Structure of Leadership Support

The who, what, where, when, why and how case for a wellness program.

Committee of Wellness

Steps and resources for creating or maintaining a wellness committee.

Health Assessments

Tools for marking baseline and benchmarking change as well as educating employees about their own health.

Outline of Plan and Action

Strategic planning of initiatives.

Operation of Plan and Action

Turning your plans into actions.

Learning and Progressing

Assessing initiatives, programs and activities to evaluate their impact and communicating the results.

Other Resources

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Operation of Plan and Action

You’re ready? You’re set? What are you waiting for…GO! By now you’ve set the stage to start rolling out all the initiatives the committee has been planning. Remember to effectively delegate, keep things fun and be ready to make adjustments on the fly—you’ll have a blast watching your plans come to life!

School Mental Health ASSIST

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Promoting mentally healthy schools is a key piece of the healthy school community puzzle—and it just so happens that it’s also School Mental Health ASSIST’s area of expertise! Let them assist you with resources such as tip sheets on personal resiliency and supporting staff mental health and well-being. You can even zero in on the information you need quickly by using the audience, topic or type filters.

Action on Smoking and Health’s School Board Resource Hub

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Want a one-stop-shop for all the resources you may need when it comes to tobacco prevention and policies? Well, here it is! Included among the resources are a sample school smoking policy, fact sheets about everything from hookah smoking to e-cigarettes and even a handy list of the tobacco policies in school jurisdictions throughout the province.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: Taking a Daily Vacation

Worksheet or Template

Kick your team’s happiness meters up a notch by encouraging them to take a daily vacation! This activity helps participants find ways to take a short break every day to reflect, refuel and recharge.

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: Self Care A-Z

Worksheet or Template

Brainstorm and discuss an alphabetical array of self-care practices with this team activity, and help participants explore the many forms self-care takes.

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: Letter to Yourself

Worksheet or Template

Not all love letters have to come from others! In this activity, participants can practice self-compassion, and enjoy its benefits, by writing a letter to themselves from a loved one’s perspective.

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: The Art of Centering

Worksheet or Template

Sometimes you just need to take a breather, which is what this activity is all about! Get your whole team together or take a moment alone to focus on using your breath to relax your body and mind.

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: Time Quadrants

Worksheet or Template

Set priorities so you can do more of the things you want to! Based on Stephen Covey’s method of setting priorities, this self-reflective activity encourages you and your team to categorize the activities you do every day, and then reorganize them so you have more time for the things that are really important to you.

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: Looking Forward

Worksheet or Template

Change and fear of the unknown can easily become a barrier to our happiness. Through this self-reflective activity, participants are encouraged to imagine their lives in different ways for a safe exploration of choices and change.

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: Values Exploration

Worksheet or Template

Living a happy life is easier when our actions are in line with our values and goals. Lead your team through this self-reflective activity where you will identify ways to more closely align your actions with the goals and values most important to you.

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: Loathe it or Love it

Worksheet or Template

Use this activity to help your team uncover all the things within their day that energize and exhaust them—then focus on the love and leave behind the loathe!

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: What’s on your Plate?

Worksheet or Template

What’s on your Plate? is the perfect place to start any workplace wellness journey as it will remind participants that while we all may have our plates filled with different expectations and commitments, a little room can leave us all feeling a little more ful[filled].

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: Glad Minute

Worksheet or Template

With this activity, it’ll only take a minute—a “Glad Minute,” that is—to have your whole team basking in the glow of gratitude. All you need is a pen, paper and a timer!

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: Gratitude Tree

Worksheet or Template

Create your own gratitude tree and see wellness bloom in your workplace!

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

10-Minute Wellness Activity Series: Three Things

Worksheet or Template

Participants in this activity can reflect and express small things they’re thankful for that impact their personal well-being in big ways. Best of all, doing this is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

About the series: We know that you’re busy, so we’ve made it easy. With our “10-Minute Wellness Activity Series,” you can promote workplace wellness as you and your team dabble in an assortment of activities that contribute to different aspects of health.

EFAP Resource Series: Balancing the Give and Take of Teaching

Report or Publication

When it comes to having busy schedules, teachers take the cake. With the multitude of responsibilities, it can be challenging for them to manage both their personal and professional lives. This resource explains how ASEBP’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) can help!

About the series: Through this series, we’ll explore all the ways ASEBP’s EFAP can help with everyday situations—from quitting smoking to dealing with workplace conflict, we’ll cover it all. Note that these resources apply only to ASEBP covered members and employer groups as part of ASEBP’s EFAP.

Wellness Poster Series—Customizable Versions

Worksheet or Template

Looking for a way to dip your toes in the world of workplace wellness? Look no further. With this new batch of customizable posters based on the dimensions of wellness, input your own workplace wellness information, challenges or inspiration—or highlight events happening in your community. Inspiration will pour out like water and will have you diving right in in no time!

Wellness Poster Series

Worksheet or Template

Looking for a way to dip your toes in the world of workplace wellness? Look no further. With this new batch of posters, touching upon every dimension of wellness, inspiration will pour out like water and will have you diving right in in no time!

Financial Education and Retirement Security

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Stretch those financial fitness muscles! This website contains useful and practical information to engage your workplace in financial wellness. Must-see highlights include the communication toolkit—containing Canadian-based month-by-month tips in various formats for easy distribution—and learning sources that provide helpful articles and guidebooks.

ParticipACTION

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Visitez la trousse d'outils ParticipACTION pour du matériel de communication pour votre organization.

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

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Since the effects of mental illness transcend people and places, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Workplace Strategies for Mental Health offers a range of resources designed to support good mental health in the workplace and facilitate proper care for employees.

ASEBP Self-Directed Wellness Guide Setting SMARTY Goals for Achieving a Wellness Culture

Worksheet or Template

There are no “smarty pants” required for setting SMARTY goals—only a team with a united wellness goal in mind. Use this sheet to plan, track and, ultimately, achieve your goals.

Fitness: Walking for Wellness

Article

Lace up your walking shoes and start pounding the pavement! You can maintain your health by fitting in at least 10 minutes of brisk walking each day. Check out this article for tips on making a walking program part of your and your colleagues’ lives, and then walk your way to wellness.

Healthy School Policy Toolkit

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If you’re looking to create, improve or maintain your healthy school community, this toolkit’s for you! It contains multiple resources—which can be used alone or in combination—to guide you in the development of best practice policies and procedures supporting a healthy school community.

Stratégies sur le Stress

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Vous sentez-vous stressé? Vous n'êtes pas seul! Trouvez des moyens pratiques pour gérer votre stress grâce à des stratégies disponibles dans cet outil en ligne. L’outil vous guidera à travers une série de questions et une fois complété, vous aurez accès à un plan personnalisé de gestion du stress.

Stress Strategies

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Is stress weighing you down? You’re not alone! Find ways to lighten your load with practical, stress-busting strategies available through this online tool. You’ll be guided through a set of questions and then provided with a snazzy stress management plan of your very own.

Dimensions of Wellness Guide

Worksheet or Template

Wellness is about the integration of all states of physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Through activities you can use in your workplace or your life, you’ll learn how each of the eight dimensions of wellness act and interact in ways that contribute to our quality of life. By focusing on keeping each aspect healthy and vibrant, you’ll witness its impact on your own wellness, that of your workplace and beyond!

ASEBP Self-Directed Wellness Guide Calendar of Events

Worksheet or Template

Plan a year of workplace wellness initiatives with this colourful ASEBP template! Add your own splash of colour by jotting down notes about each month’s event so you can see, at-a-glance, what your school year looks like. Our guess is that it looks pretty healthy and fun-filled, but that’s just us.

Workplace Financial Literacy

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Do you and your team have money on the mind—and not in a fun, singing your favourite lyric sort of way? Fortunately, with this assortment of free programs and resources from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, you can help your colleagues manage a major source of stress by encouraging, sharing and integrating financial wellness tools and practices into your workplace.

