Virtual Health Fair
Visit our virtual health fair which offers a variety of screenings, tools and resources to help you assess your current status and make improvements towards a healthier self. Select from a variety of health topics:
Chronic Disease and Health Conditions
CANRISK: Canadian Diabetes Risk Questionnaire – Find out if you are at a higher risk of having diabetes with this short questionnaire. Knowing your risks can encourage you to make healthier choices which in turn may reduce your risk or even prevent you from developing diabetes in the future.
Kidney Disease Risk Assessment Quiz – Did you know that 1 in 10 Canadians has kidney disease? Because there are often no symptoms until kidney disease is quite advanced, many people aren’t aware that they have the disease until they’ve already lost most of their kidney function. Take 10 minutes to answer these 10 questions. The answers will help you know if you should talk to your doctor about having your kidney function checked.
Cancer Screening Video – This video provides Canadians with information about cancer screening. It explains that there are both potential harms and potential benefits of cancer screening and that people should consider these harms and benefits when making decisions about screening. From the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care
Health ETOOLS – Heart and Stroke Foundation: Use these online health assessment tools for blood pressure, diet and risk of heart disease and stroke to maintain your overall health and wellness.
Lifetime Cost of Smoking (Great-West Life): You must have a Groupnet for Plan Members account. Login and click on ‘Health & Wellness, then Health Tools.
Blood Pressure Tracker: Track your BP daily, weekly, monthly; learn how to manage medications and receive appointment reminders.
Complimentary and Holistic Medicine
Mental and Emotional Health
Exercises for Stress Reduction & Deep Relaxation: This program includes videos to support stress reduction and deep relaxation. Led by Michael Apollo, provided by University Health Network (UHN) these videos can even be viewed with a headset while sitting at a desk.
Well-Being Checklist: Sometimes when we are struggling, it is hard to step back and get a clear look at how we are doing. Here are questions you can ask yourself to help you get a picture of your situation.
Stress Responder Scale: Get insight right now into your stress response and how that predicts your happiness and success-and most importantly a customized action plan to help move you from stressed to successful.
Work-Life Balance Quiz: Do you find it difficult to balance the different roles in your life? If so, you’re not alone – 58% of Canadians report “overload” as a result of the pressures associated with work, home and family, friends, physical health, volunteer and community service. Take this quiz to see if you’re in balance.
Mental Health Meter: Reflect on your unique strengths and identify areas where your level of mental fitness could be improved to help you cope with all of life’s up and downs.
What’s your Stress Index? The habits, attitudes and signs that can alert us to problems may be hard to recognize because they have become so familiar. Find your stress level right now by completing this test.
Mental Wellbeing screening test: BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions offers an anonymous online screening for overall mental well-being.
Your Mental Health Checkup: This confidential questionnaire screens for potential addictions, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, various types of depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Depression screening test: BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions offers an anonymous online screening for depression.
Anxiety disorders screening test: BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions offers an anonymous online screening for anxiety.
What’s Your Stress-coping Style?: (Great-West Life): This confidential quiz helps you find the best way for you to handle stress. You must have a Groupnet for Plan Members account. Login and click on ‘Health & Wellness, then Health Tools.
Stress Strategies: A web-based decision making tool to assess stressors and assist in developing an action plan for reducing and managing stress is all aspects of life.
The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress : Doc Mike Evans offers this informative and practical video about the most important thing you can do to manage your stress.
TED TALK: How to make stress your friend – Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Mindfulness and Spiritual Health
Just Added! 10 Mindfulness Exercises for the Health Care Workplace -Use these exercises to begin incorporating mindfulness into your daily life. Each exercise is quick and can be done at work. Try spacing them throughout the day.
What is Mindfulness? Understand how practicing mindfulness can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits.
Mindful Moments: A monthly Healthy UBC Newsletter column that focuses on incorporating a mindfulness practice into your life in relation to various dimensions of health. Audio recordings included.
Free Guided Meditations: Free Guided Meditations: For an introduction to mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own, turn on your speakers and click on the “play” or “download” links. Podcasts are also available on iTunes U.
9 Meditation Tips from Jon Kabat-Zinn – in this short video series by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of The Center for Mindfulness, Jon shares what he calls the 9 attitudes that create a strong foundation for mindfulness practice.
