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Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being Program

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Upcoming Events:

Active Aggies - Mobile Fitness

We bring activity to you! Join the weekly exercise and fitness sessions! These mobile fitness sessions are open to all staff, faculty and students!
Winter quarter session begins on Jan. 7 and runs for 10 weeks. See our Active Aggies flyer (PDF) for more information! 
For Winter Quarter 2019: 
Mondays: Body Circuit Workout
Wednesdays: Body Circuit Workout
Fridays: Bonus Yoga Strength
Location: Old Scrubs MS1B, Room 150, Health Sciences District
Time: noon-1 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Yoga Strength
LocationMondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio
Time: noon-1 p.m.

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.
The 12-month program will begin in January 2019. Meetings are weekly for the first 3 months, every other week for months 4 - 6 and monthly for the remaining 6 months.

There will be two cohorts:
Tuesdays: Hoagland Hall, Room 130, noon-1 p.m. starting Jan. 15, 2019
Thursdays: Carlson Health Sciences Library, Room 024 (lower level), 5:30-6:30 p.m. starting Jan. 17, 2019
Sign up to join our next Diabetes Prevention Program cohort. Open only to UC Davis staff and faculty at this time.
More information can be found on our Diabetes Prevention Flyer (PDF). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Friday Ride Days

Join the UC Davis Bicycle Program on their Friday Ride Days! Bring your water, helmet and bicycle to enjoy this noontime ride through campus. All experience levels welcome!

Dates: Fridays, Nov. 9, 16, 30 and Dec. 7, 14. 
Time/Location: Meet at Hoagland Hall at noon, and the ride begins at 12:10 p.m. Finish at Hoagland Hall.

UC Davis is committed to equal access. If you need to request an accommodation, please call Transportation Services at 530-752-2453.

View the Friday Ride Day flyer (PDF).

Know Your Numbers Health Screening

Get a 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.

Dates: Tuesday, Jan. 8, and Thursday, Jan. 10
Times: Appointments available on both days, from 7 – 10 a.m.
Location: Cowell Hall Foyer

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.

PDF Flyer coming soon.

Midday Mindfulness Meditation

Join us for a guided mindfulness meditation session 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) for more information

Dates: Mondays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, 11
Time: 12:10 p.m.-12:50 p.m.
Location: Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio

Register for our Midday Mindfulness Meditation sessions

Nature Rx

Stay tuned - Nature Rx will return in Spring 2019!
Past offerings:
Mini Succulent Gardens
Make a mini garden you can enjoy on your desk/windowsill to remind you of nature’s beauty.
Watercolors in the Arboretum
Connect with the natural world by painting it.
Fall Harvest 
Celebrate Fall by harvesting herbs and seasonal fruits for infused waters and finger salads. Learn what grows in October and ways to get it into your diet.
Construct your own living greenhouse using some of the over 3,000 tropical, carnivorous and rare plants raised on campus. Tour the Botanical Conservatory's diverse plant collection, including chocolate, vanilla and the corpse plant.

Seeds of Well-being

Interested in growing wellbeing in your life? Join us this year as we explore simple, practical everyday activities that have been shown to help cultivate wellbeing.
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held on Thursdays from noon-1 p.m. in Hoagland Hall, Room 130. See our flyer for more information (PDF). 
Savoring for Wellbeing

Learn practical ways to start savoring the positive in your life.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 18

Gratitude for Wellbeing
Join Robert Emmons, PhD for The Science and Practice of Gratitude: What have we learned?. This event is sponsored by the Campus Community Book Project.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Location: Student Community Center, Meeting Room D (2nd floor).
No RSVP is required. Learn more about The Science and Practice of Gratitude event.
Kindness for Wellbeing
Learn simple ways of bringing more kindness into your life.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 10
Self Compassion for Wellbeing
This Valentine's Day learn how to love yourself unconditionally.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
Generosity for Wellbeing
Did you know that cultivating a generous heart can improve your own wellbeing? Learn more about it at this session.
Date: Thursday, March 14
Focus for Wellbeing
Feeling a bit scattered these days? Learn about the benefits of focusing your attention and ways to do so.
Date: Thursday, April 11

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.