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Access tools and resources to help with your healthy living goals. Includes information on online training courses available to staff, the Health Promotion Initiatives Fund, and more.
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Want to make your workplace healthier? Get the resources and tools to do it! Start a health challenge or apply for a grant to start a new initiative; there are many ways to play an active role in shaping a healthy workplace.

 

Stop Smoking: Get Your Life Back! (eCourse)

Ready to quit? Not certain? Trying again? Quitting smoking takes more than willpower. We know what it takes to become a successful ex-smoker and we’ve put that knowledge together in our smoking cessation program. Stop Smoking includes an option to obtain one-on-one coaching with our quit-smoking experts.

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

Taking Control of Alcohol Use (eCourse)

How much is too much? This course is for anyone who is trying to control, cut down, or stop drinking. The course is also for the spouse, partner, child, sibling, co-worker, or employer of someone with a drinking problem...because there are many ways that concerned others can help.

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).
 

The HPIF application Period is now CLOSED.


Do you have a great idea for supporting the health and wellbeing of your team or department? Apply for a grant through the Health Promotion Initiatives Fund to help turn your great idea into a great solution! Starting this year applications will be accepted anytime between May 15th and September 30th 2017. If you have an idea, consider applying now!

 

What is the Health Promotion Initiatives Fund?

The Health Promotion Initiatives Fund is a funding program established to support the physical and mental health of PHSA employees. Adapted from the successful Healthy UBC model, this program allows any department, site or group of employees to apply for funding to coordinate a healthy living project in the workplace. Applicants can apply for a maximum of a $500 seed fund to be used during the 2017/18 fiscal year. Multiple projects will be awarded funding for each competition period.

 

How do I apply?

Come up with a great idea for a project you can run in your workplace and complete an application form. During the application process you may need to:

  • Identify a health need in your workplace.
  • Discuss with your coworkers how this need can be addressed and come up with a project plan.
  • Pull together a team of individuals interested in helping to implement the idea.
  • Approach your supervisor to obtain approval and input on your idea.

What kind of projects will be funded?

We're looking for creative ideas that incorporate realistic timelines and budgets. Above all, your project should address a health need specific to your workplace. Check out the eligibility and funding criteria for detailed guidelines. The following is a list of suggestions to get you started, but keep in mind that it is by no means exhaustive:

  • Organize a series of workshops or seminars to provide education on a certain area of health or to teach employees important skills needed for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Set-up a compost or recycling program at the office.
  • Implement a cycle-share program.
  • Start a health challenge at your worksite to take the stairs more often (e.g. Stairway to Health), to try a greener and more active commute to work, to eat more fruits and vegetables or to try a new activity or relaxation technique.

A full list of HPIF documentation can be found in the column to the right.

 

Join other staff who are passionate and dedicated to supporting the health of their colleagues at work. Wellness Teams are made up of staff members who volunteer their time to organize health fairs, awareness campaigns, and other projects that support health at their worksite.

For more information on starting a Wellness Team or joining an existing team, email healthpromotion@phsa.ca

 
Online training and education

Health is affected by a broad range of factors - whether it's uncertainty about your career path, stress management, personal relationships, or financial health.

PHSA staff have access to recorded presentations, e-courses, and other web-based education resources for those interested in developing skills and knowledge in these - and other- topic areas to support their health.

Online training and education resources have been sorted into the following categories:


Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) Orientation (Recorded Presentation

A video orientation to PHSA's Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Homewood Health. This video introduces the range of free, confidential services available to all PHSA staff, including counselling, coaching and online services, as well as how to access them.

 

Ask Dr. Goldbloom: Anxiety (Video)

Dr. David Goldbloom discusses anxiety and common forms of anxiety disorders, as well as treatment options.

 

Ask Dr. Goldbloom: Depression (Video)

Dr. David Goldbloom explains the difference between feeling sad and depression, as well as symptoms and treatment options.

 

23 ½ Hours: What Is the Single Best Thing We Can Do for Our Health? (Video)

Dr. Mike Evans introduces the one intervention that has been shown to address the widest array of health problems: exercise.

 

Taking Control of Your Mood (eCourse)

What is low mood and what can you do about it? Feelings of sadness are normal but sometimes they are troublesome and require additional help. This course offers self-care strategies for improving sad moods, including: eating and sleeping well, managing thinking and feelings, increasing positive experiences, getting active, and tension reduction.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

Coping with Shiftwork (Video)

Health Promoter Lisa van der Vinne introduces the main challenges of shiftwork, and outlines valuable strategies to address the impact these challenges have on our health.

 

Let's Make Our Day Harder (Video)

Dr. Mike Evans explains why we should be trying to make our day harder in order to improve our health and quality of life.

 

Got A Meeting? Take A Walk (Video)

Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" -- and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.


