The Sandblog

Breaking Through

by Gillian Woroniuk ASEBP | May 25 2017

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…»

Five Bike Tips to Keep School Employee Wellness Rolling

by Matthew Mitschke Alberta Health Services | May 11 2017

For cyclists like me, spring marks the start of unadulterated bicycle bliss where every day provides another opportunity to get out and pump the pedals. Spring is an ideal time for a tune-up to keep your gears spinning and keep your brakes tight. Like any complicated machine, you will find that spring is also a good time to “tune up” your employee wellness initiatives at school. So get your bike—and…»

The ABC’s of SCHOOL

by The Sandbox Staff | May 4 2017

The Sandbox was built on a strong foundation—ASEBP’s very own SCHOOL model! This model is more than an assortment of cleverly placed letters, it’s a way to guide wellness champions through the steps of developing, initiating, evaluating and maintaining a workplace wellness program. We decided to break it down for you by sharing some of our favourite resources. S – Structure of Leadership Support:…»

Bringing the Bounce Back: Building a Resilient Organizational Culture

by Janelle Pellizzari ASEBP | April 27 2017 | 1 Comment

The one-year mark of the devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray is approaching, which was a reminder for me that crisis—and even disaster—can occur without anticipation. One of the keys to not only surviving such events, but to potentially thrive during upheavals, is human resilience. While human resilience may be thought of as a personal trait, groups can learn to develop a culture of resilience—the…»

Health Means the World to Us

by The Sandbox Staff | April 20 2017

What’s not to love about spring?! Things are blooming and the sun is shining. And yes, it’s oh so nice to be on the other side of winter and enjoy our time outdoors. Living in such a beautiful province makes it easy to fall in love with this season—and the whole planet too! April 22 marks this year’s Earth Day celebrations. What an appropriate time to talk about all the ways you and your teammates…»

Take the Suck out of Mental Health

by Leanne Companion ASEBP | April 13 2017

I was joking with some friends the other day about inventing a stress vacuum to neatly suck up and dispose of any and all issues that interfere with our lives. Wouldn’t that be nice?! It seems that there are always times in our lives where things start going sideways and our stress feels out of control. During these times, it comforts me to know that Employee and Family Assistance programs, like…»

Being Self-Care Aware

by The Sandbox Staff | April 6 2017

As health champions, most of our focus ends up being on other people. After all, isn’t that how we create a healthy workplace? But stop for a moment and think about the last time you spent some of your workplace wellness-focused energy on doing something just for you. If you’re having a hard time remembering, then this is the blog for you. Self-care is possibly one of the most important parts…»

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

by Neil Neary ASEBP | March 30 2017

While it doesn’t quite feel like spring has sprung here in Edmonton, the calendar assures me that it will soon be April. There’s no disputing that the best thing about April is the start of the baseball season, but another thing to get excited about is the chance to spend more time outside. If you’re like me and are looking to maximize your time enjoying spring and summer in Alberta, walking…»

Get Outta Here!

by The Sandbox Staff | March 23 2017

The old adage about March—in like a lion, out like a lamb—was certainly true for Albertans this year. I think we all watched as friends and colleagues escaped to sunny shores in attempts to avoid the “lion” part of the month. Now that the weather has inched its way back to the realm of reasonability and spring has officially sprung, it’s time to start thinking about our escapes a little…»