March 2023
I CAN: Commit to Activity and Nutrition
6 Week Healthy Lifestyle Program
March 16 - April 20
Tuesdays and Thursdays
In Person

I CAN is a 6-week interactive program for those that want to jumpstart a new healthy lifestyle. This program offers fitness assessments, a hands-on cooking class and grocery tour, weekly group workouts with a certified personal trainer and a fun group experience. Don’t think about how many other times you’ve promised to do this for yourself – this time just say I CAN!

Please note that there are limited spots available for this program. If you are interested in participating, please register as soon as possible using the link below to reserve your spot in the program. You will only need to register once for the program, but the program itself will consist of weekly nutrition programs on Tuesdays and workouts on Thursdays for the duration of the program.

Please contact or if you have any questions.
We want to hear from you!
Be Well at Work Wellness Program Interest Survey

The Be Well at Work Wellness Program team would love your feedback on our programs! As we look ahead to future programs, we are constantly looking to improve the quality and variety of workshops and resources we offer. Additionally, all participants who complete the survey will be entered to win a raffle for a chance to win 1 of 2 ($75 Gift Cards) or 1 of 4 ($25 Gift Cards) of choice!

We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey and we look forward to using your feedback to improve our programs!
Active at Work
Register for all the classes by clicking on the linked dates!
Yoga class
Yoga for Tension & Stress Relief


251 Hearst Gym  

Laurie Ferris
kicking a bag
Cardio Kickboxing


251 Hearst Gym

Tomas Handelsman
Nutrition Resources
Ergo Corner
keyboard and mouse
Keyboards and Mice: Ergo Alternatives
Wed, March 1, 10-11am
In-Person (Class of '42)

Join this webinar to learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Additionally, this workshop will cover more on the keyboards and devices covered by the Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. 
Ergo evaluation
Ergonomics for Managers and Supervisors
Thu, March 16, 10-11am 
Virtual (On Zoom)

Learn how to set up an ergonomic and safe working environment for your unit. The Ergonomics Matching Funds Program will be covered and how to apply and use the campus resources efficiently to reduce ergonomic risks.
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Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back
Wed, March 15, 12:10-1pm
In-Person (Class of '42)

Learn ways to improve ergonomics in your everyday life. This workshop will address safe ways to perform daily household chores, gardening, and driving. Safe sleeping postures, self-care activities and body mechanics will also be addressed.
Computer Health Matters:
Campus and Remote Work
Wed, March 22, 10-11am 
In-Person (Class of '42)

Learn the basics of remote ergonomics and how to set up a safe workstation at home. This workshop will provide up to date information on the Be Well at Work Ergonomics Matching Funds Program and current campus resources.
Be Well at Work Resources
Monthly Meditation and Mindfulness for Faculty and Staff
Starting March 2023

First Wednesday of the Month | 1:15-1:45pm| In-Person
(Sproul Hall, Undergraduate Admissions Presentation Room (RM 103A))

Third Thursday of the Month | 2-2:20pm| Zoom

Be Well at Work Employee Assistance and Work/Life invite faculty and staff to join us for a monthly meditation group which will offer a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation during the work day. Each month will focus on a beneficial intention to guide us.

If you would like these sessions added to your bCal for scheduling notifications, please email Please email to submit accessibility needs for these events.
Disability Management Workshop
Disability Management: Understanding the Process
Tue, March 14 | 9am-12:30pm | Virtual
This virtual workshop provides an interactive, as well as informative look into the process of Disability Management. Register!
Managing Depression Workshop pic
Strategies for Managing Depression
Tue, March 21 | 12-1pm | Virtual
Join us for this workshop as we work to destigmatize and demystify depression as well as discuss evidence based treatments and coping strategies. Register!
Financial Planning
Financial Planning for Long-term Care
Thu, March 23 | 12-1:30pm | Virtual
Learn how to plan ahead for yourself and/or your loved ones through variety of financial planning options. Register!
Healthy U
National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month®, and this year is the 50th anniversary! This year’s theme is Fuel for the Future, which highlights the importance of fueling our bodies at every age and eating with the environment in mind. An easy place to start is to eat more plant foods, which are generally nutritious and have a smaller impact on the environment. They can also help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Shop local by shopping at the farmers’ market or sign up for a CSA. Choosing foods that come in minimal or more sustainable packaging is important for the planet, too. Use reusable bags for your fresh produce (hint: you could win some organic cotton produce bags by attending a Cook Well Berkeley class). Some grocery stores have bulk dry goods that can be placed into your own reusable containers. Make sustainable swaps when possible - for example, choose products with less packaging.

To learn more about nutrition, our health, and our planet, check out these resources: Cook Well Berkeley: Plant-Based & Planet-Friendly (Hybrid workshop, April 18); Cook Well Berkeley recipes (most are plant-based); Virtual Program page, including Plant-Based & Planet-Friendly 2022, Don’t Toss That! Creative Uses for Food Scraps, DIY Household Goods, and Our Soil, Ourselves: How Your Health Connects to Soil, and more; and the Staff Garden webpage.
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Thriving Thursdays Wellness Series
3/2: Tackling Food Trends (12-1pm)
3/9: Humor for Health (12-1pm)

In partnership with Kaiser, Be Well at Work Wellness Program is excited to share the Thriving Thursdays series! These virtual workshops are available to all UC Berkeley staff and faculty and will cover a variety of health topics throughout the semester. Check out the series flyer here!
Campus Happenings
Weight Based Discrimination and Anti-Fatness 101

UC Berkeley's Body Diversity and Weight Inclusion Work Group recently held this training and would like to share the recording:

Weight-based discrimination and fatphobia are normalized through current medical/health paradigms, which pathologize the fat body as unnatural, unhealthy, and undeserving of care. These paradigms have been critiqued for being unsupported empirically and for facilitating the poor treatment of people in larger bodies. Viewing fat bodies through the lens of medicine/health limits our ability to understand that ending weight-based discrimination is an urgent human rights issue above all else. In this intersectional primer, expect to learn the basics of what weight-based discrimination and fatphobia are, how they manifest explicitly and implicitly, theories on their origins, a review of some of the literature that tracks their impacts (from medical bias leading to less frequent preventive care for fat patients to the bias that leads to a wage gap between plus-size women and straight-size women), as well as short and long term solutions. This session is led by Virgie Tovar, author of four books (including You Have the Right to Remain Fat and The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color) and contributor for, where she covers the plus-size market and how to end weight discrimination at work.

The Body Diversity and Weight Inclusion Work Group wants to hear from you! If you have not done so already, please complete this survey. You may opt to include your email if you want to get involved or simply stay informed about our work.

Faculty/Staff Flyer

You can find more information on our workshops page.