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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Self-Care Hot Lunch

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Get Grounded at this Special Edition Hot Lunch!

Take a few minutes for a nutritious meal (PWYC) and some self-care strategies (free) courtesy of the Student Union and the Health & Wellness Centre.  

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (rm 187) 100 McCaul, first floor
416.977.6000 x260
PWYC hot food, free relaxation activities
Get Grounded! Take A Break! Thursday March 31, 2:30pm in Lambert Lounge. Free/PWYC.

Anxiety Drop-In Group

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

The Health and Wellness Centre has launched a new experiential group for students who are experiencing feelings of anxiety, and worry that are interfering with their lives.

In this group, students are able to learn more about anxiety, connect with peers and enjoy snacks in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. This group is open to all students on a drop-in basis and starts each Friday at noon - no registration is required!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre 2nd Floor, 51 McCaul St.
416.977.6000 x 260
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Safety & Wellness Day

Black poster with white text
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 3:30pm to 10:00pm

All students, faculty & staff are welcome!

This event will offer food, an opportunity to do yoga, a chance to WIN a free bike, download a free safety app or get a free hair cut!

Come to Butterfield Park, meet the Safety and Security team and hear about the health and wellness programs and services available to you.

This event is being supported by local businesses including YOGA, Pizzaiola, Canadian Tire, Mad1 Barber Shop, Rescue 7, ACTechnical, Guardly, Primary Response and many more. The event is organized by the new Safety & Security Services Department, led by Director Louis Toromoreno, with Manager Kirstie Joseph and Health and Safety Officer Katie Browning. This event is one of the many efforts being planned  to promote safety and security for the OCAD University community.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Butterfield Park 100 McCaul St.
<p>416-977-6000 ext. 622</p>

Unplugged Hour

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 4:00pm

Health and Wellness

Please Join Health and Wellness on October 10th for Unplugged Hour from 12pm-1pm. Unplug from all electronics for one whole hour and come to the Great Hall!

This event is being celebrated in partnership with the University of Toronto (St. George Campus, UofT MIssisauga, UofT Scarborough), Ryerson University and York University.

Visit UnpluggedHour.com or join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/UnpluggedHour




Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Relaxation Room

Relaxation Room
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 6:00pm

Come out and enjoy some free smoothies and relax in a stress-free environment on Tuesday December 3rd from 1-3pm at 100 McCaul, room 187! Funny video clip projections, magazines, and some delicious smoothies are bound to make your day a little brighter during this stressful pre-exam week!

All are welcome!


Venue & Address: 
Room 187, Lambert Lounge 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario