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Take a moment to thrive

[A scene from last year's Thrive]
Human Resources staff members Sydney Downey (left) and Emma Sobel jumped in the adult conversational ball pit during the first day of Thrive Week last year. This year's Thrive Week takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 4 and will include several new events and old favourites such as the ball pit. (University Communications)

The second annual Thrive Week kicks off Monday, Oct. 31, promising several exciting events to promote positive mental and physical health for Queen’s faculty, staff, and students.

“We really hope people take some time out of their busy schedule to participate in some of the interesting activities we have planned,” says Katrina McCann, Return to Work Administrator, Queen’s Human Resources. “The events are designed to appeal to many different interests while also touching on the Thrive pillars of nutrition, physical fitness, sleep, stress, and stigma.”

A new addition this year is a Thrive Passport. If you complete six Thrive-related activities, you will be entered to win an iPad.

How Principal Woolf thrives
Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf has shared on his blog some of the proactive ways he manages his physical and mental health. As part of this year’s Thrive Week, Principal Woolf will lead a walk around campus on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 12:30-1:30 pm.

Here are a few highlights from each day of Thrive Week:

Monday, Oct. 31

Thrive kick-off and adult conversational ball pit
Stauffer Library sidewalk, 8-10 am

Pumpkin Carving Workshop
Queen's Centre Room 505, noon-1 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Healing Drum Circle
Stauffer Library sidewalk, 2-3 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Educational Workshop: Sleep
Queen's Centre Room 505, 2:30-3:30 pm

Thursday, Nov. 3

Therapeutic Paws of Canada Paws Room
Ban Righ Centre, 2-3 pm

Friday, Nov. 4

Massages by Trillium College students 
Beamish-Munro Hall Room 229, 1-5 pm

Visit the Thrive Week website to see the full schedule and to sign up for events.