The Sandblog

Sport is a Powerful Tool to Belonging and Wellness

by Brian Torrance Ever Active Schools | May 26 2016

The Work Ever Active Schools is currently working with Treaty 7 communities to build capacity in sport and physical activity initiatives. The work has been powerful in many ways to the community and people involved. As identified in the Truth and Reconciliation report, sport and physical activity are areas of resilience, which creates a sense of belonging. I believe this is true for any community…»

Revel in the Good Times

by The Sandbox Staff | May 19 2016

With summer peeking its bright, shining head around the corner and the school year winding down, it’s very easy to think about those summer plans and enter into relaxation mode without reflecting on our accomplishments throughout the year. September blows by like an epic storm of schedules and meetings—new names to remember and a slew of new goals. It’s easy for months to roll on by without…»

Focus on the Long Run

by Kylie McLean ASEBP | May 12 2016

So many times I watched family, friends and clients go on the latest and greatest diet. Whether it be extreme exercising or completely changing what they eat and drink. Although the reason for dieting comes from good intentions—a desire to improve health—unfortunately, they usually become unsustainable over time. When they are unable to attain the goal the diet promises, what may follow are feelings…»

Time to Disable the Label

by Leanne Companion ASEBP | May 5 2016 | 2 Comments

As I tell people in my Mental Health First Aid workshops, I’m not the person you want to watch TV shows like Criminal Minds or Law and Order with. I spend most of the time criticizing how mental illnesses are portrayed and critique the language used in each episode. How many times do we hear others make claims like, “he’s so bi-polar,” or “she’s such a drama queen”? How many times have…»

Celebrating Simple

by Gillian Woroniuk ASEBP | April 28 2016

As a communications professional, measurement is a big deal—it also happens to be a really tough thing to quantify in this business. How do I know that a communications piece really connected or had the desired effect unless the resulting change is significant? And if the change wasn’t significant, does that mean it wasn’t effective at all? For the most part, I am a very happy communications…»

The Best Kind of Prescription

by Melanie Fuller PCN Live Well | April 21 2016

Haven’t we all had a time in our lives when we were being good to ourselves—eating healthier and getting a little more activity in our day—but were thrown off our routine? Coming back from a vacation or other break can be a major hurdle to getting back on track. Or maybe you have a medical issue causing a physical set back, and you’re faced with pain or limitations in your daily routine and…»

The Benefits of Friendship

by Shandy McLean ASEBP | April 14 2016 | 1 Comment

How do the personal relationships we have with colleagues affect our wellness in the workplace? This is a question I’ve been reflecting on since reading Barry Litun’s recent blog. I have worked with amazing, supportive colleagues in virtually every organization I’ve been a part of, and being a part of those teams made me feel well—healthy even. Have I just been lucky? Or did these workplaces…»

A Field of Dreams

by Jennifer Carson ASEBP | April 7 2016 | 1 Comment

I’ve always enjoyed the sentiment in the film Field of Dreams. Ray Kinsella’s timeless mantra “If you build it, they will come” was burnished into the minds of a generation of moviegoers. As poor Ray was chastised for, building something and doing nothing more than hoping for traction is a foolhardy pursuit (unless of course you live in Hollywood). But dreams are, most often, what form the…»

Emotional Wellness: The Importance of Making Connections

by Barry Litun College of Alberta School Superintendents | March 31 2016 | 3 Comments

The College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) serves and supports education system leaders in public, separate, Francophone, charter and First Nations education authorities in the province. In order to best serve its members, CASS strives to provide information and support with respect to personal wellness. One specific aspect of wellness that is a topic of conversation in all walks of life…»

Golf Tips to Improve Your School Employee Wellness Game

by Matthew Mitschke Alberta Health Services | March 24 2016 | 1 Comment

You’d be surprised at how similar school employee wellness initiatives are to golf. As a recreational golfer, I enjoy many aspects of the sport—the fresh air, time with friends and the exercise and sunshine. I also know that golf is strategic, challenging and certainly frustrating. Like golf, promoting school employee wellness is enjoyable but also requires a well–planned strategy. It’s also…»