Wellness Week - January 28 to February 1, 2019

January 28 to February 1, join us for Wellness Week!

uOttawa is once again holding its famous Wellness Week! January 28 to February 1, kick off the winter semester with some fun and relaxing activities, or take the opportunity to learn about wellbeing and mental health in fun and insightful ways (or both!). Plus, all activities are FREE!

Activities for all (students, professors, staff)

Monday - January 28

Main campus

Wellness Week Launch - Conference by J.-F. Ménard

A smiling man wearing a Canada Olympic Team sweater.

Get ready for a mind-blowing opening!

Our President, Mr. Jacques Frémont, will be introducing our University of Ottawa alumnus Jean-François Ménard who is internationally renowned for his contributions to the field of performance psychology.

He has worked with Cirque du Soleil and has supported many Olympic athletes in their pursuit of excellence, including Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, gold medalists in 2010 and 2018.

Learn how to tap into your strengths, eliminate distractions, and fully harness your potential in every facet of your life! 

Students and employees should add this must-attend event to their busy schedules!


Open House - Stepped Care Model

Two women talking in what seems to be a service context.

Opt-in to Boost Wellness: SASS Open House

The Student Academic Success Service (SASS) invites you to join our team for a half-day of fun, food and activities to experience the various aspects of our new “stepped care” wellness model. You will also be able to enter our “Name the Wellness Model” contest and earn a chance to win a gift card to help you thrive and find your own path to academic success and wellness.

  • When: Monday, January 28, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: 4th floor, 100 Marie-Curie
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration required
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22492

Break it off!

Break It Off is an initiative from Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society, aimed at helping young adults quit smoking and stay smoke-free. Visit the booth to test your quit smoking knowledge and play Smart Darts for a chance to win great prizes!

  • When: Monday, January 28, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: University Centre (UCU), Terminus
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration required
  • uoCal:  https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22628

Three bottles of home-made kombucha.

Make your own kombucha

Kombucha has many health benefits! Join us to learn how you can make your own.


Two smiling women, high-fiving while making a push-up.

Your Fitness Passport!

Take part in the daily challenges found on the fitness passport for a chance to win an all-inclusive semester-long membership to the University of Ottawa’s fitness centres. Simply take a picture of yourself completing the challenge and send it to personal.training@uottawa.ca or tweet it using the hashtag #passportUO.

Please note that your entries could be featured on our social media platforms.


Yoga

A woman unrolling a blue yoga mat.

Like all Mondays, join us for a free yoga session! Bring your water bottle, yoga mat or towel, and unwind with a good yoga session. All are welcome.

  • When: Monday, January 28, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: 90 University (90U), room 140
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration required
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/17540

Mental health discussion panel

Diverse people holding bubble speech signs.

Join UNSA, ESS, PSA, UPSA, and CÉTSC at the Mental Health and Wellness informational panel; an interactive session with speakers from Ottawa Public Health, the Royal, Students for Mental Health Awareness, and more! Students will have the opportunity to learn about mental health, its effects on students, common mental health conditions faced in post-secondary school (e.g. anxiety and depression), and resources/services available in the Ottawa community.

Roger-Guindon

A therapy dog surrounded by students.

Pet therapy

Love dogs? Need a break? Come relax with our certified therapy dogs.

  • When: Monday, January 28, noon - 1 p.m.
  • Where: RGN 1020, Health Science Library
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration required
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22498

 


8 people in running shoes, putting their foot forward to for a circle (view from above)..

Pedometer Challenge January 28 to February 1

Form a team of 10 people (including one  team captain) and register at wellness@uottawa.ca before noon on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Team members  are encouraged to count their steps during their various extracurricular activities. The following link will help you convert the time spent playing an activity into steps taken per minute.

For any questions, please contact: wellness@uottawa.ca

Tuesday - January 29

Main campus

Financial literacy

A person drawing a dollar sign in a notebook.

Studies have shown that financial literacy is strongly linked to  physical and mental wellbeing. Join Tarek Kassem, Manager of the Financial Research Lab, to learn more about this often-neglected topic. We will review the basics of financial wellness, personal finance, debt, real estate, credit cards and investing. We will show you how to analyze expenses and how to become a savvy consumer, along with budgeting tips and tricks to help you take control of your personal finances.


Wellness Café

Hands in a circle holding cups of coffee.

Join Health Promo at their monthly Wellness Café in the UCU Terminus for free coffee, snacks, pet therapy, personal training, a Q&A with a dietitian, and much more. You can even participate in a houseplant workshop to learn the basics and bring home your own potted plant (while quantities last).

  • When: Tuesday, January 29, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Where: University Centre (UCU) Terminus
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration required
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22502

How to do yoga at your desk

A woman sitting on the top of her desk, meditating.

Managing the difficulties of everyday life can be challenging, but yoga can be one of  the many tools you can use to help you cope with stress. This class will focus on ways to help release tension from the body, calm the mind, and become grounded. It will also explore movement, breathing and meditation. For this special class, no yoga mats or exercise clothing are required, and no previous yoga experience is necessary.


Budget 101

A piggy bank.

