Health Topic


When you are managing and balancing a busy life of work, family, fun, and other responsibilities, who has time to think about what you are going to eat three to six times a day? However, the fact is a good diet filled with nutrient-rich foods is beneficial, not just for your health, but also for your well-being.

Mental Health

  • Anonymous online screenings for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress. The screenings may help you determine whether seeking professional consultation would be of benefit to you. These free screenings are available to all UC Berkeley students, staff and faculty members and are taken anonymously.

Meningitis: Meningococcal Disease

Meningitis is an infection of the linings of the brain and spinal cord. Cases can be mild if caused by a virus or more severe if caused by bacteria.

Managing Low Back Pain

About Lower Back Pain

Eighty percent of adults will experience significant low back pain sometime during their lifetime. Low back pain usually involves muscle spasm of the supportive muscles along the spine. Also, pain numbness and tingling in the buttocks or lower extremity can be related to the back. There are multiple causes of low back pain (see below). Prevention of low back pain, as well as knowing self-care options for acute low back pain, are important, as symptoms can recur on more than one occasion.

HIV Testing

Medical Care and Testing at Tang

Exercise: Fitting Fitness In

About Fitting Fitness In: The First Steps to Getting Active

The first step in becoming more active is the hardest. But as you begin to add activity to your day, you will see that the key to becoming active is learning to identify the opportunities for fitness and taking advantage of them as much as possible. The key to getting started is with everyday activities.

Eye Care

The following are some common eye problems and a few ways to manage them in consultation with your primary care clinician. If these problems or conditions do not resolve or if symptoms become worse it is important to follow up with your provider or call the advice nurse for further instruction.

Body Piercings: Cleaning and Healing

General Care for Body Piercings

  • Always wash hands thoroughly before contact with piercing.

Exercise: Starting a Walking Program

General Guidelines

Please check with you physician before starting a regular exercise program.