What To Do Over Reading Week- Orillia

If you are staying in Orillia over the break, take the opportunity to explore the community and all it has to offer. Check out the recommendations from Peer Wellness Educator Lead, Emma Goddard.

1. Family Day Fun at the Orillia Fairgrounds (http://www.orilliafairgroundsfarmersmarket.ca/events.html)
2. Go for a walk on any trails Copeland Forest, Grants Woods, Scout Valley, Hardwood Ski and Bike, Millennium Trail (https://www.orillialakecountry.ca/trails/) (https://www.orillia.ca/en/living-here/resources/Environmental_Services/Open-Trails-Map.pdf)
7. Family Day Skate at the Roller Skating Place (https://www.facebook.com/therollerskatingplace/)
8. Go shopping, support local (https://www.orillialakecountry.ca/shop/)
11. Worlds of the night at the Simcoe County Museum (https://museum.simcoe.ca/exhibits/orientation)
12. Tobogganing at Couchiching Golf Course (370 Peter St. N.), Clayt French Park (114 Atlantis Dr.), and Homewood Park (68 Woodside Dr.)
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What To Do Over Reading Week- Thunder Bay

Spending your February reading week in Thunder Bay and not sure what you will do other than study? I have compiled a list of some of my favourite activities and places in Thunder Bay to visit when I need a breather from my studies. I have sorted them into outdoor activities, indoor activities, and places to get food! Thunder Bay has a lot of great activities and little shops you definitely want to check out while you are here. During my first year in Bartley I found a lot of reprieve in leaving campus and exploring the city, let me share with you where I went!

Outdoor Activities

Although it has reached some pretty cold temperatures recently, hopefully, a few days during the reading week will be warm enough to afford you some fresh air. To begin with some fun physical activities to get some exercise and fresh air I recommend:

  • Skating at Marina Park: take a pair of skates and some friends and enjoy a small skating loop near Thunder Bay’s waterfront!

  • Vickers Park: Vickers Park offers a skating trail where you can skate through the park on a nicely flooded winding trail.

  • Lost Mountain Loop: this hiking trail is great for those looking for a bit of a longer, more physical hike, and is a 6.3km hiking trail located right near Thunder Bay with some very great views. Note that it is winter and the conditions are not guaranteed to be conducive to hiking. More information can be found here.

  • Other nice spots to go for a walk around: Hillcrest Park - has great views of the Sleeping Giant, Centennial - has a great number of easy to walk trails with varying lengths, and some nice views of winding rivers

Thunder Bay is also home to Loch Lomond and Mount Baldy for your downhill skiing and snowboarding needs, as well as Kamview for cross country skiing and snowshoeing!

Indoor Activities

As we know though, Thunder Bay weather can be rather harsh and perhaps you want a warmer distraction from your studies-here is a list of ideas for you:

  • Tbay Country Market: is a farmer’s market-esque, craft, and food market that is open Wednesdays 3:30pm-6:30pm, and Saturday 8:00am-1:00pm. You must go to the market when you are in Thunder Bay at least once. Everyone can find something at the market for them I promise.

  • Goods & Co. Market: is another market with a neat interior and vibe that is relatively new to Thunder Bay this past fall, and has food and merchandise vendors and is another must see while in Thunder Bay!

  • Countdown Escape Rooms: though I have not personally been to the Escape Rooms, friends have told me they are a lot of fun, might be something to check out with a group of friends!

  • Mario’s Bowl: if you’re a fan of bowling you should definitely head to Mario’s Bowl with some friends!


Thunder Bay has a lot of variety in restaurants and cafes, and I find that there is always some new place I haven’t heard of before until someone recommends it to me! Here are some of my favourite restaurants and cafes in Thunder Bay that I like to go to (rather regularly):

  • Sweet North Bakery: Sweet North Bakery has two locations, one is a drive-through and the other is a sit down cafe/bakery in the more downtown Port Arthur area of Thunder Bay. Sweet North has great baking, sandwiches, and drinks. Personally, I recommend any of the sandwiches on their homemade pretzel buns, and definitely their sticky buns!

  • Nomad On Bay: is a sandwich bar that makes really good homemade bread and different meats that make for some very good sandwiches. I personally like the Reuben! 

