March 2016  

REST Zones Open on Campus
Get some shut eye at one of the new REST Zones on campus! The ASUC Office of Academic Affairs Vice President has partnered with the Tang Center to encourage students to take a break! Five  new nap spaces (and growing!) have been created with sleep friendly furniture. Stop by one of these spaces to relax and recharge. For more information on REST Zones and nap spaces check out this detailed map. #berkeleynaps 
Check out Meckell's #TangTip on managing stress.

Staff Highlight: Meckell Milburn, BS, Health Educator/Coach, Health Promotion

Meckell Milburn, BS, teaches students that stress is a natural part of life and instead of trying to avoid it, it's important to find ways to deal with it in a healthy way. Since she joined the UHS Staff in February 2013, she has been working with students to help them find what stress looks like for them and what they can do to manage it. "When it comes to managing stress, placing less energy into attempting to avoid stress completely is key," said Meckell in her #TangTip to students. Outside of the office, Meckell enjoys reading, exercising, collecting half marathon medals, mediating and being outdoors. Read Meckell's full staff highlight here and make sure to check out her #TangTip video on stress and balance. 

How to #PartySafe During Spring Break
Spring Break is that much needed week escape from the craziness and stress of school. Some students have Spring Break plans that explore all areas of the country (or world) and vary in levels of alcohol consumption. Although Spring Break is notoriously crazy, most students aren't participating in a 7 day drinking binge.
Spring Break can be anything that allows you to relax and return to school re-energized. You could go hiking in Yosemite, explore everything hipster in Seattle, be a tourist in your city, spend time with family at home, watch an entire series on Netflix, or hit the beach at Big Sur. Whatever your plans, make Spring Break your own. 

Students Raise $750 for to help waive fees for CPS visits 
The Office of ASUC Senator Alicia Lau raised $750 in donations for the Tang Center's Counseling and Psychological Services last month during the Run for You 5K. Lau and her team hosted the run in collaboration with UHS to raise money for counseling fee waivers to help student who can't afford therapy after the free sessions offered by CPS.  More than 50 students paid $15 to participate in the 5K that took Lau and her team three months to plan. Runners received a free t-shirt, breakfast, prizes and snack provided by the event sponsors. Read more.

Spring Break Hours at Tang

During Spring Break the Tang Center will be open with reduced service hours Monday, March 21 through Thursday, March 24, from 8am-5pm with last Urgent Care and CPS check-in at 4:30pm. We will be closed Friday, March 25 for the Cesar Chavez Holiday. We will also be closed on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27.  See our hours webpage for resources and referrals for when we are closed.
Health Worker Tip: Healthy Ways to Maintain Friendship/Relationship
College is all about meeting new people, establishing new relationships, and creating new experiences. Whether it is with a friend, a floor-mate, a sibling, or a classmate, maintaining healthy relationships will be beneficial to your time here at Cal and help establish strong bonds in the future. As you begin to develop these relationships, you may start wondering whether you want to move your friendship to a deeper level of trust/intimacy. If so, consider some of these healthy ways to maintain a friendship or relationship. Read More.

Become a SHEP Peer Intern!
Sexual Health Education Program is recruiting Tier I (entry-level) Leaders! Applications are available from the SHEP blog March 14 - April 15. Accepted students will be notified by April 22. There will be no interview process for this level.
All SHEP Sexpert (student leaders) recruitment will be managed and promoted in-house. Find more information on the SHEP blog. Students of all sexual orientations, races/ethnicity, and levels of sexual knowledge and experience are encouraged to apply!

SHIP Plan for 2016-17 Announced 
UC Berkeley and University Health Services (UHS) are pleased to announce that we will be awarding the SHIP medical contract to Anthem Blue Cross for the 2016-2017 school year. Through strong partnership with our student leaders and campus stakeholders, we were able to address the priorities identified by the ASUC, GA, and the  Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee (SHIAC)  in this new agreem ent including:  reestablishing dependent coverage, broader in-network providers, and additional transgender, dental and vision benefits. Read more

Free Rapid HIV Testing

The Sexual Health Education Program (SHEP) will be providing free rapid HIV testing for Cal students in a safe, confidential space in Health Promotion, 2nd floor of the Tang Center.

Results are available in 30 minutes. The next testing this semester is on Friday, March 18, from noon to 3pm
Space is limited, and clients will be tested on a first come, first served basis.  Check here  for more information. 

Virtual Pet Hugs & Upcoming Dates
Join us for the next Pet Hugs on Tuesday, April 5, at Sproul Plaza from 12-1pm. Visit our website for more details.

In the mean time, get your adorable pet fix via our Virtual Pet Hugs.  Check out photos from the March 1 event. Tag yourself in our album, and use #PetHugs on your future Pet Hugs pics!

LoveCafe @Cal
" So I'm a transfer & this will be my first St. Patrick's Day at Cal. In the past I've always volunteered with my family at the parade back home. It's def harder to make friends as a transfer but I still hope going out on St Patrick's day will be a great way to meet some new people."
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" College stress is real. Since this semester has started I've fallen into some pretty unhealthy eating habits (bc pizza) and I've completely stopped going to the gym." Read More.

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