Self Managing and Self Management Support (Video)

This video introduces the concept of self managing your health, and how to collaborate with healthcare providers to help manage chronic conditions.


Healthy Living & Cancer Prevention – Tips for Success (Online Module)

Ever wonder about how you can make changes in your life to help with cancer prevention? Have questions about what the risk

factors for cancer are and how you can take easy steps to stay healthy? Learn more about the 5 healthy behaviours that can reduce cancer risk and also read about common myths related to cancers.


Introduction to Mental Health in the Workplace (e-Course for employees or managers/leaders)

An online module which will allow you to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress, low mood and depression, identify the

workplace risk factors that can contribute to these conditions, explain the impact of stigma, and gain an awareness of the resources and support available to PHSA employees. Two courses are available: one for employees and one for manager/leaders. These courses are a pre-requisite to take the in-person Mental Health in the Workplace workshops (for employees and managers/leaders).

Understanding and Addressing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout (e-Course)
This module, brought to you by PHSA's Health Promotion Program will help you recognize the signs and symptoms of both compassion fatigue and burnout, the risk factors associated with both and self-care strategies that can help reduce your risks and/or support recovery.

Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma (e-Course)

Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma acts as a preventative tool but also aims to support those currently experiencing vicarious trauma and to support employees to create preventative and protective action plan to reduce its impact and risk of it re-occurring.

Succeeding in Shiftwork: Managing Fatigue and Maintaining Health while Working Shifts (e-Course)

Today we live in a 24-hour society. Paramedics, nurses and other health professionals are required to work around the clock. This course will increase your knowledge of shift work and the challenges it poses for your health. You will be introduced to strategies for addressing these challenges and properly managing fatigue.


Steps to Comfort: Improving Comfort  and Maintaining Health at Work (e-Course)

In this presentation, adapted from an in-person workshop, you can learn about the importance of breaking up sedentary episodes and moving more at work, strategies for incorporating more movement into your workday, and information on how to adjust your workstation for proper ergonomics and better comfort.


How to Manage Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving (Video)

Caregivers are often so busy caring for others that they tend to neglect their own needs. Patricia Smith suggests the path to wellness begins with awareness, and recommends simple self-care measures.


Balance, Burnout and the Search for Centre (Video)

Emily Bremner takes you on her journey toward discovering balance, not as a static state but rather a daily practice.  This talk provides a refreshing outlook on what it means to live a balanced life, and why change is sometimes our only constant.


What is Vicarious Trauma? (Video)
If you want a deeper understanding of vicarious trauma, watch this video featuring Dr. Laurie Pearlman, world-renowned expert on the subject.


Transforming Vicarious Trauma (Video)
Vicarious Transformation is the process in which we intentionally seek to transform our Vicarious Trauma in a positive way. Dr. Laurie Pearlman offers 3 strategies for this process. 

Good Boundaries Free You (Video)
Sarri Gilman has found that clear boundaries enhance relationships and the quality of life.


The Happiness Advantage (Video)

Shawn Achor, he says that most modern research focuses on the average, but that "if we focus on the average, we will remain merely average." 

 

90:10 The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Stress (Video)

Dr. Mike Evans introduces the complex nature of stress, and offers what he thinks is the single most effective treatment for managing it.

 

Taking Control of Stress (eCourse)

Is there more to stress management than learning to relax? Most people feel that they are under "higher than normal" levels of stress and pressure. This course focuses on key stress management skills including: managing thinking and feelings, time management, increasing positive experiences, getting active and relaxation.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

Improve Time Management, Productivity, Effectiveness & Efficiency (Online Module)

A five minute module that can help you improve the way you work using strategies from research in Neuroscience. 

 

Learn important strategies for getting things done, including: prioritizing, focusing, minimizing distractions, multitasking, and setting up Outlook to focus on important tasks.

 

Embracing Workplace Change (eCourse)

How do you stay productive during times of uncertainty and change? This course offers self-care strategies for coping with, and embracing change. Skills taught include: continuous learning, collaborating with others, managing thinking, valuing mistakes, staying balanced, and taking action.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

Resilience (eCourse)

How can you turn life's challenges into opportunities? This course features video segments of a psychology expert and four people learning to become more resilient. The course features before-and-after testimonials, interviews with a psychologist, and step-by-step exercises.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

Taking Control of Job Loss and Transition (eCourse)

How do you take back control of your life? Job loss or transition is a difficult process for anyone. This course will help you and your family prepare for the experience by teaching skills of stress reduction, rebuilding self-esteem, getting active, reducing money worries, managing thoughts and feelings, and more.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

Preparing For Your Retirement (eCourse)

What plans have you made for your new chapter in life? For most of us, retirement presents a new chapter in life – a time to shift gears and create new experiences. However, retirement presents some very real psychological and emotional challenges. With advance planning and discussion with a spouse, partner, or friend, you can make your transition to this new chapter of your life both smooth and rewarding.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

How to Make Stress Your Friend  (Video)

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

How Stress Affects Your Brain (Video)

When stress is continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.

