UBC Wellbeing is a collaborative initiative to make UBC a better place to live, work, and learn through a systems-wide approach to human wellbeing across our campuses. We are guided by the Okanagan Charter, a shared call to action for partners, leaders, and community members to make UBC a leader in wellbeing. Our goals are focused around four priority areas: Food and Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour, Social Connection, and Mental Health and Resilience. In each area, we collaborate to address challenges and enact meaningful change.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

HEALTHY BEVERAGE INITIATIVE AT UBC

UBC Wellbeing, in collaboration with a Food and Nutrition Working Group, explored options for a Healthy Beverage Initiative at UBC with the aim of promoting drinking water and decreasing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages on our campuses. Following extensive student-led research into consumer behaviour and evidence-based strategies to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, UBC Executive approved the Healthy Beverage Initiative.

WELLBEING SUSTAINABILITY SCHOLARS LAUNCH

Last year, UBC Wellbeing partnered with UBC’s Sustainability Initiative to expand the Sustainability Scholars Program to include a cohort of five inaugural Wellbeing Scholars. Projects ranged from participatory action research on mental wellbeing, a kindness week action plan, an evaluation framework for social sports, and a framework for student wellbeing in the context of graduate research supervision.

SEEDS RESEARCHERS EXPLORE WELLBEING

Last year, 41 SEEDS projects supported further research and understanding of wellbeing at UBC.

Highlights included:

Library Action Station

A collaboration between Electrical Engineering Capstone and the Irving K Barber Learning Centre saw students design and build human-powered work stations. The project invited students to engage in quiet forms of physical activity within the library, and enabled students to keep track of their total exercise as they study over the year.

Recreation Framework Projects

In partnership with Athletics and Recreation, Health Promotion students identified opportunities to enhance inclusion through increasing access to recreation for underrepresented groups, developing toolkits for students to put on their own activities, and finding new ways to reach more students.