Take a break for Wellness Week

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016

Palm trees on an island and a boat sailing away
By Linda Scales

Count Tyrone Rugen, The Princess Bride’s six-fingered man, got one thing right in the 1987 comedy: “If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.” The University of Ottawa wholly agrees, which explains the more than 50 free activities and contests offered to employees and students starting on November 21 as part of the third annual Wellness Week.

The complete schedule for the week can be found on the University’s Mental Health and Wellness website, an important new resource for community members seeking information on these topics, including whom to contact when immediate assistance is needed.

Below are a few of the Wellness Week activities offered at the main and Roger Guindon campuses:


Kick-off events include a culinary demonstration and a live DJ performance (Agora), making stress balls and hanging out with a friendly canine (Terminus)

Paralympian medallist and alumnus Andrew Todd will talk about his journey to the 2016 Rio Games (Alex Trebek Alumni Hall, 157 Séraphin Marion).


Getting Restful Sleep: Learn how to improve the quality of your sleep (RGN 2113).

Sprint Training for Profs: Learn about ergonomics, meditation and more (30 Stewart Street, rooms 306 and 312).

Soup and Substance: Learn how proper breathing combats stress and then enjoy a bowl of hot soup (Morisset 221).


How to Do Yoga at Your Desk: Learn techniques that don’t require a mat or change of clothes (FSS 4006).

Introduction to Meditation: Ever wonder what the hype is about? Come and try it out (FSS 2006).

Massage Therapy: Loosen those tight muscles (Atrium).


Bootcamp Class: At noon. Create some energy for the afternoon (Montpetit, Dance Studio).

Young man petting one of three dogs.

Pet therapy

Mental Health 101: Recognize the signs of psychological distress (GSAÉD Grad House). The French workshop is offered on Wednesday at the same location.

Ergo-on-the Go: Specialist Pauline Borris gives out ergonomic tips and tricks (RGN 2012).


Drumming: Enjoy its fun and therapeutic effects (Tabaret 112).

Pet Therapy: Unwind with some four-legged friends (Lounge 152 at 90U).

Yoga Nidra’s guided visualization: To promote relaxation. Bring a mat or blanket (KRC 2529 and DMS 12102).

Learn more about Wellness Week, including the great contest and other participation prizes offered.

Which activities will you choose to give yourself a break?

Related article: Mental health first aid for everyone

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