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Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being Program

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Upcoming Events:

Active Aggies Mobile Fitness - Fall 2019

We bring activity to you! These mobile fitness sessions are open to all staff, faculty, students and retirees. 
Fall session runs until Dec. 19. Classes are cancelled on all university holidays. Share our Active Aggies flyer (PDF) with your classmates and colleagues! To view the schedule in a different format, view the printable schedule (PDF). 
For Fall 2019, extra sessions added: 
  • Monday, Dec. 16 – Body Weight Circuit
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Mixed Level Yoga
  • Thursday, Dec. 19 – Mixed Level Yoga
Time: All sessions are from 12:05-12:55 p.m.
Location: Medical Sciences 1B, Room 150, Health Sciences District
Register today by contacting Lisa Cachia at (530) 754-0127 or

Active Aggies Mobile Fitness - Winter 2020

Join Healthy UC Davis and Campus Recreation for free fitness sessions, open to all staff, faculty, students and retirees. Starting Winter 2020, Active Aggies participants are asked to invest a small fee for unlimited classes at $40 a quarter. This works out to $4 a class, if you can only attend one class per week. Fees will be applied toward coordination of the program, instructor salaries, maintaining the current space, and expanding to new locations. Share our Active Aggies flyer (PDF) with your classmates and colleagues!

Winter Quarter Dates: Jan. 6 – March 20. Classes are cancelled on all university holidays.
Times: Daily 12:05-12:55 p.m. classes; special Wednesday 5:30-6:30 p.m. class
Location: Medical Sciences 1B, Room 150 (“Old Scrubs” Café), next door to Carlson Health Sciences Library

Class schedule:
12:05-12:55 p.m. sessions:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays: Bodyweight Circuit with Lisa Cachia
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: Mixed Level Yoga with Jordan Reid
  • Fridays: Zumba with Symone Watson

5:30-6:30 p.m. session on Wednesdays: Mixed Level Yoga with Tamara Vodovo

Instructions to register:

  1. Go to
  2. Select "Log In" (upper right).
  3. Enter your UC Davis log-in information.
  4. Select "CR Membership". Also found in the drop-down menu (upper left).
  5. Choose "Active Aggies Mobile."
  6. Select “Winter Quarter ‘20” and add to cart. Then read and accept the waiver.
  7. Complete the transaction and a receipt will be sent to your email address. Please retain this receipt for your records.

For any questions regarding registration, please contact Lisa Cachia at or at 530-754-0127.

Diabetes Prevention Program

Are you at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes? Risk factors include obesity, inactive lifestyle, family history, diagnosis of pre-diabetes or history of gestational diabetes. The group based DPP includes 22 sessions during a 1-year period. Goals are to achieve and maintain a 7% weight loss with healthy eating and an active lifestyle. The program can reduce your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58% if you’re under age 60 and 71% age 60 and older. More information about the program can be found on the flyer (PDF).
Information Sessions
Can't decide if the Diabetes Prevention Program is right for you? Attend an introductory session to learn more about this year long program that focuses on sustainable lifestyle change to decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  There are two sessions to choose from:
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3
Time: 12:10-1 p.m.
Location: Hoagland Hall, Room 130
Date: Thursday, Dec. 12
Time: 12:10-1 p.m.
Location: Hoagland Hall, Room 145
Register for an information session today!
Program Dates
Days: Wednesdays, beginning on Jan. 15. Meetings are weekly for the first 3 months, then biweekly thereafter.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: The Grove (Surge III), Room 1310
Sign up to join the January 2020 cohort. Open and offered at no-cost to UC Davis staff and faculty at this time.** If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at
**Are you UC Davis staff and faculty located at the UCD Health campus or in the Sacramento area? Health Management and Education offers classes and resources on various health topics. Visit their website to learn more

Gentle Lunchtime Yoga

Learn more about improving your well-being through movement. This 4-part, relaxing yoga series caters to all abilities, with a focus on breathing, stretches and poses. 
Dates: Wednesdays, Nov. 20; & Dec. 4, 11, 18 (SKIP Nov. 27)
Time: 12:10-1 p.m.
Location: Regan Main (Segundo Residence Halls)
See our flyer (PDF) for more information and register today!

Health and Wellness Fair - Sacramento Campus

Join Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being for our annual Health and Wellness Fair! Learn more about your health and meet with UC Davis departments and area businesses to see what they have to offer. Play games and win prizes! All UC Davis faculty, staff, and students welcome. 

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Education Building (4610 X. Street, Sacramento, CA 95817)

No registration required. Share the event flyer (PDF) with your classmates and colleagues!
Thank you to the UC Davis School of Medicine for their support of this event.

Healthy Holiday Challenge

Healthy Holiday Challenge 2019-2020 header image - a snowman is standing amongst the challenge text, and is eating their own carrot nose.

Jumpstart your well-being this holiday season with the Healthy Holiday Challenge! Formerly Maintain Don't Gain, this 8-week program encourages participants to cultivate their own wellness through weekly challenges, tips, and tools for adopting healthy behaviors during the holidays.

