in this issue:

Flu Clinics  |
Great American Smokeout  |
World AIDS Day  |
Just in Case mobile app  |
Ebola Travel Precautions  |
Staff Highlight  |
Cal Party Tips  |
Health Worker Tip  |
Sex Goddess  |
SHIP Tip  |
Love Cafe @ Cal  |
Photo Bomb!  |
November 2014   |     #BeWellCal

Tang will be closed Thursday, November 27-Sunday, November 30, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen with regular hours on Monday, December 1. See After Hours Assistance for resources and referrals when the Tang Center is closed.

Thanksgiving Food Resources
As we approach Thanksgiving, we would like to acknowledge the circumstances and needs that may arise for students during this holiday. Some students are not able to go home due to financial constraints and find themselves during the four day break with limited resources for necessities like food. Learn about low-cost grocery options, low-cost restaurant meals, and free meals in the community, including the new UC Berkeley Food Pantry here, and share it!

Do you remember the last time you got the flu? 
To protect yourself and your community against the flu you need a flu shot every year. Drop-in to one of our two final flu shot clincs, no appointment needed! Cost is free for students with SHIP, $30 for others. Find more info on our Flu Shots webpage.

#TangTip: You're sick. Here's what to do!

World AIDS Day

The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is "Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation." To learn more about WAD and how you can get involved check out the awareness page.


Berkeley Builds Capacity will be holding drop-in HIV testing at the Tang Center on Thursday, December 4, 2-5pm. As always, testing is free, rapid, anonymous, and open to the public.


Winter Break Reminders
As we gear up for a hectic school and holiday season, make sure you're not neglecting your health needs! Find winter break reminders and holiday hours here
What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

I find it interesting, challenging, and rewarding to work in college health helping to take care of our students so they can achieve their dreams.


What is your favorite quote?

From Chinese Taoism Lao Zi:

"Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.

Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self requires strength."

Continue reading Alice's Staff Highlight feature, and find more UHS staff on our Staff Highlight page.

UHS Staff Highlight: Alice Sun, NP, Tang Tip for Students
Alice Sun, NP, Tang Tip for Students

Learn what it means to be "roofied", and how to identify the signs via UA Campus Health.

"Roofie" Protection 101: 
  • Don't accept opened containers from others; open them yourself
  • Keep your drink with you at all times
  • Don't drink punchbowl concoctions
  • Don't drink anything that tastes or smells strange
  • Have a non-drinking friend in your group
  • If you feel like passing out drunk and haven't had any or much alcohol, get help
  • Avoid parties with people and places you don't know
  • If you're starting to feel sick/drunk, accept offers home only with trusted friends

Friend Group
"I still don't have a solid friend group, and as a sophmore I feel like no one's looking anymore."
Mood Swings
"My friend has been having irregular mood swings and cannot seem to find stability within her emotions"
Find LoveCafe Barista answers and more great posts via the LoveCafe@Cal tumbler.


Next Pet Hugs: Tuesday, 12/9 and Wednesday, 12/10, 12-1pm at Moffitt Library 

For RRR week we are bringing you two days of Pet Hugs! Pet Hugs will resume in the Spring semester. View the full fall schedule, including locations and times, plus past photos and more information on our Pet Hugs page

Being Tobacco-Free at UC Berkeley - 2014
Being Tobacco-Free at UC Berkeley - 2014

Great American Smokeout: November 20, 2014

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. UHS provides smoking cessation resources for quitting or preparing to quit. Share this important day with your family and friends.

With the assistance of UHS cessation services, Meckell Milburn, UHS Health Educator and BBC Outreach Coordinator, has been a non-smoker for one year! See her story above.

Do More with eTang Messaging
New! You can now refill medications through the eTang portal (we'll text you when it's ready to pick-up) + order pregnancy tests (blood drawn) online without an appointment, or purchase over-the-counter urine pregnancy tests at our pharmacy. Log in to eTang with your CalNet ID, select "Messaging" from eTang portal options and follow the instructions. More details here.

It's almost too easy to go through the week thinking of all the things you have to do, all the meetings to go to, all the places to be...

Before you know it, the weekend comes and goes, and then it's time to restart the cycle of obligations. Something that becomes difficult for us as UC Berkeley students is to cherish the good moments in our lives, and have those shape our outlook, as opposed to having the stressors in our life dictate our mindsets. The harm is that hanging onto stressors and constantly going through the motions ultimately becomes habit. And the only way to get rid of it is to change our mindsets - this is difficult, but not impossible. The key is to start small: challenge yourself to start savoring the good moments of a day rather than dwelling on obligations. Build from there. The goal is to train yourself to maintain a positive outlook, and as a result, cultivate the happiness in your life.


Acupuncture Tip: Save Money by Staying in Your Network

We know SHIP members love acupuncture--and you may be paying too much! Did you know that staying in the SHIP network can save you money on your visit? Check out the great acupuncturists around campus in your SHIP network from Aetna's DocFind app


Tang Tip: We heard you! See our new streamlined SHIP waiver criteria for Spring 2015, just in time for Open Enrollment. If you want to keep SHIP, you don't need to make any changes for the Spring. 

Three Precautions for Those Traveling to Ebola-affected Countries Over the Break

CDC and University of California highlight these three critical procedures for those who may be traveling to Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone for humanitarian aid or other personal reasons over the upcoming holiday break:

  1. Notify campus of travel
  2. Register with travel insurance
  3. Plan for 21-day active monitoring and potential self-quarantine upon return

Stay updated: UHS Ebola pageCDC Ebola page or CA Department of Public Health Ebola hotline (855) 421-5921 (M-F 8am-5pm). 

Sex Goddess
What are you thankful for?

Add the Tang Center pharmacy to your list of things to be thankful for - especially when it comes to safer sex supplies. The Tang Center Pharmacy has just what a Bear needs to practice safer sex at a lower cost than most online and local pharmacies. For just $2 you can get ten (10) traditional condoms while larger size condoms are available 10 for $2.50! That's certainly worth being thankful for. My co-workers and I in the Health Promotion unit are thankful to provide safer sex supply samples to students during our campus-wide and outreach events, and during Health and Wellness appointments, but not on a walk-up basis.


Safer sex is fun, sexy, and smart. To increase pleasure and condom durability, try pairing with water or silicone-based lubricant (lube):

  • 1-2 drops of lube (water or silicone-based) on the side touching the condom wearer (the "inside" of the condom).
  • Add as much lube to the other side as desired

Safer sex can be an adventure - try condoms in a variety of materials, sizes, colors, textures, and flavors! (Flavored condoms are for mouth-to-penis/toy play and are not recommended for vaginal or anal penetration.)

Consent is mandatory. Enthusiastically and proactively ask for and give permission to share a sexual experience with your partner free of force or coercion with each experience every time!

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess


The health of our community is up to all of us. The Just In Case mobile app can help. Get tips to help you cope, help a friend, sleep better, live healthier with stress, and access emergency hotline numbers...anywhere!


Until next month...Be Well, Berkeley! 
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