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, July 18, 2016
Instructor: Brenda (Astara) Gustin, Ph.D., CMT, RYI
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Glassrock Building, Room 7106
Future Dates: 8/22, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, & 12/19
Presenter: Brenda (Astara) Gustin, Ph.D., CMT, RYI

There are many stages of life that represent levels of consciousness within our body and mind. The first stage begins when we are born. We wake up and become part of a family and culture which includes our neighborhood, state and country. A process of learning begins and forms our foundation and inherent values. This foundation firmly grounds us in beliefs that guide our everyday lives. Through meditation we can rediscover how the positive values of this foundation can be cultivated within this basic structure to design and foster health and creativity.


“Healthy Bodies are Built in the Kitchen”

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Instructor: Evelyn Miller, MAS, RD, IBCLC
Time: 12 – 1 pm
Location: Cancer Center Auditorium 1100

Too often people have the perception that “healthy eating” is boring eating. Friends, family, TV, and social media would have us believe that in order to “eat healthy and lose weight” we have to drink a special shake and eat romaine lettuce, carrot sticks, and boiled chicken breast. This class aims to prove that perception wrong! We will review basics on menu building, how to fit in the recommended 9+ servings of fruits and vegetables, and give you new meal ideas that you can apply to your daily life. Our goal is to provide simple, quick meals that you will want to try at home. Come to class and walk away with new recipes to try at home and an excitement to whip something up in your kitchen. We hope to have a dish for you to sample during class!

UC Davis Caregiver Support Group

Are you looking for information and support? You are not alone.


The UC Davis Caregiver Support Group can provide an opportunity for staff and their family members to meet once a month for mutual emotional support, receive resources and exchange coping skills with one another in matters relating to caregiving.


The group will meet the 3rd Friday of each month from 12 – 1pm in Ticon III, Human Resources, 3B Conference Room located on 2730 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817. Facilitators: Carol Kirshnit, Ph.D. and Marina Podoreanu, ASW.


Next Meeting:

Friday, August 19, 2016

          This meeting will provide an overview of Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center’s services and resources. Presenter: Michelle Nevins, MBA, Executive Director of Del Oro Resource Center.

The UC Davis Caregiver Support Group is provided by the Academic and Staff Assistance Program and the WorkLife and Wellness Program.


Monday, August 22, 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.

For more information or to RSVP you may contact Marina Podoreanu at

916-734-2760 or