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‘Be Well at Work’ October Wellness Events & Classes

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Healthy Holiday Challenge

Nov 9 – Dec 18
6-week Online Lifestyle Program

Give yourself the gift of healthier habits this year with the Healthy Holiday Challenge. This 6-week program supports you with small, healthy steps you build on each week and can keep going through the new year. Join us for a healthful, relaxing, balanced, and fun holiday season!

This challenge includes:

  • Weekly prizes
  • A grand prize package featuring a Fitbit Charge 3 + a private cooking class with free groceries!
  • Weekly newsletters with resources, recipes, and challenges for support and motivation
  • Daily wellness postcards
  • Virtual events

UC Diabetes Prevention Program

Begins January 2021

The UC Diabetes Prevention Program is a campus-based small-group, one year healthy lifestyle program that uses a scientifically based approach developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you make important lifestyle changes. Trained lifestyle coaches lead one-hour sessions in which you’ll learn healthy habits that stick, while significantly reducing your chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

If you think you could be at risk of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, register to attend an information session or contact Cori Evans at for more information.

Information Sessions – 12:10-1pm:

  • Wednesday 10/14
  • Thursday 11/12
  • Wednesday 12/9

Active at Work

Dancing for Fun and Fitness
Zumba/Samba: 10/2, 11/6, 12/4
Hula/Tahitian: 11/20
12:10-1pm | Online*

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief
10/9, 11/13, 12/11
12:10-1pm | Online*

*register using linked dates to receive Zoom link for each class

WorkFit Online (RSF)
Free Virtual Classes
Class Schedule
(click class names to register)

Nutrition Resources

Recipe of the Month:

Quick Pickled Onion

Do you want an easy way to add a kick of flavor, color, and texture to a variety of dishes? Try making these super easy quick pickled onions! Use them on anything that could use a tangy punch – sandwiches, tacos, salad, eggs, stir fry, avocado toast, soup, and more! You can even use the pickling juice anywhere you’d add a splash or vinegar or citrus juice, such as a vinaigrette. Store them in a glass container, such as a repurposed old jar.

Find more recipes at Cook Well Berkeley

Recipes for Disaster Preparedness
Fri, Oct. 16, 12:10-1pm
Instructor: Kim Guess, RD

In the event of an earthquake, wildfire, or pandemic, our food options become more limited. You may have to use whatever foods you have on hand and prepare them without power and/or running water. However, being prepared doesn’t have to be complicated. This workshop will help prepare you with food safety knowledge, a sample grocery list of smart staples to stock, and a few simple recipes.

Group Cook-Alongs

Are you looking for a fun way to connect with your colleagues? We offer a 1-hour virtual “cook-along” for work units and staff organizations by request. The format will be similar to the Kitchen Staples Cook-Along, but can be customized to your group’s needs. Check with your work unit/department or staff organization to find out if there is enough interest (minimum 10 people). If yes, have one contact person complete the request form. You can request the time of day that works best for your group. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.

Stress Management

“Your best is enough, and accept the things you can’t change.”

Stress is a feeling we all experience due to challenges that might come from sources such as relationships, work, finances, or planning for the future. Learning to manage your stress can boost your well-being, and lead to a happier, healthier life. The first step is to identify the triggers: what makes you irritable, angry, or worried? Take time to breathe. Then think, what helps you relax? Maybe it’s taking a walk outside, spending time in nature, listening to your favorite music, reading a book, journaling, or taking a relaxing bath. Healthy coping mechanisms can help relieve pressure and boost your resilience.

  • This year has been full of change, which can trigger stress. Employee Assistance has put together helpful tips for managing the stress of change and transition.
  • The outdoors are a great source of increasing your well-being. Watch our recorded webinar for ideas of how to make the most of your time outside.
  • Staying active is a great stress reliever— join any of our Active @ Work workshops to get the body moving.
  • Eating well provides our bodies fuel for good energy levels. Cook Well Berkeley offers healthy recipes and cooking classes.
  • Awareness, connection, insight, and purpose are the four pillars of the science of training the mind. The Healthy Minds Appoffers a motivating way to improve your well-being through the convenience of your smartphone.

Creating Healthy Sleep Practices

Thu, Oct. 29 | 12:10 – 1 pm
Speaker: Elliott DiTusa, Employee Assistance

A lack of quality sleep can negatively impact our physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as our work performance. Especially during times of uncertainty, disruption, and emotional distress, prioritizing our sleep and wellbeing is imperative. In this workshop, we will learn the importance of sleep and discuss how to take action and implement effective strategies and healthy sleep routines.