Lunch & Lift 2020/21 Workshops!

Curious about Lunch & Lift? Check out the details from previous years sessions! 

Are you interested in learning more about mindfulness? This session will cover the basics, benefits, and myths of mindfulness meditation. We will also practice 3 meditation exercises in the session and will go over resources you can use to continue your mindfulness practice. This session will be exclusive to our UBC IBPOC community.

Aisha Tejani

Workplace Wellbeing Associate 

Aisha Tejani is a Workplace Wellbeing Associate with Health, Wellbeing and Benefits from UBC Human Resources. She has taught mindfulness for over 5 years to over 1,800 participants at high schools, community centres and UBC.

In partnership with the Graduate Student Society and Student Housing & Community Services, we are excited to offer a free cooking class! Join Dietitians Melissa and Trista for a special Nutrition Month edition of Lunch and Lift – Totally Tacos! Follow along to prepare Crispy Coconut Cauliflower Tacos with Mango Salsa in real-time (via Zoom) with the dietitians. All participants for this 1-hour session will receive a $25 President’s Choice gift card* to buy all recipe ingredients! Vegan and gluten-free modifications available. There will be no physical activity portion for this session. Zoom details and the ingredient list will be emailed to participants on March 19th.

*Gift cards will be virtually distributed post-session in order to verify attendance. Please email physical.activity@ubc.ca if receiving compensation after the session will be a barrier to your participation.

Please note - registration is only open for graduate students at this time! Registration for the public will open on March 11th.

Trista Yuan

4th Year Dietetics Student

Trista Yuan is currently in her fourth year at the UBC Dietetics Program. She is passionate about food and body freedom, guiding people to cook and eat delicious food with pleasure and not guilt! Trista has planned and delivered cooking workshops in diverse settings with a variety of audiences, ranging from elementary school children to seniors.

Melissa Baker, MHSc, RD

Manager, Nutrition and Wellbeing

Melissa Baker completed her dietetics degree at UBC and a Masters of Health Science at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is an AllerTrain Certified Master Trainer, and works hard to support students at UBC with allergies. Melissa is passionate about ensuring the university residence environment supports a healthy lifestyle and helps young adults create healthy habits for life. Melissa has worked in many different areas including clinical, retail, industry, media, HR and consulting.

Thank you to our partners!

In celebration of Move UBC month, this workshop will consist of a 30-minute workout led by UBC Recreation Instructor, Pixie, and then a 30-minute wellbeing workshop about fitting in more movement throughout the day!

COVID-19 safety measures mean that many of us are staying home, sitting more and moving less. We may be feeling fatigued, experiencing discomfort and gaining weight. We can no longer count on commuting to the office, walking to meetings or getting up to visit the copy machine to get us moving but we can make a conscious effort to interrupt sitting.

Here's the good news: Fitting in Movement using a few quick and easy strategies can have a positive impact on our health. For example: Research shows that frequent interruptions to sitting has a positive effect on waist circumference. This effect was independent of total sitting time and total exercise time. People who take micro-breaks report less discomfort and are just as productive. Getting up for a glass of water might be the easiest way to improve your health! In this 30-minute workshop you will learn about the health impacts of inactivity and easy strategies to Fit in Movement.

All registered participants in attendance at the session will be entered in a draw to win one of two $25 gift cards to your choice of one of the following:

  • UBC Bookstore
  • lululemon
  • Indigo Books and Music
  • Cactus Club

Abigail Overduin

Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist Ergonomics Program Lead, UBC Vancouver & Lower Mainland

Abigail Overduin has been the Ergonomics Advisor at UBC since 2011. She specializes in musculoskeletal injury prevention across industry sectors including office and laboratory ergonomics and manual material handling. Abigail completed her Masters in Ergonomics through Derby University and an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University. She has qualified as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and is President of the BC/YK Region of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists.

Alyssa Reyes

Physical Activity Manager at UBC

Alyssa Reyes is the Physical Activity Manager at UBC. She is passionate about getting people moving in ways that are comfortable, inclusive, motivating, and fun. Alyssa is also a graduate student at UBC studying Indigenous Studies within the School of Kinesiology.

This is an introductory session that serves to introduce the concept of budgeting to people that have no or minimal experience with budgeting. We will explore the benefits of budgets, how to make budget, and how to integrate technology into budgeting.
All registered participants in attendance at the session will be entered in a draw to win one of two $25 gift cards to your choice of one of the following:
  • UBC Bookstore
  • lululemon
  • Indigo Books and Music
  • Cactus Club

Gurwinder Sidhu

4th Year Faculty of Science Student 

Gurwinder is a fourth-year student in the Faculty of Science studying Microbiology and Immunology and he is currently on a co-op placement with Providence Health Care Research Institute. Gurwinder has always been passionate about learning how to manage money and be financially responsible and his passion now extends to helping others manage their finances. This is his third year as a Financial Wellness Peer.