 

Responsible Optimism (eCourse)

What makes positive thinking so powerful? Thinking optimistically, rather than negatively or pessimistically, is a proven key to avoiding feelings of depression, persisting longer at challenging tasks, and facing each day with hope and excitement. This course provides users with the tools they require to change their thinking.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

Resolving Conflict in Intimate Relationships (eCourse)

Are you and your partner drifting apart? Are you feeling increasingly disconnected from your partner? Are you questioning whether you should stay in your relationship? Are you looking for ways to enhance your relationship? There is good news. The task of achieving and maintaining a happy and stable relationship is not a mystery. While there are many potential pitfalls that can derail any relationship, it is possible to avoid these pitfalls if you have a reliable roadmap to follow.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

Taking Control of Anger (eCourse)

Is your anger productive…or destructive? This course can help you manage angry feelings and/or angry behaviour. If you are concerned about the consequences of anger to your health, relationships, and/or job, this course can teach you how to cope effectively with stresses and frustration, and how to let fewer things upset you.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

How to Increase Your Self-Confidence (Article)

If you want to improve your self-confidence, you need to think realistically about who you are, and learn to count on your strengths. Developing self-confidence has nothing to do with simply repeating to yourself that you are great and life is wonderful.

 

To access the course, log in to Homeweb (or create a new account).

 

Improving Relationships (Article)

With so many pressures facing children and parents today, maintaining quality family relationships are more important than ever. Yet for many different reasons, we're not always as effective at communicating as we need to be, and as a result we create unintended problems.

 

To access the course, log in to Homeweb (or create a new account).

 

Respect in the Workplace (eCourse)

When does behaviour 'cross the line'? This course helps participants learn when unwelcome or confrontational workplace situations 'cross the line' and qualify as instances of harassment, discrimination, bullying and/or violence. The course also helps participants understand the importance of complying with policies regarding respectful workplace conduct.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

Taking Control of Your Career (eCourse)

Is your career everything you had hoped it would be? A satisfying career comes about as a result of strategic career movies – planned actions that you initiate based on your vision of where you want to be and how you are going to get there. This course will help you learn about your skills, values, interests, and what gives meaning to your life, from the perspective of your career.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).


Preparing For Your Retirement (eCourse

What plans have you made for your new chapter in life? For most of us, retirement presents a new chapter in life – a time to shift gears and create new experiences. However, retirement presents some very real psychological and emotional challenges. With advance planning and discussion with a spouse, partner, or friend, you can make your transition to this new chapter of your life both

smooth and rewarding.

 

To access the course, log in to Homeweb (or create a new account).

 

Managing Workplace Change (Article

Successful organizations must constantly change to keep their competitive edge. New technologies, new processes, new personnel, new products and new strategies are always being introduced. These changes may be essential, but they're not always easy to deal with. 

 

To access the article, log in to Homeweb (or create a new account).

 

Retire Happy, Healthy and Secure (Article

Financial planners tell us it is never too soon to begin planning for retirement—save early to have adequate money to support your financial needs in your senior years. The same rule applies to the mental, physical, and social areas of your life. 

 

To access the article, log in to Homeweb (or create a new account).

Succeeding in Shiftwork: Managing Fatigue and Maintaining Health while Working Shifts (e-Course)

Today we live in a 24-hour society. Paramedics, nurses and other health professionals are required to work around the clock. This course will increase your knowledge of shift work and the challenges it poses for your health. You will be introduced to strategies for addressing these challenges and properly managing fatigue.


 

Stop Smoking: Get Your Life Back! (eCourse)

Ready to quit? Not certain? Trying again? Quitting smoking takes more than willpower. We know what it takes to become a successful ex-smoker and we've put that knowledge together in our smoking cessation program. Stop Smoking includes an option to obtain one-on-one coaching with our quit-smoking experts.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

Taking Control of Alcohol Use (eCourse)

How much is too much? This course is for anyone who is trying to control, cut down, or stop drinking. The course is also for the spouse, partner, child, sibling, co-worker, or employer of someone with a drinking problem...because there are many ways that concerned others can help.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

When Habits Become Addictions (Article)

We all have good and bad habits, from things like gambling or smoking, having cereal every morning, or brushing our teeth before bed. But sometimes, these habits can become addictions, and being addicted to anything at all can have a detrimental effect on our physical and psychological well-being.

 

To access the article, log in to Homeweb (or create a new account).


The Impact of Alcohol (Podcast)

Most people know that drunk driving is dangerous, and that alcoholics may get liver disease. Yet few people really understand how many areas of your life and health can be harmed by alcohol, and how quickly and easily this can happen.

