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Connecting the Wellness Dots

by Shandy Reed ASEBP | July 20 2017

A few months ago I had the good fortune of attending a conference targeted to professionals working in the field of health benefits (Bullseye! That’s me!). Not surprisingly, many of the delegates shared their ideas about the importance of employee and workplace health and how, as champions, we can learn from each other’s experiences to help us achieve success. Huzzah—jackpot! Making the Job…»

Did Someone Say Party?

by The Sandbox Staff | July 13 2017

It’s hard to believe our country is so grown up. We hope you had a great time marking Canada’s milestone birthday earlier this month—the big 1-5-0!—and, if you’re anything like us, you may have chosen to keep the party going all month long! You only celebrate 150 once, right?! Workplace wellness is kind of like a party in its own right. It even has the same makings of a great event: prep,…»

Lessons from the Big Bike

by Mike Sullivan Cubic Health | July 6 2017 | 2 Comments

Picture sitting next to people you don’t know well—or at all—and collectively riding down a quiet Edmonton street making as much noise you can, whooping and laughing so hard you end up with a stitch in your side. Just keep pedaling, that’s all we ask! In mid-June, a team of staff from ASEBP competed in the Heart and Stroke’s Big Bike Corporate Challenge event. For those who haven’t seen…»

Inspired Summer

by The Sandbox Staff | June 29 2017

We all have different methods of getting inspired. Maybe it’s reading a good book, listening to music, meditating or going for a run. Whatever kicks your brain into overdrive, it’s important to get into the habit of regularly flexing your inspiration muscle—especially over the summer. Luckily for you, The Sandbox has oodles of workplace wellness resources to help you get started or point you…»

Celebrate Every Step

by Patricia Tallon ASEBP | June 22 2017 | 2 Comments

Can you feel the dog days of summer moving in? With the end of the busy school year just around the corner, it’s important to look back on this school year to take stock and celebrate! Think back to the start of the school year and note how far your school jurisdiction has come. What events did your school jurisdiction hold for staff wellness? What days did you celebrate? Who was involved? What…»

Finish the Year on a High Note

by The Sandbox Staff | June 15 2017

We’ve all seen the end-of-year teacher memes that make us laugh and capture what it’s like to be an educator this time of year. There’s the dishevelled owl with blood shot eyes and the one that reminds us that “there’s no tired like end-of-year teacher tired.” Whether or not these memes reflect your current mental or physical state, there’s no doubt that June is a challenging time for…»

Train for That Marathon: Transformation Begins with Reflection

by Colleen Wright Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund | June 8 2017

The end of the school year can feel like the final few miles of a marathon. Reporting deadlines are imminent—for many of you, grading and report cards are due—and you’re anxious for the race to be over, to say the least. As the finish line appears on your horizon, it’s important to start evaluating how things went. We must try to better our practice, improve our pace, push through to the end…»

Working on my Fitness, Workplace be my Witness

by The Sandbox Staff | June 1 2017

That big yellow ball in the sky is heating things up this month and the warm weather makes it easier than ever to explore your favourite ways to move! No more "Netflix and chill," people, it's time to take it outside! Getting your workplace excited about going outside is a great way to encourage physical activity—and fun! There are so many benefits to getting active—including improved brain function,…»

Breaking Through

by Gillian Woroniuk ASEBP | May 25 2017 | 1 Comment

When sitting down to craft these blogs, I usually try to take a quick stroll through the latest headlines looking for something to inspire me. This cruise offered up everything from a devastating terrorist attack and dangerous sea lion encounter to a high society English wedding and selfies with the Prime Minister—these are the strangest of times my friends. The headlines did get me thinking about…»

Find Your Happy with Work-Life Balance

by The Sandbox Staff | May 18 2017

We’ve all heard about famous actors or performers overdoing their work, concert or travel schedule and ending up in the hospital for exhaustion—Selena Gomez, Tracy Morgan and Demi Moore are just a few individuals who’ve reached this stage of fatigue. Although these are extreme examples of work-life imbalance, the earlier stages of imbalance can also be detrimental to wellness in your personal…»