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Back to the Future

by Peggy Strass ASEBP | July 11 2019

Back in the fall, one of the employer groups I work with shared some tips on how to build wellness in their school community. I wanted to visit with them again to see where they were on their wellness journey and hear their hopes for the future. Spoiler alert: I was blown away with their responses to my questions! The purpose of meeting with them again so soon was twofold: first, to learn about their…»

Psychological Injuries: Prevention in Practice

by The Sandbox Staff | July 4 2019

Did you know there’s a whole day dedicated to raising awareness around all types of preventable physical injuries? With National Injury Prevention Day just around the corner (July 5), we’ve been thinking a lot about preventable injuries, including a kind that isn’t always so straightforward: psychological. With that in mind, we’ve bundled up some resources to help you and your team make your…»

Changing School Culture, One Step at a Time

by Chris Fenlon-MacDonald Ever Active Schools | June 27 2019

Let me paint you a little picture. It was mid-way through the 2013 school year, if I remember correctly, when I attended a professional learning opportunity exploring physical literacy. Dr. Dean Kriellaars, the keynote, spoke on the importance of movement throughout our day. At one point in the day, he mentioned that we need to get creative and think outside the box if we want to promote the development…»

Celebrating Our People

by The Sandbox Staff | June 20 2019

Alberta’s a province with breathtaking beauty—canola fields stretching endlessly under the prairie sky, sparkling lakes and rivers, snow-capped mountains and so much more. And it’s not just our landscape: this beauty’s only enhanced by the diversity of our people, including our vibrant LGBTQ+ communities and multicultural heritage. Since June marks both Pride Month and National Indigenous…»

The Joy of Office Engagement

by Yatin Patel ASEBP | June 13 2019

A few months ago, I was forced politely asked by my wife to watch an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. For those unaware of this organizational phenomenon, Marie Kondo is a best-selling author and consultant with a unique, ‘KonMari’ method of organizing one’s belongings one category at a time. If an item ‘sparks joy,’ you keep it and find a meaningful home for it. The decluttering…»

Sprinting (or Squinting) into Summer

by The Sandbox Staff | June 6 2019

If you squint, you might just be able to make it out—a nebulous outline flickering in the distance. What is it, you ask? That’s no mirage, my friend, no fata morgana: that’s summer holidays and they’re on their way! You’d be forgiven for feeling like summer’s still a ways off, though—as one of our dedicated wellness champions, you’ve surely got plenty to keep you busy between now and…»

Those Who Team Together—Thrive Together

by Gillian Woroniuk ASEBP | May 30 2019

So I was watching the new LEGO movie with my daughter this weekend and I still (*STILL*) have the song stuck in my brain: Everything is awesome…everything is cool when you’re part of a team! Firstly, sorry—I just really wanted some company in my small piece of purgatory. Secondly (and here’s the silver lining), I couldn’t help but think, “Yes! Everything is pretty cool when you’re part…»

Find your Flock

by The Sandbox Staff | May 23 2019

A gaggle. A flock. A bushel. A throng. Whatever way you describe it, community always means something special. It’s the hub that connects your activity, and without helping hands, collaborative minds or willing participants, a community simply can’t flourish. So today, we tip our hats to you, dear wellness champions, for continuing to look out for all employees and all avenues for workplace wellness…»

Broaden the Focus: Social Connection and Workplace Wellness

by Patricia Tallon ASEBP | May 16 2019

When I prepare for any type of presentation, I tend to ask myself a LOT of questions and then look to find the answers. That was certainly true as I prepared to lead an activity on social connection in the workplace at the Spring 2019 College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) Conference in March. I asked myself things like “Why is social connection so important, beyond that it ‘feels good’?…»

Piloting a Successful Wellness Program

by The Sandbox Staff | May 9 2019

Here in The Sandbox, we spend a lot of time talking about getting your wellness program off the ground—because, let’s face it, that’s really when the bulk of the work takes place. But what if your program’s been flying high for a while now? Don’t worry—there are still plenty of resources available on The Sandbox that’ll help you and your team of wellness superheroes keep on soaring!…»