Welcome to our Website! 

Hamilton Health Sciences is committed to supporting the health and well-being of staff, physicians, and volunteers.  Our corporate vision, “Best Care for All”, also applies to each and every member of the HHS family. Our best resource is you—our people, which is why Shine (Supporting Health IN Everyone), the new HHS wellness program, was developed.

This exciting new program will help bring wellness right to the workplace environment and provide support to staff, physicians, and volunteers in leading a healthier lifestyle. A range of wellness programs, events and initiatives have arrived to help you live well and work well. We look forward to seeing you soon!

*Important Note* If you would like 24/7 badge access to any of the Shine Employee Wellness Centres, please do not go to the Security Office yourself to make the request. All access requests must go through Jessica, the Wellness Coordinator. This is meant to streamline the process and ensure that everyone has completed the necessary paperwork. If you would like access, please head to the "Get Access" page to get started. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!



Are you an iPhone user?!? Sign up for The Steps Study and receive your free activity tracker and make your health and fitness goals a reality!

All you have to do is wear your free activity tracker and complete a short survey!

Click HERE to sign up on the Change4Life website (simply log-in to your Green Shield member online services and click on the Change4Life tab to get started!)

 Do You "Know You Numbers"?

Don’t miss this opportunity! Students from the Health, Wellness & Fitness program at Mohawk College will be onsite to provide Body Composition Assessments and blood pressure checks. Drop-in assessments are FREE for all staff!

It's quick too! In just a few minutes, you will learn your weight, body fat percentage, basal metabolic rate (BMR), body mass index (BMI), total body water, blood pressure and more.

  • Feb 1st: HGH (1:30PM - 3:30PM) – HGH Wellness Centre (4North, Rm. 403)
  • Feb 8th: KING WEST (11:30AM - 1:30PM) – Wellness Centre (23rd Floor)
  • Feb 15th: JHCC (1:00-3:30PM) – JHCC Wellness Centre (M Wing, Level 1)
  • Feb 22nd: WLMH (1:00-3:30PM) – Conference Rooms A & B
  • Mar 15thMUMC (1:00-3:30PM) – MUMC Wellness Centre (1J3)
  • Mar 22nd : SPH (1:00-3:30PM) – SPH Wellness Centre (Rm. 0056)

Learning your results will establish a baseline and help you set realistic goals for the future. Click here to share and post the flyer.

Spring Financial Fitness Course Registration NOW OPEN!!!

Don’t miss out on the class that everyone is talking about. Learn how YOU can start winning with money and make the financial turnaround of your life in 2017! Learn more and register for this life-changing class here.

Are you a Green Shield member? Get 250 Change4Life bonus points when you complete the course!

Chronic Pain Self-Management Course Coming to HHS in February!

We are offering a FREE 6 week workshop for HHS employees who live with ongoing or chronic pain. The workshop will start on Monday, Feb 27th at JHCC from 1:00 – 3:30PM (employees from all sites are invited to attend). This program will support paid time for workshop attendance and give priority to those employees with ongoing or chronic pain and miss time from work due to chronic pain. If you struggle with chronic pain and would like to learn new skills on how to manage your pain in a supportive environment, then this is an opportunity for you! Please view, print and share the flyer!

If you would like to take this life-changing course, please apply directly to Jessica Galopoulos at galopoulos@hhsc.ca.

Are you a Green Shield member? Get 250 Change4Life bonus points when you complete the course!

2017 LUNCH & Learn Series:

FEBRUARY: “When Your Feet Hurt All Over” with Jim Marando, DCh.
REGISTER for the session and FREE Snacks, Swag, and a chance to win a brand new pair of New Balance shoes!


Bonus February Session: "Step Up Your Social Media Game" - Elise Copps
Session coming to MUMC, JHCC and HGH. Check out the flyer for dates and details. 

MARCH 2017: "Take the Fight Out of Food" - Jessica Galopoulos
Please view, share and post the flyer.  

Sign Up for a FREE Massage in 2017…Get Pampered at Work! 

If you like massages and could use a relaxing break, then you are in for a treat! We are pleased to offer FREE 15 minute table massages to interested HHS staff. Find out when a clinic is coming to your site and be sure to get your spot. Sign up sheets will be posted at your site approximately two weeks prior to each clinic date. See below for dates and location details. Spaces are limited...first-come, first-served! 

Please view, share and post the flyer!

