2019 Experience Well-Being Week at CapU

Embrace your health and kick off spring with some fun and relaxing activities throughout Well-Being Week at CapU!

There is something for everyone – drop by the Experience Well-Being Expo on March 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Birch Building. Attend a Lunch & Learn or get physically active by engaging in one of the planned activities. Have questions? Email wellbeing@capilanou.ca.

Lunch & Learn: Financial Literacy
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Library Building, room LB133

Join Money Coach Melanie Buffel for 3 x 30 minute interactive workshops to clear the financial fog and give yourself peace of mind. Melanie will help you to focus on your values and goals while creating a clear money management system that works for you. Join us for one or all sessions:

  • 11-11:30 a.m.: Building Credit/Credit Card Debt
  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Savings & Budgets
  • 12-12:30 p.m.: Investing 101

Participants can attend one, two or three sessions. No registration needed.

Lunch & Learn: Naturopathic Nutrition
12:30-1:30 p.m., Birch Building, room BR126

Whether it's therapeutic diets and nutrition, herbal medicine, digestion and gut health, lifestyle counselling (and so much more), Dr. Mahanna is a North Shore naturopath who supports the health of individuals so that they can take on their career, family and life goals feeling supported, energized and vibrant.

Dr. Mahanna will join us for a lunch and learn and also at the Experience Well-Being Expo to infuse us with her energy and passion to live a healthy life.

More info at Dr. Kathleen Mahanna or Restoration Health Clinic. No registration needed.

Trail Running with MEC
4:45-6:30 p.m., Bosa Bus Loop

Always wanted to run on the trails, but don't know where to start? Join MEC North Vancouver for a trail running clinic specifically for Capilano University students and staff!

Experience running at least 5km is recommended. The session will consist of about 15 minutes of lecture covering training, fitness and technique, followed by a 30-90 minute group run session from 4:30-6 p.m. approximately. Trail clinic meeting location will be at the BOSA building bus loop on the Capilano University campus. No registration needed.

Dog Therapy
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Birch Building, lower cafeteria

Paws for a study break! Stella and her St. John Ambulance therapy dog buddies will be on campus Tuesday, March 14, 2019 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Birch Building lower cafeteria to help you relax and de-stress.

Weight Room Orientations
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Centre for Sport and Wellness

Ever wonder what that machine at the gym is for? We've all been there. Give yourself the opportunity to switch it up and keep things interesting. Take control of your workouts by attending a weight room consultation and learn what is available on campus for you to use and how to use it. Sign up for this session by emailing hkin@capilanou.ca.

Lunch & Learn: Where Wellness Takes Shape
12-12:45 p.m., Library Building, room LB133

Navigating services can be tricky on the North Shore. Where can I find this? Who can I talk to about that? Struggling with mental health and/or substance use? Relationship concerns? Do you need birth control or want to discuss sexual health? So many questions can be answered.

Join our Prevention Educators and Public Health Nurses as we dive into all the wonderful free and confidential services we provide youth (ages 12-24) at the Foundry North Shore. No registration needed.

Experience Well-Being Expo
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Birch Building, lower cafeteria

This is the highlight event for the 2019 Experience Well-Being Week at CapU. Come out and see over 20 different venders, from both the campus community and the greater community, who focus on all things well-being. See what is available for you, and how you can improve your well-being this year. The goal of the CapU Experience Well-being Week is to increase awareness among the CapU campus community of the benefits and opportunities for well-being.

Therapeutic Yoga
12-12:30 p.m., Birch Building, room BR126

Join faculty member Maggie Reagh for 30 minutes of therapeutic yoga. Learn some standing poses as well as some seated poses with chairs or tables. The main focus is on getting you out of your chairs and into your bodies after a morning of work or study. It should provide you with some fresh energy for the afternoon as well as a good appetite for lunch afterwards. No registration needed.

Lunch & Learn: Responsible Renting
12-1 p.m., Library Building, room LB145

TRAC (Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre) will speak about the rights and obligations tenants have under the law. Topics include:

  • How to protect yourself
  • Your rights and responsibilities
  • Security deposits
  • Illegal entry
  • Repairs & evictions, etc.

No registration needed.

Lunch & Learn: QuitNow Smoking Cessation
2:30-3:30 p.m., Birch Building, room BR126

This presentation will cover the how smoking is an addiction, the benefits of quitting smoking and how the new policies at the university will affect people who use tobacco. QuitNow also provides resources on free help and services available to all BC residents and is available to answer questions. No registration needed.

Mindfulness Meditation
10-10:30 a.m., Birch Building, room BR126

Calm, Clear, Connected. Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to life that helps you to quiet your mind and live in the present moment. A growing body of research shows that mindfulness helps to reduce stress, depression and anxiety. No experience necessary. No registration needed.

Fitness Testing
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dogwood Building, room 116

"Health Yourself & Spring into Wellness” with the School of Human Kinetics. The School of Human Kinetics/EIMC will test your overall health and wellness through a series of fitness tests aimed to encourage, empower, inspire and educate you on the benefits of physical activity for improved quality of life. Recommendations for exercise prescription will be provided based on personal assessments and additional lifestyle wellness suggestions & educational resources included. Register at the Well-Being Expo, Wednesday, March 13, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Birch Cafeteria.