  • The Prospector: are you and your friends looking to go out to celebrate half a term over? I recommend The Prospector, with a pretty diverse dinner menu and the best table bread you could ask for, it’s a great place to head for dinner. 

That concludes my list of fun things to do, places to see, and food to eat over your February reading week. I hope it's restful and productive and you take time for yourself to recharge and take the rest of the semester on!

  • Max, Peer Wellness Educator Lead, Thunder Bay Campus

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Lessons Learned

Have you ever wished that you could fast forward to the end of university so you could know now what you will learn in the future? Here's your chance to learn about the triumphs and obstacles current 4th year Lakehead University students have faced and gain valuable knowledge about how they approached their student experience with a focus on your wellbeing. Think of this as your wellness cheat sheet!

Lesson Learned #1 Time Management

One of the most common difficulties that students encounter that impacts their wellness is the stress associated with time management. After almost four years of university, what you come to discover is that coordinating your ‘me’ time is just as important as your academic time. We understand that it may be unrealistic to believe that there will be an equal amount of time available for both, which is why we have learned that you’re looking for more of an 80/20 split. If you spend 8 hours a week studying, you have earned 2 hours of time to focus on your passions. Passions don’t have to be a big extravagant hobby either, something as simple as going to see a movie qualifies as a brilliant form of self-care.

Lesson Learned #2 Learning to Self Moderate

One of the biggest challenges of transitioning to a university environment is learning to adapt to being your own best moderator. You get what you put into your Lakehead experience so it is important to be accountable for your actions and study habits. However, being your own moderator doesn’t mean that you’re alone in the process, it just means that you have accepted your role as being the leader. Use your role to access the numerous supports available to you at Lakehead University. Finding the support (counsellor, peer support, academic support, etc) that matches your wellness needs will help you complete your university journey with special respect for your health & wellness.

Lesson Learned #3 Explore all of your Options

Finding your true passion and unlocking your full potential is what university is all about. You don’t have to stay within the realm of what you thought you originally wanted; don’t be afraid to explore new opportunities! Switching your course plan does not EVER mean that you failed or gave up, it means that you have moved onto something new and more suited for your own unique potential. Discovering your true calling is essential to maintaining your wellness.

Lesson Learned #4 Relying on Your Peers

When it comes to facing obstacles in university, one of your best resources is your peers. Developing friendships based on trust and respect will help you to discuss challenges you are facing which gives you a safe space to vent & learn valuable advice. The dynamic relationship between peers is founded on the unique shared experience that you’re both working through. 

Do you want the opportunity to connect with your peers? Peer Chat is a program made by students, for students. It takes the pressure off of traditional counselling methods (which are still amazing options for some- everyone is different) by allowing you to discuss obstacles you are facing with other students and offer your own advice to other students looking for guidance. Follow @lupeerwellness on Instagram to learn more about upcoming Peer Chat meetings!

-Samantha Sawyer, 4th year student and Peer Support Lead 

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Apps, Books & More for Your Wellness

Supporting your mental well-being is such an important part of not only being a student, but also a human. There are countless ways to support your wellness and we reached out to Lakehead staff for their recommendations on apps, books, shows, podcasts and that they use to support their wellness. Browse through our list of recommendations and try some for yourself on your path to mental health. 


Insight Timer

Insight Timer is free and available for iOS and android. It comes recommended by Jordan Sokoloski, Naturopathic Doctor on the Thunder Bay campus. It has a library of thousands of guided meditations for you to choose from, as well as the option to customize your meditation with features like a timer, various audio options, and bell sounds to help you relax and refresh, exactly how you like.


Calm helps you to meditate, sleep and relax. Browse a library of meditations, sleep stories, music and more to help you support your wellness. Topics include calming anxiety, managing stress, deep sleep, focus and concentration, breaking habits, gratitude, and more!


Headspace offers a monthly subscription to help you stress less and sleep soundly. It offers thousands of guided meditations to help you with anything from managing stress, to sleep, fouc and mind and body health. Learn mindfulness skills from experts around the world, xplore a wide range of relaxing audio, tackle quick 3 minute sessions and even try out the Move Mode - to help incorporate movement into your busy day.


Pocketwell is an expansion on the Wellness Together Canada platform, created by the Government of Canada in response to the significant need of mental health supports at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The app offers many of the same capabilities as the Wellness Together Canada website - but in a user friendly, app format. You can use the app to access mental health self assessments, view lists of resources and services available to you (such as counseling and other resources).


