Issue: Spring 2024

In January, the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) launched its annual #MyWinterWellnessNB campaign. As the seasons change, so do the weather, temperature, and length of days. For some, this is a welcome transition. For others, it can affect their entire sense of well-being. Two to three percent of Canadians will experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in their lifetime, and another 15 per cent will experience a milder form of SAD.

With this awareness, the NBMS invited New Brunswickers to share how they maintained a state of holistic health during the colder months via a Kudoboard. Each week, a winner was randomly selected from among the submissions to receive an NB Box from Rising Tide Gifts, containing local winter essentials like a toque, soup, sweet treats, and more. The NBMS also shared weekly posts on its social media channels (Facebook and X), offering ideas on ways to address the physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational and social dimensions of wellness.

When the campaign ended on February 9, 2024, over 260 New Brunswickers had submitted entries to the contest, many including images showcasing their favourite winter activities. Congratulations to the five NB Box winners: Laura Grey, Olivia Fillmore, Alyson Goodfellow, Karine Duguay, and Joseph Price.

Although the campaign has ended for the year, you can still browse the heartwarming entries by visiting the Kudoboard. As we transition from winter to spring, we continue to encourage everyone to make time for wellness and the activities that bring you joy, not only this season, but all year around.

Sarah Albert, Marking Specialist