March 2020
Embrace Your Inner Play
Staff Appreciation Week Event
Tuesday March 17 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
East Pauley Ballroom

On March 17, in partnership with UC Berkeley People & Culture, Be Well at Work and University Partnership Programs, join your colleagues in the East Pauley Ballroom for your chance to reclaim recess and “ Embrace Your Inner Play ” at work! Research has shown playing activities at work can help to reduce, fatigue, stress, boredom, and in some cases improve creativity, increase social connectedness, endorphins, oxygen and blood flow to the brain.

This Staff Appreciation Week, take a break to  Embrace Your Inner Play  and enjoy:
  • Silent disco brought to you by Quiet Events
  • An assortment of board games for teams of 2-6 participants
  • Creative arts and painting – freestyle or join a guided session led every hour at 11:30am and 12:30pm
  • Good old fashioned Cornhole, Jumbo Jenga and Giant Connect Four
  • Healthy Snacks – featuring empanadas by El Meson (while samples last), prizes from Under Armour, Games of Berkeley and more…

For more information contact Cori Evans at
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
Healthy Department Certification
Applications open March 2 - May 1

Congratulations to our newly certified departments - Financial Aid and Prospect Development (unit of University Development and Alumni Relations).

The Be Well at Work Healthy Department Certification program, now in its second year, successfully launched in Fall 2018 with the goal of creating sustainable, healthy workplace communities where faculty and staff are more engaged, energized, and empowered to lead a healthy lifestyle and prevent injury and illness at work. 

Interested in applying?
Contact Cori Evans at to schedule a 15-minute consultation today or visit to learn more about the Healthy Department Certification.
Active at Work
Nutrition Resources
Breastfeeding Resources
Breastfeeding Your Baby / Returning to Work or School
Thu, 4/2 | 1-4:15pm | Tang Education Center

A free class taught by a certified lactation consultant!
The first two hours cover breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The last hour covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps.
Please note : Students and all others unable to access the UC Berkeley Learning Center, please enroll by calling Be Well at Work – Wellness Program at (510) 643-4646.

Visit the   Breastfeeding Support Program   page to learn more about breast pumps sold at our cost plus tax,   lactation rooms   on campus, and additional resources.
Healthy U
National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month! Be Well at Work offers lots of programs and resources for eating well at work (and home!):

  • Sample and learn to make nutritious recipes at our Cook Well Berkeley demos, and find all of the dietitian-approved recipes on our webpage.
  • If you have a specific nutrition question, you can Ask the Dietitian.
  • Learn more about certain topics on your own time with our recorded webinars.
  • You CAN jumpstart a healthy lifestyle with the I CAN program in April, which includes nutrition classes, a hands-on cooking class, and an informative grocery store tour, along with group workouts and fitness testing.

Find nutritious options at campus restaurants, retail, vending, meetings and events thanks to the Food & Beverage Choices policy . If you plan meetings or events, be sure to reference our Healthy Meeting and Event resources .
Campus Happenings
Fixing Our Children's Food Environment
Mon, Mar 2 | 5:30-7:30pm | David Brower Center

The Berkeley Food Institute is bringing in Bettina Seigel to discuss her new book Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World
for a free event .

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, March 6!

Annual Financial Fair for Personal Finance
Thu, Mar 19 | 9am-1pm | Sutardja Dai Hall

The Financial Fair is an opportunity for UC Berkeley and LBL faculty, staff, and retirees to attend workshops , learn about campus resources, and visit with campus financial vendors .