October 2020
Healthy Holiday Challenge
Nov 9 - Dec 18
6-week Online Lifestyle Program

Give yourself the gift of healthier habits this year with the Healthy Holiday Challenge. This 6-week program supports you with small, healthy steps you build on each week and can keep going through the new year. Join us for a healthful, relaxing, balanced, and fun holiday season!

This challenge includes:

  • Weekly prizes
  • A grand prize package featuring a Fitbit Charge 3 + a private cooking class with free groceries!
  • Weekly newsletters with resources, recipes, and challenges for support and motivation
  • Daily wellness postcards
  • Virtual events
Active at Work
Nutrition Resources
Have a question about food or nutrition?
Submit your question through our Ask the Dietitian service. Note: Please do not send protected personal information or protected health information via unencrypted email, or when using this service.
Breastfeeding Support
Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School
Thu, Oct. 1, 1-4:15pm | Online
Speaker: Tina Benitez, IBCLC 

This free 3-hour class is offered once a semester and is taught by a certified lactation consultant. The first two hours cover breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The last hour focuses on planning for return-to work or school and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion.
Lactation Room Access Update

There will be limited lactation rooms available as campus buildings slowly reopen. Select rooms will be accessible via Cal ID card and equipped with Covid-19 Guidelines, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer. Visit the breastfeeding support program page for more information on how to access available lactation rooms or contact the Breastfeeding Support Program with questions at breastfeeding@lists.berkeley.edu.
Healthy U
Stress Management
“Your best is enough, and accept the things you can’t change.”

Stress is a feeling we all experience due to challenges that might come from sources such as relationships, work, finances, or planning for the future. Learning to manage your stress can boost your well-being, and lead to a happier, healthier life. The first step is to identify the triggers: what makes you irritable, angry, or worried? Take time to breathe. Then think, what helps you relax? Maybe it’s taking a walk outside, spending time in nature, listening to your favorite music, reading a book, journaling, or taking a relaxing bath. Healthy coping mechanisms can help relieve pressure and boost your resilience.

  • This year has been full of change, which can trigger stress. Employee Assistance has put together helpful tips for managing the stress of change and transition.
  • The outdoors are a great source of increasing your well-being. Watch our recorded webinar for ideas of how to make the most of your time outside.
  • Staying active is a great stress reliever— join any of our Active @ Work workshops to get the body moving.
  • Eating well provides our bodies fuel for good energy levels. Cook Well Berkeley offers healthy recipes and cooking classes.
  • Awareness, connection, insight, and purpose are the four pillars of the science of training the mind. The Healthy Minds App offers a motivating way to improve your well-being through the convenience of your smartphone.
Campus Happenings
Berkelium 5K Run/Walk
Hosted by Cal Alumni Association
Sept 1 - Oct 16

Join the Cal Alumni Association for their inaugural Berkelium 5K Run/Walk, powered by Weatherford BMW. Together we can show our Cal spirit in this new event that benefits CAA’s programs for the alumni community! Participants can document their run/walk to win prizes from sponsors. The event is free, but with a $30 donation you will receive a commemorative t-shirt and hat!
Be Well at Work Resources
Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back
Thu, Oct. 8 | 12:10 – 12:55pm  
Instructor: Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist

Learn new ways of performing daily activities with less stress to your back. Wear comfortable clothing.
Creating Healthy Sleep Practices 
Thu, Oct. 29 | 12:10 - 1 pm
Speaker: Elliott DiTusa, Employee Assistance
A lack of quality sleep can negatively impact our physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as our work performance. Especially during times of uncertainty, disruption, and emotional distress, prioritizing our sleep and wellbeing is imperative. In this workshop, we will learn the importance of sleep and discuss how to take action and implement effective strategies and healthy sleep routines.
Faculty/Staff Flyer and Information
Fall Workshops and Programs

The Be Well at Work Fall Flyer is now available online! You can find descriptions and enrollment links under Workshops and Programs. Registration made easy: you can also click the image to the right to open the flyer, then click on the linked dates to register!