Join us for an interactive session on the importance of budgeting and how to achieve financial wellness. You will experience real-life scenarios that challenge you with unexpected expenses, so you will need to create a budget that will allow you to save money and live your best life. This hour-long workshop aims to teach you the basics of money management and give you the tools you need to handle the unexpected. We can’t wait to see you there!

Roger-Guindon

Art therapy

Various paintbrushes in a glass jar.

Art Therapy uses the creative arts as a form of therapy. This fantastic field has worked wonders for many people: it can help individuals express themselves, explore their emotions, manage addictions, and improve self-esteem. Art therapy is especially valuable in that it can help anyone!

Wednesday - January 30

Main campus

Practicing Centering Prayers

Two hand joined in prayer over a sacred text.

Centering prayer is a simple method of meditation that aims to deepen our relationship with the Source of our being (God, Spirit, Creative energy,...), by consenting to the presence and action of this Source within us.  Helene Goulet will lead this session, which will introduce participants to the spiritual practice of centering prayer.

Hélène Goulet is a retired senior public servant who now dedicates her time to coaching, mentoring and leading workshops in spiritual contemplation. She holds a BA in literature, a BEd, an LLB and MBA from the University of Ottawa.  In 2016, she received a graduate diploma in contemplative theology and spiritual mentoring from St. Paul University.

  • When: Wednesday, January 30, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Where: University Centre (UCU), room 107
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration needed
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22511

Sea shells and sea star on the sand.

Beach Day

Can’t wait until Reading Week to get away? Find some relief from the cold, sip on a mocktail, and build some sandcastles at our in-house Beach Day!

  • When: Wednesday, January 30, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Where: 90 University (90U), room 140
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration needed
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22513

Professor Nicolas Moreau: Sport is not always just about health

Two silhouettes of runners in the sunset.

This workshop will focus on practising sport to promote interconnection and therefore social and mental health. The examples and hands-on tools provided by this workshop will give participants an opportunity to reflect on a new way of thinking about, and practising, physical activity.


Practices for spiritual wellness

Two hands holding a candle in the dark.

For centuries, religious communities have carried out practices that cultivate the spiritual life.  How can century-old practices be used to cultivate spiritual wellness and benefit our mental health today? In this workshop, participants will contemplate the subject of spiritual wellness, look at some traditional practices, and consider how some of these religious practices can help humans flourish.  Participants will also have an opportunity to share their practices for spiritual wellness.  Chaplain Sid Ypma will lead this workshop.

Rev. Sid Ypma is the Christian Reformed Campus Chaplain at the University of Ottawa.  Sid has earned undergraduate degrees in political science and history, and a masters of divinity, specializing in pastoral care and Biblical studies.

  • When: Wednesday, January 30, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Where: University Centre (UCU), room 107
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration needed
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22517

Guided meditation

A pile of colourful rocks, balancing on each other.

Like all Wednesdays, come experience a free meditation session, offered by Art of Living. These guided meditation sessions are free and can help you de-stress by using breathing and mindfulness techniques.

  • When: Wednesday, January 30, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Where: 90 University (90U), room 152
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration required
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/19619

A microphone on a stage.

Coffee House

Take a break from your busy week to join the uOttawa student chapter of jack.org and the AÉDSA to chat about mental health, share your talents, enjoy performances and have some snacks!


A small Buddha statue surrounded by two candles.

Zen Night

This event is held with the hopes of giving you the chance to calm down before the stress of mid-terms.  There will be all you need to relax: soft music, aromatherapy, mandalas, etc.

  • When: Wednesday, January 30, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Where: 90 University (90U), room 151
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration required
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22523

Roger-Guindon

Charades

Two fingers with smileys drawn on them, with a lightbulb above their

Charades is an outrageously fun and exciting game for you and your friends! Before time runs out, guess the word on your head as your friends provide clues by dancing, singing, acting or sketching!

 

Thursday - January 31

Main campus

Reiki

A hand, palm turned to the sky, is holding a small green leaf plant.

Come try a Reiki session (20 minutes/ appointment) to help you de-stress!

  • When: Thursday, January 31, 9 a.m. - noon
  • Where: University Centre (UCU), room 203
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: please visit the Health Promotion Centre in UCU 203 or call 613-564-3950 ext. 290
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22590

Social Media & Your Mental Health - Conference by Tayte Willows

A young woman smiling.

Social Media is inescapable, and so are its effects on our mental health. But are these changes positive or negative? Are they destroying our communities or connecting us better? Join Tayte Willows of the Canadian Mental Health Association to discuss about how advances in technology and the internet are affecting our mental health. Together, we will tackle how to take control of habits and patterns relating to our mental health online.


Water Running Workshop

Two feet next to swimming pool.

Want to increase your range of motion and strength? Try this deep-water running class. Forget the cold and discover the power of weightless movement!

Deep-water running is an excellent way to increase range of motion and strength using the water resistance. We will learn how to set different personal intensity levels and types of interval training to increase heart rate. This class will allow participants to discover the power of suspended (weightless) movement, which many people find very unfamiliar. The class will include a simple warmup, two longer cardio sets, with some other forms of movement through the water in between to break it up, and conclude with a cool down/stretch.


