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.



Monday, May 9, 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.


Mother-to-Mother Group

Friday, May 13, 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: 6/10, 7/8, 9/9, 10/14 (same place and time)

Sponsored by the UC Davis Breastfeeding Support Program



Monday, May 16, 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.

UC Walks Day

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 you’ll want to bring or wear your walking shoes to work so that you can join your colleagues in the annual systemwide UC Walks!
At UC Davis Health System, our plan is to have interested participants meet at the Cancer Survivors’ Park (corner of Stockton Blvd. and 2nd Ave) anytime between 11:30 am and 1:00 p.m. to receive your UC Walks t-shirt (t-shirts will be provided to the first 300 participants), and start your walk for wellness! A walking group leader will be available at this event. A 15-minute walk will take place at 12:00 p.m.

UC Davis Caregiver Support Group

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Presenter: Rodger Freeman, Violence Prevention Educator with the Center for Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE)
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Facilities Support Services Building (FSSB) Room 2020
4800 2nd Ave., Sacramento, CA 95817

As a caregiver of a family member or professional serving seniors, this meeting will provide an overview of senior relationships, services, resources, programs, and benefits.

The following will be addressed:
1. Components of a healthy relationship: new relationships or one lasting over decades
2.  How you can identify intimate partner violence in senior’s relationship: warning signs to look and listen for
3.   As a caregiver how you can safely support a survivor of abuse
4.   Recourses available in our community to you as a caregiver and the survivor of abuse
5.   Answer questions

Self Defense

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Presenter: Nikki Smith, Nurse with Patient Care Services and experiences Martial Artist/Instructor
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Marriott – Orchid Room

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.

The Alexander Technique

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Presenter: Stephen Brown, Ph.D.
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Cancer Center Auditorium 1100 2279 45th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

The Alexander technique teaches how to change faulty postural habits enabling improved mobility, performance and alertness along with relief from chronic stiffness and stress. In this workshop you will learn to identify several of these habits and begin to recognize and change them. Doing so will allow you to improve your posture whether you are working at your desk, running a hundred miles or anything in between.

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