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Wellness Program:
Current Calendar of Workshops and Programs 

ENROLLMENT:

  1. Click on the hyperlinked "date" to the UCB Learning Center.
  2. Enter your CalNet Passphrase.
  3. Click "Submit."
  4. Participants will receive the Zoom link 2 days before the class.

Healthy Lifestyle Programs

Know Your Numbers Health Screening -  Returning Spring 2023

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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, and blood pressure.  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: No Appointments Currently Available! 

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. 

Follow-up: 

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.

Testimonials

"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."

Creativity and Your Well-Being: Succulent Edition

Friday 10/21 | 12:10-1pm | Mulford Hall Courtyard (east side of Mulford, near staff garden)

Tree-covered area east of Mulford hall, west of Hilgard Way

Register here!

Engaging in creative activities (as part of, or outside of our work), allows us to be more productive, balanced, and calm in everyday life. Creative activities can lower your blood pressure, decrease stress, improve your immune system, and increase your ability to be more productive. Join us near our staff garden to decorate a pot and plant a succulent. Spending time in nature can also promote health and well-being! Supplies will be provided.

Active @ Work

*Berkeley Walks! Walking Group 

*The Berkeley Walks! Walking Group is temporarily on hold.

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 10/7, 11/4, 12/2 : Zumba/Samba 

12:10-1pm| In Person @ Hearst Gym

Instructors: Nadia Qabazard (Zumba/Samba)

Register here!

Join us for our return to in-person classes at Hearst Gym! These free, beginner dance classes are a great way for you to incorporate more fitness in your day and to have fun while doing it! 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!

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief

Fri 9/9, 10/14, 11/18, 12/9

12:10-1pm| In Person @ Hearst Gym

Instructor: Laurie Ferris

Register here!

Join us in-person at Hearst Gym to learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation. Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life.  Comfortable clothing and bare feet recommended.

Mindfulness Mondays

Mondays (beginning March 7) | 12:10-12:30pm | Online

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Beginning March 7, join Liza Schlosser-Olroyd for a short mindfulness practice at 12:10 on Mondays! As we continue working and living through unprecedented times in many ways, developing a mindfulness practice is a nourishing way to fill our own cups and cultivate resilience over time. This is a chance to come together and share a mindful moment with one another before we take on the rest of our week. Hope to see you there!

About Liza: Liza Schlosser-Olroyd (she/her) is a Cal alum and is now on staff supporting communications for Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) and the Advising Strategy + Training program. She is an experienced trauma-informed yoga teacher (RYT), meditation facilitator, and wellness coach in service of empowering survivors to reclaim our body-mind-souls through gentle practices that support a flourishing, embodied lived experience. Liza is a queer femme who loves nature, whole-foods plant-based cooking, crosswords, running with a good audiobook, and being a student of this life that facilitates growth opportunities at every turn.

Walking for Energy and Injury Prevention 

Friday 9/16, 9/23| 12:10-1pm | In-person

Register:

Fri. 9/16 (Edwards Stadium)- Register here!

Fri. 9/23 (Campanile - West Stairs)- Register here!

Looking for a way to incorporate more exercise into your daily routine? Come join our walking for energy and injury prevention exercise class here on campus! This guided, group class will incorporate various body weight exercises and is a great way to get more steps in throughout the day. It is also a proven method that increases physical fitness, reduces injury risk factors, and improves overall cardiovascular health. All fitness levels and abilities are encouraged to join. Comfortable running/walking shoes are highly recommended.

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. 

Cooking on a Budget

Thu 10/13| 12:10-1pm | Hybrid: In person @ Bancroft Patio, Tang Center AND on Zoom 

Instructor: Kim Guess, RD

Register here!

Eating well doesn’t have to cost a lot. Learn to prepare flavorful meals using affordable and simple ingredients with a long shelf life. You can stock up on these ingredients when you find a good deal and you’ll be ready to throw these recipes together anytime you’d like. As part of Zero Waste October, we'll discuss ways to reduce waste in the kitchen.  Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

We will also do a raffle for those who attend in person only!

