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 Melissa, 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!

Shine Lunch and Learn Series: Is Your Bike Road Ready?

It’s been a long winter… and it’s time to get that bike out of storage and back on the road this summer! This lunch and learn will help you get your bike ready for cycling season while teaching you about the basics of maintaining it through the season. You will learn how to conduct safety checks and make basic repairs to confidently ride all summer long! Sean will cover everything from a broken chain, flat tire, how to change and patch tires and so much more to ensure a smooth and safe cycling season!

 All sessions are from 12:15-12:45 p.m. See below for dates and location details.

  • May 15- MUMC (Room4E20) 
  • May 16 - WLMH (Board Room) 
  • May 17- KW (22-009)
  • May 23 - St. Peters (North Conference Room)
  • May 24 - JHCC (B4 101 Meeting Rm #2)
  • May 30 - HGH (Marg Charters Aud)

See flyer for more details!

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! 

  • May 16 - WLMH (Conference Rooms A & B)
  • May 23 - SPH (North Conference Room)
  • June 13 - KW (Lunch room 23rd floor) 
  • June 27- HGH (Shine Wellness Room)
  • July 18 - MUMC (Shine Wellness Room)
  • Aug 15 - CritiCall (2nd Floor)

Check out the 2018 Schedule!

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

4 Week Spring 2018 Fitness Class Registration Now Open!

JHCC beginning week of June 1st 2018

Ron Joyce beginning week of May 28th 2018

Don't put your fitness goals on hold any longer...now is the perfect time to start a workout routine or keep going! 

Check out the schedules and register for a class today! Go to the Fitness Registration page to get started! Space is limited, so sign up today!  

Change4Life® is kicking off a six-week contest…

Complete your HRA anytime from April 16 to May 28, 2018 and you'll be entered in to a weekly draw for 50+ gift cards from $10 to $100 in value! Up for grabs are gift cards to popular retailers (like Tim Hortons and Cineplex).

Completing your HRA questionnaire allows the Change4Life portal to be customized to you. Your responses to the HRA provide the foundation for what you’ll get next – a personalized health “report card” with an overall health score, as well as a recommended action plan filled with targeted tips, tools and resources that help you take a “small steps” approach to adopting healthier habits.

For more information, click here

You CAN take control of your money...2018 is the year you stop living paycheque to paycheque and start winning with money!

No matter what your financial situation, everyone needs a plan for spending and saving money wisely. Join your colleagues for a 9-week program that will equip you with tools and skills you need to help you get out of debt, save for retirement, and put you and your family on the path to financial wellness. This is the class where you will learn more effective ways of gaining control over your finances in a fun and supportive environment.

Hundreds of your colleagues have been through this life-changing program...now it's your turn! Class starts April 16th! Find out more and REGISTER today!

May EAP Feature: Mental Health Awareness and Support 

LifeWorks provides confidential counselling, consultations, community referrals, multimedia resources and online access to hundreds of articles, self-assessments, blogs, podcasts, calculators and more. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are provided at no additional cost to you and your dependents, as defined by your benefits plan. 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. Please view the EAP brochure to learn more about their services. 

Check out the latest EAP Feature: Mental Health Awareness and Support

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. 

Manager EAP Feature (May): Mental Health- What Managers Need to Know!

The theme of this month’s Manager Feature is: "Mental Health- What Managers Need to Know". 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. 

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! 

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 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 email shinewellness@hhsc.ca. See you there!

Shine Wellness Program Video

Mental Health Tips

10 preventative strategies to help support positive mental health

Mental Health Resources & Websites

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!

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.