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Activate Your Commute in October – win prizes!

activate your commute

October’s fabulous weather makes it a great time to enjoy the great outdoors and activate your commute by walking and cycling more often.

Here are all the ways that UHN employees can get active and win in October:

• Walk-to-Work Wednesdays: All employees are welcome to participate in these free guided walks to work.
• Enter to Win: Enter your walking and cycling trips throughout the month for a chance to win great prizes.
• Walk Into Health: Join us for a lunch n’ learn delivered by a Public Health Nurse on October 3rd. Learn how to plan your route, stretch your body, calibrate a pedometer – and meet colleagues who want to walk more often, too! All participants will receive a free giveaway. Register now by emailing Wellness@uhn.ca
• Get Active: Check out these additional walking and cycling resources.
• Get Tips: Learn how to deal with the busiest commuting day of the year, October 31st.

Win great prizes!
When you activate your commute in October, you can win great prizes including:
• A Kobo Reader
• A $50 MEC gift card
• A $50 HBC gift card
• One of three BIXI-Toronto bike memberships.

And, if you stay active, you’ll be eligible to win a monthly prize ($100 value).

Find even more ways to activate your commute at smartcommutetoronto.ca Sign Up will Start Thursday Sept 26th, 2013

Happy Active Commuting!

Check out this Poster with the Top 10 Reasons to Walk to Work in October!!

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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

World Heart Day – September 29, 2012

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer in the world, claiming over 17 million lives per year.  Learn the facts and spread knowledge on ways to prevent heart disease and stroke.  Please visit The World Heart Foundation for more information! 

Move Around!!

Being physically active has been shown to decrease stress and increase productivity and performance at work (Dietitians of Canada, 2012). A decrease in stress has also been shown to improve mental and physical health.  It’s all interconnected.

Are you too busy to make it to one of our fitness classes or our walking club or to the gym? That’s ok! Don’t fret, every little bit counts!!

Sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of time can contribute to strain injuries of your arms, legs and most importantly your neck and back.  When an individual remains in the same position for a long period of time, the same sets of muscles are working continuously causing fatigue, strain and tightness. This can result in muscle imbalances.  Someone once said to me “the best posture is the next posture” when trying to maintain good circulation and prevent injury.

Here are some things you can do at your desk or close to your office:

  • Stand up and stretch for a few minutes every hour (you can set an alarm for yourself if that will help you to remember)
  • Perform exercises at your desk while reading and/or typing. Here are some short videos for your enjoyment and education from The Alberta Centre for Active Living:
  • Consider having a “walk and talk” meeting with a co-worker instead of a sit-down or phone meeting.


Alberta Centre for Active Living (2012) Tools. Retrieved from http://www.centre4activeliving.ca/workplace/trr/tools.html

Dietitians of Canada (2012) EatRight Ontario. Keep active at work. Retrieved from http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Physical-Activity/Keep-Active-at-Work.aspx