The first email of the challenge will go out Nov. 15, 2019, with the final email sent on Jan. 3, 2020. Join the challenge today*! At the end of the challenge, fill out a final survey to enter a drawing for a grand prize!

*Joining a bit late? No problem! See our email campaign archive so you can get up-to-speed. 

Please visit our Healthy Holiday Challenge page and view our flyer (PDF) for more information. Presented by UC Davis Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being, with prizes generously donated by UC Davis Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Anthem. 

Holiday Self Care Workshop

The demands of the holiday season can quickly become overwhelming. Join us for a workshop on managing stress through mindfulness, and give yourself the gift of presence this holiday season. See our flyer (PDF) for more information.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 19
Time: 12:10-1 p.m.
Location: Plant and Environmental Sciences, Room 3001

Register today! Online option will be available. Indicate your interest in the online option in the registration link. 

Know Your Numbers Health Screenings

Get a no-cost, biometric screening courtesy of the Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being Program. The screening includes taking blood pressure and waist circumference; as well as testing blood glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol levels through a finger stick blood profile. You will also have an opportunity to discuss your screening results with a health educator. Share our flyer (PDF) with your colleagues.

Dates: Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020
Time: Appointments available from 7-10 a.m. on both dates
Location: Cowell Building lobby

Sign up for your appointment today! Please expect to be on-site for approximately 45 minutes. You must be fasting at least 8 to 12 hours prior to your appointment time, staying hydrated with only plain water. Space is limited; open only to current UC Davis staff and faculty over 18 years of age at this time.

If you are unable to attend this screening, talk with your primary care physician about free preventive screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and/or Type 2 diabetes. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans are mandated by law to provide preventive services without requiring the patient to pay copayments, coinsurances or deductibles. For information on your health insurance coverage for preventive screenings, please see the resource "Covered Preventive Screenings" or visit

Midday Mindfulness Meditation

Join us for four guided mindfulness meditation sessions led by instructor Neesha Patel, PhD. Mindfulness is receiving increasing scientific support as an effective way to manage stress and promote wellbeing.

These sessions are open to all faculty, staff, students and retirees with any level of experience. View our flyer (PDF coming soon)!

Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 9, 23, 30; Feb. 6 (no session on Jan. 16)
Time: 12:10 p.m.-12:50 p.m.
Location: Plant and Environmental Sciences, Room 3001 

Register for our Midday Mindfulness Meditation sessions!

Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs)

Learn how to develop a personal mindfulness meditation practice that can promote health and well-being. This 6-session course is designed to prepare you to apply mindfulness in daily life, through lectures, experiential exercises and group discussions in a supportive community environment.

The course is suitable for those who are new to mindfulness as well as those who would like to revitalize their practice and is offered at no cost to UC Davis Staff and Faculty.

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 8, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19 (No class on Jan. 15)
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Davis Campus (details will be provided to participants)

Learn about the course details (PDF).
Prior to registration, review our recommendations (PDF) to see if this is the right course for you and the right time for you to be taking it.

Apply today! Please do not apply if you cannot attend all six sessions. If selected, please note that you must be willing to participate in a possible research study associated with this class (this involves completing online surveys). Application closes Thursday, Jan. 2, at 4 p.m. Share our flyer (PDF coming soon) with your colleagues.

IMPORTANT: Participants in the course will be selected by lottery. If you are selected, you will be notified via email by Jan. 3 at noon. Those who are not selected will be automatically placed on a waitlist.

Tai Chi

"Tai Chi Chuan” is a gentle meditation in motion. It is both an exercise and martial art. No sign up necessary!

More information can be found on our Tai Chi flyer (PDF). Check our instructor biographies (PDF) too!

Weekly Classes
Location (off main campus): Aspen Room at the UC Davis Shared Services Center, 260 Cousteau Place, Davis, CA 95618
Time: noon-1 p.m.

Wednesdays and Fridays: 
Location: Hoagland Hall, Room 130.
Time: noon-1 p.m.

Well-being Ticket Deal

Every month, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts offers a $10 ticket deal for staff, faculty, and retirees (limit two per person). Check out this month's fantastic offering:

Who: Danú, An Emerald Isle Christmas
Date: Saturday, Dec. 14
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: $10 tickets for staff, faculty, and retirees (limit two per person). Use promo code DANU19. Promo valid Dec. 1-13.

Presented by: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Contact Information: call 530-754-2787 or email

A photo of the Irish band, Danu, in front of a sign that has distances to various cities from around the world.


About the artists: The cracking Irish band Danú returns to the Mondavi Center with special guests for An Emerald Isle Christmas, celebrating the holiday, as well as Danú’s 25th anniversary, in time-honored Irish fashion. An Emerald Isle Christmas offers a taste of these extraordinary and centuries-old events. Based in County Waterford, Danú boasts a traditional but modern sound with virtuoso players on the uilleann pipes, accordion and fiddle, and the vocals of Nell Ní Chróinínn, joined on this special occasion by colorful Irish step dancers. Learn more about the band and preview their performance here