February is “Move More” Month at Dalhousie

You know there are benefits to physical activity. Even if you don’t consider yourself physically active, just moving more can prevent injury, add years to your life, improve your relationships, and it feels good!

The weather may not be what you’d like it to be, but there are hundreds of ways to just move more.

Take advantage of some of the events taking place in February.

Tupper Trek – February 24, noon to 1 p.m.
The Tupper Building gives us our own 15-floor mountain to climb. Whether you make it up 5 floors or all 15, join your Dal colleagues in taking the stairs to improved health. Challenge yourself or challenge your co-workers to try the Tupper Trek.

Skating Party – February 28, 11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This could be your last chance to skate at the Dal Arena. Bring your co-workers to an invigorating way to spend a lunchtime.  Free admittance with a Dal ID. Don’t forget your helmet if you plan to skate, or come anyway and watch others skate.

Dalplex offers a wide range of programs and classes, whether you’re a member or not.  Just walking over for a tour counts as moving more! February’s membership specials:

  • Buy 1 year and receive 3 months of Cardio and Climbing
  • Buy 6 months and receive 1 month of Cardio and Climbing

Visit http://athletics.dal.ca or call 494-3372.

So what will your department do to “Move More” in February? Get your colleagues together and make a plan, or tell us in the comments!

Copenhagenize Halifax

Want to learn how to be a fit, healthy, and an environmentally sustainable citizen? Check out this great lecture!

Mikael Colville-Andersen with Copenhagenize is one of the foremost experts in the world on Bike Culture, Planning and Innovation will be doing his “Bicycle Culture by Design – Four Goals for Promoting Urban Cycling” Lecture. This lecture provides the winning formula for how cities and towns can gear up for Bicycle Culture 2.0

Where: Dalhousie University Scotiabank Auditorium, McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building
When: January 31, 2012 7:15PM
Cost: Donations will be accepted to support ongoing bicycle advocacy for HCC

Check out the Copenhagenize website for more information!

Workshop on Compassion Fatigue

Walking the Walk: 
Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma
February 23, 2012
9:00 – 4:00, The Westin Hotel

Connections Halifax (CDHA) is hosting a one day educational workshop that all helping professional’s MUST take part in.
We all pay an emotional price for doing the work that we do – the demand often outweighs what we can offer.  What is the impact of this work on our own well-being, on our personal life?   It’s time to make a shift and renew our sense of hope and optimism about the future and the value of our work.

This is a highly interactive one day workshop, incorporating a combination of solo, small group and whole group activities. Topics covered will include: 

  • Understanding compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
  • Symptom checklist, targeting areas for strategic planning
  • Evaluating self-care, identifying triggers
  • Developing a personalized strategic plan for identifying and treating compassion fatigue
  • Past participants have reported feeling inspired to make meaningful changes in their personal, professional and organizational lives in addition to learning practical strategies for dealing with the costs of caring.

Fee: $120 if paid by February 13th

Further information: cheyenne.smythe@cdha.nshealth.ca, 473-1935


Kudos to the Killam

I want to personally thank Janice Slauenwhite and Donna Bourne-Tyson for providing space for a Weight Watchers At-Work meeting.  Being able to offer this program to Dal employees likely would not have happened without this spot to work with.

This group will meet in Room 2616 of the Killam Library on Mondays, 12:00 – 1:00, from January 23rd to July 23rd.  We had enough interest to arrange a second At-Work meeting on the Carleton campus, in Room G36 of the Tupper Building, also Mondays, 12:00 – 1:00.  Thanks to Carla Ross for arranging that meeting space.

Janice MacInnis
Coordinator, Organizational Health

Inquiries: HealthyDal@Dal.ca


Two “Your Way to Wellness” offerings

Do you have an ongoing health condition?
Interested in learning skills to help you maintain an active, fulfilling life? Join us for Your Way to Wellness!

 What is “Your Way to Wellness”?
This free program helps adults with chronic health conditions overcome daily challenges, take action and live a healthy life!  Examples of a chronic condition include arthritis, diabetes, COPD, high blood pressure, mental illness, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and more!

Groups meet weekly (2 ½ hours) for 6 weeks and are led by 2-3 trained volunteers (most of whom have chronic conditions themselves!).

Participants learn how to:

• Set goals and problem solve
• Improve communication with health care providers, family and friends
• Eat healthier and become more active
• Manage symptoms and make daily tasks easier
• Improve self-confidence and manage difficult emotions

 Upcoming Sessions

(Pre-registration is required)

East Dartmouth Community Centre
50 Caledonia Road
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Jan 30 – March 5, 2012


Spring Garden Road Library
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Jan 24 – Feb 28, 2012


To register contact Stephanie (473-7709 or yw2w@cdha.nshealth.ca)