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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 Responsibilities:

  • Market, publicize and recruit staff and faculty to participate in health and well-being activities and programming on campus
  • Identify potential ideas, strategies and 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, create a 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!

The Mini Grant application period for 2019-2020 is now closed and Wellness Ambassadors who have been awarded funds have been notified.

Every Fall, you can 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 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 within the last year. A sample assessment and additional information can be found here

Grant application period open: Dates to be determined
Awarded by: Date to be determined
Funds must be spent by: June 1, 2021
Applications will be submitted online. If you wish, you can prevew the questions asked in the 2019 application on this PDF document.

Wellness Ambassador Quarterly Trainings - Save the Date!

Save the Date!

Spring 2020

UCD Health (Sacramento)
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: To be announced

Davis Campus

Date: Friday, May 1
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: To be announced
Registration will be shared widely once rooms are confirmed. You will be able to indicate at which location you plan to attend. Open to current and interested Wellness Ambassadors. 

Wellness Ambassador of The Month

Wellness Ambassador of the Month
Wellness is taking care of one’s self emotionally, mentally, and physically. People feel better when taking a more holistic approach to life. Wellness Ambassador of the Month, Jenny Nickell. 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
Summer 2019 - Romy Villaluz
September 2019 - Rose Cabral
October 2019 - Priscilla Cordoba
November 2019 - Lina Ibarra
December 2019 - Steve Asercion
January 2020 - Jenny Nickell

Mini-Grant Feature of the Month

UC Davis Human Resources Shared Services used their Mini-Grant funds to create a stretch break program and succulent planting classes. Read about it here.

September 2017 - Public Health Sciences 45-Day Challange
October 2017 - Bike Share
November 2017 - Yoga Mats
December 2017 - Planting Day 
January 2018 - Mini Fridge
February 2018 - Breath and Balance Workshop
March 2018 -Wellness Workshop
April 2018 - Exercise Equipment
May 2018 - Wellness Library
June 2018 - Fitness Activity Equipment
Summer 2018 - Bike Share
September 2018 - Hydration Tracker Water Bottles

November 2018 - Weight Room Improvements
December 2018 - Zen Den
January 2019 - Team Fitness Classes
March 2019 - Department Bicycle
Summer 2019 - Department Vitamix

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