Money Management Worksheets

Worksheet or Template

Get your money's worth—not by spending, but by managing it instead! With the Chartered Professional Accounts of Canada, managing your money has been made easy thanks to worksheets and budgets for every type of saver.

Guarding Minds @ Work: A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health and Safety

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Use this guide to protect and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace by assessing and addressing the 13 psychosocial factors known to have a significant impact on organizational health, the health of individual employees and finances.

Health eTools - Heart and Stroke Foundation

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The way to the heart may be through the stomach, but the way to wellness is through the heart. Use these online health assessment tools for blood pressure, diet and risk of heart disease and stroke to maintain your overall health and wellness.

Steps for Building Healthy School Communities

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Similar to the Sandbox’s SCHOOL model, Alberta Health Services offers this six-step process for creating and fostering a healthy school community. If you’re looking for answers to your wellness initiative questions, be sure to check out this website.

Communities ChooseWell: Online Toolkit

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Whether you’re new to the wellness game or a seasoned vet, you’ll be able to flex your wellness champion muscles with this toolkit from Communities ChooseWell. Find helpful tips and resources for whatever stage you’re at with your wellness initiative.

 

ASEBP Professional Learning Support

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Are you looking for ways to support your district's workplace wellness needs through professional learning opportunities? Contact ASEBP Health Promotion Services and connect with a workplace wellness liaison to discuss a strategy that best meets your needs. 

What is Daily Physical Activity?

Worksheet or Template

You know that daily physical activity is important, but what does it look like? This handy infographic from the Alberta Centre for Active Living breaks down the dimensions of physical activity and includes definitions and examples that will help you recognize the variety of ways to incorporate more movement into your day.

ASEBP Yoga Pose Handout

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We don’t want you to forget about reaching for the stars, but we do want you to learn the about the sun salutation. These progressive yoga poses (known collectively as a sun salutation) are an easy and efficient way of kicking off a staff wellness initiative.

ASEBP Self-Directed Wellness Guide Brochure

Report or Publication

Let our Self-Directed Wellness Guide lead you on your journey to developing a wellness program. To request an orientation to this step-by-step resource and workbook, please contact ASEBP Health Promotion Services.

Eat Smart Meet Smart

Website

Aside from the opportunity to generate great ideas, meetings can also be a chance to eat great food. Learn how to ensure your meeting food is just as good as it is healthy and have participants be as alert, productive and engaged as possible.

Benefits of Active Transportation

Article

Get where you want to be—literally—and physically with active transportation! Check out the facts and learn the benefits of active transportation for you personally and in your community.

Outdoor fitness equipment in public parks: Is it an effective physical activity intervention?

Article

Outdoor fitness equipment in public parks is an innovative strategy that has been shown to be successful across the globe, but how do these parks play out in our own backyards? WellSpring takes a deeper look into this phenomenon to learn if this idea hit it out of the park here in Alberta and the benefits of these as low-cost ideas for wellness initiatives.

Championing Mall Walking Groups

Article

The first step towards better health can be achieved by—believe it or not—taking a few steps! The Edmonton West Primary Care Network (PCN) shares their experience of starting their mall walking group and all of the benefits, challenges and lessons learned along the way. Through Edmonton West PCN’s journey you’ll see that walking groups’ benefits aren’t only physical but mental as well.

Editable Wellness Poster (Sandbox)

Worksheet or Template

Don’t reinvent the wheel! Use this editable poster to tell your friends and colleagues about a wellness initiative in your school or jurisdiction or to promote wellness or The Sandbox through an orientation or other package.

Local Action: Creating Health Promoting Schools

Worksheet or Template

Act local and see world-wide involvement thanks to this World Health Organization document. Use these worksheets to identify health issues in your school and community and the steps to take towards improvement, planning and implementing health initiatives.

