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Success Story: Jeff Kirk

Jeff Kirk, a campus painter, was the grand prize winner of this spring's Game On! Spring Training for Prediabetes Prevention Challenge. Not only did he win the Oakland A's package, but Jeff also won big in improving his health. Read his inspirational story on the simple change he made to improve his health and work.

Jeff Kirks Testimonial

Bob Melvin, Oakland A's Manager, says it's Game On, Berkeley!

Bob Melvin of Oakland A's says it's Game On, Berkeley!

"Game On!" Promo Video

Game On! Spring Training for Prediabetes Prevention

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Game On! Spring Training for Prediabetes Logo

February 13 - March 24, 2017

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! 

 Join this challenge if: 

  • You want to find out if you are at risk of prediabetes 
  • Your fasting blood sugar is within normal limits (<100 mg/dl) but its creeping up
  • You have been told you have prediabetes
  • You are ready to take action to eat better and get active 

Get started:

  1. Learn more about your risk by taking the online prediabetes risk assessment.
  2. Determine if you want to be attend the optional, confidential, fasting glucose screening offered before and after the challenge. ($5 each). See below for more information and to schedule your appointment. 
  3. Register for Game On! Spring Training Prediabetes Prevention Challenge.

How the Challenge Works

Game On! Spring Training for Prediabetes Prevention is designed to help you successfully lower the risk of prediabetes by providing evidence based tools, resources and small steps towards building and sustaining healthier long term habits. 

First Base

Participants will be challenged to complete one small step each week toward reaching the 6-week nutrition and activity goals of:

  • Building a healthier plate and eating less sugar  

  • Exercising a minimum of 30 minutes a day for 5 days

Second Base

Participants will track or journal their progress daily in one of the following ways:

Third Base

Participants will receive a Grand Slam Weekly newsletter which will provide:

  • Weekly Small Steps
  • Useful articles, tools and resources
  • An easy link to report your participation (required for prize drawings)
  • Upcoming Spring Training workshops 

Weekly and Grand Prizes

Weekly Prizes

Participants that report their progress each week by the Tuesday at 9 am deadline, will have a chance to win one of the follow weekly prizes:


  • Berkeley Walks Cinch Bag 
  • Eat Well Berkeley Bag
  • Pedometer
  • A Complimentary Know Your Numbers Health Screening Appointment

Grand Prizes

Participants that complete the program evaluation provided at the end of the six weeks, will be eligible to win one of the following grand prizes. Those that report their participation each week and complete the program evaluation will receive more chances to enter into the grand prize drawing.

Home Run

  • Cal Men's Baseball Experience, which includes:

    • Opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a home game in April or May (TBD)
    • Cal Men's Baseball hat
    • Honorary bat boy or bat girl of the game for two children (ages 10 - 12)

Grand Slam

  • Grand Slam Prize
    • 4 Oakland A's tickets and a gift pack that includes:
      • A 2017 Oakland A's Spring Training Baseball Hat
      • Oakland A's Pullover and Socks
      • Signed Oakland A's Baseball Bat by Bob Melvin
      • Sonny Gray and Tony La Russa Figurines

Registration - 6-week Challenge (now closed)

  1. Click here to register and complete the online registration form.
  2. Check your inbox beginning the week ofJanuary 30for your official "Welcome Email" and additional participant information.

Registration - Fasting Glucose Screening (optional)

To register: 

  1. Click on the hyperlinked "date" to the UCB Learning Center.
  2. Enter your CalNet Passphrase.
  3. Click "Submit."

Post-screening: Tue 3/28 or Wed 3/29 (Tang Education Center)

Appointments offered every 15 minutes, 7:30 – 10:00 am, $5 fee

Be Well at Work – Wellness Program is offering an optional, confidential fasting glucose screening with a health consultation before and after the Prediabetes Prevention Challenge. Plan for 20 minutes to complete the screening. Receive your confidential results (seen only by Be Well at Work - Wellness Program staff) and resources for follow-up immediately.

Note: This screening is optional for those that want to know their glucose level and  do not have current information from their primary care provider or a recent Know Your Numbers health screening.

Weekly Newsletters

Grand Slam Weekly Newsletter

Week 1

February 13

Week 2

February 20

Week 3

February 27

Week 4

March 6

Week 5

March 13

Week 6

March 20

Diabetes Prevention Challenge Week 1 Newsletter

Prediabetes Week 2 Newsletter

Prediabetes Prevention Week 3 Newsletter

Game On Newsletter Week 4

 Newsletter Week 5

 Weekly Newsletter Week 6

Prediabetes Prevention Resources

Prediabetes: Stop Sugar Coating It recorded webinar

Print the webinar worksheet

Week 1
Physical Activity
Week 2


Physical Activity
Week 3
Physical Activity
Week 4

Physical Activity

Week 5

Physical Activity

Week 6

Physical Activity