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Wellness Program:
Current Calendar of Workshops and Programs 


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Healthy Lifestyle Programs

Know Your Numbers Health Screening

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Wed 9/18 or Fri 9/20 at Tang Education Center 
Appointments offered every 15 minutes, 7:30–10am, $10 fee 

Why know your numbers? 

Knowing your numbers is one of the best ways to evaluate your health by identifying your risk and providing motivation for managing your health. Even if you feel great and look healthy, you may not know what's going on inside. Many diseases are "silent" and affect your health long before you feel anything wrong.

Know Your Numbers is a voluntary, fasting health screening including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure, weight, and waist circumference.  Receive your confidential results (seen only by Be Well at Work - Program staff) and resources for follow-up immediately. Plan for 20-30 minutes to complete the screening. 

How to Register:

1. Click on the linked dates above

2. On the Know Your Numbers header select "Register"

3. Next select "Add"

4. Choose your appointment time and select "Add"

5. View the Registration Summary and click "Register"

Click here for more instructions and step by step photos. 


Leading a Healthy Lifestyle Webinar provides the educational foundation to a healthy lifestyle, especially as a first step following Know Your Numbers Health Screening. Scroll down to the webinars section to listen.


"My appointment was this morning and I can’t begin to say thank you enough for offering this service. I took advantage of it last year and, unfortunately, my numbers were so unhealthy that I was advised to contact my doctor immediately. My numbers were not even close to the healthy range. It was obvious that I needed to do something. Given the needs of other people in my household I had been postponing my own checkups and now it was time to get in. As a result of your setting off the alarm I am now happy to say that a year of medication (lowest dose I am happy to write), healthier eating, more exercise ---- drum roll please --- I have excellent numbers! Thank you so much for this service. It is invaluable. I’ll be back next year to check again and make sure I stay on track."

Register using the linked dates above.

Walk the World 

Walk the World FlyerMon 10/7 - Fri 11/1 | 4-week partner-based physical activity adventure

Find a partner and join us for a travel-themed walking adventure! Each weekly newsletter will be themed around a different country, motivating you with interesting facts, upcoming events, and more. Track your activity with your partner for the chance to win weekly prizes and a grand prize. You can also track other activities such as bicycling, swimming, and wheelchair use. 


Please register by 10/4. However, late registration will be allowed 10/4-10/11.

    Wellness/Ergonomic Tips for Self Care at Work

    Tue 10/22| 12:10 – 1 pm, Tang Ed Center, Section Club

    Instructors: Lindy West, Wellness and Greg Ryan, Ergonomics, Be Well at Work

    Learn how to set up your mobile/office workstation with a focus on self-care and explore methods for practicing these positive habits in our fast paced world. Content will include beneficial movement options while working with all your 'devices', recommendations for 'break time', and mindfulness and breathing exercises. Resources available on and off campus will be shared.

      Healthy Holiday Challenge

      Tue 11/12 – Fri 12/20 | 6-week Health Improvement Program

      Give yourself the gift of healthier habits this year with the Healthy Holiday Challenge. This 6-week program begins in early November and ends just before the holiday break in December to support you with small, healthy steps you can build on each week and continue through the New Year. You will receive a weekly newsletter with a different step each week, tools for support and motivation, including weekly prize drawings and a grand prize. Other perks include starter kits, free workshops, a special walking group week with prizes, and Rec Sports perks!


      R.A.D. Self Defense for Women

      Fri, Nov 15 AND Fri, Nov 22 (Must attend both sessions) | 8:30am-1pm | Tang Education Center

      R.A.D. for Women is a 9 hour comprehensive, women* and femmes course that begins with risk awareness and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. This course is part of Cal Self Defense for All (CSDA), a program that addresses violence and harassment in our community by empowering members of our community to know about the problem, develop personal strategies, and learn about physical resistive techniques in a supportive environment.

      *We welcome all UC Berkeley affiliates and community members who experience life through the lens of (wo)man in body, spirit, identity - past, present, future, and fluid

      FEE: $10 

      Participants must attend both sessions. Please wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Bring a pen for taking notes, a towel, water and food for yourself.

      FOR DISABILITY RELATED ACCOMMODATIONS: ACCESS.BERKELEY.EDU or please contact the instructors at 510-643-7754

      Sponsored by Gender Equity Resource Center, and Be Well at Work Faculty and Staff Health Programs

      Registering below covers both sessions


      Active @ Work

      Berkeley Walks! Walking Group

      Meets every MWF | 12:10pm | Campanile

      The Berkeley Walks Walking Group meets every MWF, 12:10 pm, at the Campanile. Fit fitness into your workday with a 30-40 minute walk and receive the benefits of social support, stress relief, and renewed energy. The Walking Leaders are CPR-certified and set a pace to guide walkers through the designated route each week – like having your own personal walking trainer!  Complete the waiver on our webpage prior to the first time you join. 

