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Faculty and Staff discount for Learn-to-Row program

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The Halifax Rowing Club, situated at the St. Mary’s Boat House on the beautiful North West Arm, is pleased to offer employees of Dalhousie University a $25.00 discount to register for any of its 2014 Adult Learn-to-Row Classes.

Rowing provides excellent health and wellness benefits. It is an excellent whole body fitness activity, helping to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness.  It is also a wonderful stress reliever … there really is nothing like being out in a boat, on the water, on a beautiful summer day!

Halifax Rowing Club provides those who are new to rowing with expert instruction, by qualified instructors, in both types of Olympic rowing – sweeping where each rower has one oar and sculling where each rower has two oars.  We do this in one, six session, 12-hour program.

Adult Learn-to-Row regular Fee: $190

Dalhousie University employee discounted fee: $165

Registration, information and schedule available at http://www.halifaxrowing.ca/live/programs/learn-to-row/

Visit their Open House on Sunday, April 27th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, email rowing@halifaxrowing.ca

Is there work-life balance?

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“There’s no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.”
                                    – Jack Welch

Your thoughts and reactions?

 

EFAP expanded to Associated and Grant-Paid employees

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Associated and grant-paid employees are now eligible for the services of Dalhousie’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), provided by Shepell·fgi.  Expanding access to this free and confidential counselling and advisory service will ensure that our workplace community has the opportunity to nurture the physical and emotional well-being of themselves and their family members.

Learn more about EFAP on the Healthy Dalhousie website at healthy.dal.ca or visit workhealthlife.com.

Inquiries: HealthyDal@Dal.ca

We all have something to hide

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Challenging conversations are hard.  Watch this video and relate it to the times you’ve been afraid to speak.

https://www.ted.com/talks/ash_beckham_we_re_all_hiding_something_let_s_find_the_courage_to_open_up

Tips:
1. Be authentic
2. Be direct
3. Be unapologetic about your own truth

 

The Fashion of Food – is healthy not cool?

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 (Reprinted with the permission of Gail Godreau, and her daughter – gail@lighthousewellness.ca)

 

True story: My daughter called from elementary school a couple weeks ago saying she didn’t feel well and wanted to come home. Being a concerned mom (and entrepreneur who had the flexibility to go get her in the middle of the day), I went and picked her up and brought her home. Of course, I asked her the usual questions: when did you start not feeling well, how much water have you had today (always a challenge!), what did you eat today, etc.

And what I learned really upset me!

She had hardly eaten any of her lunch because…get this!…her ‘friends’ make fun of her because of how healthy her lunch is! Yes, you heard me right: according to them, healthy is not cool!

I didn’t know whether to be stead-fast (after all, Wellness is what I DO!), angry, sympathetic, sad, what?

As with most things in life, it’s never a case of black and white, right and wrong. So, I probed further. “What do you mean ‘too healthy’?”, I asked. After all, she even had a delicious chocolate chip cookie in her lunch that day. “Yeah, but it wasn’t in a package.” WHAT?!? So a home-made, yummy chocolate chip cookie is worse than a commercial, ‘taste-less,’ cellophane-encased cookie? Really?!

Some would say that a homemade treat would be the most desirable. And, the irony is, she made these herself! They were EXTRA special!

What does it say about our society when commercial cookies, gushers, chicken nuggets, and cheese strings are the hallmark of a ‘good lunch’? How can we be shocked, then, when we hear the staggering stats on the rise of diabetes among our population, especially our CHILDREN?!?

So, what to do about the “Fashion of Food” in our schools? And in our neighbourhoods? Again, I’m a firm believer in compromise. My daughter will continue to have certain treats in her lunch (but they must still pass the test of ‘reasonableness’ in terms of nutrition and, yes, some DO come out of a package), but I will NOT cave to the pressures of “food fashion” and sacrifice my child’s future health just to ‘fit in’! AND, the treats are meant to SUPPLEMENT the main meal, which is grounded in a nutritious base; they are not meant to REPLACE the meal, as so often happens in our kids’ lunches.

How about YOU? Are you feeling the pressures – with your children? With your friends? In your workplace?

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