October 2021
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Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events at University Health Services (UHS)!


10/25 - Bears in the Kitchen Virtual Cook-Along. Register to attend.

10/29 - Free HIV Testing from 12-3 pm, in Health Promotion (2nd floor, UHS)
Flu Shot Clinic

Get the flu shot, not the flu!

Drop-in clinics will be available to UC Berkeley students on October 6, 14, 15, 18, 26, 27 at MLK Building Pauley Ballroom from 9 am - 11:30 am and 1 pm - 4 pm.

FREE for students with SHIP and $40 for non-SHIP students.

HOF is back!

This year, HOF is providing eligible students $350 to be used at University Health Services (UHS) by May 13, 2022. Your Cal 1 Card debit account has already been loaded with the credit if you are an eligible student. To check eligibility, check for your Health Opportunity Fund balance online through the Cal 1 Card office website.

Colds, Flu, COVID, or something else?
With more people back on campus, UHS is seeing lots of people with respiratory symptoms. Based on testing, most do NOT have COVID, however, it can be hard to tell. UHS has developed a HOW-TO guide to help students quickly figure out what is going on, and if they need to go in for care. Learn more >

TIP: Don't wait for an appointment, testing for strep throat and STIs can be self-booked on eTang. Get your cold and flu over-the-counter products at the UHS Pharmacy.

Below are reminders about how to prevent getting colds and the flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently - Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching shared objects/surfaces/face - Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and sharing objects (cups, utensils, etc). The flu virus spreads from coughing the virus out into the air and from touching surfaces with your hands.
  • Cover your cough - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing/sneezing. Dispose of tissue, and wash your hands afterward.
  • Be good to yourself! - Drink water, avoid alcohol, sleep, exercise, and eat healthy.
  • Manage stress - Stress can lower your body’s ability to fend off colds and the flu.

UHS Mental Health Resources for Students
Mental health services and tools available to UC Berkley students at UHS:

Let's Talk - Let's Talk are informal, brief drop-in consultations with UHS mental health counselors. They are free and do not require any insurance or paperwork.

Group Counseling - Group counseling is a powerful and effective way for students to share concerns and receive support. Some UHS groups focus on common concerns while others offer students with shared identity an opportunity to gather in community. Groups are free and do not require health insurance.

Individual & Couples Counseling - Individual and Couples Counseling at UHS is available to all students at no charge. Students also have the option to access humanest for free counseling appointments.

Career Counseling - CAPS Career Counseling provides comprehensive counseling services to help UC Berkeley students select a major and make career decisions.

Other UHS services

Wellness Health Coaching - Free coaching sessions help you make simple changes in your lifestyle that support your health, as well as personal and academic success.

Advice Nurse - If you have a medical question or are unsure about which services are best for you, speak with the 24/7 Advice Nurse. Send a message via eTang or call (510) 643-7197.
Water Made This - Social Media Campaign!

Attention UC Berkeley students: We are raffling off two $50 campus restaurant gift cards each week until Oct 31, 2021. To enter, create an Instagram post sharing how water helps you be well at UC Berkeley. Use hashtag #WaterMadeThis and tag @BeWellCal. Each week, we will pick one post at random, as well as our favorite post to share.

Stress Management Workshops & Skill Building Sessions
Exercise is Medicine & Renew Your Fitness! Stress & Physical Movement
Tuesday, October 5, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Virtual via Zoom
Giveaways: Bike Helmet Raffle Prizes!

Midterms, Stress Management & Time Management
Tuesday, October 12, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Virtual via Zoom
Giveaways: Sleep Kits and Wellness Kits!

Eco-Grief, Stress Management & Taking Action
Thursday, October 28, 5:10 pm - 6:00 pm, Room 82D in B North (basement of MLK) & Livestream
Giveaways: Sleep Kits and Wellness Kits!

RRR Week Stress Management & Taking Care of Yo Self!
Tuesday, December 7, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Moffitt Library
Giveaways: Free Snacks and Foam Roller Raffle Prizes!

All things food at UC Berkeley!
The UHS nutrition team provides regularly scheduled free nutrition events on and around campus:

Drop-In Nutrition Counseling - Meet with a registered dietitian over Zoom for general nutrition concerns and questions. These 15-minute sessions are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Talk Food with Us! - Join the student Nutrition Outreach Workers (NOW) for a conversation about all things food. Each event is available virtually via Zoom and takes place on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm.

Bears in the Kitchen: Virtual Cook-Along - Join UHS Registered Dietitians to learn how to cook fun, cheap & easy recipes! They’ll be cooking live and you can follow along. The next event is on October 25, 2021. Register to attend.

Food Demo Pop-ups - Food Demos by our NOWs across campus. All of the pop-up events for fall 2021 will occur outside, weather permitting, to keep things as COVID safe as possible.
Self-Service Through e-Tang

There are a variety of self-service options on eTang that do not require medical appointments including:

  • Starting a new prescription for birth control
  • Ordering an STI test through the lab
  • Getting medication refills if the prescription came from UHS
  • Testing for strep throat