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09/20/19 04:50pm

Wellness Ambassador Program

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Wellness Ambassadors serve as representatives of the UC Davis Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being program while supporting and engaging their colleagues in wellness messaging, programs, activities and resources.


Support the Wellness Ambassador Program


Not sure if your department has a Wellness Ambassador? Find out here! If you have any questions, please email:

Roles and Responsibilites:

  • Market, publicize and recruit staff and faculty to participate in health and well-being activities and programming on campus
  • Identify potential ideas, strategies & programs for enhancing well-being and a healthy culture/work environment
  • Develop health and well-being initiatives in your unit (e.g., use bulletin boards, develop a healthy potluck day, schedule a guest speaker or activity, walking group, etc.)
  • Share your success stories and metrics with us
  • Provide the Activity Release Waiver for participants in your group and keep a file of completed forms (required by Risk Management for physical activities)

Interested in becoming a Wellness Ambassador for your department? Fill out this application!
This is a voluntary role to help drive employee participation and engagement in health and wellness related activities. The average time commitment is 40 minutes per month. Ambassadors are encouraged to discuss their role with their supervisor.

Learn more about the UC Davis Workplace Flexibility policy

Wellness Ambassador Mini Grants!

Wellness Ambassador Mini Grants will be back Fall 2019! Apply for up to $500 to support health and well-being in your department!

All Wellness Ambassadors who want to apply for a mini-grant must first:
1. Complete the Healthy Department Certification Qualtrics Survey. If you have been granted "striving for certified healthy," "certified healthy," or "gold certified healthy" in the last three years, you will not need to complete this certification process again for FY 2020.

2. Conduct a needs assessement. A sample assessment and additional information can be found here

Grant application period open: October 21 – November 15, 2019
Awarded by: January 10, 2020
Funds must be spent by: June 1, 2020

Wellness Ambassador Quarterly Trainings - SAVE THE DATE

Save the Date!

Winter 2020

UCD Health (Sacramento)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 16
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Education Building, Room 3204
Davis Campus
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 14
Time: Noon-1 p.m.

Wellness Ambassador of The Month

Wellness Ambassador of the Month
Wellness is comprised of the components that add to your overall experience of being in your body and around others. Wellness Ambassador of the Month, Rose Cabral. Read more about her here!

September 2017 - Rose Cabral
October 2017 - Gina Flaharty
November 2017 - Gia Hellwig
December 2017 - Cornel Wade
January 2018 - Patricia Covington Fleming and Stacey Sheehan
February 2018 - Ashley Odell
March 2018 - Rebecca Grunewald
April 2018 - Suzette Smiley-Jewell
May 2018 - Maureen Craig
June 2018 - Maria Tuccori
Summer 2018 - Emily J McDaniel
September 2018 - Christopher Loureiro
October 2018 - Sanne Stark Fettinger
November 2018 - Renee Cardinale
December 2018 - Jason Masino
January 2019 - Lisa Laughter
February 2019 - Sarah Arsenoff
March 2019 - Paul Terry
April 2019 - Colleen Anthonisen
June 2019 - Kayla Koenigshof

Wellness Mini-Grant Feature of the Month

UC Davis Health Patient Care Services used their Mini-Grant funds to create an 8-week wellness challenge program. Read about it here.

September 2017 - Department of Public Health Sciences
October 2017 - UC CalFresh
November 2017 - The Center for Health and the Environment
December 2017 - Central Human Resources 
January 2018 - Office of Research - IRB Administration
February 2018 - Arts Administrative Group
March 2018 - Office of Medical Education
April 2018 - Department of Development and Alumni Relations
May 2018 - The Internship and Career Center
June 2018 - Student Health and Counseling Services
Summer 2018 - Campus Recreation
September 2018 - Anthropology

November 2018 - Fire Department 
December 2018 - Radiation Oncology
April 2019 - Phoenix Cluster
May 2019 - Yellow Cluster

Wellness Ambassador Training Sessions

July 16, 2019 - UC Davis Health Campus Notes
July 18, 2019 - Davis Campus Notes

Sept. 17, 2019 - UC Davis Health Campus Notes
Sept. 18, 2019 - Davis Campus Notes