      Dancing for Fun and Fitness 

      Fri  9/6 Zumba, 10/4 Samba, 11/1 Hula/ Polynesian, 12/6 Zumba/Samba | 12:10-1pm | 251 Hearst Gym

      Instructor: Nadia Qabazard

      Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

      If you're interested in doing zumba more than what is offered here, we encourage you to check out Workfit. At only $30 a semester and Zumba offered three times a week, this is a great option for faculty and staff!

      Register using the linked dates above.

      Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief

      Fri 9/13, 10/11 (cancelled due to power outage), 11/8|12:10-1pm | 251 Hearst Gym

      Instructor: Laurie Ferris

      Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation. Optional: Join the Yoga Passport Challenge and get a different stamp for each class to be entered into a drawing for a yoga prize! Please bring your own yoga mat as our supplies are limited. Due to the limited class time, please try to arrive early or on time to complete the participant waiver. Comfortable clothing and bare feet recommended.

      Register using the linked dates above.

      Get Fit in 7 Minutes

      Fri 11/15|12:10-1pm | 251 Hearst Gym

      Instructor: Cori Evans, MA, NSCA

      Come and learn how the 7-minute High Intensity Circuit Training (H.I.C.T.) workout using your body weight, a chair and wall can help you maximize your time, space, and strength and flexibility training routine. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, the combination of aerobic and resistance training in a high-intensity, limited-rest design can deliver numerous health benefits in much less time than traditional programs. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

      Register using the linked dates above.

      Nutrition and Cook Well Berkeley Programs

      Ask the Dietitian

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      Ask the Dietitian provides UC Berkeley faculty and staff a convenient and dependable way to receive answers to questions about health and nutrition from a qualified health professional. 

      Spices Around the World

      Wed 10/23 | 12:10-1pm | Tang Education Center (Section Club). Max attendance: 50

      Instructor: Kim Guess, RD

      Spices and herbs add rich flavor to food with the added bonus of offering health benefits. Learn to naturally enhance the flavor of your food with spices from around the globe. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

      Register here

      See Cook Well Berkeley for the recipes from past workshops

      Plant Based and Planet Friendly

      Tue 11/19 | 12:10-1pm | Tang Education Center (Section Club)

      Instructor: Kim Guess, RD

      Eating lower on the food chain uses less natural resources and provides your body with loads of valuable nutrients. Whether it’s a meatless meal once a day or week, or eating mostly plants at every meal, there are benefits for your health and your planet. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

      Register here

      See Cook Well Berkeley for the recipes from past workshops

      Healthier Holiday Treats

      Thu 12/5 | 12:10-1pm | Tang Education Center (Section Club)

      Instructor: Kim Guess, RD

      Cookies, cakes, and candies, oh my! Stand out from the crowd with unique holiday treats this year. Colleagues, family and friends will appreciate your support while you can save money by making homemade gifts and desserts! Presentation, demonstration, recipes, and sample provided.

      Register here

      See Cook Well Berkeley for the recipes from past workshops

      Smoking Cessation

      Support Services, Programs, and Local Classes

      See the Smoking Cessation webpage for cessation support services and referrals to telephone counseling, online programs, text and app programs and local classes.

        Recorded Webinars

        Leading a Healthy Lifestyle

        This webinar provides you with essential knowledge and practical tools to reduce your health risks and lead a healthy lifestyle. You will learn skills for setting SMART goals and making simple lifestyle changes with big impacts. This webinar is a good first step following the Know Your Numbers health screening. (40 minutes)

        Sugar Savvy

        This webinar covers the effects of sugar on the body, the hidden sources in our diet, and strategies to become more aware of the added sugar we are consuming and how to consume less. (45 minutes)

          Prediabetes: Stop Sugarcoating It Webinar 

          Whether you are one of the estimated 86 million adults in the US with prediabetes, have been told your fasting glucose is in the prediabetes range of 100-125, have “normal” blood sugar that has been creeping up, or are interested in reducing your risk of prediabetes, this is the time to stop sugar-coating it, get motivated, and learn what you can do to stay healthy. Lifestyle improvements can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and reverse potential long-term damage that may have already begun.
          View this recorded webinar to learn specific steps you can take to control your blood sugar and reduce your risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases. Recommended as part of Game On: Spring Training for PrediabetesPrevention and/or as follow up from Know Your Numbers health screening or Game On: Glucose Pre-Screening.

