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Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being Program

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Upcoming Events:

Active Aggies Mobile Fitness - Register Here

We bring activity to you! These mobile fitness sessions are open to all staff, faculty, students and retirees. 
Fall session begins on Sept. 24 and runs until Dec. 13. 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: 
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:
  Wednesdays: Mixed Level Yoga with Tamara Vodovo

Location: Medical Sciences 1B, Room 150, Health Sciences District
Time: 12:05-12:55 p.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m. (special Wednesday session)
Register for all classes through the new registration system at The registration steps are as follow:
  1. Select "Log In" (upper right).
  2. Enter your UC Davis log-in information.
  3. Select "CR Membership" from the drop-down menu (upper left).
  4. Choose "Active Aggies Mobile."
  5. Select “1 TERM” and add to cart. Then read and accept the waiver.
  6. Complete the transaction and a receipt will be sent to your email address. Please retain this receipt for your records.
This will allow you to attend any or all of the above sessions. Contact Lisa Cachia at (530) 754-0127 or with any questions during the registration process.

Diabetes Prevention Program

Reach your goals by making gradual, healthy, reasonable changes in eating and activity - the kinds of changes you can stick with for a lifetime. This group-based program 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. This program can reduce the chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58% for those under 60 and 71% for those 60 and older. See our flyer (PDF) for more information.
The next 12-month program will begin in January 2020. Meetings are weekly for the first 3 months, every other week for months 4 - 6 and monthly for the remaining 6 months.
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Sign up to join the January 2020 Diabetes Prevention Program 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

E-cigarettes and JUUL: Addicting a New Generation

Join Kim Homer Vagadori, Project Director for the California Youth Advocacy Network, in this special presentation on how e-cigarettes, vapes, JUUL, and Sorens, are changing the landscape of tobacco control. Youth and young adults are more likely to use these new and emerging tobacco and nicotine products than any other age group population. Sales of JUULs have increased 800% in the past year, and research shows that these products are being used by young people who may have not considered using tobacco.

Date: Wednesday, October 9
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Student Community Center, Meeting Room D
Please register at Webinar registration can be found at: Share the flyer (PDF) with your classmates and colleagues!

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: Gentle Yoga will return on November 20! Details will be updated in mid-October. 
Time: 12:10-1 p.m.
Location: TBA
Registration will open in mid-October. Please check back soon.  

Healthy UC Davis Activity Challenge

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We are excited to announce our new activity challenge with Walker Tracker! With this program, being active is fun and interactive; the goal is to get moving as a community! Strive to reach 8,000 steps a day by walking or by enjoying another activity.

We will have another new, exciting 6-week challenge to complete in August 2019. The challenge is a team competition - your team will consist of 4-6 members, competing against other UC Davis teams. In the Winter and Spring challenges over 90 teams participated. 

Please email Connie Tan at for more information and to add your team to the waitlist. Staff, faculty, and students - all are welcome! 

Midday Mindfulness Meditation

Join us for three 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. Updated flyer (PDF) coming soon!

Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 30; Nov. 6 and 13
Time: 12:10 p.m.-12:50 p.m.
Location: Regan Main (Segundo Residence Halls)

Registration will open Oct. 7. Please check back soon!

Nature Rx

Connect with the healing power of nature! Visit and learn from our campus partners to see how their living outdoor and indoor spaces impact your health and well-being. 

Dates: Mondays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 12:10-1 p.m.
Location: Various locations, see class description for details

Oct. 7 - Mini Succulent Gardens @ Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Make a mini garden you can enjoy on your desk or windowsill to remind you of nature's beauty.

Oct. 14 - Watercolors in the Arboretum @ Lake Spafford (just east of Mrak Hall)
Channel your inner child by playing with watercolors in the Arboretum landscape. No artistic talent required.

Oct. 21 - Terrariums @ Botanical Conservatory
Construct your own living greenhouse using some of the over 3,000 tropical, carnivorous and rare plants raised oncampus. Tour their diverse plant collection, including chocolate, vanilla and the corpse plant.

Oct. 28 - Fall Harvest @ Student Farm Ecological Garden
Celebrate Fall by enjoying herbs, edible flowers, and fall veggies in infused waters and finger salads. Learn what grows in October and ways to get it into your diet.

Register today! Due to high interest in these courses, participants will be selected via lottery. The registration period will close on Friday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. Selected participants will be notified by Wednesday, Sept. 25. Share the flyer (PDF) with your colleagues!

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.

UC Davis Farmers Market

The UC Davis Farmers Market on the West Quad is back! Find fresh local fruits and vegetables, honey and plants. Take a break, get some steps and wholesome food – walk to the market! We accept debit/credit cards and EBT as well as cash. The market participates in Market Match making your EBT go further.

Dates: Every Wednesday, starting Oct. 2 through Nov. 6 (no market on Oct. 16)
Time: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: West Quad

Did you know that $2 vouchers for the market on campus are available for purchase? Consider purchasing one or more vouchers to gift to Aggie Compass for use by food-insecure students. They are also great for rewarding performance or incentives for a wellness challenge! Find the order information here.

Post and share the flyer (PDF) in your department!

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: Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar
Date: Sunday, Sept. 29
Time: 2:00 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 TREY19. Promo valid Sept. 1-28.

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

Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar in a contemporary gospel performance

About the artists: Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar takes its audiences “to church” with soul-stirring arrangements of contemporary gospel, musical theater and rich original compositions. The ensemble has performed with gospel greats such as William McDowell, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, Richard Smallwood, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Earnest Pugh, James Fortune and Mondavi Center 18–19 season performer Damien Sneed. McLaughlin and this anointed group are known for their rich harmonies and beautiful blends which are showcased throughout their album Limitless. With their heavenly vocals and intricate arrangements of contemporary gospel and musical theater covers, The Sounds of Zamar transcends cultural boundaries and age groups. Learn more about the artists and preview their performance in a YouTube video.