Moving Ahead: Workplace Interventions to Reduce Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour

eBook

This is big news you shouldn’t take a seat for. This publication from the Canadian Alliance of Sustainable Health Care provides employers with examples of organizational approaches and programs for how to effectively promote physical activity and reduce sedentary habits in the workplace.

Alberta Blue Cross: Workplace Wellness Online

Website

This site is an excellent starting point for Alberta employers of any size looking to take steps toward workplace wellness promotion. Check out their handy toolkits, tools and tips covering the full scope of workplace wellness.

CDC's School Wellness Policy

Report or Publication

Meet your school jurisdiction’s unique needs through a wellness policy. Use these resources to establish policies built around the recommended guidelines for physical activity and nutrition.

Healthy Canadians Website

Website

The Healthy Canadians website provides information from the Government of Canada to various consumers on food and nutrition, healthy living, Canada's Food Guide, health and consumer products, diseases and conditions, aboriginal health, science and research, in addition to other topics. Basically, if you can think of it, they have too and have got you covered.

Why Workplace Mental Health Matters (CMHA)

Video

See for yourself how to build a psychologically safe and healthy workplace through the perspective of a leader. This Canadian Mental Health Association video offers an in-depth look at how mental health in the workplace impacts various aspects of the work environment and how “good health leads to good business” thanks to lower medical costs, lower absenteeism and higher productivity.

Smoking Cessation in the Workplace: A Guide to Helping Your Employees Quit Smoking

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The Government of Canada gets to the point with the Why, Who and What of quitting smoking in the workplace with information and resources for both employers and employees.

Note: Also available in French.

Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health

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This has everything you need all in one place. With just one click you’ll find mental health resources, regional health data, the concepts and framework behind the notion of Comprehensive School Health and so much more.

AlbertaQuits

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There’s more to quitting smoking than just butting out. AlbertaQuits is here to support you no matter the stage you’re in on your smoking cessation journey whether it be making the initial decision, assistance for staying on track or dealing with setbacks. AlbertaQuits is more than just a resource—it’s a community.

UWalk

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UWALK is about taking (literal) steps towards improving your health. UWALK aims to help Albertans find their stride and support them moving forward on their path to wellness through walking. Use their tools and resources to help you and your colleagues get started and stay motivated—and moving—through any form of physical activity.

Physical Activity at Work

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Get working on your health at work! This collection of resources describes the health and productivity benefits of integrating physical activity in the workplace and ideas and steps for implementing changes.

Workplace Healthy Eating Challenge

Worksheet or Template

Challenge yourself and your colleagues to eat better with the Healthy Eating Challenge toolkit. This challenge is a great team-building activity, a fun and engaging way to promote healthy eating and a great means of introducing small, but significant, changes to your diet through its weekly challenge themes.

Healthy U Food Checker

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Check yourself before you wreck yourself—with unhealthy foods. Use the "food checker" to compare food items and get recommendations based off of Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide. This tool can be used to encourage staff awareness around food labels, portion sizes and making healthy food choices.

Not Myself Today

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You may not be yourself today, but you’re not alone. The Not Myself Today campaign helps organizations achieve a better understanding of one’s own mental health, reduction in mental health stigma and a safe, open and supportive work environment. Participating organizations receive support, tools and resources to educate and engage all employees around this very important issue.

Workplace Physical Activity. Got 10 minutes?

Article

Since you spend most of your week at work, why not make the best of it? From walking meetings to office activity buddies, ParticipACTION has tips for how to fit in sessions of physical activity in the workplace with as little as 10 minutes.

Healthy Lunches/Snacks For Work

Article

Learn how to pack a healthy lunch for work by “loving your leftovers” and making sandwiches fun by swapping just a few ingredients.

4STAR Food Environment

Website

For star—ters (see what I did there?), why wouldn’t you get in on a program that leads to healthier staff, reduced cost, improved organizational performance and let’s not forget, is easy! Designed to promote staff-led, healthy eating in the workplace, the 4STAR website provides employers with a toolkit to empower staff in their journey towards healthy eating.

