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5 Days Until the 2013 Inter-Hospital Health Challenge Begins!!

flowersIf you are a UHN staff or volunteer please join our hospital in the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge!

There are only 5 days until the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge officially starts.

Sign up by May 1st, 2013 and be entered into a draw to WIN one of three 30 minute massages with an RMT.

For more information now, please visit the challenge website at http://www.ihhc2013.com.

Don’t forget to also sign up for the 30X30 Nature Challenge!! What a great way for IHHC participants to earn points during the month of May for being active and reducing stress actively in Nature. Please sign up here: http://30×30.davidsuzuki.org/
30x30 nature challenge 2013

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30X30 Nature Challenge

30x30 nature challenge 2013We hope everyone is looking forward to the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge. Only 8 more days until it begins!! http://www.ihhc2013.com

The David Suzuki Foundation has organized Canada’s 30×30 Nature Challenge to enhance employee health and well-being. This challenge occurs in May and we are encouraging staff to spend 30 minutes a day outside in nature. Over the last decade, researchers have realized what most of us know intuitively:
nature is good for our health and wellbeing. It is well documented that being
regularly immersed in a natural setting, like a park, woodland or forest, can lower
blood pressure, anxiety and stress levels, and boost immunity. ‘Green time’ has
also been shown to reduce feelings of anger and depression, while increasing
energy, creativity and attention span. Since IHHC participants will be earning points for being active and reducing stress, why not do your activities outdoors and enjoy the many benefits of nature. Sign up today at: http://30×30.davidsuzuki.org/

Happy Earth Day!!

earth-dayThe Wellness Centre would like to wish everyone a very Happy Earth Day!!

Research has shown that nature can improve our health and well-being. Spending time outdoors can lower blood pressure, while also decreasing stress and anxiety. This year the UHN will be participating in the 30×30 Nature Challenge during the month of May. This challenge was organized by the David Suzuki Foundation and ties in perfectly with the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge. Since IHHC participants will be earning points for being active and reducing stress, why not do your activities outdoors and enjoy the many benefits of nature. You can earn points for being active, staying hydrated, eating well and participating in stress reducing activities. To join our team please visit http://www.ihhc2013.com

As well, an article in BBC News today discusses the many benefits of living in a green area for both the individual and community. To read more please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22214070

What is a Prescription for Nature?

Have you heard of ecotherapy?  This concept is becoming an increasingly popular way to improve mood and energy while also lowering stress levels by connecting with the natural world and environment. Please take a look at this interesting post by Lisa Vanlint entitled ‘Take Two Trees and Call Me in the Morning’ which can be found here on the Talkin’ Trash with UHN blog.

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