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The Great Resource Hunt

by Kristyn Berry ASEBP | January 10 2019

Wellness champions can’t possibly be experts in all things. Thankfully, the world (wide web) is full of useful resources and tools to help you create a healthy workplace for everyone. Searching for and assessing the quality of resources online can sometimes feel overwhelming amidst all of the links, guidebooks, videos—you name it!—available at your fingertips. Welcome to the irony of resource…»

Baking a Culture Cake

by The Sandbox Staff | January 3 2019

Workplace culture is a bit like baking a cake (chocolate, angel food, carrot—take your pick!). You add elements like inclusiveness, tolerance and empowerment, ice it with a bit of fun, and—BAM!—the next thing you know your culture “cake” is being featured on the Food Network. By using some of the following resources we’ve pulled together, you’ll be well on your way to mixing up an awesomely…»

Keeping it Simple

by Jenn Flynn APPLE Schools | December 20 2018

APPLE Schools recently had the benefit of working with two fantastic University of Alberta kinesiology practicum students. Their enthusiasm and fresh perspective in the office really energized the team! One student, Sarah DeChamplain, shared with me how her experience helped shape her understanding of the broad impact that workplace wellness has on the whole team. I asked Sarah to share her thoughts…»

Make your Move(ment)

by The Sandbox Staff | December 13 2018

While the winter weather may not inspire you to jump for joy, it’s important that we don’t let these chilly days put a damper on our daily physical activity. Luckily, The Sandbox is chock full of stellar resources to keep you and your team on the move all winter long!  While you Work Whether you find yourself sitting for long periods at work or your posture could use a pick-me-up, take a peek…»

Seek to Understand

by Lorna Muise Alberta Health Services | December 6 2018

Recently, I participated in a poverty simulation with over 100 staff members from Red Deer Public Schools. The purpose of this simulation was to gain awareness and understanding of what it’s like to live in poverty. More than one in six Alberta children live in poverty, according to a 2018 Alberta Child Poverty Report. They arrive at school with experiences and situations that many of us cannot…»

A Wellness Mosaic

by The Sandbox Staff | November 29 2018

Everyone deserves to feel safe and supported, no matter your workplace. Building a strong workplace culture that’s inclusive of all staff, regardless of their abilities, culture, age, etc., is crucial to enabling a team to grow and thrive. In light of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations-declared Human Rights Day (December 10), we thought we’d share some of The Sandbox’s resources and…»

Take a Hike

by Krista Sheehan ASEBP | November 22 2018 | 1 Comment

Picture this: a journey, a challenge and a revelation—of mountainous proportions! For a lot of people, a backpacking trip would sound like a dream but, for me, venturing out into unfamiliar territory with a group of professionals that I hadn’t yet met was equal parts exciting and terrifying. When all was said and done, I found that I’d not only survived (yay!), but that I’d learned a few new…»

Spicing up your Wellness Recipe

by The Sandbox Staff | November 15 2018

Fostering wellness in any workplace is a complicated mix, isn’t it? As a wellness champ, you’re likely to know this as well as anyone—workplace wellness requires a complex and, at times, confounding mix of ingredients, one that aims to accommodate a whole range of tastes and is ultimately something more than the sum of its parts. The good news is that every head chef needs a sous chef and we’ve…»

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…»