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November 3, 2021

Lifestyle Medicine and Breast Cancer Webinar

On Wednesday, December 1st at 2 pm ET join Dr. Timothy Foggin and Dr. Amy Comander for a virtual fireside chat about Lifestyle Medicine and Breast Cancer, understanding the role of lifestyle in cancer development and resources for lifestyle preventions.

During the discussion, Dr. Comander and Dr. Foggin will discuss lifestyle interventions, including exercise, diet, mind/body connections, and:

  • Breast cancer risk factors and the role of genetics
  • The latest evidence regarding lifestyle factors and breast cancer risk reduction
  • The importance of return to screening given delays during the pandemic

Register here to be part of this discussion on Lifestyle Medicine and Breast Cancer.

Dr. Amy Comander is the Director of Breast Oncology and Survivorship at the Mass General Cancer Center in Waltham and Newton Wellesley Hospital and Medical Director of the Mass General Cancer Center in Waltham. Dr. Comander received her MD at Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Hematology-Oncology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. She is board certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology, as well as in Lifestyle Medicine. She is on the board of the Ellie Fund, which provides support to women with breast cancer in Massachusetts. Dr. Comander has a passion for improving the quality of life and outcome of cancer survivors through lifestyle interventions, including exercise, diet, and mind/body strategies.  She practices what she preaches, having run 8 consecutive Boston Marathons for charitable causes.

Dr. Timothy Foggin is the Medical Director for Canada at Teladoc Health and public health expert. Dr. Foggin completed Med School and his family medicine residency at McGill University in Montreal and his Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency at UBC in Vancouver. He has worked for Teladoc Health first as the VP and Medical Director of Teladoc Health in Asia and more recently as medical director for Canada. 

 

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August 20, 2021

Pension Information Seminar

The United Church of Canada provides a Defined Benefit Pension Plan for all employees who work more than 14 hours a week. Join us for this 90 minute program held by Shenagh Rosa, Manager for Pension Compliance and Communication, on September 20, 2021 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET to learn about how the plan works, what it costs, what it provides, and how to apply for your pension when your are ready.

This seminar will cover:

  • what a “defined benefit plan” is
  • how costs and benefits are determined
  • other ways that you might plan for retirement, including personal savings, government benefits, and coordination with other pension or benefits plans you may have access to
  • options to consider as you prepare to retire.

All Members of the plan will find this information useful, but we particularly recommend it for

  • People who are new to the plan (i.e. those who are recently hired)
  • Members or their family members who are in the midst of a significant life change (birth, marriage, divorce, death, job change)
  • People who are planning for retirement
  • Members of Ministry & Personnel Committees or congregational Boards/Councils
  • Church Treasurers
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May 14, 2021

MindBeacon: Pandemic Mental Health Recovery & Managing Alcohol Use

MindBeacon’s efforts to help you better manage and take care of your mental health continue with their May programs and events.

Mental Health Recovery won’t happen over night

Check out MindBeacon's 8-step Pandemic Mental Health Recovery Plan; a resource to help you get your mental health back on track as we plan for pandemic recovery. Click here to view the recording of the plan’s launch during Mental Health week May 3-9, 2021.

I’m starting to need a drink everyday, should I be worried?

The pandemic may have led us to develop different habits. Some good, some not so good. However, research has shown that the use of alcohol has increased as a means to cope with pandemic-related anxiety. Here’s your chance to register for MindBeacon’s free 30 min Live ‘Ask the Therapist’ webinar at 12pm on May 19th- Managing Alcohol Use.

Learn about:

  • Understanding the different stages of alcohol use
  • Understanding the underlying reasons for alcohol use
  • Healthier coping mechanism for challenging times
It’s Maternal Mental Health month.

Be sure to check out the “Shared Experiences” of these women who are managing both motherhood and careers during the pandemic. Click to watch video 1 and video 2

I’m feeling anxious about being social again

As many persons are experiencing feelings of anxiety about socializing again, be sure to check out this recording of MindBeacon’s expert discussion as part of the Social Anxiety Therapist Guided Program.  Listen as the experts address key topics such as:

  • How to know if you’re experiencing social anxiety
  • Understanding the difference between being an introvert and experiencing social anxiety.
  • How to manage social anxiety and tips to overcome it?

To learn more about MindBeacon’s Therapist Guided Programs, Live Therapy sessions and other helpful resources visit Mindbeacon.com

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8-step Pandemic Mental Health Recovery Plan →
Resource to help you get your mental health back on track.

View the recording →
Webinar Recording: Your Journey to Recovery.

April 6, 2021

LifeSpeak April Campaign: ‘Getting your House in Order’

As life often gets very busy, Lifespeak’s 4-week campaign wants to give you a jump start at organizing your affairs, as it can be quite intimidating especially if you don’t know where to start. 

LifeSpeak has gathered extensive knowledge from their experts into four categories to help you get organised.  

Week 1Getting your Finances in order 
Week 2Getting your Work Life in order
Week 3Getting your Health in order 
Week 4Maintaining your Good Habits 

Click to Engage with their ‘Getting Your House in order’ campaign which starts on April 5th . 

* This wellness campaign is available exclusively on the web site. It’s not accessible on the mobile app. 

Be sure to also join the Ask the Expert” conversation with Shannon Lee Simmons and Bob Gavlak, Certified Financial Planners, on April 21st at 12pm ET. 

The French Version will be with Jean-François Rousseau on April 22nd at 12pm ET. Click here for more info. 

Log in at: united-church.lifespeak.com   
Password: wellness 

March 29, 2021

LifeWorks’ latest Living Well podcast: The Work-Life Blur: Burnout from Home

Check out the latest episode of LifeWorks’ Living Well podcast: The Work-Life Blur: Burnout from Home. Have a listen and feel free to share with your colleagues, family, and friends.

For many of us, home has been our office now for over a year. At first, it was new and our focus was on learning how to work productively in a new environment, but now, work can be harder to leave behind when there’s no where to go. Listen to Living Well host and international mental health advocate Mark Henick discuss increasing reports of burnout with Duncan So, co-founder and executive director at The Burnout Clinic and our very own Paula Allen, global leader and SVP, research and total wellbeing.

Some key takeaways to implement are;

  • Daily Audit
  • State Management
  • Be kind to yourself and self care

Click here to listen to previous podcast episodes of Living Well.

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Latest Episode →
Listen to The Work-Life Blur: Burnout from Home podcast episode.

Previous episodes →
Listen to previous podcast episodes of Living Well

March 26, 2021

Pension Information Seminar

Click here to view the recording of the March Pension Information Seminar 2021 presented by Shenagh Rosa.

Learn how your pension plan works, other ways to save for retirement and how to apply for your pension.

For more distance learning opportunities visit United in Learning.

 

March 9, 2021

LifeSpeak March Announcement: Brand New Topics & Experts available

The latest additions to LifeSpeak’s online library are now available. Brand new topics include:

  • Worry-Free Money: The Guilt-Free Approach to Managing your Money
  • Men's Health 101
  • Making Flexible and Remote Working a Success
  • Healthy Eating for Families

Check out the full list of topics available in both English and French.

For access from any computer or mobile device:

Log in at: united-church.lifespeak.com
Password: wellness

Ask the Expert

Be sure to join the conversation during the “Ask the Expert” segment. This month’s topic: Tired of Being Tired? How to Improve Your Sleep.

  • The English version will be with Dr. Marty Martin, Clinical Psychologist on March 24th at Noon ET. Add to your Calendar
  • The French Version will be with Faustin Etindele on March 25th at Noon ET. Add to your Calendar
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February 19, 2021

Pension Improvements as of January 1, 2021

Active Member Accrual Rate set at 1.625% for 2021

The Pension Board is pleased to announce that the accrual rate for active plan members will be 1.625% in 2021.  There will be no change to contribution rates. The accrual rate, which was set to return to 1.4% in 2021, will return to 1.4% in 2022.

Pension Increase to Retired and Deferred Plan Members Effective January 1, 2021

The Pension Board is pleased to announce that current pensioners. survivors and deferred members will receive a 2%* increase to their monthly pension benefit effective January 1, 2021.  If you are receiving a pension, the increase will be added to your April 2021 pension payment, retroactive to January 1, 2021.  If you are a deferred member, (that is, you terminated employment but left your entitlement in the Plan), the increase will be calculated and shown on your 2021 pension statement, which you will receive in June 2022.

* The Income Tax Act and regulations limit pension increases to the cumulative growth in CPI since the pension commenced. For this reason, recently retired pensioners and deferred members who terminated employment recently will see a lesser increase.

These improvements are possible because of adequate funding levels at the end of 2020, according to requirements set out in the Funding Policy.

 

Pension Information Seminar

Join us for the next Pension Information Seminar on March 9, 2021.  Learn how your pension plan works, other ways to save for retirement and how to apply for your pension.  Click here To register.

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February 9, 2021

LifeSpeak February Campaign: Let’s Talk About Racial Discrimination

February is Black History (or African Heritage) Month here in Canada and the United States. It is a time to honour the contributions, acknowledge the struggles and celebrate the cultural heritage of people of African descent.  

Efforts continue to improve our social consciousness as we strive towards more inclusivity here in North America. 

LifeSpeak’s campaign will focus on recognizing systemic racism and dealing with its consequences on one's mental healthJoin the conversation during the “Ask the Expert” segment. This month’s topic: Let’s talk Racism: Your Questions answered.  

  • The English version will be with Daphne Magna, Founder & Principal Consultant, Tough Convos on February 24th at Noon ET. Add to your calendar.
     
  • The French Version will be with Carla Beauvais on February 25th at Noon ET. Add to your calendar. 

 More information is available in both English & French 

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January 25, 2021

LifeSpeak January Campaign: Healthy Habits= Healthy Life Campaign

LifeSpeak’s campaign on Healthy Habits continues with the great discussion on Healthy Nutrition Habits. 

Be sure to check out each week, as we get expert tips to help improve our Lifestyle habits including; sleep, nutrition, fitness and mental toughness.  

There will also be “Ask the Expert” discussions so be sure to  Add to your Calendar 

Click here to “Engage with the campaign. 

Or  

Learn how to get started in English or French 

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