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April 30, 2021

Summer fruit assortment

Alex Gomez, Nutrition Outreach Worker

As the weather gets warmer and we all prepare for summer, let’s take some time to appreciate the return of spring and summer produce. Shopping seasonally not only can help with saving money when buying groceries, but it can also boost your nutritional intake as you explore and consume a greater variety of produce. Each fruit and vegetable has its own unique nutritional profile, so taking advantage of the new produce that will become available can introduce different micronutrients, like vitamins and minerals, while also keeping you excited to stay nourished and motivated this season! Personally, I always look forward to the return of papaya and watermelon, as they are tasty and packed with water, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.

With new produce becoming available in spring and summer, I find myself making Greek Yogurt Fruit Salads since they are quick to make and contain protein, energy, and so much flavor. Many more student-friendly recipes can be found on our recipe website.

A USDA seasonal produce guide offers nutritional information and a list of seasonal produce to inform your decisions. If you feel that you need some extra information or guidance, feel free to talk with a registered dietitian at our free drop-in nutrition counseling!

March 31, 2021

Starting April 1, Campus Surveillance Testing  Requirements are Changing for Fully Vaccinated Faculty, Staff, and Most* Students.

Weekly testing will not be required for 90 days from the date your testing badge turns green - either 14 days after a final UHS vaccine or 14 days after the recorded date in eTang of a final outside vaccine. If you’ve been vaccinated outside of UHS, you’ll also need to complete at least one surveillance test at UHS to receive a green badge status.

*Vaccinated students living in campus housing or participating in Athletics will still be required to get surveillance testing, but 1x/week, not 2x.

Please note that vaccinated people should still isolate/quarantine and come in for diagnostic testing (at UHS, as scheduled in eTang) if they become symptomatic or come in close contact with a case and live in congregate housing.

Ability to Upload Your Vaccine Records in eTang

Starting April 1, you can (and are strongly encouraged to) upload your outside COVID-19 vaccine records in eTang. Instructions for updating your records.

March 29, 2021

Sarah Minkow, Registered Dietitian

Hands shaping dough into a heart

Food does more than just provide nutrients. It delights our senses, helps us celebrate special occasions, connects us to people, and defines our cultures. We may bake holiday cookies with our families, celebrate move in day with a pizza with our roommates, cry into our Ben and Jerry’s after a break up, or Netflix and chili-straight-out-of-the-can in bed when needing some down time after finals. And that’s OK! Food nourishes our body and soul and can be an important part of our identity.

Growing up, my grandmother would make popovers for us for breakfast when we would visit. Anytime I have a popover I picture being at my grandmother’s house, pulling up a chair to her kitchen table, and enjoying a buttery, still warm out of the oven popover with her. Now that she has passed, I cherish that memory. Do you have a particular food that makes you feel good?

March 17, 2021

March 2, 2021

Nutrition Outreach Workers smiling for camera in their blue shirts.Hello, my fellow Golden Bears! My name is Anisha Dosanjh and I am one of the Nutrition Outreach Workers (NOWs) from University Health Services. I am a third year here at Cal, double majoring in Public Health and Molecular and Cell Biology.

Michael smilingMichael Snider, Urgent Care MA, has held many different roles at UHS (and beyond) since March of 2020. In addition to working per-diem at Tang, Michael also works as an EMT at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) catching students up on their routine vaccinations and supporting the nursing staff.

February 17, 2021

Spring 2021 Update: 1095-B / 1099 HC Forms

If you had health insurance coverage with UC Berkeley’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through Wellfleet at some point in 2020, you will be receiving an email from Wellfleet with instructions on how to access your 1095-B and 1099 HC tax forms, if needed.
 

February 3, 2021

Vaccine Clinic Appointment Information

Our vaccine appointments are by invitation only.

January 7, 2021

Spring 2021 Schedule

Suicide Awareness Training

November 24, 2020

aerial view of various cups of coffee

Fiona Beltran, Nutrition Outreach Worker

Let’s talk about Covid-19. Not the virus itself, but how it has changed our lives. Living in the Covid era, there’s little to do. We can do outdoor activities, sit 6 feet away from our friends, make small talk over Zoom and experience all of the excruciating, awkward silence when no one speaks, but where does food fit in? 

Grabbing a socially distanced meal or a cup of coffee with a friend is one of the essential activities we can still do in the Covid 19 era. I’ve never looked forward to buying something as simple as a 99 cent Frosty through the drive-through window quite as much as I do now! 

