Lookback on the 2021 Wellness Week

Thank you for your participation

Thank you to all members of the University community who participated in Wellness Week activities from January 18 to 22, 2021. See you next year!

Okanagan Charter

On January 18, 2021, during the Wellness Week Launch Event, the Okanagan Charter was officially signed and adopted by uOttawa.

Take the Pledge

Members of the uOttawa community are invited to pledge their support!

What is the Okanagan Charter?

The Canadian Health Promoting Campuses Network is guided by the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting University and Colleges, which calls on post-secondary schools to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and to lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.

Created in June 2015, the Charter provides institutions with a common language, principles, and framework to become health and wellbeing promoting campuses.

The Charter has two Calls to Action: 

  1. To embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates;
  2. To lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.

To learn more, consult the Canadian Health Promoting Universities and Colleges Network websiteand download the Okanagan Charter.


Zen Workspace

Ergonomics was not a criteria used to select the winners of the Zen contest. The workspaces showcased below may not follow the recommended ergonomic standards. If you want to learn more about how to set-up an ergonomic workspace, click here.

Student winner:

laptop on a desk, plants on the side

Janelle Grégoire

This setup helps me avoid brain clutter by firstly being very minimalistic. My plants help me stay focused and they always remind me to try and do my best to not only keep them alive but to do my best in general. My diffuser as well as my many essential oils keep me relaxed/zen as well as keeping my mind clear during these hard times Finally, my reusable water cups keep me hydrated and energized during my virtual classes as well as reducing plastic waste. :)

Employee winner:

work desk with exercise ball as a chair, big windows and plants

Natalie Béland

This is my work space. I’m nestled in here to enjoy some light, see something other than my screen all the time and have easy access to the outdoors, so I can fit a short walk into my lunch hour. I’ve also added some colour (a tablecloth on the desk, pillows on the couch, a picture) to brighten things up. The plants were already there, courtesy  of my boyfriend with the green thumb!

Thanks to all who participated!

collage of various pictures of workspaces
Quarantine Crafts

Student winner:

ornaments made with pinecones decorated to look like christmas trees
pinecones decorated to look like rednose reindeers

Ellie Gun

During Christmas, I finally got the chance to visit my parents after 15 months. It was such a special week for me since I missed them so much. So, I wanted to make the best of our time together, and these are some of the crafts that we came up with my mom. My mom used to decorate our home each year but this year I wanted to create our own Christmas ornaments and decorations to make it even more special. We built them all from scratch. Couldn't be more grateful to have this time with my parents. 

Employee winner:

colorful abstract painting

Régine Legault-Bouchard

Here’s what I’ve made for my living room during the pandemic. I wanted to add some colour and life to my living room and I tried a new painting technique with a hair dryer! I really like the results.

Thanks to all who participated!

collage of pictures of various crafts (paintings, ceramics, knitting, soap sculpture...)

Employee Health Risk Assessment

Take Control of Your Health

Do you wonder what’s affecting your health?

From January 18 to February 12, uOttawa employees, who are members of the University's group insurance benefits plan with Canada Life, have the opportunity through our partners Canada Life and Health Connected to get a Health Risk Assessment. Learn about your health risks and build action plans to address them!

Click here for more information.

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