• A Walk in Nature

    Recently I’ve added a walk to my daily routine during the work week. I’ve been noticing the different ways that people approach “taking a walk.” Some are focused with a serious stride; others are out for an easy stroll. I see many people with ear buds listening, I imagine, to music, a book or podcast. […]

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  • When you need help

    Help is available for anyone struggling with tragedy In light of the recent tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, we would like to remind health system employees needing support that help is available for both you and your loved ones. Employee and Family Assistance Program counselling (through Morneau Shepell) Saskatchewan Health Authority employees […]

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  • What’s the Mindfulness Challenge All About?

    Thinking of taking the MindWell U (MWU) 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge, but not sure what you’ll be getting yourself into? Here’s what you can expect: 10 minutes per day of mindfulness-in-action training for 30 days Expert-led and evidence-based programming Online and on-the-go platform that can be used anywhere Free to join and includes a buddy of […]

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  • Mental Health Awareness

    Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 31, 2018. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada, by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. One in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at […]

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  • A Fresh New Start

    Are you finding yourself reflecting on the big picture a little more than usual? Researchers have found that a special occasion or temporal landmark, such as a new year, often has people taking a bit of an inventory or scan of their lives, which inspires them to set goals for better behaviour. In other words, […]

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  • Need support this holiday season?

    Connect with your Employee and Family Assistance Program anytime! It easy to connect to EFAP support this holiday season. You can call or instant chat anytime on workhealthlife.com or My EAP app. Always confidential, EFAP is here to listen and help you resolve any concern – big or small. Chat now Let My EAP app […]

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  • Join the ‘mindful revolution’

    Offering mindfulness training to all employees within the organization Revolution: a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something: a change of paradigm (Merriam-Webster) Mindfulness practice has great potential to revolutionize the way we think about and manage our well-being. Mindfulness can help individuals manage their attention and focus their minds with […]

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  • Navigating Change

    Change (CHānj) verb: Make or become different. What comes to mind when you hear someone talk about “change?” All good things must come to an end. Let sleeping dogs lie. A rolling stone gathers no moss. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it Nothing remains constant except change itself. Be the change… Change often looks or feels negative […]

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  • Sleep – Are you getting your ZZZ’s

    Sleep is as important as a balanced diet and regular exercise in keeping us physically and mentally healthy, yet one third of us don’t get enough. That makes one-third of us irritable, forgetful, less productive and more susceptible to illness, as well as having an increased risk of obesity and chronic health conditions such as […]

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  • Welcome to the Healthy Workplace Initiative Website!

    Welcome to the Healthy Workplace Initiative website and blog. You may have noticed our tag line “moving forward for a healthier organization,” which is just what we intend to do! Our team has been working hard to increase access to resources and services as well as provide up-to-date, relevant and accurate health information to Saskatoon […]

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Healthiest You !

Saskatoon Health Region is part of the provincial Saskatchewan Health Authority

Our Vision – healthy, resilient and sustainable workplaces where employees thrive and feel heard and valued.

The Saskatoon Healthy Workplace Initiative offers ongoing programs, events, information and educational opportunities to help employees focus on building positive mental health and physical well-being.

Health and well-being is a lifelong pursuit of making positive choices and decisions that lead to a balanced and fulfilling life. A healthy organization creates and sustains a supportive environment where positive life choices are the easy choice to make through building awareness, and establishing systems and programs to achieve and maintain good health.

What’s New?

Summer Challenge

Take the 150 Km Summer Outdoor Challenge – stay active and get outside this summer!

New Resources Added to Virtual Health Fair

Several new free classes have been added to our Virtual Health Fair including – check them out today!

Yoga Fit at SCH – June 2018

Take part in the last 4 weeks of yoga at SCH before the summer!  Classes will resume in September.

Yoga Fit at RUH June – Aug

Summer Yoga for employees and affiliates (located in the Gymnasium—lower level of Ellis Hall).

Schwartz Rounds June 11, 2018

Join us on June 11th for the next Schwartz Rounds which will focus on Caring for Our Own: Challenges when one of us needs care. All non-clinical and clinical staff welcome.

Healthy Workplace Champion Summit – Registration Open

The 2018 Healthy Workplace Champion Summit is planned for June 12. All current (registered) Champions are encouraged to attend. See Summit Poster for more information and sign up through the training registration system.

Not a Healthy Workplace Champion? We are always looking for new champions to join the network! For information and to register as a Champion, please complete the online registration form. Once your registration is complete, you will be eligible to register to attend the summit.

Healthiest You Update – Spring Edition

Check out the Spring 2018 Healthiest You Update. This issue brings you some great ideas on adding fun into your workday, when to use EFAP, new mindfulness challenge updates and information, the upcoming Healthy Workplace Summit and much more!


The College of Nursing with the assistance of the Healthy Workplace Initiative is exploring meditation and mindfulness practices used by health care providers in Saskatchewan. We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study of mindfulness-based interventions and programming. See poster for more information.

Free Webinar from MindWell-U

Exercising the Mind for Mental Health in the Workplace: Tuesday, May 8, 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Find out why mindfulness will become a core competency, an integral part of business and just as commonplace as physical exercise. Host Dr. Geoff Soloway will be joined by Lyne Moussa, Manager of Wellness, Safety and Disability at Coast Capital Savings, who will share how and why the organization integrated mindfulness into its mental health initiatives.

NEW 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge Start Dates

As a Sask Health Authority employee, you and a buddy can join an organization-wide, on-line Mindfulness Challenge free! The next start date is Tuesday, May 8, in celebration of Mental Health Week. You can also start a challenge as an individual employee (along with a buddy of your choosing), any Monday that you like! Register for a challenge today.


New Yoga Fit Classes

Check out these new Yoga Fit classes starting in April for employees at Idylwyld and Saskatoon City Hospital.

Schwartz Rounds – March 20, 2018

Join us for the next Schwartz Rounds entitled Compassion for Patients Who Have Challenging Behaviors. Sponsored by the Royal University Hospital Foundation.


New Mindfulness Resources Available

Saskatoon Healthy Workplace Initiative has a number of online eBooks on Mindfulness available to borrow through the Patient and Staff Medical Library. Access these eBooks and Audiobooks from a Saskatchewan Health Authority computer, or use your Library barcode to access them from home. Check out these free resources today and further your understanding and practice of Mindfulness.

Personal Trainer Available

Are you looking for some help in achieving your fitness goals? Our personal trainer, Melissa Pylypchuk can help you by designing a program that works for you. Click “here” for more information.