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Physical wellbeing

Evidence shows that increasing physical activity by moving more and sitting less leads to many health benefits including improved physical and mental health, a greater sense of social wellbeing, and reduced risk of many preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and mental illness.

We offer various programs and services that can help you get started and stay motivated. You’ll find everything from guided exercises to improve your core strength, to on-campus fitness facilities that offer discounts to UBC employees and their families.

As a UBC employee, you have access to UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program, which offers fitness coaching and support on health and wellness.

To increase physical activity on campus UBC created UBC Action Framework to Increase Physical Activity and Reduce Sedentary Behaviour, and identified it as a priority in the Wellbeing Strategic Framework.

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Occupational & Preventive Health

The OPH unit provides confidential and free services to protect the health and safety of faculty, staff and students whose work involves occupational exposure risks.

Pick your peak stair challenge

The Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge is an annual fun and inclusive way to encourage staff and faculty to take the stairs. 

Travelling health fair

The Travelling Health Fair is a free mobile health clinic put on once a year for UBC staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows.


Eating well is as important to your overall health as taking the time to be physically active and engage in activities that support your mental wellbeing.

Extended Health & Dental Provider: Sun Life

Phone: 1-800-661-7334 or 1-800-361-6212
Web: mysunlife.ca

Active Plan Group Number: 025205
Member ID: your 7-digit UBC employee ID number

Retirement & Survivor Benefits Plan Group Number: 020605
Member ID: your 7-digit UBC employee ID number

Need crisis counselling?

Call the TELUS Health at 1-866-424-0770 to chat with a counsellor.

Health & Wellbeing Disclaimer

The wellbeing information on this website is provided as information only and should not serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, or treatment from qualified physicians, mental health care providers, or other health care providers. External resources have been carefully selected but are not produced by UBC and UBC is not responsible for the content nor does UBC endorse products or services mentioned on these sites. Suggested links and resources are intended to educate but not to replace UBC policies, procedures or advice from health professionals.

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