Feb 6  - Urgent Care Centre, Rm C-17 (2-6PM)
March 6 – St. Peter’s, North Conference Room (2-5:30PM)
April 3 – JHCC, Wellness Centre (2-6PM)
April 24 – MUMC, Wellness Centre (2-6PM)
May 1 – HGH, Wellness Centre (2-6PM)
June 5 – WLMH, Conference Rooms A and B (2-5:30PM)
June 19 – KING WEST (2-5:30PM)

Take the time to relax and unwind…you deserve it!

February EAP Feature: "Financial Check-up"

Mohawk Shared Services Employee Assistance Program powered by LifeWorks is a confidential resource program brought to you and members of your immediate family by Hamilton Health Sciences to help you manage personal issues at work or at home. You can access the service online at www.lifeworks.com (ID: HHSC; Password: MSSI), or by calling 1-888-521-8300 to speak with a LifeWorks consultant. Call any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for professional, confidential support in addressing all of life’s questions.

Check out the latest EAP Feature: Financial Check-up

Work-Life Balance...learn how to get more!

Are You Ready to Quit Smoking For Good? 
Announcing a New Green Shield Canada Program for Benefits-eligible Employees 

GSC is launching a new and improved Smoking Cessation Program, effective February 1, 2016. The Program offers pharmacist-delivered counselling, along with smoking cessation drug therapy, to help you AND your dependents quit smoking

Click HERE for more information.

Want to Quit Smoking in 2017? 
FREE STOP on the Road Clinics are coming to Hamilton throughout 2017

Click here to find out when each 2017 session takes place and call the confidential Tobacco Hotline (905-540-5566 ext. 1) to get your spot! If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will receive 5 weeks of FREE nicotine replacement therapy...that's a $250 value! Don't delay--call the Tobacco Hotline and get ready for a smoke-free 2016! 

Manager EAP Feature (February 2017): Financial Wellness

The theme of this month’s Manager Feature is: "Financial Wellness". Check out this e-flyer that includes links to a variety of articles and resources--all available on the Lifeworks program website. Also included is program contact information and website access details. 

 Get EAP Online Support via "Chat"!

What is chat?

  • Chat is confidential and easy to use. The service enables clients to communicate with a program consultant using a computer in an online, typed and instant conversation that takes place securely over your program website
  • Users can type questions into the chat window related to specific services available through the program, or inquire about educational materials or resources they may be seeking.
  • Consultants trained in all aspects of our service will respond to all chat requests; these are the same professionals who respond to calls to our toll-free number.
  • All chat users and their dependants must be at least 16 years of age.

Click here for the Introductory e-Flyer and check out the FAQs to learn more about this new exciting option!


Refresh and Recharge your Workday: Drop in for a few mindful moments over lunch
Check out the Be Mindful page for your site-specific details and mark your calendar!

Shine Employee Wellness Centres at HHS!

Did you know that there are Shine Employee Wellness Centres at Chedoke, JHCC, MUMC, SPH and HGH for all HHS staff, physicians and volunteers? We are excited to announce that the centre is now open for use, but there is a brief orientation process you must go through to gain 24/7 badge access to the centre. 

*New online orientations can be completed any time by clicking here and following a few easy steps. 

Please see the helpful FAQ sheet to answer some of the questions you may have about the Shine Employee Wellness Centres. 

For any additional questions, please contact Jessica at galopoulos@hhsc.ca.  See you there!

Shine Wellness Program Video

Stretch to Shine!

Keep shining by stretching daily. 

Try these job-specific stretch routines to help you feel your best at work!

Material Handlers 

Back Pain? We've got your back!

These visual tips will help you take care of your back and reduce your risk for back pain.

We've Got Your Back (infographic)
We've Got Your Back (printer-friendly)

Healthy Recipes!

Looking for a new recipe to try? 

We have a collection of healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, good for the body, and taste delicious. Enjoy!

Shine Healthy Recipe Collection

Shine Newsletter Sign-up

Simply fill in the form to receive our quarterly Shine
e-Newsletter right to your inbox.
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Be Mindful!

Check out the many opportunities coming to HHS soon!

Be Mindful
Mindfulness for Lunch (RJCHC, SPH, MUMC)
Mindfulness for Lunch (King West)

First Week Challenge

Quit for One Week and You Could Win $500!

Check out the Challenge Fact Sheet, and find out more about the other resources available to help you Quit Smoking.