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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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Fri 1/25 or Fri 2/1 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 header "Offerings" change the "Seat Availability" to "All"

3. Check the box "Know Your Numbers"

4. Select your appointment time

5. Click "Submit"

Click here for more detailed 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."

Register using the linked dates above.

Balancing Technology Challenge

Mon 2/25 - Mon 3/25 | 4-week Online Program

Technology is pervasive in our lives. It helps us in many ways, but it can also distract us from other important components of life. This 4-week challenge includes prize drawings and weekly newsletters full of tips and resources. Join this program to help you find a healthy balance of technology in your life and possibly discover (or rediscover) activities that truly fulfill you.

Visit the Balancing Technology and Health webpage to find out more and register for events. 

    Creativity and Your Health

    Wed 3/20 | 12:10-1pm |Tang Ed Center (Class of '42)

    Instructor: Jen Guerra, M.A. 

    Engaging in creative activities allows us to be more productive, balanced, and calm in everyday life. Explore your creativity through simple, guided exercises, and learn how engaging in creative activities can benefit your health.

    This workshop will build on the Fall 2018 workshop by reviewing the health benefits of creative activities, digging deeper into physiological effects, and introduce new activities for both groups and individuals. Any level of experience with art or other creative modality is welcome. Supplies will be provided.

    Register using the linked date above.

      I CAN! 6-week Healthy Lifestyle Program

      Tues 3/26 - Tues 4/30 | Edwards Track, Trader Joe's, and Morgan Hall

      Fitness Testing: 3/26 - Edwards Track

      Nutrition Classes: 4/2, Section Club | 4/9, Trader Joe's | 4/16, Section Club | 4/24, Morgan Hall

      Workouts: Every Thurs, 12:10-1pm, Edwards Track

      Instructors: Cori Evans, MA, NSCA and Kim Guess, RD

      For those who want to jumpstart a new healthy lifestyle, this free 6-week program will equip you with the skills you need to get started. I CAN! is an interactive program that includes nutrition and fitness assessments, a hands-on cooking class and grocery tour, and weekly group workouts with a certified personal trainer. Don't think about how many other times you've promised to do this for yourself - this time just say I CAN!

      Register

        Cell Phones, Cell Towers, and Wireless Safety

        Wed 2/27 | 12:10-1:30pm | Tang Education Center ('42 and Section Club)

        More than 240 scientists who have published over 2,000 papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health are concerned that wireless radiation exposure from cell phones, cell towers, and other wireless devices increases your risk of cancer, infertility, and neurologic disorders. Learn about the latest research on wireless radiation safety and steps you can take to protect yourself and loved ones from potential harm. 

        Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Be Well at Work

        Learn more or register by clicking the above linked date.

          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 2/8 Zumba, 3/22 Samba, 4/5 Hula/ Polynesian, 5/10 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 2/15, 3/8, 4/12, 5/3 |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.

          Brutus Hamilton Staff Sprint Relay Challenge

          Fri 4/26 |11:30am check-in| Edwards Stadium Brutus Hamilton Staff Sprint Relay Challenge Flyer

          Looking for an exciting team building event this Spring or just an excuse to engage in some friendly competition with your campus colleagues? Join Cal Athletics in partnership with the Be Well at Work - Wellness Program for the Brutus Hamilton Staff Sprint Relay Challenge at Edwards Stadium on April 26, 2019 at 11:30am for a chance to get moving, re-energize and compete in a Sprint Medley Relay. Note: check-in starts at 11:30am and the first heat will begin promptly at 12:00 noon.

          This event is open to the first 40 registered teams (all male, female or combined), all skill levels and abilities. For more information click on the flyer or contact Cori Evans at corievans@berkeley.edu.

          Register

          Sprint Challenge Training Sessions (Optional)

          Wed 3/20 and 3/27; Tue 4/9 and 4/17  |12:10 - 1pm| Edwards Stadium

          In preparation for the sprint medley, staff interested in additional guidance on how to train and/or improve their conditioning for the event will have a chance to attend four training sessions. These sessions will introduce participants to the essential training tools required to safely and successfully participate in the staff sprint challenge such as: learning how to properly warm-up and cool-down, conditioning workouts, flexibility training and nutrition basics: pre and post training. This is also a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in the relay event to find other relay team members. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

          Register

          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. 

          Make-ahead Meals

          Tue 2/12 | 12:10-1pm | Tang Education Center (Section Club)

          Instructor: Kim Guess, RD

          Make it easier on yourself to enjoy homemade meals by making them ahead of time! Some meals can be prepared in a large batch and reused or frozen for future use, while others can be prepped and then cooked later. However, this doesn’t work with all recipes, so attend this workshop and skip the guesswork. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

          Register here

          See Cook Well Berkeley for the recipes from past workshops

          Rustic Meals for Camping, Cookouts, or Home

          Tue 3/19 | 12:10-1pm | Tang Education Center (Section Club)

          Instructor: Kim Guess, RD

          Whether you’re looking to spend more screen-free time outdoors (and participating in the Balancing Technology Challenge) or just looking for fun new recipes, this class will introduce you to healthy recipes that can be made outdoors or at home. Maybe you will even be inspired to go camping or host a cookout with friends or family! Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

          Register here

          Note: this class is currently full and has a waiting list. If you'd like to join the waiting list, choose "all" under "Seat Availability" when you register.

          See Cook Well Berkeley for the recipes from past workshops

          Spring Seasonal Vegetables

          Wed 4/17 | 12:10-1pm | Tang Education Center (Section Club)

          Instructor: Kim Guess, RD

          It’s easy to eat enough veggies when they are delicious and quick to prepare! Eating vegetables that are in season means they will likely taste better, be more nutritious, and cost less. This class is offered yearly due to popular demand. Demonstration, recipes, and samples 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.

                        Energize to Be Well

                        Program offered Fall 2016.

                        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.

                          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

                            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