Guide for Choosing School Health Resources

Article

With so many health resources, how do you decide which to pursue? Well the answer is, strangely enough, with yet another resource. This Alberta Heath Services guide will help you choose a school health and wellness resource by addressing four key questions through their pillars of comprehensive school health.

What’s the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs?

Article

Like an ice cream sundae, this article is filled with fun on every layer. From the benefits of employee wellness programs for both employees and the organization to their self-identified six essential pillars of a successful wellness program for all organizations regardless of size, this Harvard Business Review article is quite the treat!

The Ultimate Guide to Employee Wellness Programs

Website

Yes, this guide is as intense as it sounds! With countless body, diet, mind, environment, and contest tips at your disposal to either start or improve a workplace wellness program, you’ll want to do it all.

Let's Make Our Day Harder

Video

Learn how (literally) taking that extra mile may make your day harder but your life easier in the long run.

Idea Readiness Tool

Report or Publication

Get ready for a tool that helps wellness champions understand their school community's level of willingness for adopting new ideas, offers strategies for taking action and most of all, conveniently named.

23 and ½ hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

Video

Since the single best thing you can do for your health takes about nine minutes to explain, we’ll let the full 30 minutes of physical activity you should be doing daily slide for today. Just make sure to check out this Doctor/Professor’s video on how important and beneficial these 30 minutes actually are.

ASEBP Self-Directed Wellness Guide Operation of Plan and Action

Worksheet or Template

This ASEBP tool is so easy that it makes you forget that you’re actually accomplishing something. With this you can be sure you’ve captured your plans for each of the activities you offer by summarizing who is involved, how the activity will be communicated, supported and evaluated, and more.

Savour Healthy Eating

Article

“The bigger, the better” doesn’t apply to Homewood Health’s take on Nutrition Month. Their “100 meal journey” is about making small—but healthier—changes to every meal with the big goal of creating lasting results. This kit has essential information and guidelines to support healthier food choices and is great for promoting nutritional wellness in the workplace.

CDC's Writing Good Goals and SMART Objectives Tutorials

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Smart goals are good goals. Thanks to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tool you can learn the criteria for writing a goal that’s concrete, achievable and most of all, SMART.

Pour une alimentation sainet et savoureuse

Article

Mars est le Mois de la nutrition et Homewood Santé encourage chacun de vous à participer à des activités portant sur le thème de cette année : Le défi des 100 repas. Faites de petits changements, un repas à la fois. Cette campagne vise à vous fournir de l’information et des conseils afin de vous aider à améliorer la qualité de votre alimentation et à diminuer les quantités consommées. La trousse ci-jointe vous inspirera des idées pour faire de petits changements et des stratégies pour faire en sorte que ces changements durent.

Je ne me reconnais pas

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La campagne Je ne me reconnais pas aide les entreprises et les organismes à atteindre plusieurs buts dont avoir une meilleure compréhension de sa propre santé mentale, réduire la stigmatisation et favoriser des milieux de travail sûrs, ouverts et favorables. En participant à la campagne, les entreprises et les organismes reçoivent du soutien, des outils et des ressources pour informer et mobiliser tous leurs employés par rapport à cet important enjeu.

Renoncement au tabac en milieu de travail: Un guide pour aider vos employés à cesser de fumer

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Santé Canada offre un guide qui s'adresse aux employeurs et aux autres personnes qui favorisent la santé en milieu de travail. Il offre de la documentation pratique et précise les raisons pour lesquelles les milieux de travail devraient participer aux effort des employés et les aider à réduire leur consommation de tabac ou à cesser de fumer.

Protégeons la santé mentale au travail

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Un ensemble exhaustif de ressources uniques et gratuites, conçues pour protéger et promouvoir la santé et la sécurité psychologique en milieu de travail.

L'activité physique à l'ouvrage

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Améliorez votre lieu de travail en incorporant l'activité physique à la journée de travail.

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