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UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 10 | Oct. 2, 2003

Come on get Healthy

New symposium shows how

By Hilary Thomson

Find yourself teetering on the seesaw of work-life balance? UBC’s first health symposium may help.

The free event will take place Oct. 20 from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, in celebration of Canada’s Healthy Workplace Week.

Hosted by UBC’s department of health, safety and environment, the symposium is open to all UBC faculty and staff. The event features two keynote speakers, Dr. Martin Collis, an educator, humorist, scientist and singer, and Dr. Deborah Kern, an expert on mind-body health and author of Everyday Wellness. In addition, there are six breakout sessions with speakers presenting information on work-life balance, down-to-earth tips on preventing illness, recognizing depression and deciphering the world of alternative therapies.

“We recognize that many faculty and staff struggle to maintain a balanced lifestyle and that personal well-being often gets left by the wayside,” says Gerry Latham, manager of UBC’s Health Promotion Program and organizer of the symposium. “We hope this event will launch an exploration of wellness and help to equip people with the information and tools they need for healthy living.”

Complementing the presentations is a health fair in the Chan Centre’s lobby. Accessible throughout the day, the fair will showcase interactive health related exhibits. Staff and faculty will have an opportunity to participate in a screening clinic where they can discover their blood pressure, blood glucose, blood cholesterol and bone density status.

Individuals must register to attend the symposium. For further information and to register online, visit www.hse.ubc.ca/health-symposium or call 604.822.1451.

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