What is mindfulness and what does it mean to you? – This 5-minute video offers a basic understanding of mindfulness and suggests that most of us have already experienced being mindful before.
Zen Habits – is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.
Do Yoga with Me high quality FREE yoga videos online.
Gratitude Calendar– put gratitude into action and and reap the rewards with this 31-day challenge
Physical Health and Lifestyle Choices
Yoga 101– Check out this primer on yoga basics developed by Student Health Services at the University of Saskatchewan.
Getting Active at work! Core Strength Exercises – Resource Package using physical activity to prevent slips, trips and falls at work; developed specifically with SHR staff in mind!
Healthy Weight Action Plan: Free and easy 12-week program to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Take the ‘Be Active’ Quiz
15 Minute Workout at Your Desk – PowerPoint workout to get you moving at your desk!
How does alcohol fit into your life? (Great-West Life): Get a clearer picture of your level of alcohol dependence. You must have a Groupnet for Plan Members account. Login and click on ‘Health & Wellness, then Health Tools.
Half Your Plate Initiative – This website was developed to help Canadians find easy ways to eat healthier foods. Their website includes ideas and tips for creating plant-based meals as well as recipes for inspiration.
Healthy Food Checker: Use the “food checker” to compare food items and get recommendations based on Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. This tool, hosted by Alberta Health Services, encourages awareness around food labels, portion sizes and making healthy food choices.
eatracker: For daily healthy eating tips and to track your eating visit.
Health Resources For Your Smart Phone
Employee Benefit Apps
My EAP (Shepell) – access to professional mental health services with E-Counseling, First Chat and Online Access; features interactive tools, such as My Stress Index and My Relationship Meter
GroupNet Text! – Get instant access to your Great West Life benefit details. Sign up on GroupNet for Plan Members, under Your Profile tab.
DrugHub – free app available from Great-West Life, helps you stay on top of your family’s medications. Once you enter your medication information, it reminds you when to take medications, lets you know when to order refills, gives you instant access to Great-West’s library of detailed drug information, including thousands of physician-reviewed drug articles. DrugHub works on iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads.
Stress Management and Mindfulness
Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool for diaphragmatic breathing exercise. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management.
BellyBio Interactive Breathing – biofeedback and sounds help you master a deep breathing technique
Smiling Mind is meditation made easy. A simple tool that helps put a smile on your mind anytime, anywhere and everyday.
Stop, Breathe & Think is a friendly, simple tool to guide people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations for mindfulness and compassion.
Measure Workplace Stress – Use this free app to answer a series of questions to measure your level of stress
Take a Break! – Guided Meditations for Stress Relief
Calm – Calm can help you meditate, sleep, relax and much more. Discover how meditation can improve your mood – and your life
Lotus Bud – Lotus Bud Mindfulness Bell keeps you present throughout the day and Lotus Bud Meditation Timer helps you establish a regular sitting practice.
Headspace – Guided meditation and mindfulness techniques suitable for all levels. Meditation can help improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety and reduce stress.
Simply Yoga – The app contains a 20, 40 and 60 minute yoga routine that step you through each pose.
Mental Health and Anxiety Management
BoosterBuddy – a free app designed to help teens and young adults improve their mental heatlh
Mindshift: A free app from Anxiety BC designed to help teens and young adults cope better with anxiety.
Moods: Moods is a fast and e way to record your current mood, which can help to maintain good mental health.
Moodtrack Diary: Mood tracking journal and diary to help you pick out patterns and triggers.
Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM): tracks your anxiety and offers a range of self-help techniques.
What’s Up?: In addition to its tracking features, this app uses cognitive-behavioral therapy-based methods to challenge your negative thought patterns and keep you grounded you during anxiety attacks.
Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep: Sometimes you just need a time-out when your stress becomes overwhelming. This app uses the calm sounds of nature to soothe you back into a calm, relaxed state.
Lifestyle & Self-Care
Gratitude Journal – practice awareness of the positive things in life, and train your brain to be more positive and thus happier.
Live Happy – scientifically proven facts and ideas to live a happier and more meaningful life through interviews with positive psychology and well-being thought leaders.
Wunderlist – Organize and share your to-do, work, grocery, movies and household lists.
