Dr. Lara Lauzon
Dedicated and passionate about active living, Lara demonstrates a belief that healthy individuals help to make a healthy community. Lara is an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria in the School of Physical Education and her research area includes Human Wellness and Personal Potential. Her Ph.D. research was in the area of Teacher Wellness. She is also a consultant specializing in Workplace Wellness, Women and Wellness and Leadership. She has worked for not-for-profit, municipal, provincial and private health and fitness agencies and co-produced and hosted an internationally syndicated health and fitness show called Body Moves for seven years.
She has also won numerous awards including a Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award, (2007), a Graduate Student Award (2000) for Teaching Excellence, the Victoria “Y” Women of Distinction Award (1997) for Fitness and Health, the B.C. Promotion Plus Leadership Award (1992) for promotion of girls and women in fitness and sport, a B.C. Paraplegic Association Award (1990) for the development, production and hosting of two fitness videos for persons with disabilities, and a Community Wellness Award (1990) for outstanding contribution to the field of community wellness. Publications include university textbooks – Leadership for Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services (Edginton, Ford, Hudson, & Lauzon, 2011), An Invitation to Health 1st, 2nd and 3rd Canadian Editions (Hales & Lauzon, 2008, 2010, 2013), and Principles and Labs for Fitness and Wellness, (Hoeger, Hoeger, Locke & Lauzon, 2009) and a chapter in a book called Wise Women Speak: Changes Along the Path (Carness & Edwards, Eds., 2004).
Wellness is a special kind of lifestyle. It is something you shape for yourself. Wellness helps you reach your best possibilities for well being. This session looks at a number of current wellness models that incorporate Physical Activity, Nutrition, Stress Management, Environmental and Self-Responsibility dimensions. This session is valuable for anyone who finds themselves better at taking care of others than taking care of themselves.Reframing Your Organization – Are You Working Well?
Multi-frame thinking and decision making can help managers, administrators, supervisors, and leaders discover how they view their organization and take steps toward a strategic planning process for sifting options and solving problems when an organization is ready for change. This workshop is of value for anyone who has a vision or plan for renewal within their organization – a plan to help their organization, department or section to “work well”.The Spirit of Wellness
True joy in life is feeling connected with everything around us. When we are well, inner synergy ignites the fire within – giving us the spirit of adventure to life. Self-transcendence or living for a purpose is an exciting part of the wellness connection. This session will explore the “spirit of wellness” and how we can best learn to live, to love and to leave a legacy.Taking Risks and Coping With Change
This session deals with personal and career change and outlines steps on how you can respond to change you initiate – or change you have little or no control over. A discussion of how risk taking and change is connected to personal lifestyle is also part of the workshop. Life is a balancing act between forces for and against change and personal wellness is affected by how you adapt to change. This session can help you evaluate or re-evaluate what changes might be needed in your life or what risks you are willing to take to “be well”.