Happify consists of science-based activities and games that can help you overcome negative thoughts, stress and other challenges. Journal your moods, thoughts and emotions and use the exercises to help work through how you are feeling in a healthy way. Happify is available with a monthly, annual or lifetime subscription.


Moodfit helps you track your moods and gives you exercises and tasks to complete to help address negative emotions. It is adaptable, based on the goals that you chose for yourself and gives you the ability to easily track your progress. It even offers reminders to help keep you on track. Overtime, the app can provide you with insights to better understand what affects your moods and emotions and provides strategies for feeling better.


Mindshift was developed by Anxiety Canada - an anxiety awareness nonprofit organization. It uses cognitive behavioural therapy to teach relaxation skills and suggest healthy activities for maintaining wellness.There are guided meditations, and even a “quick relief” tool that you can use if you’re feeling overwhelmed in the moment.


TalkCampus is an app made specifically for students. It is a peer to peer support based platform that allows you to talk with other students from around the world, anonymously. The platform is safe and moderated, and is designed as a place where you can be yourself and talk about how you are really feeling with others in similar situations.


Strava is a fitness tracking app that allows you to track workouts and connect with others. Irene Pugliese, Manager of Wellness Services recommends this app to help with staying accountable to your movement goals. Need more of a reason to use Strava? Student Health & Wellness uses the app for our It’s Your Move program, consisting of challenges for staff and students to participate in. Join our group - It’s Your Move LU today!


The How of Happiness

The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky draws on groundbreaking research to set out a detailed, yet simple to follow plan to increase happiness in our day-to-day lives. It is a guide to understanding what happiness is, and what it isn’t, and helps readers learn various happiness-increasing strategies. Recommended by Irene Pugliese, Manager of Health Services.

Hello I Want To Die Please Fix Me

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me by Anna Mehler Paperny is a national bestseller that looks at depression in the first person. A Canadian journalist shares her experience seeking treatment for suicide ideation and depression. The book showcases honestly, the courageous and at times humerous, journey of navigating the struggles that nearly a fifth of the population face. Recommended by Lindsey Wachter, Health Promoter.


Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Amelia and Emily Nagoski comes recommended by Jordan Sokoloski, Naturopathic Doctor, Thunder Bay. The book explains why women experience burnout differently than men - and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life. Instead of asking us to ignore the very real obstacles and societal pressures that stand between women and well-being, the authors explain with compassion and optimism what we’re up against.


Magazines are a great option for reading material if you feel like you already have too much reading to do as a student. Recommended by Kim Vallee, Librarian, Orillia, The Yoga Journal, WellBeing and Planet Mindful offer a great selection of wellness reading material. Many public libraries have free access to e-magazines, check a library near you to get access to some easy reading today.


Netflix Headspace Series

The Netflix Headspace Series offers 15-20 minute episodes surrounding the topics of meditation and mindfulness. The three components of the series include Guide to Meditation, Unwind Your Mind, and Guide to Sleep. Hartley Mendelsohn, Student Success Advisor, Thunder Bay recommends this series for you the next time you are looking for a show on Netflix!


Bliss is available exclusively on Amazon Prime. It is a mind-bending love story between a recently fired divorcee and a woman living on the streets, convinced that the world is a computer simulation. The story combines drama and science fiction, while  exploring topics of mental health and addiction. Bliss is recommended by Irene Pugliese, Manager of Health Services.

Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso is a comedy series available on Apple TV. The show follows an American football coach who is recruited to manage a struggling English Premier League soccer team in London. What he lacks in knowledge, he makes up for in optimism, determination and biscuits. Recommended by Linsdsey Wachter, Health Promoter,  Cheryl D’Angelo, Director of Student Health and Wellness & Elana Weber, Athletics & Wellness Coordinator, Orillia.


The Happiness Lab

The Happiness Lab with Yale professor, Dr. Laurie Santos will take you through the latest research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will shift your perspective and the way you think about happiness. Unlike many other happiness and self-love podcasts, The Happiness Lab is rooted in science that leaves the listener with tactical advice to make life more happy.  Recommended by Kim Vallee, Librarian, Orillia. 

