Celebrate health, safety and mental wellness

Health, Safety and Risk Management, in collaboration with Organizational Development, will be hosting a number of virtual sessions during Safety and Health Week and Mental Health Awareness Week taking place from May 4 to May 8.

The week will focus on promoting and celebrating health and safety at McMaster University.

Upcoming Free Virtual Sessions

Live Webinar:  Managing Your Time and Energy
Monday, May 4 | 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Time is a precious resource. The phrase “time = money” is certainly true in a business setting. Individuals require balance in their work lives so that they can meet both their job requirements and personal needs. Is it possible to manage time at work to be both satisfied and successful? This one-hour live webinar, from Homewood Health will explore answers to this question.  Register online.

Live Webinar: How to Get the Most Out of Your Visit with Your Family Physician
Tuesday, May 5
| 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Dr. Allan Rosenfeld, a practicing family physician and the University’s Occupational Medical Consultant, will present “How to Get the Most Out of Your Visit with Your Family Physician”.  Dr. Rosenfeld has practiced in West Mississauga for over 31 years, and will present his perspective of the do’s and don’ts when seeing your family physician.
Register online.

Live Webinar: Plan for Resilience
Tuesday, May 5
| 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Adversity, stress, and tragedy can all be an inevitable part of life. Resilience is a way to empower individuals who experience this, as you can’t always choose what happens to you, but you can choose the response. This one hour session will give employees tools to help recover from stressful situations, providing opportunities to respond positively, with the ultimate goal of having a better quality of life.  Register online.

Live Webinar: Happiness from Home
Wednesday, May 6
| 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
With the frequently changing landscape due to COVID-19, the McMaster community is challenged with navigated the new realities of work and home. This session will look at how to achieve happiness and well-being for both employees working from home, and those who are working onsite. It will challenge the traditional definition of work-life balance, instead focusing on how the four happiest places on earth work to achieve this harmony. Attendees will also learn how to apply this information to their particular work situation.  Register online.

Live Webinar: Join the Health, Safety Risk Management Team
Wednesday, May 6
| 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
The annual Safety and Health Week BBQ and Vendor Fair allows us to recognize our Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) members for their contributions towards health and safety at the University. At this time, we cannot move forward with the BBQ and Vendor Fair, but we still hope to see everyone and give our thanks. Please join the Health, Safety and Risk Management team during the lunch hour to ‘catch up and chat’ virtually.  We have missed you all and look forward to seeing some familiar faces over lunch.  More information can be found here.

May Yoga (Every Thursday in May)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Jenn Stanley for all-levels intro to yoga.  This class will feature movement and poses with extra instruction for those new to the practice of yoga, but will also include poses familiar to those with a regular practice.  We will focus on intentional movement and breath with the goal of finishing the class feeling calm ready to continue your day. What you’ll need: Yoga mat or carpeted floor, water and a yoga block or thick book for optional support in some poses.  Register online.

Live Webinar: Healthy Sleep Habits
Thursday, May 7
| 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
You asked and we listened!  This session is being offered based on employee feedback.
We are pleased to offer multiple learning opportunities during Mental Health Awareness Week and Safety and Health Week.   Everyone feels much better after a good night’s sleep; our thoughts are clearer, our reactions faster, and our emotions are less fragile. In this one hour live webinar, Ryan van’t Kruis from Homewood Health will introduce participants to the effects of sleep deprivation and review some key strategies to promote healthy sleeping habits.  Register online.

Live Webinar: Journey to Wellness:  One Step at a Time
Friday, May 8
| 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Many of us use the beginning of a new year to renew our commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, but how often are these resolutions kept? This one hour live webinar from Homewood Health will examine what wellness means and provides simple steps to help participants set their own health goals and keep them on track for achieving their personal definitions of wellness.  Register online.

For more on the week’s events and registration information visit the HR Events page.  Watch for daily articles and information that will be posted on the Environmental and Occupational Health Support Services webpage and Twitter