Women’s Wellness @ Student Family Housing: Healthy Eating

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Student Family Housing

Join Food Share in a community food workshop where the focus is on healthy eating within a budget due to an expected rise in food prices.  You will be introduced to Canada’s new Food Guide, mindful eating, how to plan meals for the week, how to change recipes to increase nutrition and decrease cost, how to store meals and prepare leftovers safely.

Facilitator: Courtney South, Food Share, is a Registered Dietitian and food justice advocate who is determined to increase food literacy within the community. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University and completed a dietetic internship at Sick Kids Hospital. During her internship, she worked with families from around the world to provide paediatric nutrition counselling, and education.

TO REGISTER: Call us at 416-978-0951 or email  family.care@utoronto.ca and include the sessions you are registering for, your name, U of T status (or status of your partner/spouse), the names and ages of your children if you require free childminding.
Registration is open to all female identified students and student partners/spouses living in Student Family Housing.

Women’s Wellness @ Student Family Housing: Communication and Healthy Relationships

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Student Family Housing

Healthy relationships and families are key to our well-being. We look to our partners and families as a place of refuge and support, but they can also be a place of stress, especially if we are not communicating well. In this interactive workshop we will discuss how to:

  • Identify the ways that stress impacts our relationships and families;
  • Communicate clearly to promote understanding and teamwork;
  • Develop a plan to nurture your own self-care, which benefits your whole family.

Facilitator: Dr. Angela Koh is a passionate Solution Focused Brief Coaching practitioner with nearly 20 years of experience in education and leading learner-centred curriculum and workshops.  Dr. Koh participated in designing the Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching’s flagship coaching certificate program and has delivered it worldwide.

TO REGISTER: Call us at 416-978-0951 or email  family.care@utoronto.ca and include the sessions you are registering for, your name, U of T status (or status of your partner/spouse), the names and ages of your children if you require free childminding.
Registration is open to all female identified students and student partners/spouses living in Student Family Housing.

Women’s Wellness @ Student Family Housing: Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Student Family Housing

Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence is a program for girls and women to heighten their sense of self-trust and awareness of their environment. This workshop offers information, resources and an opportunity to discuss and learn physical techniques around safety, including responses to the most common assaults. Attendees will learn effective blocks, strikes, body language and verbal self-defence.

Facilitator: Deb Parent has taught Wen Do to thousands of girls and women since 1987. She pioneered Dyke and Trans self-defence courses and is a senior instructor and board member with Wen-Do. Deb was on staff with the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre from 1980 – 2001. She is also the recipient of the 2007 City of Toronto Pride award and the 2016 Inspire lifetime achievement award.

TO REGISTER: Call us at 416-978-0951 or email  family.care@utoronto.ca and include the sessions you are registering for, your name, U of T status (or status of your partner/spouse), the names and ages of your children if you require free childminding.
Registration is open to all female identified students and student partners/spouses living in Student Family Housing.

Women’s Wellness @ Student Family Housing: Building Resilience Through Mindfulness

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Student Family Housing

Mindfulness is about being present and compassionate in the moment. In this workshop, you will learn practices on how to quiet your mind and focus on your breath, become more self-aware and aware of your surroundings and how to respond effectively to difficult situations rather than reacting to or avoiding them.

Facilitator: Marie Masse was introduced to an 8-week Mindfulness-based stress reduction program that changed her life. She completed her Mindfulness Studies at the University of Toronto and is currently devoting her time to teaching Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation to U of T students through Mindful Moments. She’s also working at A Mindful Society, the Canadian gateway into the national and international community.

TO REGISTER: Call us at 416-978-0951 or email  family.care@utoronto.ca and include the sessions you are registering for, your name, U of T status (or status of your partner/spouse), the names and ages of your children if you require free childminding.
Registration is open to all female identified students and student partners/spouses living in Student Family Housing.

Walk with Strollers

Dates: Fall 2018

  • Friday, October 26 – Riverdale Farm

Time: 10:00 am (meet at the Hart House Reading Room)

Explore the city with other parents and kids! Monthly walking excursions to parks, museums, and local neighbourhoods. Find new places to play while connecting with other parents of young children.

Presented by Hart House and the Family Care Office.

U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and their partner are welcome to attend. Registration required.

Register

Worrying? Anxiety In Children

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Everyone, including children, experiences anxiety from time to time. Anxiety becomes a problem when it interrupts our lives and stops us from doing things we want or need to do.

In this interactive workshop, parents and caregivers will learn more about the topic of anxiety in childen. We will explore how anxiety feels, physically and emotionally. Parents and caregivers will learn how anxiety can impact thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  As well, they will learn how to recognize anxiety and how to support kids who may be experiencing it. We will discuss signs, strategies and options to gain additional support and share supplementary resources. Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions and learn from each other’s experience.

Facilitator: Rebecca Higgins is a Mental Health Educator with a Master’s degree in Social Work and a BA in English. Since 2015, she has facilitated over 450 workshops on behalf of CMHA Toronto. As well, she has produced and delivered curricula, trainings and resources for the CMHA Ottawa Branch and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). In addition, she has served as a panelist and presenter at several conferences, delivered keynote speeches on mental health, and provided consultation support to various community mental health initiatives.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

What to Eat When You’re Expecting (or plan to expect!)

Confused by advice given by friends and family about caffeine, folate, sushi, iron, dairy and eggs during pregnancy? Worried about not gaining enough weight, or gaining too much?

Join us for a talk on healthy eating during pregnancy. Planning or expecting U of T students, staff, faculty and their partner are invited to learn about the essential nutrients during pregnancy and how to get them, and about some potentially risky foods you might want to avoid.

Facilitator: Robert Smith, Registered Dietitian, U of T Health and Wellness Centre

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

Writing in The Spirit of Connection (or, When You Meet the Stranger, Say Hello)

Who is the stranger? Mostly we think of people we don’t know, those new to us, as strangers. But the stranger is also myself when I do something out of character; I say ‘that’s not me.’ How do you encounter what’s unfamiliar where you find it? Fear? Curiousity? In this series, use writing to explore coming up against the other who is both within and without, and saying hello. No experience necessary.

Working With Your Child’s School

  • Are you concerned about how your child is doing in school?
  • Are you unsure about how to approach a parent-teacher conference?
  • Join experienced parent volunteers Joanne Pauli & James Barrass to discuss topics including: choice of schools, parent -teacher relationship, and parent involvement.

Working and/or Studying while being a Sole Support Parent: Panel Discussion

In this panel discussion we weill discuss studying and/or working while being a sole support parent. Being a lone parent has its challenges for career development as well as your approach to academic studies. Current staff and students will discuss how they approach trying to balance studies/work with parenting on their own. The panellists will also share some strategies they used to assist with their academic studies and/or move their career forward.

Facilitator and panelist: Liza Arnason, Director, Student Life and International Student Centre (UTSC)

Panelists: Malkia Mpamuki, Undergraduate student, Holly Andrews, Educational AV Coordinator, Discovery Commons, Faculty of Medicine and recent graduate, and TBD