The Sandblog

Finding the Right Partner

by Neil Neary ASEBP | June 16 2016

If you want to get academic about it, we could talk about the different types of partnerships that exist and what they all mean. Labels like collaborations, integrations, alliances and even funding relationships are all meant to signify a distribution of power and responsibility between two or more groups. The truth is, while clearly defined roles and expectations are an important part of a successful…»

Move Your Mood

by Lorna Muise Alberta Health Services | June 9 2016

For the past eight weeks, my family has taken part in the Move Your Mood wellness challenge, organized by Addictions and Mental Health Services in Red Deer. Each week, we were encouraged to take part in challenges in three different areas: healthy eating, active living and asset building. One week, all we had to do was watch a sunset! Taking the time to sit and watch a beautiful sunset allowed us…»

Success in the Sand

by Jennifer Carson ASEBP | June 2 2016 | 1 Comment

Have you heard of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)? No? I hadn’t either until recently. But it turns out that the IABC Edmonton Chapter liked our sandbox of wellness just as much as we do! In fact, our little site was recently honoured with an Award of Excellence at the IABC Capital Awards Gala last Thursday evening. The awards program evaluates communications initiatives…»

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…»