Weight Room Orientations
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Centre for Sport and Wellness

Ever wonder what that machine at the gym is for? We’ve all been there. Give yourself the opportunity to switch it up and keep things interesting in your workouts. Take control of your workouts by attending a weight room consultation and learn what is available on campus for you to use and how to use it. Sign up for this session by emailing hkin@capilanou.ca.

Lunch & Learn: Why You Shouldn't Ghost Your Career Prep
12-1 p.m., Library Building, room LB145

As a current student, you might have concluded that you don’t need to or perhaps don’t want to think about your career just yet. Did you know that, on average, Canadians change jobs 10-15 times in their working life? Or that it takes an average of 4-6 months to find a job? Therefore, it’s never too early to start planning and developing the skills, experience and network you need to manage your career over your lifetime. The world of work is continually changing, complex and unpredictable. This session will help you form strategies to respond to those changes. No registration needed.

Mountain Biking (Bring your own bike!)
4:30-6:30 p.m., Cedar Building, courtyard

Explore the trails in CapU's own backyard! This group ride will be a combo of learning to explore the trails on two wheels, and getting some much needed spring air. Come meet others of all levels excited about the summer months ahead. Riders must bring their own bikes and helmets for this session. A sign-up table will be located at the Well-Being Expo on Wednesday, March 13 from 11-2 p.m.

Stress Free Friday – Coffee and Tea
8:30-10 a.m., Birch Building, lower cafeteria

It's Friday, so let's celebrate together! Join us for a morning of come-and-go coffee and tea and help us to wrap-up a fabulous week of well-being, and say hello to the weekend. Bring your office colleagues and mingle with other departments.

Yoga 101
12-1 p.m., Birch Building, room BR126

Yoga 101 is just what you need to ignite your passion for yoga! Whether you are a complete beginner, or have tried yoga in the past and are ready to really get going, this class will show you the way. Yoga 101 is designed for the complete beginner, so there's no need to be wary if you have no previous yoga experience. Participants are encouraged wear comfortable active wear and bring their own yoga mat. No registration needed.

Fitness Testing
1-2:30 p.m., Dogwood Building, room 116

"Health Yourself & Spring into Wellness" with the School of Human Kinetics. The School of Human Kinetics/EIMC will test your overall health and wellness through a series of fitness tests aimed to encourage, empower, inspire and educate you on the benefits of physical activity for improved quality of life. Recommendations for exercise prescription will be provided based on personal assessments and additional lifestyle wellness suggestions & educational resources included. Register at the Well-Being Expo, Wednesday, March 13, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Birch Cafeteria.

Well-Being at CapU

Well-being is the state of being healthy, happy, and comfortable. In order to achieve positive well-being, we need to work on all aspects of life, ensuring balance and satisfaction.

At Capilano University, this means taking care of, not only your academic responsibilities, but also your physical, mental, financial, spiritual, social & cultural, and environmental needs. A state of well-being is not achieved in one semester, or over one year, but over the course of a lifetime. It is a life-long process of becoming more aware of the choices you make, how they affect you in the moment and in the long-term, and how they affect those around you. It is an active process that takes effort and requires an ongoing sense of awareness. It requires critical thinking, decision making, and self-advocacy.

The 7 Dimensions of Well-being at CapU include:

  • Emotional
  • Financial
  • Social & Cultural
  • Academic & Career
  • Spiritual
  • Physical
  • Environmental

Whether directly or indirectly, most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. safeTALK is a three hour training that prepares participants to recognize these invitations and connect a person with thoughts of suicide to intervention resources. Powerful videos illustrate the importance of suicide alertness, while discussion and practice simulate learning.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to help people be safer from suicide. As the main focus of training and development at CapU is to better assist students, most trainings are provided to student leaders and faculty/staff who directly assist students. This training is unique in that it is not only applicable at CapU, but also between coworkers, family members, and in relationships. All are encourage to take this training who feel they wish to make a step in the direction towards the CapU Community Suicide-Safer Plan.

Learning Outcomes

safeTALK participants will be better able to:

  1. Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide,
  2. Recognize people who have thoughts of suicide, and
  3. Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, List, and KeepSafe) to connect a person with thoughts of suicide to a suicide first-aid intervention caregiver.

The role of safeTALK in the Capilano University community

safeTALK helps connect people with thoughts of suicide to caregivers who can support them. Often, these caregivers are trained in the two-day ASIST program, or are recognized counsellors on campus. In the CapU Community Suicide-Safer Plan, safeTALK serves as the highest student position related to suicide on campus. safeTALK trained individuals will, by nature, be leaders in a caring and supportive community environment. safeTALK is a program created and facilitated through Living Works.

Learn more about safeTALK and LivingWorks (pdf).

To request a training or inquire about an upcoming training email wellbeing@capilanou.ca.

CapU is creating a pilot program for students who have experience in the care system. There are no age restrictions, no criteria for time spent in care, and no limitations to place of care. If you would like to learn more about this programming, please fill out the information card (pdf) and return it to Financial Aid and Awards or email wellbeing@capilanou.ca for more information.

Student Success Resource Guide

Learn more about student success resources such as the Student Success Guide, Student Toolbox, and various resource books. Visit the full Student Success Resource Library to find out more about how to support your well-being, academic success and getting engaged at CapU.