COVID-19 Residency Wellness Resources

Hey residents,

It is a difficult time for the world, and especially so for our frontline healthcare workers. In the midst of everything, it is important to continue caring for yourself. Below is a list of wellness resources compiled by a member of our Health & Wellness Committee, fellow residents, and staff to help you through this period.

We invite you to send us any resources you may be personally using and would like to share with your fellow residents. We will seek to regularly update this page with resources you can make use of during this time.

If you are interesting in seeing more wellness resources, visit

Thank you, residents, for all that you are doing for the healthcare of BC, and we hope you all remain safe and healthy!

If you have questions about COVID-19 and your residency, including on what to do when working with a confirmed case, visit our FAQ.

If you have any suggestions for resources, workouts, food, or other wellness options please email affairsandwellness@residentdoctorsbc.ca, info@residentdoctorsbc.ca or contact our team via social media!

Remember, if you have any questions about your residency during this time, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 604-876-7637 or email us at info@residentdoctorsbc.ca.

  • Animal Watching
  • Art & Music
  • Cooking
  • Crafts
  • Fitness/Mindfulness
    • DownDog Apps (Yoga, Barre, HIIT) – free until July 1st if you use your UBC email!
    • Peloton – 90-day free trial of yoga, strength, cycling, running, and other fitness classes
    • Planet Fitness – live-streaming fitness on their Youtube page
    • Nike Run and Nike Fitness apps – Free
    • Classpass – 1-week free trial. In-app access to audio and video workouts.
    • The Workout Today – A free workout emailed to you daily that takes <30 min.
    • OrangeTheory At-Home Workouts – Daily 30-minute workouts, free to all!
    • Barre3 – Ballet meets yoga meets pilates offering 15 days for free during a trial period
    • Planet Fitness is doing a live and hilarious home work-in with Jerry O’Connel and his two daughters every day at 7pm EST
    • Love Your Bod Fitness – online fitness, 1 month free membership for healthcare workers
    • Headspace – for meditation (free subscription right now)
    • Brightmind – meditation app offering ​a one year free subscription ($100 value) for all VCH staff
  • Food & Delivery
    • Breaking Bread – list of restaurants offering discounts for frontline healthcare workers
    • Fable Diner – offering 40% meals for pick-up when you show your resident ID card
    • A&W – offering free coffee when you show your resident ID card
    • Bombay Kitchen & Bar – offering 50% at time of payment for delivery to medical facility or doctors office
    • Starbucks – free tall hot or iced brewed coffee for healthcare workers from March 25th to May 3rd.
    • Tractor – 601 W Broadway #20 eatery. 10% off for all healthcare workers
    • London Drugs – starting March 25th, healthcare workers and First Responders will have exclusive store access 8-9 pm Monday to Saturday, and 7–8 pm Sunday.
    • Tim Horton’s is making free coffee deliveries across the country! “Let us know if you’ve got a spot you think should be getting a delivery, be sure to drop a line to THsocial@timhortons.com; you might get the chance to see some free coffee dropped off sometime soon.
    • Autostrada – on Main St (at 30th) it is a small, family-owned and delicious little Italian place. They are offering take-out food at 20% off as well as 50% off bottles of wine. You can call any time after 3:00pm with your order for pick up between 4:30pm and 8:00pm.
    • Havana – Havana has deals for healthcare workers that change regularly. Customers are being offered the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ to health care workers and have started the ‘Suspended Stew’ project. So far over 200+ meals have been provided to front line health care workers and others directly impacted by Covid-19. You can give them a call or send them an Instagram DM if you’re a healthcare worker in need of a hearty meal.
    • Cafe Portrait – on Denman Street, healthcare workers will receive 30% off their drinks if they show their ID card
    • KFC has free delivery
    • Uber Eats has waved most delivery fees
      • If you’re a part of VCH, Uber Eats is offering free meals to 1,000 healthcare workers. Login to your VCH account to access your code
    • Earl’s – 30% off for pick-up only. Locations: Fir & Broadway, Lougheed (East of Boundary), Station Square Burnaby (Westside of Metrotown), Ambleside (North Vancouver), Lansdowne Mall (Richmond)
