Wellness Week

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The University will celebrate the 2018 Wellness Week from January 22nd to 26th. At the Centre for Academic Leadership, we always strive to promote wellness and a good work-life balance. In response to faculty suggestions, the Centre will offer a workshop from Monday to Thursday from 8.45am to 9.45am during Wellness Week. The hour will begin with a short session of yoga/meditation followed by a 40 minute workshop on the topic of the day :


Monday: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tuesday: Mindful eating

Wednesday: Making physical activity stick

Thursday : Sleep

Seasonal affective disorder

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Laura Armstrong - Clinical Psychology, U St-Paul

Assistant Professor in the School of Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Spirituality at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Dr. Armstrong is building the D.R.E.A.M. Program: Developing Resilience through Emotions, Attitudes and Meaning.  She will be giving us tips and strategies to deal with Seasonal affective disorder (aka SAD, season depression or winter depression in North America) - a type of depression that occurs in the fall/winter months.  


Mindful eating

This workshop will be facilitated by Maryann Moffitt – Dietitian, uOttawa

Mindful eating is a simple technique with many benefits. Tuning into our bodies and eating with awareness can change our relationship with food and free us to enjoy satisfying and nourishing foods without judgement. Maryann Moffitt is a Registered Dietitian with uOttawa Food Services. She helps students with food allergies by managing the dietary restriction program for meal plan holders, and is responsible for sustainable development within food services. Her background in public health has given her a breadth of health promotion experience across a variety of age groups and populations. 


Making physical activité stick

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Michelle Fortier - Human Kinetics, Uottawa

Michelle Fortier is a physical activity psychology scientist who is a professor at the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Her research program aims to understand and promote physical activity behavior change with an emphasis on motivation. She has extensive research experience examining the determinants of physical activity adoption and maintenance in different healthy and clinical populations and has been involved in the development and evaluation of physical activity promotion interventions.




This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Geneviève Forest – Psychology and psychoeducation, UQO

Faculty member at Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) since 2004, Dr Forest is a sleep specialist.  She heads UQO’s sleep laboratory where her research aims to get a better understanding of the role of sleep on psychological, emotional, cognitive and social functions.  The research projects taking place in the Laboratory look, among other things, at the relationship between sleep, sport performance and food consumption, the interaction between sleep and the development of children and teens, as well as the impact of sleep deprivation on rapid decision making and the ability to recognize emotions and trust judgements in facial expressions.


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Target audience

All University of Ottawa full-time professors (tenured or tenure-track).

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