY, an opportunity for you to connect with your inner child and to participate in games and activities that bring fun and joy. We need to play!

Throwback Thursdays
All UHN employees, physicians, volunteers and students are invited to join UHN Wellness for Throwback Thursdays, where we go back in time to the days of recess and the playground. Visit Wellness on the UHN Intranet for more information.

The Email That Could Help You Live Longer

Research shows that low levels of natural light can affect one’s mood and energy levels. As the shortest day of the year approaches, it is important to remember however, that there are several simple interventions that you can practice that can have a significant effect on your overall health and happiness.

One such example is described in the video below. Happiness researcher Shawn Achor says taking two minutes to send an email praising or thanking someone you know instantly gives you a boost. If you send one email a day for 21 days, he says, it could extend your life. Find out how:

For other video clips describing strategies for improved happiness from the same interview, visit:

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Exercises for Stress Reduction and Deep Relaxation

Using simple and effective techniques, these sessions will introduce you to the tools that can assist in eliminating sleep disorders and reducing stress and anxiety experienced at home and at work

Breathing Exercise:

Harvard Relaxation Response:

The 2014 Inter-Hospital Health Challenge is here!

Is there a better time of year than the Spring (now that it has finally arrived) to renew your commitment to healthy living!? What better way to do just that, than to join the 2014 Inter-Hospital Health Challenge!? Open to all UHN staff, physicians, volunteers and students, the IHHC is an online challenge that takes place from May 1st-31st, where participants collect points and compete against other UHN teams and hospitals from across the province. Earn points for minutes of physical activity, servings of fruits and vegetables, minutes of mental health breaks, hours of sleep, and servings of water. Register now!

Launch Event-Lawn Shot

How do I register for the Challenge?
• Form a team of 4-7 people.
• Assign a Team Captain. Team Captains will visit to register your Team Name and determine your Team Password.
• Team Captains: Email your team members both the Team Name and Team Password.
• Captains & Members: register for the challenge at (You’ll need your Team Name and Team Password)
• Once a minimum of 4 people have enrolled your team will be activated.

There will be weekly draw prizes plus prizes for UHN’s top 3 winning teams. The winning hospital is also awarded the coveted gold cup. Let’s bring that trophy home!

All UHN staff are invited to the 2014 Challenge Launch on Thursday, May 1 at 12:00pm in front of Sick Kids Hospital on University Ave. There will be Music! Stretching! Games! And Prizes! Represent UHN by wearing Yellow.