February 2021
Welcome to the 2021 Spring Semester
UC Berkeley awarded American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index Award

UC Berkeley is no stranger to receiving awards for workplace wellness and this year is no exception. Since 2009, the Be Well at Work Faculty/Staff Health Programs have been nationally recognized for outstanding achievements in the workplace and in 2020 received the Gold level American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index Award - the highest recognition for creating a culture of health and investing in the health of the UC Berkeley staff and faculty. 

This recognition demonstrates Be Well at Work’s commitment to prioritize the health of our campus community through organizational policy, environmental initiatives and leadership such as: the Food and Beverages Choices Policy, the Healthy Department Certification and UHS’ Strategic Plan Pillar: Bold Health Leadership. Read more…
Creativity and Your Well-Being Series
3/3, 4/20, 5/5 | 12:10-1pm

Instructors: Kim Guess, RD and Nicole Castillo

Engaging in creative activities (as part of, or outside of our work), allows us to be more productive, balanced, and calm in everyday life. Explore your creativity as you craft along with us. Creative activities can lower your blood pressure, decrease stress, improve your immune system, and increase your ability to be more productive. In this series, you will learn to create useful and unique items with simple supplies. Register early to receive the supply list so you can purchase any supplies you don’t already have. We highly recommend following along with us live so you can ask questions. We will raffle off craft store gift cards after each session that you can use for the following session’s supplies!

This 3-part, craft-along series will include upcycling T-shirts, easy canvas crafts, and DIY household goods. You can preview the supply list ahead of time to obtain materials for the class!
Active at Work
*register using linked dates to receive Zoom link for each class
Nutrition Resources
Food & Beverage Choices Policy Update

The UC Berkeley Food and Beverage Choices Policy (FBC) was recently updated to include dining commons. This policy aims to improve access to nutritious foods and has applied to restaurants, retail, vending, concessions, and meetings and events since January 2019. Improving access to nutritious foods is one of the most effective environmental strategies to improve health outcomes of the campus population. This policy focuses on making the healthy choice the easy choice, rather than taking choices away. This policy will go into effect in the dining commons once regular service resumes. To learn more or read the full policy, visit the Food and Beverage Choices Policy page.
Healthy U
Each semester the Know Your Numbers Health Screening is offered as a way to evaluate your health by identifying your risk and providing motivation for managing your health. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 this convenient screening is on pause, however, your health should remain a priority. You know that many diseases are "silent" and affect your health long before you feel anything wrong. So make the time today to schedule a virtual, telephonic or in-person appointment with your primary care physician to review your health history and schedule your preventative tests and exams. For more information visit – Cleveland Clinic.org – and review the Health Maintenance Guidelines for Adults.
Be Well at Work Resources
Core Essentials for Better Posture
Tue, Feb. 9 | 12:10-1pm

Learn ways to improve your posture through awareness of movement patterns and exercises to balance muscles Safe ways to sit, walk and stand will be addressed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have a small space to move to perform exercises.
Self-Care for Caregivers of Children & Teenagers
Thu, Feb. 11 | 12:10-1pm

Working from home and managing everyone’s schedules has created unprecedented stress for those caring for children. Expectations may be unrealistic right now, and yet we continue to put pressure on ourselves to do it all. Keeping healthy and safe is easily overlooked as the needs and demands of family members takes precedence. Join Be Well at Work Work/Life as we review unique challenges that caregivers of children and teenage may face at this time, and explore strategies for essential self-care when time is limited.
Campus Happenings
Bears in the Kitchen Virtual Cook-Along
Homemade Pork Dumplings
Tue, Feb 9. | 5-6pm

Cook-along with the UHS Nutrition Team from home! In celebration of the Lunar New Year, we will be making a Chinese-style pork dumplings together. This event is FREE and all UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff are welcome. Complete a short eval at the end of the event for a chance to win a $25 grocery gift card!

If you would like to cook-along with us, view the recipe list and grocery list ahead of time. The Food Pantry on UC Berkeley campus (1st floor of MLK Student Union building) will be handing out “Bear Bags” with the main ingredients required for this cook-along event on Friday 02/05 and Saturday 02/06 until supplies run out. You MUST show proof of event registration to Food Pantry staff in order to pick up your Bear Bag. 
Wellness Resources
Virtual Programs

Did you miss a class or maybe you had so much fun you want to take it again? Recordings of past cooking, dance, yoga workshops and webinars are available for you to revisit on our virtual programs page.
Faculty/Staff Flyer and Information
Spring Workshops and Programs

Registration made easy: you can click the image above to open the flyer, then click on the linked dates to register!

You can find descriptions and more information under Workshops and Programs.
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