Benefits of exercise!

Someone in sneakers running up stairs (focus on the shoes, from behind).

Exercise is Medicine on Campus at uOttawa invites you to an afternoon of exercise and health, including opportunities to get active on the spot! Three keynote speakers will offer knowledge and tips on: exercise for therapy and disease prevention; how exercise relates to stress management and relationships, and; how to build a daily plan for your best health. We will also feature a snapshot of the benefits of yoga with a free guided yoga session!


Sleeping Well for Dummies!

A woman sleeping in grey sheets.

Participate in this 45 min workshop on sleep hygiene and learn how to sleep better and increase your productivity!

Roger-Guindon

A pink piggy bank.

Budget 101

Join us for an interactive session on the importance of budgeting and how to achieve financial wellness. You will experience real-life scenarios that challenge you with unexpected expenses, so you will need to create a budget that will allow you to save money and live your best life. This hour-long workshop aims to teach you the basics of money management and give you the tools you need to handle the unexpected. We can’t wait to see you there!

Friday - February 1

Main campus

Artistic adventure

Join local artist Ariane Beauchamp in an artistic adventure!

A woman drawing on a sheet of paper.

Ariane is offering a one-hour experience that explores the healing properties of artistic expression. Participants will recreate a watercolour and ink project that they can proudly take home or hang in their workspace. All tools to create a colourful piece of original artwork will be provided. No skills are needed and all are welcomed to explore the power of creating art.

Ariane Beauchamp holds BFA in fine arts from the University of Ottawa and has shown her work in Ottawa. She is represented by Wall Space Gallery in Westboro Village. She has also collaborated artistically with local musicians and poets.

Visit Ariane’s website: http://arianebeauchamp.com


Sound Meditation with Crystal Singing Bowls

A crystal singing bowl.

Come bathe in the sweet sounds of crystal singing bowls and many other lovely sound-healing instruments. Rebecca White Raven will gently guide you into a relaxed and grounded state and then produce sweet sounds and song to carry you over into a deep meditative experience.


A therapy dog surrounded by students.

Pet Therapy

Love dogs? Need a break? Come relax with our certified therapy dogs.


A woman getting a chair massage.

Massage Therapy

Muscle tension getting to you? Stressed? Come relax with a 20 minute mini-massage!


Drop-In Group: Mindfulness

Three students working together on an introspection exercise.

Finish your wellness week on the right foot and join our Mindfulness Drop-in Group! Take a break to clear your mind, practice being present in the moment and start your weekend off well.

  • When: Friday, February 1, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: 100 Marie Curie, 4th floor
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration required
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22544

2019 Ottawa Law Classic

Young hockey players in an arena, smiling and holding a banner for a charity.

After raising almost $13,000 in its inaugural 2018 event, the hockey Ottawa Law Classic is back on Friday, February 1, 2019. Please join the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Civil Law and Faculty of Common Law as they have teamed up to host the inaugural “Ottawa Law Classic” in support of Do It For Daron (DIFD).

The game will be played on campus at the Minto Sports Complex at 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Draft Pub above the Complex.

All proceeds from this event will go to DIFD. For more information on DIFD, visit their website at: http://www.difd.com

  • When: Friday, February 1, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Minto Sports Complex, 801 King Edward Avenue
  • Event language: bilingual
  • Registration: no registration required
  • uoCal: https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22625 

    Roger-Guindon

    How to do yoga at your desk

    A woman sitting on the top of her desk, meditating.

    Managing the difficulties of everyday life can be challenging, but yoga can be one of  the many tools you can use to help you cope with stress. This class will focus on ways to help release tension from the body, calm the mind, and become grounded. It will also explore movement, breathing and meditation. For this special class, no yoga mats or exercise clothing are required, and no previous yoga experience is necessary.

    Important notice

    Photographs and film footage may be taken during the Wellness Week’s events, which may include your recognizable image. By participating in these events, you consent to being photographed or filmed and authorize the University to use the photographs or film in print, digital, video or web-based format for its promotional and archival purposes. For further information, email mieuxetre.wellness@uOttawa.ca.

    Partners

    Human Resources wishes to thank its community partners: Community Life Services, Student Services, Communications Directorate, Sports Services, Food Services, Health Services, Student Academic Success Services, Centre for Academic Leadership, Professors, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Faculty of Health Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Financial Research and Learning Lab - Telfer, Chaplain's Office and the Wellness Committee from the Roger Guindon campus. 

    Prizes!

    Wellness Week is more than events: there are great prizes to win too! Keep your eye on @uOttawa social media channels for #uOttawaWellness giveaways or simply send an email to Mieuxetre.wellness@uottawa.ca to share your comments on the activities.

    Mindfulness Challenge

    Take our 30 day challenge to grow your wellness! Become present in life’s experiences and support your mental health.

    Fitness Passport

    Take part in the daily challenges found on the fitness passport for a chance to win an all-inclusive semester-long membership to the University of Ottawa’s fitness centres!

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