December Wellness Ambassador of the Month | Adrianne Bataska
- Meet people where they are at, and connect with your colleagues to learn what activities they would appreciate!
Wellness Ambassador of the Month
Adrianne Bataska of Global Affairs
How long have you worked at UC Davis?
I have worked at UC Davis for 12 years. I have been with Global Affairs for three years.
What does Wellness mean to you?
For me, wellness is when my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are all equally cared for through practicing daily habits. It is when I feel like I am thriving and not just surviving life.
Why did you become a wellness ambassador?
My goal as an ambassador is to promote campus wellness programs, and to coordinate unique offerings for my department. My intention is to emphasize the importance of taking care of physical and mental well-being. I also believe in the importance of building a tighter community where people feel safe and comfortable to express themselves.
How long have you been a wellness ambassador?
A year and a half.
What has been the most rewarding or positive part about your experience thus far?
I enjoy providing spaces and activities where staff engage in ways that best suit their individual needs. It has been rewarding to observe colleagues connecting with each other, or taking a moment for themselves.
What are some challenges you face as a wellness ambassador, especially through the pandemic?
It has been a challenge to identify activities that many would find interesting or helpful. The added obstacle of providing virtual and safe in-person programming due to COVID-19 has been hard.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with new wellness ambassadors?
Meet people where they are at, and connect with your colleagues to learn what activities they would appreciate.
Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being aims to build an environment that makes the healthier choice the easier one, while providing staff and faculty with the required support to make UC Davis the healthiest community. How do you feel you have contributed to our mission?
I contribute by maintaining an encouraging, judge-free attitude. I try my best to provide activities that meet people where they are that day. For example: a drop-in activity. So someone can participate if they are between meetings, socialize with coworkers the whole time, participate individually, or take the supplies to complete elsewhere. This makes engaging an "easy choice." I also host a team for each walker tracker session, and I encourage anyone interested to join. I do my best to encourage inclusive engagement.
What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Spending time with my family/friends, dance fitness, and listening to true crime podcasts.