October MHW Newsletter: Healthy Workplace Month & McGill's Health Fair




October 2019


October is Healthy Workplace Month in organizations across Canada, an opportunity to take part in initiatives and activities to encourage a healthy workplace at McGill. We are proud to celebrate with our highly reputed, and ever-expanding, Health Fair for Faculty and Staff on October 30 at New Residence Hall. Nurturing a healthy workplace throughout the year depends on each of us playing our part. Discover 10 ways in which you can support a healthy work environment for or in your team. Start by taking the Canadian Mental Health Association's Work/Life Balance Quiz to find out more about your personal balance.    


Have you booked the upcoming Health Fair in your calendar? Join us on October 30, 2019 (11:30-2:00) at New Residence Hall, 3625 Ave. du Parc

Don't have a lot of time? Drop in to visit exhibits and enter your name in our raffle to win many great prizes! 


Have a bit more time? Enjoy a presentation by Dr. Joe Schwarcz: Nutritional Advice: Is there a solution to the confusion? (12:00-12:45).


Get your blood pressure tested, explore meditation, or try the spin bike gardens. There is something there for everyone! For a list of exhibitors, donors and for more information, click here.

10 Ways YOU Can Support a Healthy Workplace

For National Healthy Workplace Month, My Healthy Workplace has compiled a list of 10 ways you can support a Healthy Workplace here at McGill. To read the list click here.


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Healthy Workplace Month, managed by Excellence Canada, takes place every October with the goals of increasing awareness arpund the elements of a healthy workplace, providing resources and tools, and increasing the number of healthy workplaces in Canada.

Click here to access resources and to learn more about National Healthy Workplace Month.




Upcoming MHW Events


Self-Care: Your First Priority 
October 16th, 2019 (12:00-1:30)


Walking Tour of McGill's Botanical Legacy

October 23, 2019 (12:00-1:00)


Burnout Prevention
October 28th, 2019 (12-1:30)


Health Fair 2019
October 30, 2019 (11:30-2:00)


Health Fair Photo Challenge

We challenge you this month to attend the upcoming Health Fair! To participate in this challenge, send 3 of your best 2019 Health Fair photos (including a selfie or a picture with you in it) to the Health and Well-Being team by November 1st. Submissions will be entered into a draw to win an exciting prize for one lucky winner! Photos may be used in future communications and promotions (with photo credit). 



Are you in Balance?


According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, "Achieving work/life balance means having equilibrium among all the priorities in your life – this state of balance is different for every person. But, as difficult as work/life balance is to define, most of us know when we’re out of balance". To find out more about your own personal balance, click here to access the quiz.


This is not a scientific test. Information provided is not a substitute for professional advice. If you feel that you may need advice, please consult a qualified health care professional.



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Save the Date for the Flu Vaccine Clinic

The Benefits team in HR invite McGill faculty and staff to save the dates for free, staff flu vaccination clinics downtown and at Macdonald campus:

November 19th: McGill Athletics & Recreation

November 25th: MacDonald Campus

November 26th, 27th & 28thLe Carrefour, 475 Sherbrooke West

Stay tuned for further information and registration details in What's New.


We want to hear from you!


This newsletter is for staff by staff. Send the MHW News editorial team an email to let us know what you think of this issue. The upcoming MHW theme for November is Keep Learning. Please contact us to suggest an initiative, nominate an individual for our Staff Spotlight, or if you are interested in contributing an article.