Life Kit

Life Kit is here to help, after all, everyone needs a little help being human. Experts share advice from a wide range of topics from relationships, self-care, finances, and everything in between. Episodes are short and easy to enjoy and digest, perfect for students with hectic class and study schedules. Recommended by Kim Vallee, Librarian, Orillia, Life Kit is here to help you keep it together.

Feminist Survival Podcast

Feminist Survival Podcast, recommended by Jordan Sokoloski, Naturopathic Doctor, Thunder Bay, is perfect for anyone feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and still worrying that they aren’t doing enough. Hosted by Amelia and Emily Nagoski, authors of Burnout, The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, breakdown various wellness-related topics with insight and humor.    Listen to this podcast for new “survival” tips released every Monday.

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Eating on a Budget

Food can eat up a large part of your monthly budget and at times you might feel like you have to go the ramen route to make ends meet. There are ways to stretch your dollar and still eat food that is satisfying and provides the nutrients your body and mind need!

Plan Ahead

Don’t let your mood dictate your groceries for the week- take the time to plan your meals for the week and write a list based on that. Try to make use of ingredients in several different meals. You can also try meal prepping or batch cooking so that nothing goes to waste, having a meal ready also curbs the desire to order in on busy days.

Take Advantage of Student Discount Days

Some grocery stores or restaurants have dedicated discount days- if you can make it work with your schedule plan your shopping on those days.

Thunder Bay

Bulk Barn: Bulk Barn offers a 10% discount on Wednesdays with a valid student ID (source). 

Metro Grandview mall: Get 10 percent off your groceries every Tuesday with your student card.


Bulk Barn: Bulk Barn offers a 10% discount on Wednesdays with a valid student ID (source). 

Grocery Store Loyalty Programs

If you hit up the same grocery store week after week, take advantage of any loyalty or points programs they have. These programs are almost always free and allow you to accumulate points that can be redeemed for discounts. Some programs also offer personalized coupons and discounts to loyalty members.


As always, there is an app for everything- including grocery discounts- these are ones we recommend.  

  • Flipp- Flipp takes the weekly flyers crammed in your mailbox and puts them on your phone or tablet in a clean, searchable app. While you can search for a specific flyer and browse flyers as you would if they were sent to your house, the best capability of Flipp is being able to search for a product, such as milk, to see all the flyers that have it listed and for what price.

  • Checkout51- Checkout 51 gives you money back on certain products after you purchase them. Some items will give you 0.25$, while others could give you a few dollars back. The app shows you what products you can get money back on that week so you know what deals you can get ahead of time. After you purchase items on the list you photograph and upload your receipt via the app. The receipt gets checked and once approved (usually within 48 hours) the money you earned gets added to your account. Once you hit $20 a cheque is mailed out to you.

  • Caddle- The Caddle app is similar to Checkout 51, but unlike Checkout 51, Caddle is currently only available in Canada. Caddle publishes cashback offers every Thursday and this runs for a week. To claim an offer, purchase the item (usually at any store), scan, and upload the receipt for processing. You can claim multiple offers on one receipt. When your cashback balance reaches $20 or more, it is easy to cash out and receive a check in the mail.

Student Discount Cards

The requirements for student discounts vary- some only need to see your Lakehead ID but others require a specific membership program. Some cost money to sign up so read through their partnerships to see if it is worthwhile.

Food isn't the only thing that can get expensive and a lot of companies offer student discount, check out a complete list of Student Deals at https://dealhack.ca/blog/canadian-student-discounts


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Flu Shot FAQ- 2021

Flu season is upon us and we are answering some of the commonly asked questions about the flu shot.

Who should get a flu shot?

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Flu vaccination has important benefits: It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

Where can I get the flu shot?

In Thunder Bay, students, staff, and faculty can get a flu shot at Student Health and Wellness starting October 25. Call 807-343-8361 or email flu.shots@lakeheadu.ca to book an appointment. 

In Orillia, anyone can get the flu shot at a local pharmacy, eligibility for the general public begins early November. Appointments are necessary at most locations. Call or visit the websites below to book an appointment at any of the pharmacies close to campus.

Costco: 625 University Ave. 705-418-1706 or book online

Food Basics: 975 W Ridge Blvd. 705-326-5200 or book online.

Walmart: 175 Murphy Rd. 705-325-7403 or book online.

