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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, 3rd floor (Grand Tier)
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 next 12-month program will begin in June 2019. Meetings are weekly for the first 3 months, every other week for months 4 - 6 and monthly for the remaining 6 months.
Days: Thursdays, starting June 27
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Hoagland Hall, Room 130
Sign up to join the June 2019 Diabetes Prevention Program cohort. **Open only 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

Financial Well-being

Build your financial fitness with workshops on credit, carbuying, and home buying. See our flyer (PDF) for more information!
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
  • April 9 - Knowing your numbers and keeping score
  • April 19 - Become and auto buying aficionado
  • April 23 - Get moving into a home of your own

Fruit and Veggie Fan Club

Join the Fruit and Veggie Fan Club to receive 6 weeks of challenges, recipes, and helpful tips! Report your progress weekly. Complete all six weeks to earn your certificate of completion and a prize. Weekly emails start March 15.

More information coming soon!

Gentle Lunchtime Yoga

This 4-part, relaxing yoga series caters to all abilities, with a focus on breathing, stretches and poses. Learn more about improving your well-being through movement. See our flyer (PDF) for information.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat, blanket or towel!

Dates: Tuesdays, Feb. 19, 26 and March 5, 12
Time: 12:10 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio

Register for the Gentle Lunchtime Yoga series today!

Healthy UC Davis Activity Challenge

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.

Our pilot Winter 2019 challenge will be to walk the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Challenge runs from Feb. 3 - March 17You must stay active throughout the challenge period or your account will be removed. Registration is now closed for Winter 2019.

Waitlist for our Spring 2019 Cohort. We will have another new, exciting challenge to complete. Staff, faculty, and students - all are welcome! 


Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs)

Learn how to develop a personal mindfulness meditation practice that can promote health and well-being. The classes are designed to prepare you to apply mindfulness in daily life, through lectures, experiential exercises and group discussions in a supportive community environment. This class is suitable for those who are new to mindfulness as well as those who would like to revitalize their practice.

The course is offered at no cost to UC Davis Staff and Faculty. Optional Continuing Education Units available for a fee.

Dates: Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, 25* and April 1, 8
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Location: Davis Campus (details will be provided to participants)
*Please note that March 25 falls during Spring Break week. You must attend all 6 course sessions listed above. If you are unable to attend all of the course sessions, please do not apply.

Learn more about this offering in our course summary (PDF) View our flyer for more information. (PDF)
Prior to registration, review our recommendations (PDF) to see if this is the right class for you and the right time for you to be taking it.

Register for this series today. The application period closes on Feb. 13, 2019, at midnight

IMPORTANT: Participants in the course will be selected by lottery from the list of applications. If you are selected to participate, you will be notified via email on Feb. 15, 2019. Those who are not selected will be automatically placed on a waitlist.

Nature Rx

Connect with the healing power of nature!

Fridays, Noon - 1 p.m.
4/8 Mini Succulent Gardens - Arboretum Teaching Nursery
4/15 Terrariums - UC Davis Botanical Conservatory 
4/22 Spring Harvest - Ecological Garden at Student Farm
4/29 Watercolors in the Arboretum - Lake Spafford

Participant Selection:

The course capacity is limited and will be filled via a lottery system, which will close on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5 p.m. If you are selected in the lottery, you will be notified by email. If you are not selected, you will automatically be put on our waiting list and notified if and when a spot opens up.


Class Descriptions:

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). 
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.

Well-being Ticket Deal

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

Who: To Be Announced
Cost: $10 tickets for staff and faculty (limit two per person)
Presented by: Mondavi Center
Contact Information: call 530-754-2787 or email