The Sandblog

Look Through a Health Lens

by Jenn Flynn APPLE Schools | October 17 2019

So often, wellness is seen as an add-on or another thing to plan, sign up for or delegate. When promoting health in schools and school communities, I hear the same hesitations over and over—the last thing people want is another thing on their to-do list to squeeze onto their plates. At APPLE Schools, we work hard to examine existing initiatives that are already happening in our office or in schools…»

It’s our Party…

by The Sandbox Staff | October 10 2019

It’s official! The Sandbox is celebrating four years of workplace wellness wonderfulness (say that five times fast). We’re feeling four-tastic, and celebrating this momentous milestone has got us thinking about what a great party and a healthy workplace have in common. Hint: it’s not yummy food (although that helps)—it’s all about the fun atmosphere! So, we’ve pulled together some tips…»

Fill your Cup

by Neil Neary ASEBP | October 3 2019

You know those dreams where you find yourself running but not going anywhere? That’s really not so different from how you might sometimes feel about your great wellness ideas. Perhaps they get stalled out and don’t pick up the steam you’d hoped for throughout your workplace—you and your team might end up cursing silos and bottlenecks and simply head back to the drawing board. But what if I…»

Run, Forrest, Run

by The Sandbox Staff | September 26 2019

The Terry Fox Run always signals the start of a new school year for us. It’s such a great way for school communities—staff and students alike—to gather together and participate in a run or walk, enjoying the beautiful fall foliage while they’re at it. It’s just one of the things we love most about fall. As you reminisce about this year’s Terry Fox Run, think about some of the ways you…»

The Power of Resiliency

by Patricia Tallon ASEBP | September 19 2019

Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to receive excellent leadership training both from amazing mentors and through more formal avenues. This summer, as I embarked on a new leadership role, I spent some time reflecting on the lessons I’ve learned over the years to help set myself up for success on the road ahead. I’ve found that the biggest lessons are to stay positive and build…»

No Mountain Too Tall

by The Sandbox Staff | September 12 2019

Who doesn’t love a little Dr. Seuss? Those rhythmic, off-beat pearls of wisdom and encouragement—who wouldn’t? With the start of another school year bringing a whole new set of workplace wellness goals and opportunities, we found just the quote if you’re looking for a jolt of inspiration: “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” As…»

There’s No Place Like Home

by Kelli Littlechilds ASEBP | September 5 2019

“Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.” If you’re feeling a little like Dorothy as you get your feet firmly planted on the ground of a new school year, you’re not alone. September means that a new routine, perhaps some new colleagues and a lot of new information is coming your way. But what I’d like to encourage you to do, just like Dorothy did, is to work alongside your colleagues…»

Say Hello to September

by The Sandbox Staff | August 29 2019

The month of September brings with it so many things—the Labour Day long weekend, back to school, the beginning of autumn and so much more! With September just around the corner, we thought now would be the perfect time to get you and your wellness committee prepped for this magnificent month. Let’s get to it! Get back to school. Shopping for school supplies isn’t the only way to get ready for…»

Post It for Wellness

by The Sandbox Staff | August 22 2019

Hunting for an easy-to-use template to help you promote your workplace wellness ideas and activities throughout the year? Look no further than the customizable Wellness Poster Series! We’ve created a new batch of customizable posters that touch on every dimension of wellness. They’re Microsoft Word files, which means that they’re easy to use no matter your skill level or operating system. Each…»

Wellness Round-up!

by The Sandbox Staff | August 15 2019

With so many resources and nuggets of information available on The Sandbox, we totally get how overwhelming this space can feel when you’re just starting out. But, if we’ve learned anything since launching this wellness treasure trove, it’s that learning from others is one of the best things you can do. So, with that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular content from The Sandbox…»