          Strategies for Making Healthy Lifestyle Changes

          Want to make healthy changes in your life but unsure how to get started? This webinar will give you tools and knowledge to understand your readiness to change, create SMART goals, find motivation and maintain a healthy lifestyle. (30 minutes)

              Nutrition Essentials for Healthy Living

              Gain an understanding of the way foods you eat influence your body and the how this contributes to health and disease. This webinar will also give you practical tools for identifying healthier foods, building nutritious meals, and keeping portions in check. (45 minutes)

                Food Sensitivies: Trends, Triggers, and Truths 

                Is your food friend or foe? Diagnoses of food allergies and intolerances are on the rise yet there is much controversy surrounding the identification and treatment of these conditions. This webinar will explore different ways the body can react negatively to food and discuss effective strategies for identifying and eliminating offending foods in the diet. (30 minutes)

                  Nutrition for Women in Middle Age and Beyond

                  While a healthy diet is important for women of all ages, nutritional needs can change significantly in the decades surrounding menopause. From countering a slowing metabolism to navigating the latest supplement recommendations, this webinar will address common challenges women face and outline strategies for maintaining a strong, healthy and happy body in middle-age and beyond. (47 minutes)

                    Past Programs

                    Game On! Spring Training for Prediabetes Prevention

                    6-week Health Improvement Challenge

                    Mon Feb 13 – Fri Mar 24 

                    Prediabetes is more common than you may realize – one in three adults has prediabetes and 90% don’t know it.  At Berkeley, an estimated 28% of faculty and staff have prediabetes and this is a 29% increase over a two year time period. Prediabetes is more than just a warning sign of type 2 diabetes; long-term damage may already be starting. The good news is that prediabetes can be reversed and Be Well at Work – Wellness Program is offering this 6-week challenge with a weekly game plan to help you take small steps towards building healthier habits for eating better and getting active. Participants will have a chance to win weekly prizes, and a grand slam prize of Oakland A’s tickets and gift pack!  Team up with us to beat prediabetes – game on! 

                    Learn more about Game On! Spring Training for Diabetes Prevention.

                    Energize to Be Well

                    6-week Health Improvement Challenge

                    Mon Feb 13 – Fri Mar 24 

                    Energize to Be Well integrates several programs offered by Be Well at Work Faculty/Staff Health Programs this fall under one theme focused on energy and engagement. The main two offerings are the Panel Presentation and the Six-Week Challenge, but there are several supporting workshops offered by ergonomics, employee assistance, and wellness. 

                    Learn more about Energize to Be Well.

                    Sugar Savvy Campaign

                    Program was offered Spring 2016

                    Be sugar savvy, eat healthier, and feel better! Did you know that excess added sugar is linked to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and more? Events include an expert panel, a talk with Dr. Robert Lustig, Sugar Savvy Day, and 15 minute staff presentations. 

                    Be Well at Work Wellness Program is collaborating with Cal Dining, Haas School of Business, School of Public Health, UHS Health Promotion and Tang Health Worker Program, and the Student Nutrition Advocacy Club (SNAC) to help Berkeley become the most sugar savvy university!

                      21 Day Sugar Savvy Challenge

                      Program was offered Spring 2016 but can be done on paper anytime.

                      Join the mission for Berkeley to become the most sugar savvy university! Take the first step to a new lifelong healthy habit - choose a goal to reduce added sugar from your diet for 21 days. During this challenge, you will receive a daily email reminder, educational tools to find added sugar in your diet, and resources to develop new strategies to help you kick the sugar habit. 
                      Learn more about the 21 Day Sugar Savvy Challenge!

                      The Amazing Walk

                      Program offered Fall 2012-2015

                      A spin-off of the Amazing Race, a television game-show, The Amazing Walk program will send partners on a virtual adventure around the world for 6 weeks

                        Cell Phones and Your Health

                        Event was held in Fall 2015

                        Does cell phone and cordless phone radiation increase your risk of cancer and other health problems? Classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization, wireless radiation has been a hot topic in the news lately. Learn about the latest research on wireless radiation safety and easy steps you can take to protect yourself and loved ones from potential harm. Clips from the award-winning documentary “Mobilize” will be shown, co-produced by UC Berkeley Researcher Joel Moskowitz, PhD. This event is co-sponsored by the Be Well at Work Wellness Program and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

                        Joel Moskowitz, PhD, is the director of the Center for Family and Community Health in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley.

                        • Powerpoint Presentation Slides
                        • Tips to Reduce your Wireless Radiation Exposure handout
                        • Electromagnetic Radiation Safety website