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!


Winter Fitness Session Registration NOW OPEN!!!

Fitness class registration is now open for the winter session! Click here for schedules and registration links for each site hosting classes (JHCC, HGH, MUMC and RJCHC). Make 2018 your fittest year yet! 


STOP dieting & START a healthy relationship with food!

With a new year comes a new HEALTHY YOU! Healthy You is an 11-week program, led by a Registered Dietitian, that uses a non-diet approach to help you reach and maintain a healthier version of you!

When: Tuesdays (February 20th - May 1st)
Time: 5:15 - 6:45PM
Where: JHCC (all HHS staff are welcome to attend!)

Get all the details and REGISTER here. Please share and post the flyer!


Calling all Mindfulness Program Participants to Complete a Survey!

If you have participated in one of the mindfulness courses offered through Hamilton Health Sciences or McMaster University, you are being invited to participate in a survey titled: “Longitudinal Impacts of Mindfulness Based Interventions on Health Care Workers”. For more details, please head to the Be Mindful page. 


Step Up and Shine in February...Join the Stair Climb Challenge!


Step up to a healthier lifestyle and take the stairs! The “Step Up & Shine”challenge runs from February 1st - 28th and is open to all HHS employees, physicians and volunteers. Track the number of flights you climb over the 4-week Challenge for your chance to win great prizes! Find out more and REGISTER!


Do You Have a Chronic Condition? Register for the 6-Week Chronic Disease Workshop!

The Chronic Disease Self-Management program is a FREE 6-week workshop for people with ongoing health conditions.You will learn empowering, research-based healing skills to help you cope with life challenges and stressful conditions in a supportive small group setting. All participants will receive the book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 4th Ed. Please speak to your manager for approval to attend on days you are scheduled to work. Attendance will be supported by paid work time through the modified work budget. REGISTER TODAY!

When: Tuesdays (starting Feb 13th until March 27th)  
Where: MUMC (3N26J) - ALL HHS employees invited to attend!
Time: 1:00PM – 3:30PM 
Cost: FREE 


 New Lunchtime Session Videos Posted! Catch up on the latest workshops!

  • Learn to Lift
  • 5 Facts About the Pelvic Floor that will Change Your Life
  • Bouncing Back: How to Stay Resilient During Life's Challenges

Catch them all here!


 2018 LUNCH & Learn Series: 

JANUARY 2018 "Building Momentum: The Healthiest City in Canada" with Brian Humphrey
Please view, share and post the flyer

FEBRUARY 2018 "SEX + CHOCOLATE...and your pelvic floor!" with Kristen Parise
Please view, share and post the flyer

MARCH 2018 "The Power of Sleep" with Diana Alampi
Please view, share and post the flyer

REGISTER for one (or ALL) of these amazing talks today! 


 Sign Up for a FREE Massage in 2018…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! 

  • Jan 10 - HGH Campus (HGH Wellness Centre)
  • Jan 24 - MUMC (4E18)
  • Feb 14 - King West (23-009/010)
  • Feb 28 - CritiCall (2nd Floor)
  • April 11 - Urgent Care Centre (Rm. C-17)
  • April 25 - RJCHC (Conf Rm. 1-014A)
  • May 16 - WLMH (Conference Rooms A & B)
  • May 23 - SPH (North Conference Room)

Check out the 2018 Schedule!

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


Green Shield Canada’s (GSC) Dietitian Health Coaching Program Now Available to HHS Plan Members!

Effective March 1, 2017, all employees and eligible dependents of HHS who are enrolled in the Extended Health Care (EHC) benefit plan with GSC will have access to health coaching with a registered dietitian, to a maximum of $200. The program is available at participating Loblaws or Sobeys locations, including the Sobeys located at 977 Golf Links Rd. in Ancaster.

Eating sensibly can be very challenging at times. If you feel that you could make healthier food choices, but aren’t quite sure where to start, this program can help! For more information on how the program works, please click here to view Green Shield’s communication.


January EAP Feature: "Health & Well-Being"

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 https://login.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: Health and Well-Being


 Are You Ready to Quit Smoking For Good? 

Access the Green Shield Canada Program for Benefits-eligible Employees 

The GSC smoking cessation 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? 
FREE STOP on the Road Clinics are coming to Hamilton throughout 2018

Click here to find out when each 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 to be smoke-free! 


Manager EAP Feature (January 2018): Champion of Health!

The theme of this month’s Manager Feature is: "Champion of Health". 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!


Get Refreshed with MINDFULNESS FOR LUNCH!

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 King West, 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

Want to get more active outdoors? 

Join the Hamilton Trail Blazers and Outdoors Group!


The Hamilton Trail Blazers are an outdoor enthusiast group serving the Hamilton and surrounding areas. They feature outdoor events year-round for all skill levels, including hiking, mountain biking, cycling, kayaking and social gatherings. 

Once you join, the first event is free! If you decide become a member, the fee is just $10 for 12 months!

Find out more about this fun group here!

New HHS Pilot: Try Hamilton Bike Share!

First 150 HHS staff members to register pay only $32 +HST for an annual SoBi membership (60% off regular $85 rate)! 


Get all the details and register here!
Please share and post the flyer

Stretch to Shine!

Keep shining by stretching daily. 

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

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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.