Shoppers Drug Mart*: Walk-ins available. 149 Westmount Dr. N. 705-326-7373. Check availability here.

In Ontario, people with provincial health cards are able to get the vaccines from pharmacies, family doctors and public health clinics. 

International students or people without health cards 

The last time I got a flu shot, I got sick. 

Flu vaccines cannot cause flu illness. Flu shots are made with either inactivated (killed) viruses, or with only a single protein from the flu virus. There are several reasons why someone might get flu symptoms, even after they have been vaccinated against the flu.

  • Some people can become ill from other respiratory viruses besides flu such as rhinoviruses, which are associated with the common cold, cause symptoms similar to flu, and also spread and cause illness during the flu season. The flu vaccine only protects against the flu, not other illnesses.

  • While you do start to develop antibodies right away, it takes the body two weeks after the flu shot to develop full immune protection. It is possible that a person might have been exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during that two-week period and that this exposure might have resulted in developing the flu before protection takes effect. That’s why it is important to get your flu shot early on. 

  • Some people may experience flu symptoms despite getting vaccinated is that they may have been exposed to a flu virus that is very different from the viruses the vaccine is designed to protect against. The ability of a flu vaccine to protect a person depends largely on the similarity or “match” between the viruses selected to make the vaccine and those spreading and causing illness. There are many different flu viruses that spread and cause illness among people

  • The final explanation for experiencing flu symptoms after vaccination is that flu vaccines vary in how well they work and some people who get vaccinated still get sick. When that happens though, vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce the severity of illness in those people who get vaccinated but still get sick.

How else can I prevent the spread of the flu?

In addition to getting the flu shot, people can adopt some simple practices (that might sound very familiar) to keep themselves and others healthy:

  • Covering coughs and sneezes

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Wash your hands often

  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell

  • Practice other healthy habits

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    • Get plenty of sleep.

    • Eat well, with lots of vegetables and fruits.

    • Drink lots of fluids.

    • Exercise regularly.

    • Manage your stress.





Naturopathic Services Through Student Health and Wellness- Thunder Bay

Naturopathic Services available on Thunder Bay Campus


Student Health and Wellness in Thunder Bay is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jordan Sokoloski to our centre.

He will offer naturopathic services to Lakehead staff, students and faculty, both virtually and in-person. There is a fee for Naturopathic services that is not covered by Student Health and Wellness. 

To book an appointment visit his website or call 807-683-7287. 

To learn more about naturopathic medicine, read on:

Naturopathic medicine is primary health care that blends traditional forms of medicine with modern clinical research and medical knowledge. It is evidence-based and informed by available research, clinical experience, and each individual patient’s unique health situation and preferences.

Health promotion and disease prevention are a particular foundation of naturopathic practice. Treatment draws from a number of therapies including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture/traditional Asian medicine, and diet and lifestyle counselling.

Naturopathic medicine is for people of all ages and health histories and naturopathic doctors are trained to find the root cause of a patient’s symptoms and to identify any possible side effects that may arise between a patient’s prescription medication and any recommended therapies.

The majority of naturopathic doctors work in multi-disciplinary practices with health professionals from other regulated professions including medical doctors, nurses, and psychologists. The profession is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, whose mandate is to ensure the protection of the public and professional competency.

The student population is a specific group that stands to benefit greatly from naturopathic care. University students are under significant stress and some of the effects of chronic stress are often seen in students, including disrupted sleep, decreased immunity, low energy, muscle tension, and indigestion.

Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety are also common. Healthy lifestyle factors become compromised as convenience foods are substituted for nutritious meals and exercise becomes a challenge to prioritize. Naturopathic medicine is well equipped to manage these concerns. When under stress, there is a distinct physiological response that can affect the function of many body systems.

These changes are addressed in several important ways, including:

  • Discussing clinical nutrition and dietary medicine and finding ways to encourage more convenient, easily prepared whole foods in the diet;
  • Emphasizing sleep hygiene and optimizing sleep while giving consideration to those things that may be interfering with restful sleep;
  • Finding healthy coping mechanisms for stress, including exercise and meditation;
  • Using physical therapies such as acupuncture to address chronic muscle tension and optimize nervous system function;
  • Making evidence-based supplementation recommendations that support the body’s ability to respond to stress and address the individual concerns mentioned above, including poor sleep, increased frequency of colds and flus, and indigestion.