Even a small daily dose of physical activity can help you thrive! In celebration of Thrive month, this special edition of Lunch & Lift will cover the connection between mental and physical health, specifically when our mental health is indicating for us to 'activate' the body vs. when it is indicating for us to 'calm' the body and will leave you with some great ways to foster positive mental health. This session will be covered by Freeman Woolnough and Karen Moss - counsellor's in Residence.

All registered participants in attendance at the session will be entered in a draw to win one of two $25 gift cards to your choice of one of the following:
  • UBC Bookstore
  • lululemon
  • Indigo Books and Music
  • Cactus Club

Freeman Woolnough

Counsellor in Residence

Freeman is a mental health counsellor who has worked with post-secondary students for the past decade, at various institutions. Outside of the office, Freeman tries his best to keep active, and also loves singing with choirs!

Karen Moss

Counsellor in Residence

Karen is a mental health counsellor and has worked with university students, parents, kids and teens for many years in a variety of settings in BC and the UK. Outside of the office, Karen enjoys the great outdoors and a good cup of coffee from the amazing coffee shops in Vancouver.

We understand that during this unprecedented situation, you may be feeling stressed, or worried - and while practicing physical distancing, may also lead you feeling isolated. This is why this session will take you through the Thrive 5! Join us for a 30-minute fitness class led by a UBC Recreation Instructor, followed by a 30-minute interactive session led by Carlie McPhee from the UBC Wellness Centre. This workshop will cover five simple, easy-to-implement ways to help prosper and maintain good mental health.

All registered participants in attendance during the session will be entered in a draw to WIN one of two $25 gift cards to your choice of one of the following:

  • UBC Bookstore
  • lululemon
  • Indigo Books and Music
  • Cactus Club

Carlie McPhee

Health Promotion & Education Coordinator, UBC Wellness Centre

Carlie is a health promotion professional with a background in kinesiology, health education, sexual health promotion, and public health resource development. Carlie has worked in recreation, and government health promotion positions for many years supporting folks to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Carlie joined UBC earlier this year, and coordinates the Peer Health Educator program, and provides support to other wellbeing projects that benefit UBC students.

The United Way

We're excited to announce that this month's workshop is in partnership with the United Way. The United Way is an annual campaign that focuses on prevention and addresses the underlying causes of critical social issues such as poverty and social isolation before they become crises.

If you would like to donate and you are either a UBC student or a UBC community member, be sure to include "UBC" in the comments of your donation to make sure that your kind offering goes towards the dollars raised for the UBC United Way campaign.

This session covers all things self-care! With the start of the term, we know how overwhelming it can be, so set aside some time and join us to find out some tips and tricks to help support your wellbeing.  This workshop will consist of a 30-minute fitness class led by a UBC Recreation Instructor, followed by a 30-minute Q&A led by Miranda Massie from UBC HR.

All registered participants in attendance will be entered in a draw to WIN one of two $25 gift cards to your choice of one of the following:

  • Running Room
  •  Doughgirls
  • Save-On-Foods

 

Miranda Massie, ME'd

Workplace Wellbeing Practices & Learning Consultant, UBC HR

Miranda has a background in psychology, as well as health and adult education and is a Mental Health Commission of Canada certified instructor (Mental Health First Aid and The Working Mind). Miranda's work is grounded in health promotion and she believes in empowering employees to make informed principles that can positively impact their individual wellbeing.

This session will consist of a 30-minute "High Fitness Class" led by UBC Recreation Instructor Cora, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with UBC Dietitians, Tamara Paetsch and Melissa Baker!

All registered participants in attendance at the session will be entered in a draw to win one of two $25 gift cards to your choice of one of the following:
• Running Room
• Doughgirls
• Save-On-Foods

Tamara Paetsch, RD

Food & Nutrition Coordinator

Tamara Paetsch completed her nutrition degree and dietetics training at the University of Manitoba. She is passionate about helping students build healthy lifestyles, and ensuring students have positive and safe dining experiences at UBC.

Melissa Baker, MHSc, RD

Manager, Nutrition and Wellbeing

Melissa Baker completed her dietetics degree at UBC and a Masters of Health Science at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is an AllerTrain Certified Master Trainer, and works hard to support students at UBC with allergies. Melissa is passionate about ensuring the university residence environment supports a healthy lifestyle and helps young adults create healthy habits for life. Melissa has worked in many different areas including clinical, retail, industry, media, HR and consulting.