Way of Life – Invest less than a minute daily to track, identify and change your habits with Way of Life’s unique color system. As you collect more information you will be able to spot positive and negative trends in your lifestyle
Saying When – How to quit drinking or cut down. Developed by the Education department at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. This program has been used with great success for over 20 years, and is now available in mobile format. Get help and keep your concerns about your drinking private. There’s no need to attend meetings or open up in front of a group. It’s a self-help approach that truly is anonymous and can positively influence your health, your job, or your relationships.
Stand Up! This simple app reminds you (at intervals you set in advance) to stand up and take a break. A growing body of research shows that sitting for long periods of time is unhealthy, but too many of us sit at our desks without remembering how important it is to get up, move around, and stretch.
HIRT? – Hemophilia Injury Recognition Tool – A multidisciplinary team from the Saskatoon Health Region, Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, University of Saskatchewan and MITACS developed this app that will provide assistance in identifying an injury needing medical attention. It will also facilitate contact to a Hemophilia Treatment Centre.
Waterlogged: A free App that helps you track your daily water intake and will even remind you to hydrate throughout the day with an alarm that sounds like running water.
Sodium 101 – To help people take control of how much sodium they consume, the Canadian Stroke Network has developed the Sodium101 iPhone app, based on their popular website (www.sodium101.ca.) to make it easier for consumers to make smarter, lower-sodium food choices.
Cookspiration – Be inspired to cook any time, day or night with Cookspiration, created by Dietitians of Canada. Recipe ideas are served up to suit your mood and schedule.
Pepperplate – manage recipes, create menus & cook, plan meals, make shopping lists
MotionX 24/7 – Always-on complete activity tracker for the iPhone. It measures and correlates resting heart rate, includes advanced sleep cycle monitoring with smart alarms and power naps, and incorporates “Get Active” alerts.
MyNetDiary – Lose weight and get healthier with MyNetDiary calorie counter and weight loss program. MyNetDiary gives you tools to track food and exercise, plan healthy meals, and stay motivated.
StandApp – provides alarmed reminders to take standing breaks from your desk. StandApp includes 30 low to medium intensity exercises anyone can do at work. Users can set reminders as a timer or an alarm.
My Fitness Pal: A free app designed to make tracking calories and daily exercise easy!
Seconds – a programmable interval timer iPhone, iPadx and iPod touch. It features HIIT and round timer wizards as well as advanced fine tuning. Match you music to your intensity with per interval playlists and more.
MapMyFitness – a fitness tracking application that enables you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all of your fitness activities.
7 Minute Workout – This app is inspired by the 7 Minute Workout that was originally published in ACSM’S Health & Fitness Journal and then covered by the NYTimes.
Nike + Running – The Nike+ Running App tracks your runs and helps you reach your goals — whether it’s running your first race, or setting a new personal record.
Nike Training Club – Over 100 full body workouts inspired by top Nike athletes and designed by NTC Master Trainers, N+TC will help you track progress, stay motivated and train better.
Free Online Learning Resources and Opportunities
If you like learning about your health and well-being on your own time, in your own way, then these options might be for you.
Mental Health Awareness – This free e-course provides an introduction to the complex issue of mental health in the workplace, and explains why it is so important. You will learn the difference between mental well-being and mental illness, factors that put people at risk, and the roles of early intervention and promotion of mental well-being at work. Developed by Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
Being a Mindful Employee: An Orientation to Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – This free online training program is about psychological health and safety in the workplace. The goal is to help you, as an employee, understand the 13 psychosocial workplace factors from the National Standard of Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and what you can do to help yourself and others in the workplace. Developed by Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
Ted Talks Learn on the go by watching TED Talks on your favourite devices. Explore more than 2,000 free, insightful, and thought-provoking videos featuring leaders from tech, science, psychology, and more.
eOfficeErgo: Ergonomics e-Learning for Office Workers – an evidence-based and standard-compliant free online training program designed for employees who regularly use computers on the job.
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by 10% Happier: Guided meditations & mindfulness techniques – A 7-day free introduction to meditation with video lessons that teach the essentials, guided audio meditations that walk you through the practice, and a coach to help you follow through.
Palouse Mindfulness – Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – an eight-week MBSR program that is web-based, self-paced, and free. It was created by a fully certified MBSR instructor, and is modeled on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It begins with an Introduction designed to give you a sense of mindfulness and an idea of how this course is structured. For each of the eight weeks, videos, readings and practices help you build a base of both knowledge and experience.