Naturopathic doctors are primary care health professionals well-equipped to manage the often complex health concerns of the student population.

There is a growing interest in natural medicine, and the multi-disciplinary clinic setting at Lakehead University will foster understanding and collaboration between the different health professionals working there. I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to work with this team to improve the health and well-being of the staff, students and faculty at Lakehead University.

-Jordan Sokoloski, ND

Photo of Naturopathic Doctor Jordan Soloski, Text reading naturopathic services available at Student health and Wellness

COVID Screener FAQ

With cold and flu season upon us, it is likely that you will come down with an illness that shares symptoms 


1.    Q- I have symptoms listed in the Daily COVID-19 Screening questions that are related to a known chronic condition (i.e. allergies) I have. Should I check them off?

A - Assessing symptoms of COVID-19 should focus on evaluating what is new, worsening, or different from your baseline health status or usual state. Symptoms associated with known chronic health conditions, or related to other known causes/conditions, should not be considered unless new, different or worsening.

2.    Q - I received a red QR code following my Daily COVID-19 Screening questions on Lakehead’s Mobile Safety app. May I still go to class?

A - No. If you receive a red QR code after answering your daily COVID-19 screening questions, you are not permitted to access any Lakehead University premises. Follow the directions provided through the Mobile Safety app and contact your instructor to explore options if you must self-isolate for a period of time.

3.    Q - If I have COVID-19 symptoms, can I just get a rapid test?

A - No. Rapid testing is not appropriate for symptomatic individuals. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, complete the provincial self-assessment and follow the directions provided.

4.    Q - I have a negative COVID-19 test but still have symptoms. Can I return to class?

A - It’s important to follow the advice of Public Health when you are unsure about whether it’s safe to leave your home. Contact the Thunder Bay District Health Unit at (807) 625-5900; or the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at (705) 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.

5.    Q - I’m sick and unable to attend my exam. What should I do?

A - Lakehead University is temporarily suspending the need for a student who is ill to provide a Certificate of Illness or Incapacitation completed by a medical professional as per University Regulation IV (Examinations – Missed Examinations Due to Illness or Other Extenuating Circumstances).  If you are ill and need to defer an exam, please follow the steps outlined here.

6.    Q - I’m an instructor and I’ve had a student contact me about not passing the Daily COVID-19 Screening questions on the Lakehead Mobile Safety app.  How do I address situations where students are not able to attend campus?

A - As an instructor, it’s important to support students who cannot access campus as a result of feeling sick and/or may be at risk of potentially spreading COVID-19. Please accommodate their learning requirements as much as possible while they adhere to the instructions they will receive through the app and from Public Health in order to help keep yourself, your students, and the campus community safe. 

Click here for more COVID-19 FAQs specific to Lakehead University employees.

7. Q: Is there anything I can do to avoid getting sick?

A- You can take actions to prevent illness this cold and flu season: 

  • Practice frequent hand hygiene
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Get your flu shot
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat well-balanced meals 
  • Stay physically active and spend time outdoors
  • Find ways to de-stress and relax
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Making a Self-Care Plan

Reading week is a great opportunity to reflect on how the semester is going and right the ship if needed. Take time to think about how you are doing, not just academically but with respect to all aspects of wellness (emotional, physical, social, etc.) and think about what can be improved upon for the rest of the semester. A self-care plan can help manage your stress and make yourself a priority. Learning to identify activities and practices that support your wellbeing can help you to sustain positive self-care in the long term.

For each category below, write at least one strategy or activity that you can undertake. You might notice areas of overlap between these categories. It is important to develop a self-care plan that is holistic and individual to you.

Physical self-care

Things that you can do that help you to stay fit and healthy, and with enough energy to get through your work and personal commitments. (i.e. regularly scheduling exercise, walking outside, setting a sleep schedule, meal planning).

Academic self-care

Activities that help you to work consistently at the level you expect of yourself (i.e. keeping up with readings, working with a study group, setting time boundaries).

Emotional self-care

Activities that allow you to safely experience your full range of emotions (i.e. accessing personal support systems, keep a journal, make time for things you enjoy, accessing counselling as needed).

