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Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being Program

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Upcoming Events:

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: pending; to be announced!

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).
Program Dates
Days: Wednesdays, beginning on Jan. 15, or Mondays, beginning on Jan. 27. Meetings are weekly for the first 3 months, then biweekly thereafter.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Wednesday cohort meets @ The Grove (Surge III), Room 1310; Monday cohort meets @ Hoagland Hall, Room 130
Sign up to join the January 2020 cohorts. 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

Kindness for Well-being

Did you know that researchers have found that practicing kindness can support your health and wellbeing? Join us for this experiential session to learn simple practices to bring more kindness into your life. See our flyer (PDF) for more information. 
Date: Feb. 20
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Plant and Environmental Sciences, Room 3001
Space is limited. Sign up today!

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!

Monthly Meditation @ UC Davis Health

Join us for monthly meditation sessions at the Sacramento Campus, led by Brenda (Astara) Gustin, PhD, CMT, RYI. You will learn how to have more energy and vitality, to be receptive, to be relaxed, to recharge the body, calm the mind, open the heart and to have positive, cheerful and wholesome attitudes. These workshops are suitable for beginners who are just learning about meditation and for those who already make meditation their daily practice.

Dates (every second Monday, exceptions noted with *):

  • January 13
  • *February 3 (First Monday)
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8
  • *July session cancelled
  • August 10
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • *December 7 (First Monday)

Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Glassrock Building, Room 7106 (2521 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817)

Sign up today! See our flyer (PDF) for more information.

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: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Date: Saturday, Feb. 15
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).
How to Purchase:

  • Online - use promo code LADY20. Promo valid Feb. 1-10. 
  • In person or by phone — The Mondavi Center box office is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday (and one hour before all ticketed events), but only through Friday, Dec. 20 — after which the theatre will be closed for winter break.

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

9 members of the Ladysmith Black Mambazo a cappella vocal ensemble

About the artists: South Africa’s musical ambassador to the world, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the world’s greatest and most popular a cappella vocal ensembles. In a show especially designed for families, the group draws from its album Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World, which was nominated for Best Children’s Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Expect songs like “Love Your Neighbor,” “Everything’s So Stupid!” and “Old MacDonald Zulu Style” as Ladysmith Black Mambazo enchants young audiences with uplifting harmonies and plenty of laughter, too. Learn more about the ensemble and preview their performance here