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Hatching a Wellness Plan

by Leslie Webb ASEBP | August 8 2019

I started working at ASEBP this past March and, as I heard from my new teammates about all the awesome wellness and comprehensive school health ideas shared at this year's Shaping the Future Conference, I also heard a lot about chickens. Yes, you read that right—chickens. I had to know, what do chickens have to do with health promotion and workplace wellness?!? My interest was certainly beaked…er…peaked.…»

Find Your Groove

by The Sandbox Staff | August 1 2019

Getting back into the groove of a regular routine after some time away (summer holidays, anyone?) can be an inspiring time to hit reset and create new, exhilarating goals. Creativity flourishes under a refreshed mind, after all. Fortunately for all of you well-rested wellness champs, The Sandbox is filled with uplifting ideas to keep you and your team’s psychological capital in tip top shape as…»

Building a Culture of Wellness, One Conversation at a Time

by Ashley Hughes ASEBP | July 25 2019

Did you know that we spend roughly 95 per cent of our waking lives in conversation either with others or within our own self-talk? For me, this little fact was eye-opening. I first heard it while attending a bootcamp last month, facilitated by Deborah Connors and based on the book, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement, by Jackie Stavros…»

Summer Daze

by The Sandbox Staff | July 18 2019

We can picture it now: you’re relaxing in a hammock with the help of your favourite summer jam. Whether you like to kick it old school with the Beach Boys or prefer some Top 40 summer ear candy, it’s allll good! As you’re relaxing, think back to all the awesome wellness planning and championing you did over the course of the school year. Maybe you rocked it out on Earth Day, or killed it during…»

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…»