 

To access the podcast, log in to Homeweb (or create a new account).

Becoming Tobacco Free (eCourse)

This module is suitable for anyone using tobacco who is considering becoming tobacco free. It covers the impacts of continuing to use tobacco on health, finances and fertility and the benefits of stopping. It provides an overview of the medications available to support your quit attempt and how using these along with other behavioural and withdrawal management techniques can improve your chances of becoming tobacco free and directs you to the support services available. 


Tobacco Use: Brief Intervention Training (eCourse)

This module is suitable for managers and leaders who want to increase their awareness of tobacco addiction and support their employees to become tobacco free and offers some useful facts and figures on tobacco use, the impacts of continuing to use tobacco and the benefits of stopping, an introduction to the 3 A framework (Ask, Advise and Act), an overview of the medications available to help become tobacco free and information on the support services available.


TobaccoEd.Org (TEAM and CTIP eCourses)

Tobacco Educations and Action Module – This course is for all those who want to support tobacco users—such as clients, students, co-workers, staff, friends, or family members—to stop using tobacco.

Clinical Tobacco Intervention - All health care professionals can play a key role in improving the health care system's effectiveness in tobacco cessation. This course is intended to offer the key elements of clinical tobacco intervention and will be useful to any health care professional regardless of practice setting.


QuitNow (eCourses/ in-person)
Access a variety of continuing education modules related to tobacco use.


Quitting Smoking is a Journey (Video)
Dr. Mike Evans explores what works and what doesn't work when thinking about quitting smoking.

 

Passport to Wellness for Family Caregivers: Caregiver Burnout (Video)

Caroline Tapp-McDougall discusses her firsthand experiences with caregiving, and provides strategies for caring, coping and not collapsing.


Passport to Wellness for Family Caregivers: Protecting Yourself (Video

RN Joan McDonald discusses the stress, anxiety and fatigue experienced by family caregivers, and how to protect yourself while caring for others.

 

Foundations of Effective Parenting (eCourse)

What is the right kind of parenting relationship to have with your child? This course is about developing parenting practices that guide your child's healthy development and provide opportunities for learning and growth. The course is about building a strong attachment and connection with your child as well as developing skills that encourage appropriate behaviour and help you resolve parent-child conflicts.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

Ask Dr. Goldbloom: Youth Mental Health (Video

Dr. David Goldbloom introduces some of the common mental health challenges faced by youth and how parents and family members can provide help and support.


Where Can Families Start? Supporting a Child with Mental Health Challenges (Video)

This video explains BC's mental health system and outlines four different professionals families can connect with if they are concerned about their child or youth's mental health.


What Can Families Expect Along the Way? Supporting a Child with Mental Health Challenges (Video)

This video describes what families can expect when they first meet with a health professional about their child's mental health, and how to prepare themselves and their child for that first meeting.


Long Distance Caregiving (Article)

Caring across the miles can be managed, but it will require extra time and patience. When an older family member lives in a different part of the country or the world, coordinating care usually requires a different type of time and attention.

 

To access the article, log in to Homeweb (or create a new account).

 

Financial Literacy: Be Debt Free and Retire When You Want To (Recorded Presentation)

Learn how to reduce and eliminate debts; how to maximize your pension income; and the pros and cons of RRSPs and TFSAs for healthcare professionals. This session will help you understand where you fit in the finance industry, how to address and reduce your debt, how to earn the savings programs available to you, and how to gain a basic understanding of investment opportunities.

 

Financial Literacy: Wills, Estate & Family Law in BC (Recorded Presentation)

This session focuses on how to make sure your Wills, Power of Attorney and Representation agreements will be valid when you and your family need them the most. Information will also be provided on the New Family Law Act and key issues related to divorce, separation, and division of assets, cohabitation agreements and child/spousal support.

 

Taking Control of Your Money (eCourse)

How is your financial 'health'? There are endless choices to be made about what to do with the money you earn and as many options for saving more of it. This course can be a good start if you don't know the basics of money management or as a refresher if you already have some money management knowledge.

 

To access the course, log in to Homewood Health (or create a new account).

 

Financial Fitness (Podcast)

Many families in Canada today carry credit card balances month to month and never pay more than the minimum balance. If they were aware of the actual cost of this debt they would be shocked. Because of debt, many families are not in a position to even consider how they will provide for their children's higher education, or how they will fund their retirement.

 

To access the podcast, log in to Homeweb (or create a new account).


Is It Time for a Money Makeover? (Article

Money. It is a simple five-letter word, but for many of us it has the ability to stir up feelings of uncertainty and worry. We often feel that our financial resources (or the lack of them!) controls our lives, and it's true that many lifestyle choices are determined by how much or how little money we have at our disposal. 

 

To access the article, log in to Homeweb (or create a new account).


 
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