The Sandblog

Shaping the Fun

by Kristyn Berry ASEBP | March 22 2018

As a new team member of Health Promotion Services at ASEBP, I was excited to hear we were attending the Shaping the Future conference in February—talk about perfect timing to start a new position! Shaping the Future is a pan-Canadian school health summit that brings ideas of health, wellness and ideal learning environments together for all students and staff. The conference is a great opportunity…»

Failing Forward

by Janelle Pellizzari ASEBP | March 15 2018

How many times have you come up with an idea or process but did not share it or bring it forward in fear of failing? Our brains are trained to associate failure with steps backward rather than forward. I think it's part of human nature to try our best to get things right on the first try. Furthermore, our culture seems to draw a lot of attention towards winners. We admire and praise the gold winning…»

Freshen Up your Wellness Efforts

by The Sandbox Staff | March 8 2018

It’s hard to believe with the weather we’ve been having that spring is only a few weeks away. Rest assured, we’ll eventually get to those warm days and fresh spring air we’ve all been missing. Until then, let’s not spend our days aimlessly waiting for spring’s return—let’s prepare now! This is the perfect time to revamp your wellness initiatives and goals. Whether you want to incorporate…»

Round-Out your Wellness Programs

by Yatin Patel ASEBP | March 1 2018

Have you ever been to an art gallery, looking at paintings from a variety of perspectives? Things start to shift depending on how close or far away you are to the art. And although it’s important to look at the minute details and brush strokes, you don’t get a sense of a painting until you take a step back and take in the piece in its entirety. This is an important concept in workplace wellness…»

Keep Things E-asy

by The Sandbox Staff | February 22 2018

Earth Day may only be once a year but it’s always a good time to show the environment some love! Take advantage of all the paperless, electronic resources available to minimize your environmental footprint while taking steps towards improving the health and wellness of your team. While the following three easy tips may not roll off the tongue like “reduce, reuse, recycle,” they’re just as…»

Making Connections in the Sand

by Gillian Woroniuk ASEBP | February 15 2018

My colleague, Shandy Reed, and I were interviewed recently by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) about the development of The Sandbox and boy did the memories come flooding back. It was so fun to remember all the energy-filled hours imagining the impact our little sandbox could have on the wellness community in Alberta. It felt like important work at the time and, scrolling…»

Warming Yourself up this Winter

by The Sandbox Staff | February 8 2018

The snow is falling and the temperatures are frigid, which means getting active outside may not be at the top of your team’s list of things to do right now. If you find yourself cheering when it’s cold enough for indoor recess, it may be the perfect time to switch up your thinking. Living in Alberta, cold winters are a fact of life. By embracing time outside, you can freshen up your workplace…»

Put a Spotlight on It

by Shandy Reed ASEBP | February 1 2018

Have you ever been a part of an initiative that you know is vital and, after years of growing momentum, you have an experience that leaves you feeling like you’re being lifted to new heights? Now just picture how the feeling grows as you’re surrounded by others who are just as passionate as you are. Have you ever had a “YES!” moment, if you will? Thanks to the efforts of the McConnell Foundation’s…»

When Life Gives you Lemons…

by The Sandbox Staff | January 25 2018

You may have seen the meme that goes along the lines of, “when you thought everything would be easy peasy, lemon squeezy but it’s actually difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.” While it’s funny, it’s also a great explanation for why we sometimes give up on our goals. A new year is the perfect time to embrace opportunities and shake things up. That said, when we realize things are tougher…»

How Much Does Disengagement Cost?

by Mike Sullivan Cubic Health | January 18 2018 | 1 Comment

Over the past decade, I have come to realize that, for me, December and early January have ceased being about New Year resolutions. I always felt demoralized to know that I would stop adhering to my resolutions a few days into January, so I replaced those wasted efforts with something far more interesting, energizing and productive: I focus on team goals. At Cubic Health, December is the time of year…»