February 2020
Sustain Your Well-Being!

It’s well-known that exercise, eating vegetables, and managing stress are important factors in a long and healthy life. However, external factors can threaten well-being and longevity, such as poor air quality, infectious disease, and food insecurity. These potential threats are exacerbated by climate change. The good news is that there are many opportunities at UC Berkeley to make a difference. In fact, Be Well at Work’s Spring 2020 theme is Sustain Your Well-Being. Take advantage of these workshops open to UC Berkeley staff and faculty to take care of yourself, your family, and your planet. 

Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • Choose Eat Well Berkeley caterers that are also Certified Zero Waste caterers (ACT Catering, Checkers, or Market Hall to name a few)
  • Save money and electricity with the Million LED Challenge
  • Volunteer with the UC Berkeley staff garden to help reduce the need for pesticides and herbicides on campus grounds. Spending time outside, and gardening specifically, may relieve stress, boost your mood, and provide a source of community. 
  • Attend one or more of our sustainability-focused workshops
  • Become a certified Healthy Department and learn sustainable ways to create a healthy workplace culture
  • Practice random acts of kindness. Kindness is contagious, and people that are kind to others tend to be kinder to the planet. 

I CAN! Commit to Activity and Nutrition

For those that want to jumpstart a new healthy lifestyle, this free 5-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!

Fitness Testing and Intro Workout : Tue, 4/2, Edwards Track                       
Nutrition Classes : Every Tue, 4/7-4/21, and Wed, 4/29, various locations
Workouts : Every Thu, 12:10-1pm, Edwards Track
Instructors: Cori Evans, MA, NSCA and Kim Guess, RD
Active at Work
Dancing for Fun
and Fitness

2/7 Zumba | 3/13 Samba
4/3 Hula/Polynesian
12:10-1pm | 251 Hearst Gym 
Instructor: Nadia Qabazard
Yoga for Tension
and Stress Relief

2/14 , 3/20 , 4/10 , 5/1
12:10-1pm | 251 Hearst Gym  
Instructor: Laurie Ferris

Click linked dates to register
Nutrition Resources
Healthy U
Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. During February, otherwise known as American Heart Month, we promote awareness of heart disease and the preventative steps we can take. Friday 2/7 is National Wear Red Day, to symbolize the support of heart health.

Small changes can have a big impact. Here are some healthy lifestyle choices you can make that can help prevent heart disease:
  • Stay Active - our Active @ Work program is a great resource to help you incorporate fitness into your workday.
  • Eat Healthy - visit Eat Well @ Work, where you can find ideas for a healthy lunch and special events.
  • Watch your blood pressure and cholesterol - attend a Know Your Numbers health screening to help identify your potential risk. The last one for this semester is Fri 1/31, you can still register for an appointment.
  • Manage your stress & sleep
  • Live smoke free - Get help to quit.
Campus Happenings

Leap Into Fitness Challenge
February 3 - March 2
Register Today!

Kick the leap year into gear with
UC Berkeley’s fitness challenge!
Log 600 minutes of activity in 30 days and you’ll be eligible to win your choice of Under Armour’s newest running shoe: the HOVR Machina.

Our Soil, Ourselves:
How Your Health Connects to Soil
Live Webinar
Wed, 2/5 | 12-1pm
Presenter: Daphne Miller, MD

What does soil health have to do with your health? Attend this webinar to learn about the many surprising connections. It just may change the way you think about food and nutrition!
Co-hosted by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH)
Volunteer at our Staff Garden!

The staff community garden is located outside of Li Ka Shing, Mulford, Morgan and Genetics & Plant Biology. The group usually meets every 1st Friday of the month, 12-1pm.
Join us on Friday, Feb 7!

Sign up for the volunteer email list for
more information!
Faculty/Staff Flyer and Information

Spring Workshops and Programs

The Be Well at Work Spring Flyer is now available online! Your can find a PDF of the flyer , as well as descriptions and enrollment links under Workshops and Programs.

Note: Departments will be receiving a small supply of the 11X17 promotion flyers for posting in highly visible locations.