Social self-care

This is about maintaining healthy, supportive relationships, and ensuring you have diversity in your relationships (i.e. spending time with friends and family, joining groups/communities of people with similar interests).

Cognitive self-care

The things you do to take care of and challenge your mind (i.e. reading for pleasure, writing, trying to learn a new skill or practicing one that is unrelated to school or work).

Once you have finished, keep your self-care plan somewhere you can see it every day. Keeping it visible will help you to think about and commit to the strategies in your plan. You can also share it with friends, roommates and family so they can support you in your actions.

Just like an athlete who trains for a competitive event, self-care plans require that you practice the activities regularly. Be realistic with yourself by remembering that it takes time for a new practice to become a routine. There will be moments when you falter and that’s okay. We’re all human.

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Orillia Campus Fitness Guide 2021

Your campus fitness guide

Whether you’re looking to be active, meet new people or explore new hobbies, Lakehead has plenty of options. Here are some ways to get involved if you want to get moving this year.

On-Campus Options

Fitness Room

All current Lakehead Orillia students can access the fitness room, regardless of whether they are learning on or off-campus. Only those who have signed and submitted the risk and liability waiver will have physical access to the room.

Turf Field

This year, Lakehead Orillia students have access to the turf fields at the West Orillia Sports Complex for open field use. WOSC offers a full-sized, lit artificial turf field. Perfect for all kinds of outdoor sports and activities, students are encouraged to get active and make use of this space this fall! The WOSC (at Rotary Place) is located at 100 University Avenue, right next door to our campus.

Starting September 23rd, until November 4th, 2021, the fields will be booked for Lakehead students every Thursday evening from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm.

Virtual Offerings

If you’re looking for a fun way to connect with fellow Thunderwolves check out our virtual fitness programming:

It's Your Move 5x5 Challenge

  • If getting back into school mode has messed up your fitness routine- or it was never much of a routine to begin with- get moving with the 5x5 challenge. Challenge yourself to log 5 days of activity (of at least 30 minutes) for 5 weeks starting on September 27.

  • This program is open to current students, staff, faculty, and alumni from either Campus. Students who complete the challenge will get a sticker recognizing their success and all participants who log activity during the challenge will be entered into a prize draw with the winner announced in November.

  • For more information on the 5x5 Challenge, visit the Student Health & Wellness Events page.

Teachers on the Move

  • Teachers on the Move is a Professional Year BEd student-specific program. Download the Strava app and complete monthly individual and cohort challenges for a chance to get active in creative ways, gain valuable skills and resources...and of course, there are prizes available too! 

  • Teachers on the Move has connections to the Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum and will help to foster a sense of community among the Lakehead BEd students virtually, as you all continue to study online this year. This Strava club was made so that you can encourage one another and hold one another accountable while studying at home, so comment, give kudos and upload your activities!

  • To sign up, fill out the Teachers on the Move Registration Form.

 Get outside

Living in Orillia means you have access to some of the most scenic natural areas in Ontario, right in your own backyard! If you’re interested in getting outside this semester, check out some of the resources below:

  • Campus Trails: You don’t even need to leave campus to enjoy the beautiful scenery- check out our campus trail map.

  • Hiking in the area: There is no shortage of parks, conservation areas and trails in the area, with some only a bus ride away, use the alltrails app to plan your route in advance.

  • Equipment Borrowing: All Lakehead Orillia Students are entitled to borrow equipment for use on campus or at assigned facilities. In order to borrow equipment, please bring your student ID card to Student Central and ask Security. 

  • Outdoor Courts and Fields: Want to throw together a scrimmage with friends? Make use of one of our many on-campus fields or head over to the Turf field at Rotary Place on Thursdays from 5-7 pm. On-campus lined field coming soon!

Play sports

Sports can be a fun way to stay active and meet new friends. Here are a couple of ways you can get involved in sports at Lakehead:

  • Intramural Sport leagues: Campus Rec offers multiple sessions of Intramural Sports leagues throughout the year. You can sign up as a team or join a team as a free agent to play a variety of sports. No experience is required to play, and all ability levels are welcome. Not sure you can commit- watch out for mini-leagues being offered. 

  • Orillia Community Sports Clubs: To learn more about the Community Sports Clubs in the Orillia area visit the Community Recreation page. 

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treadmills and ellipitcal in a fitness room