Covid has changed our view of food. The highlight of my week now is the walk I take to get a cappuccino in the morning or my weekly lunch date with a friend. Sometimes when I’m stir crazy I decide to run out and grab a snack, thankful for the change of scenery and fresh face as I order, pay, and enjoy. Looking forward to food dates with friends and family or impulsive drive through runs is a new, but a regular part of our lives now. With food taking an unexpected more prominent role, and an unintentional lack of exercise accompanying it due to work from home and online school, food feels different. It’s easy to feel overindulged, or easily full. Waking up 2 minutes before a morning lecture is great, but sometimes we skip breakfast and then satisfy our hunger too readily at lunch and feel bloated and uncomfortable.

September 25, 2020

Using the Health Opportunity Fund (HOF) during COVID-19:

To use HOF for your services during COVID-19, send a secure message through eTang to the Cashier Department requesting your HOF funding to be used. 

Please go to Cal1card.berkeley.edu to check your balance.

March 17, 2020

 Building Hours for Most Services

Monday-Friday: 10am-4pm (all departments, unless otherwise noted below)
Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

For all medical concerns please call us first at (510) 643-7197. This will allow us to assess your needs and best direct you. In some cases, we will be able to manage your concerns over the phone through provider phone/video visits. 

November 15, 2019

food around a notepad that says "meal plan"Your stomach is howling, it’s late, maybe BART was delayed or you got out of lab late, but as you make the trek home you realize you have nothing to eat and that the last thing you want to do is cook … so you order some quick take out to grab on the way.

Changes in our country are happening rapidly. Recent acts of violence, increases in hate crimes, discrimination against marginalized communities, changes to national policies, and the current political climate have caused many students to experience distress, regardless of their political viewpoint.

November 12, 2019

Due to labor actions and decreased staffing, some services may be limited on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Please note telephone and email responses may be delayed.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.
If you are having a life-threatening medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

October 22, 2019

two pairs of feet in wool socks by the fireplaceEveryone has heard a comment or two, while home for the holidays or back at school after the holidays, of how our appearance has changed so much.

September 30, 2019

Let me tell you the best things about fall and winter. Well, besides the fashion inspirations and the cooler weather, fall and winter both resurface seasonal treats and beverages that are not around all year. Some of my favorites include pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie, and banana bread. October is probably the month where fall finally begins to feel like fall, and treats are a staple due to Halloween. In a time filled with joy and celebration, you may want to experience such delights and you should! Why do people question what they eat or hesitate to pick up a treat?

September 9, 2019

Health Advisory: Severe Lung Disease Associated With “Vaping”

9/9/19

CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. Using an e-cigarette is also referred to as “vaping”.  Over 450 people - many of them previously healthy young adults - have become seriously ill thus far all over the country, with five deaths.  The CDC issued a strongly worded warning on August 30, advising against vaping and in particular cautioning against the use of products purchased on the street (but even store-bought devices are incompletely regulated).

The investigation has not identified any specific substance or e-cigarette product that is linked to all cases. While many patients report vaping using e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the risk likely also applies to some nicotine-containing products and there is concern that the damage may be caused by added oils or chemicals used for flavor or as solvents.

The CDC has for some time strongly advised that youth and young adults should not use e-cigarettes; this latest development adds frightening fuel to the fire.  

  •  If you “vape” / use e-cigarette products, monitor yourself for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health. CDC and FDA will continue to advise and alert the public as more information becomes available.

  • Adult smokers who are attempting to quit should use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medications. If you who need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your healthcare provider.

  • If you are concerned about harmful effects from “vaping” / using e-cigarette products, call your local poison control center at: 1-800-222-1222.


Visit this CDC website for continually updated information.

August 13, 2019

Chicken Pox Health Advisory

As of 8/13/19

Recently five UC Berkeley Summer Session students have been diagnosed with Chicken Pox (Varicella). We are monitoring the condition of the students and they appear to be recovering well.

Campus and University Health Services (UHS) officials are working closely with the City of Berkeley Public Health and will continue to monitor the situation closely as this is considered an outbreak of Chicken Pox.  

June 10, 2019

Summer Heat Advisory

Summer is here, bringing HOT weather earlier than usual, and raising both temperatures and valid concerns about the risk for wildfires and smoke. Today, Berkeley topped 100F, and several small local fires have affected the air quality.  The current forecast calls for slightly lower temperatures tomorrow, and the fires are thus far small and mostly contained, but weather can change and this is good preparation for the rest of the season.

Tips For Preventing Heat-Related Illness