Cooking Club - Pizza Edition! Facilitated by the Health & Wellness Centre

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Interested in learning how to cook a budget-friendly, simple, and nutritious meal?  Do you like FREE FOOD? Then join us for COOKING CLUB on Friday October 5 from 1-4pm!  Cooking Club will take place in Lambert Lounge (100 McCaul, room 187). All food and equipment will be provided. We encourage students to bring their own reusable bottles/cups to drink from as well as reusable containers, in case there is pizza available to bring home.

Connect with our nurse Sarah to RSVP or to ask any questions at This event is open to all OCAD U students.

Fall Cooking Club dates: October 5, November 9, December 7

Logo design by  Pauline Aksay

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, room 187 (Lambert Lounge)
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CSD Office Now Located at 230 Richmond St. West 6th Floor

The Centre for Students with Disabilities Office is now located at 230 Richmond St. West 6th Floor.

HWC July Health Promotion Events: Cooking Club - Sushi Edition and More

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Come and join us for Sushi Day at Cooking Club! We're planning to make Mini Sushi Rolls, Onigiri, and beverages! 

All food and equipment will be provided. Why make one meal when you can have several? Students are encouraged to bring containers to bring home any extra prepared food. 

This session is FREE for all current OCAD U students, even those not enrolled in a summer class. Advise Sarah of any allergies or dietary restrictions at, and feel free to contact me with any questions. Registration is encouraged but drop-ins are just as welcome!  Staff and faculty are welcome to drop by as well. 

HWC events throughout July include:

Tuesday July 10 - Board Game Day (1-3:30pm at Lambert Lounge, as part of Camp Wellness)

We’ll be making brownies with Greek yogurt and psyllium husks, Jell-O with fruits, and playing board games.

Tuesday July 17 - Slime Making & Tie Dye Day (1-3:30pm at Lambert Lounge, as part of Camp Wellness)

Students are encouraged to bring their own clothing items to dye, and all other materials will be provided. A limited number of items to dye will be provided by HWC. If you have any well-loved white or off-white items you'd like to donate for this event (or if you'd like to stop by to dye something yourself!), please let me know.

Friday July 20 Cooking Club - Sushi Edition! (1-4pm at Lambert Lounge)

Thursday July 26 Salad Day! - grOCAD and Cooking Club (12-2pm, meet at Lambert Lounge)

-From Lambert, we'll head over to the grOCAD community gardens to harvest vegetables and herbs, then return to the kitchen to prepare salads and make a variety of dressings from scratch.

Tuesday July 31 - Seed Planting Day (1-3:30pm at Lambert, as part of Camp Wellness)

Poster credit: Mikayla

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (100 McCaul, room 187)
Poster Sushi Day

Camp Wellness - Health and Wellness Centre

Tie dye tee
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Camp Wellness will take place on a drop-in basis every Tuesday and Thursday throughout June from 1-3:30pm (please see attached poster for complete schedule).  We have a variety of activities planned for Tuesdays - Our first event will be tie-dye t-shirts in Butterfield Park!   On Thursdays we will show a (health or mental health-related) movie at the Health and Wellness Centre, with snacks provided and the option to participate in a facilitated discussion.  

Tuesday June 5: Tie dye event - Do you have an article of clothing or an accessory to transform through the magic of tie dye? Bring it to Butterfield Park on Tuesday! (A limited number of items will also be provided by HWC.  FYI The dye will adhere best to natural fabrics!)
We will be meeting in Butterfield Park near Lambert Lounge at 1pm (look for the red table cloth). You can also meet us at 12:30pm at Health & Wellness to walk over together! 

Thursday June 7: Movie and snacks at Health & Wellness
Meet us at the Health & Wellness Centre (230 Richmond, 6th floor) at 1pm for a relaxing afternoon of snacks and a movie (slumber party theme present but optional). 

Venue & Address: 
Tuesdays in June: Meet at Butterfield Park / Lambert Lounge (100 McCaul room 187); Thursdays in June: Meet at Health and Wellness (230 Richmond, 6th floor)
416-977-6000 x2119
Camp Wellness Schedule

Bell Let's Talk Day

Bell Let's Talk Day at OCAD U
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

You're invited to join OCAD U Health & Wellness, Campus Life, and student groups for #BellLetsTalk Day on January 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of 100 McCaul St for hot chocolate, tea and treats, freebies and self-care tips. Mental health affects us all. Join the conversation by sharing your ideas for how we can take better care of both ourselves and others, and help end the stigma of mental illness.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will support mental health initiatives by donating 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of the Facebook frame or Snapchat geofilter. For complete details on how to participate and how funds raised are used, visit the Bell Let's Talk website.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Lobby
416-977-6000 x1327

OCADU Health & Wellness Centre Closure - Friday November 10th, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 9:00am

OCADU Health & Wellness Centre

Will be CLOSED on  



We will re-open and resume regular office hours MONDAY NOVEMBER 13th, 2017


If this is an emergency, please visit the nearest hospital emergency department – Mount Sinai Hospital located at 600 University Ave or visit the nearest walk-in clinic – Apple Tree Medical Group at 275 Dundas St W.