    • Krispy Kreme – Every Monday, free donuts. Go to a drive-thru and show your ID badge
    • Afghan Kitchen South Surrey – is offering 30% discount on pick up orders. Present ID at pickup
    • McDonalds– free coffee or tea available in drive-thru at participating restaurants. Present ID to redeem
    • Triple O’s restaurants is now offering 15% off your entire order. Discount available for drive thru or walk-up ordering. Must be in uniform or present valid hospital ID to redeem
    • Cactus Club – $12.95 meals for HC workers including a bowl, sandwich or salad plus a drink and a cookie for pick up
    • Shell – free sandwiches and beverages for healthcare workers. Must be in uniform or show a valid hospital ID
    • Score on Davie – giving 50% off takeout food orders
    • Salad Loop VGH (Diamond Building) – free Seattle’s best coffee and $5 for all salads
    • Costco – healthcare workers with a membership card who present their ID will be able to move to the front of a line to enter the warehouse
    • Harbour Oyster and Bar – offering a free burger and fries to healthcare workers
    • Kelly/Carlos O’Briens – 40% off meals for health care workers
    • HiFive Chicken – 50% off all signature burger Meals or 2,3,4 pc chicken meals, one per customer upon showing valid ID. Offer ends June 14
  • Infant, Kids, & Youth Activities
    • 87 Energy Busting Indoor Games and Activities for Kids because cabin fever is no joke
      • Lots of gross motor development games, and thing that require little materials to play with your kid
      • Geared towards kids 5+
    • Brains On! Science Podcast for kids
      • Brains On! is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions ranging from the science behind sneezing to how to translate the purr of cats, and go wherever the answers take us
    • Tumble Podcast for Kids
      • Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher)
    • Podcasts for Kids
      • Many great podcasts geared towards kids, and led by kids
    • Make Slime!!!
      • Recipe Underneath… failproof.
        • 1 bottle of elmers glue (6oz)
        • Baking Soda (½ teaspoon)
        • 1.5 tablespoon of contact lens solution -Renu Fresh or Equate are both good brands which contain Boric Acid and Sodium Borate. Do Not Substitute for other brands.
        • (optional) – Add 2 tablespoons of water (up to ¼ cup) if you would like a stretchier slime
        • (optional) – glitter
        • (optional) – shaving cream for a fluffy slime!
    • Calendar of virtual field trips for families
    • Coronavirus explained in a kids book
  • Intellectual Endeavors
    • The Science of WellBeing, online course delivered by Yale
      • Currently being offered for free online starting March 27
    • Take a free online course in finance, history, arts, culture, language, law, literature of anything you can think of.
      • Directory of 1500+ online courses
  • Online Groceries
    • Instacart.ca (T&T, Walmart, Superstore, Shoppers, Loblaws)
    • Whole Foods
    • Marketplace IGA
    • Save-On-Foods
    • Stongs Market
    • Safeway
    • Thrifty Foods
    • Choices Market
    • SPUD.ca
    • Pcexpress.ca
  • Other Promos/Discounts
    • Airbnb – free or discounted stays for frontline COVID-19 workers
    • Blue – a special free version, Blue for COVID-19, allows you to register a community support team to assist you with basic tasks (ie grocery pickup)
    • Filld – offering a $10 discount on every fill-up and no delivery fee, for 45 days from sign up
    • Honest Cleaning and Services (home cleaning) – discount rate of $55/hour for the month of April. Book here
    • CanPrev – offering healthcare workers a free care package with Melatonin, vitamins and probiotics
    • ESSO Heroes Program – offering 25$ for gas. First come first served basis
  • Support
    • PGME Resident Wellness Office
      • Confidential Contact: 604-675-3873
      • Schedule an Appointment: 604-875-4111 ext. 21088 or email resident.wellness@ubc.ca

    From the RWO:

    PGME Resident Wellness Office has made the decision to suspend any in-person counselling appointments for the time being. We will resume in-person counselling as quickly as possible, when it is safe to do so. All counselling appointments will be facilitated via telephone or videoconference. 

    Counsellors will be working varied hours at this time. If you currently have an appointment booked, your counsellor will be in touch with you to reschedule. Please reach out with any further questions. 

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author: Sasha Zalyvadna