See Cook Well Berkeley for the recipes from past workshops

Fall/Winter Seasonal Vegetables

Wed 11/16|12:10-1pm |  Zoom ONLY

Instructor: Kim Guess, RD

Register here!

Eating vegetables that are in season means they will likely taste better, be more nutritious, and cost less. You'll learn two recipes that are sure to impress at the holiday table. Demonstration and recipes provided.

See Cook Well Berkeleyfor the recipes from past workshops

Holiday Treats

Thu 12/8|12:10-1pm |Hybrid: Tang Education Center (Class of '42) AND on Zoom

Instructor: Kim Guess, RD

Register here!

Stand out from the crowd with unique holiday treats this year and save money by making your own gifts and desserts. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

Please note that masks are still required inside the Tang Center except when eating or drinking. As long as outdoor conditions allow, we will keep outside doors open in the room to allow for better ventilation.

See Cook Well Berkeley for the recipes from past workshops

Breastfeeding Support Program

Lactation Rooms

The lactation rooms on campus are available to faculty, staff, and students. Most of the rooms are equipped with hospital-grade electric breast pumps, compatible with personal attachments. For more information, including locations and registration, visit our Breastfeeding Support page

Breastfeeding Your Baby Class

Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School

Thu 10/6| 1-4:15pm | Online

Register here!

Speaker: Tina Benitez, IBCLC

This class is FREE to UC Berkeley faculty, staff, students, and their spouses/domestic partners.

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

Register for the class: 

Planning Your Pregnancy Leave 

Thu 9/15 |12-12:50pm | Online

Register here!

Speakers: Yvette Escobar, UCB Disability Counselor, Kristin Rissanen Ikuta , UCB Academic Personnel, Nicole Roces,Employee/Labor Relations Consultant, Gabe Schmidt, Healthcare Facilitator

Thinking about starting a family? This workshop will provide information on leave policies, disability benefits, use of sick/vacation time, and options on when/how to return to work after having a child for both faculty and staff employees.

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

The Outdoors and Your Well-Being

Spending time in nature can promote health and well-being, which is especially important during a pandemic. In this interactive webinar, we’ll explore the benefits of the outdoors, share safe ways to enjoy nature, and provide local Bay Area resources. We’ll cover camping, gardening, outdoor cooking, physical activity, arts and crafts, and sun and insect safety. Participants are welcome to share their insight throughout the webinar as well.

Speakers: Kim Guess, RD & Nicole Castillo

Our Soil, Ourselves: How Your Health Connects to Soil

What does soil health have to do with your health? This webinar will explore the relationship between soil and health, and the specific steps you can take to become a Soil Ambassador.

Co-hosted by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH)

Presented by Daphne Miller, MD

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 the slides and transcript 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 Prediabetes Prevention and/or as follow up from Know Your Numbers health screening.

View the slides and transcript. Download the PDF to view the full transcript in the comment section.

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

Well-Traveled Challenge

Program was offered Spring 2021

6-week online challenge

Bags packed? Check. Itinerary set? Check. Then let’s hit the road! In this 6-week wellness tour, your goal is to earn points by recording physical activity, meditation, and sleep. 

With this virtual trip, you will:

  • Travel from state to state, stopping at the country’s most amazing hot spots as you record health behaviors

  • View postcard-perfect images and bet-you-didn’t-know descriptions

  • Build well-being habits that last long after your country-wide tour is over

  • Have the option to enter as at team to complete challenges

  • Have the chance to win weekly raffle prizes

  • Have the chance to win one of two grand prizes: a brand new bicycle or a Fitbit Ionic Watch!

For more information, be sure to visit the UC Berkeley Well Traveled Challenge page and view the video for a fun introduction. We hope you will join us on the adventure!

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.
Resources:

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