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!
October Lunchtime Session: "Declutter Your Life"
Learn useful and effective tips on organizing your home and office, including simple ways to cut clutter, reduce stress, increase productivity and form positive lifelong habits. Elaine Jermy, Professional Organizer, has motivated many people with her humorous, candid presentations.
Check out the flyer for all the details.
October is Ergonomics Month – Participate and Win!
At work, we use our muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints to perform a variety of tasks everyday. At times these tasks or the way we do them can place a high demand on our bodies, causing pain and discomfort. In some cases, it may lead to a more serious injury called a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). To raise awareness of ergonomics and MSD hazards in the workplace, we are focusing on MSD prevention through the month of October.
View the flyer for ways to participate and win some great prizes!
We Want to Hear From YOU!
Take the Shine Wellness Interest Survey for Your Chance to Win!
We are always looking to improve and make the Shine Employee better! Whether or not you currently participate in Shine, or have participated in the past, please take a few minutes to fill out an important survey to tell us about your experience with Shine, as well as what you would like to see offered in the future. Your input is vital and your feedback is sincerely appreciated!
Those who complete the survey and provide their name will be entered into a raffle to win a “Shine Prize Pack” which includes a water bottle, shaker bottle, Shine T-shirt, pen, $25 PC Gift Card and more! Survey deadline has been extended to Friday, October 14th. Thanks in advance for your help!
Please click here to be taken to the survey.
Walk or Run to Better Health this Fall!
Register to join a FREE walking or running group at work!
Do you want to get more active, but don’t know where to start? Are you currently active but want the accountability (and fun!) that training with a group can provide? No matter what your fitness level, you can walk this fall!
Each session will be organized and led by trained and enthusiastic Health, Wellness and Fitness students from Mohawk College. Register today as spaces are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!
JHCC Walking Group: Tuesdays at 7:15AM starting Sept 27th (get an active start to your day or head out right after night shift!). Join anytime...new walkers always welcome!
Join the Shine Your Light KINDNESS CONTEST: Sept. 26 - Oct. 10
Show kindness to coworkers, family, friends, neighbours and strangers for 15 days and you could win one of four $25 Give Cards! If you want to Shine Your Light at work, at home, and in the community, then this is the contest for YOU! Together, we can make HHS the kindest place to be in Hamilton!
WHEN: September 26th - October 10th, 2016
WHERE: Anywhere and Everywhere!
PRIZES: Four $25 Give Cards up for grabs!
Click here for complete contest details and to register.
Please share and post the contest flyer!
“Go the distance” at the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope!
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation is once again an official charity partner in the Hamilton Marathon, which is ranked as the number-one qualifier for The Boston Marathon. The event will be held Saturday, November 5 & Sunday, November 6 at Confederation Park in Hamilton and features a 1K for kids (also open to people of all ages with health or mobility challenges), 5K and 10K races, as well as a full and half marathon.
As a charity partner with the Hamilton Marathon, we need your help. Fundraising is essential for this event as your registration fees are retained by the event organizers. All fundraising proceeds support research, education and medical equipment. Governments do not fund medical equipment in our hospitals; we are 100% dependent on community support for these essential tools. You have the power to transform health care across our supported hospital sites!
Please view and share the flyer. For further information and to register, please go to www.hamiltonhealth.ca/marathon
Sign Up for a FREE Massage in 2016…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 10 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 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 Fall flyer.
Urgent Care Centre: Sept 12th (2-6PM) in Room C-17
JHCC: Sept 14th (2-6PM) in the Wellness Centre (M Wing, Level 1, Rm M1-15)
MUMC: Sept 19th (2-6PM) in the Wellness Centre (1J3) - sign up sheet posted on Wellness Centre door
HGH: Sept 26th (2-6PM) in the Wellness Centre (4 North, Rm. 403) - sign up sheet posted on Wellness Centre door
SPH: Oct 3rd (2-6PM) in the North Conference Room (Level 0)
CHED: Oct 17th (2-5:30PM) in the Ewart Lunch Room
WLMH: Nov 28th (2-5:30PM in Conference Rooms A & B
HGH: Dec 12th (2-6PM) in the Wellness Centre (4 North, Rm. 403)
Take the time to relax and unwind….you deserve it!
Join the Change4Life VIP Get Active Challenge!
WHEN: September 12th (NOW!!!) - October 21st, 2016
HOW: If you are a Green Shield benefits eligible employee and would like to enter, simply visit GSC's Plan Member Online Services between Aug 29 and Sept 12 and fill in the registration form. It's that easy!
WHY: The winning individual (most steps taken during the challenge) will receive 10,000 bonus points at the end of the challenge period. Members from the winning team (most average total steps taken per team member) will each receive 1,000 bonus points.
October EAP Feature: "Work-life Fit for Everyone"
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: Work-life Fit for Everyone
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 2016?
FREE STOP on the Road Clinics are coming to Hamilton throughout 2016
Click here to find out when each 2016 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 (October 2016): Work-life Fit for Everyone
The theme of this month’s Manager Feature is: "Work-life Fit for Everyone". 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.
Want to know more about how your EAP can help?
Click on the link below to access an overview of your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services, as well as links to register for one of our orientation sessions scheduled for 2016 (delivered live via webinar in English or French).
2016 Schedule of Orientation Webinars
New Enhanced EAP Online Support via "Chat"!
What is chat?
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
Drop by the Shine Wellness Centre at your site to meet with a personal trainer for FREE! They will work with you to set goals and create a fitness program that will help you get results safely and effectively. Start getting the most out of your workouts!
Click here to learn more!
Please click here for the flyer for all the course and registration details.
We have a collection of healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, good for the body, and taste delicious. Enjoy!