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The WorkLife Wellness Program offers a variety of wellness classes and information to encourage and promote healthy and active lifestyles for all employees, staff, faculty, retirees, and students.

Wellness Fair 2016

WorkLife and Wellness of UC Davis One HR invites you to its annual Wellness Fair where you will have the opportunity to celebrate wellness! UC Davis Health System Departments and a variety of businesses and organizations centered around wellness will be available to provide information about their programs and free/discounted services!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Marriott Ballroom - Sacramento

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National Nutrition Month – “Savor The Flavor of Eating Right”

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Presenter: Golnaz Friedman, RD
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Davis 7705, Main Hospital

How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Making sure to enjoy the sight, sounds, memories and interactions associated with eating are essential to developing an overall healthy eating plan. It is possible to enjoy the taste and flavor of food while still maintaining a healthy diet. Join me to learn how to develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods – that's the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!

Self Defense

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Presenter: Nikki Smith, Nurse with Patient Care Services and experiences Martial Artist/Instructor
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Marriott – Ballroom

Please join us for a special self defense class with Nikki Smith. Self defense is the act of defending oneself, one's property or the well being of another from physical harm. The focus of this workshop is to prevent attacks and incidents that put us in harms way at work or in our daily lives. 

This workshop will present verbal and physical techniques to prevent and deal with potentially harmful situations.  Participants will learn skills that can be used to decrease the risk of personal harm in a number of situations, and physical techniques that can be applied by anyone to prevent injury if actually attacked. 

The techniques are no nonsense martial arts techniques and principles that can be applied by anyone of any skill level.  Some physical contact will be required in the class, but no previous training or experience is necessary.  The class will be taught in a safe environment.  No special clothing is required, but students may choose to wear comfortable clothing or shoes.

Continuing to Breastfeed When Returning to Work/School

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Instructor: Shirley German, IBCLC, RLC
Time: 11:30 – 1:00 pm
Location: Ticon III, Human Resources, 3-B Conference Room (3rd floor)

Workshop Includes:
• How Implications of CA State Law, AB-1025; the Affordable Care Act, and UC’s PPSM-84.
• Devise a “Return to Work” checklist” group activity.
• How to establish a Breastfeeding Plan:
    o Plan ahead at work and at home
    o   Register with the UCD BFSP – lactation sites, room etiquette, administration
    o   Practice – pumping, expressing, and bottle-feeding
    o   Milk storage – long-term and for the day

· Sponsored by UC Davis Breastfeeding Support Program:

Please RSVP to or 916-734-2760

Mother-to-Mother Group

Friday, March 11, 2016
Facilitator: Shirley German, IBCLC, RLC / UC Davis Breastfeeding Program
Time: 11:30am - 12:30 pm
Location: Main Hospital, Tower-DCR 1655 (across from the Rhino Café by the red brick walls)

Meet other moms, encourage and learn from each other, and get help resolving breastfeeding difficulties.

Future Dates: 4/8, 5/13, 6/10, 7/8, 9/9, 10/14 (same place and time)

Sponsored by the UC Davis Breastfeeding Support Program
Please RSVP to or 916-734-2760.


Monday, March 14, 2016
Instructor: Kathy Lorenzato
Time: 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: Main Hospital, Lower Basement, ASCU-G344

Are you tired and need more energy?  Are you high-strung or anxious and looking for ways to relax?  Are you dealing with pain issues?  Have you noticed the Reiki classes being offered through the Center for the Professional Practice of Nursing and wondered what is Reiki anyway?

Reiki is considered “energy work,” as opposed to massage, which is “body work.”  It helps the recipient increase his/her natural energy to enhance relaxation, and promote the healing process.  Reiki has been used in the UCD Children’s Hospital for the past 16 years to help children and their family members deal with pain, reduce stress, and increase their ability to cope with illness/injury and the rigors of hospitalization.


Monday, March 21, 2016
Instructor: Brenda (Astara) Gustin, Ph.D., CMT, RYI
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Glassrock Building, Room 7106

For the 2016 Meditation Series, each month we will explore practical suggestions on how to live a radiantly healthy life. We 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 can be for beginners who are just learning about meditation or for people who already make meditation their daily practice.

Contact Marina Podoreanu, WorkLife and Wellness Coordinator, at, Phone: 916.734.2760