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Hat's All Folks!

by Neil Neary ASEBP | November 8 2018

As a workplace wellness champion or someone serving on a workplace wellness committee, you have some sense of what will and what won’t work in your workplace. Still, it can be frustrating to work with a group of dedicated volunteers to come up with ideas only to have the uptake be less than overwhelming. At times, it’s tempting to just throw up our hands and say, “Well I guess people just aren’t…»

Sharing is Caring

by The Sandbox Staff | November 1 2018

Sharing is a skill taught early on in life and now it’s coming full circle! If you want to share things from this site that inspire and excite you but aren’t sure how to start, you’re in the right place. We’ve pulled together three Ss (yes, we just made that a thing) that will help you make the most of your Sandbox experience. Share If you’ve read a Sandblog that rocks your wellness world…»

Bringing Spirituality to Work

by Leanne Keyko ASEBP | October 25 2018

I recently attended the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Working Stronger conference and although there were many highlights, one conversation is stuck on repeat in my mind. It’s like that pop song you hear on the radio and can’t stop singing for days. The group was reflecting on spiritual wellness and how, despite it being a critical dimension of wellness, it’s often left out of conversations…»

Pencil Wellness In, All Ways

by The Sandbox Staff | October 18 2018

Getting our colleagues excited about making time for wellness may seem like a big job sometimes. But it doesn’t have to be! The Sandbox is full of resources that can help your wellness committee fit in healthy activities whenever and wherever they can—let’s dig in! 10-Minute Wellness Series. Everyone can spare 10 minutes for wellness—especially when the activities are fun and useful! Check…»

A Wellness Champ Weighs In

by Kristyn Berry ASEBP | October 11 2018

As one of ASEBP’s workplace wellness liaisons, I get to work with some very interesting people. I’d like to introduce you to one of them, Sarah B., an incredibly talented and high-spirited member of Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS). Sarah works as a teacher and a wellness consultant for staff and students. She has been doing some amazing work and I’m thrilled to be able to share her insights…»

A Threerrific Celebration

by The Sandbox Staff | October 4 2018

Can you believe The Sandbox has been around for three years already? It feels like just yesterday we were first dipping our toes in the sand. Since then, daily digging has become the norm! To celebrate the occasion, we thought it would be nice to switch gears from digging to share our top three insider’s tips (because hey, we’ve got three years’ worth) for celebrating. Get the Party Started…»

Attitude of Gratitude: Appreciation Activities for Your Team

by Chesa Corsiatto Ever Active Schools | September 27 2018

Positive social environments build healthy relationships, promote mental well-being and provide an optimal environment for both physical and mental health to flourish. As teachers, coaches, students, co-workers, families and teams, we should all take a little time to acknowledge and focus on the wonderful aspects of ourselves and each other that we sometimes overlook. The more people feel recognized…»

Let's Get it Started!

by The Sandbox Staff | September 20 2018

September always feels like such an optimistic, happy month as we start a new school year with fresh faces and fresh ideas. Amidst all of the craziness that this time of year can bring, it may be a challenge to think about what back-to-school means for your wellness program. Well, we’re here to help! Resources on The Sandbox are filtered based on the SCHOOL model, which is a series of steps that…»

We are One in Community

by Peggy Strass ASEBP | September 13 2018

Have you noticed that the new 2018/19 ASEBP Calendar and Health Planner is titled We are One in Community? I love this title because it really makes sense when we think of workplace wellness and built environments. In case I may have lost you for a moment, let me take a step back and first talk about what a built environment is and the role it plays in creating a healthy school community. Take a peek…»

The Three Rs of Workplace Wellness

by The Sandbox Staff | September 6 2018

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. We’re sure you’ve heard this sustainability mantra before—it’s a simple, catchy reminder of how we can support our environment. Don’t worry, we’re not here to tell you how to use your blue bin or separate your paper from plastics—not that those things aren’t important. What we are going to do is repurpose those three Rs to show you how they can be applied to…»