If you are seeking support regarding a mental health concern, Good2Talk is a free, professional counselling service for students in Ontario. They are available 24/7 at 1855 925 5454.


If you would like to leave us a message, you can contact us at 416 977 6000 x 260 or email




Bumsoon Park

Product "O" composes smartphone detoxifying environment with app for user by sensory experience and interaction. Rather than forcing user to avoid smartphone usage, "O" let the user to detoxify smartphone by using smartphone. "O" gradually rebalance the user's daily lifecycle by enhancing sleeping session, meditation session, and concentrating session with calm atmosphere.

Relaxation and Managing Stress

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Open to ALL students.
Focused on providing you with techniques, tips and tricks for managing stress and relaxing during critiques/exams and throughout the year.
You will have an opportunity to participate in one or more diverse, interactive and exciting 'mini-workshops'.
The following will be offered at both 11:30 and 12:30. Come to the lobby on Tuesday for details:
--Free Restorative Yoga Workshop (bring a mat or towel)
--Nutrition and Stress Workshop
--Mindfullness meditation demonstration
--Free 10-minute Chair Massages

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Students exhibit accessible objects at Centre for Aging and Brain Health

Four women seated at a table exhibiting products
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University Industrial Design students from the third-year Design for Health and Wellness course took part in the opening of LaunchPad Studio at Baycrest Health Sciences on June 21.

Their exhibit, Accessible objects for people living with arthritis, featured items ranging from a toothbrush to a tea service, each designed to help people who have arthritis-related dexterity issues engage more fully and comfortably with the activities of daily life.

Projects on display:

  • Compression toothbrush – Melody Gamble
  • Cradle tea service – Paolo Aguila
  • Demi Pain Management – Zoe Worsnip
  • Crystal Package Opener – Quishan Tan
  • Flot : Adaptive paintbrush – Longchunzi (Elaine) Yu
  • Bagg – Houston Keil-Vine

OCAD U’s Design for Health and Wellness course explores interaction design through user expectation and behaviour, and its applications to product, information and interface design.

Students created their accessible objects as part of a course project focussing on individual customization using 3D design and printing.

Part of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation at Baycrest Health Sciences, LaunchPad is an innovation hub space where inventors and design thinkers can work with researchers and clinicians while interacting with aging adults.




Clean-water design: Health, gender and sustainability

Many in the West take access to clean water for granted. Yet, according to the United Nations, 783 million people — approximately two-and-a-half times the population of the United States — around the world lack such access. Of those, 3.5 million perish every year, most often as a result of poor sanitation and hygiene.

Beyond these staggering morbidity and mortality rates, one of the most surprising and vexing aspects of this issue is that there exist thousands of solutions for cleaning water. They range from high-tech chemical processes to low-tech filters.

Local problems and solutions

According to Sarah Tranum, a professor of social innovation design at OCAD University, “a main reason for this disconnect lies in a lack of sustainable models for distribution and adoption.” Through her CleanCube Project, Tranum is attempting to design an easy-to-use, affordable water-purification method that can be deployed in any shape or sized household water-storage container to remove illness-causing pathogens.

The World Bank estimates that 21 per cent of communicable diseases across India are related to unsafe water.

With funding from Grand Challenges Canada, Tranum is leading her project in South Goa, India. Like thousands of other migrant slums in India and the Global South, that’s a community where human and other forms of waste frequently contaminate drinking water supplies. Coupled with this problem is the lack of economic and social opportunity, especially among women.

Waste and water are inextricably linked in this slum community


Holistic sustainability

“Clean Cube takes a holistic approach to designing a sustainable solution to South Goa’s water needs,” says Tranum. “By sustainability, I’m looking not only at the environment, but also at creating a means for people to continue to gain access to the solution over time.”

In India, Unicef reports that 600,000 children die from diarrhea or pneumonia, often stemming from toxic water and poor hygiene.

A participatory design process is central to Tranum’s approach. “By engaging the community and drawing on its knowledge, CleanCube can be a true reflection of its strengths, weaknesses, needs and desires.” In this regard, Tranum explains, “understanding the daily practices of women has been key.”

Washing clothes from stored water

Women’s work, women’s empowerment

By adapting the most innovative and relevant aspects of decentralized, cooperative Indian businesses such as Lijjad Papad and Amul, Tranum’s pilot project is using small-batch production carried out by women within their homes.

Participating women are able to fit their work around their usual daily responsibilities, while also generating income for their families. “In addition to the immediate benefit of manufacturing clean-water solutions for a population plagued by unsanitary water,” Tranum notes, “taking part in the CleanCube production process holds the potential of giving women a stronger voice within their households and broader community.” 

Video produced by Martin Iskander
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