HEALTHY UC DAVIS: Self-Care at Holidays and Beyond

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Active Aggies Mobile includes sessions in yoga (pictured), bodyweight circuit and Zumba.

Give yourself the gift of self-care at the holidays and beyond, in these Healthy UC Davis offerings, including Active Aggies Mobile, health screenings, Midday Mindfulness Meditation, Diabetes Prevention Program — and the Well-Being Ticket Deal for January.


The Office of the President and Healthy UC Davis are collaborating on a program to improve drinking water access on the Davis and Sacramento campuses. In addition to mapping existing water stations, the Healthy Beverage Initiative is planning to install several new water stations, as part of a long-term campus infrastructure project.

The HBI project team needs your input. Take a survey and help them determine where the new stations should go. But hurry, the deadline for responses is Friday, Jan. 10.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Solar by email.

●︎ Holiday Self-Care Managing holiday stress through mindfulness. 12:10-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 3001 Plant and Environmental Sciences, or online. Register here. Online participants: Details will be sent by email after you register.

●︎ Well-Being Ticket Deal for January$10 tickets for staff and faculty go on sale Jan. 1 for concert by the Joey Alexander Trio, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The jazz pianist, making his second appearance at the Mondavi Center, is the youngest musician ever nominated for a Grammy Award in a jazz category — and a media favorite who earned a profile on 60 Minutes and a front-page profile in The New York Times. The discount tickets (limit two per person) will be sold through through Jan. 24; see calendar entry to learn how to get tickets.

●︎ Active Aggies Mobile Jan. 6-March 20. Three classes meet 12:05-12:55 p.m.: Monday-Wednesday, Tuesday-Thursday, and Friday. One class meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes in Medical Sciences 1B, (Room 150, the old Scrubs Café), next door to Carlson Health Sciences Library. Limited enrollment; register here (scroll to registration instructions).

●︎ Know Your Numbers — Free biometric screenings for UC Davis staff and faculty 18 and older. Screenings include cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, height, weight and waist circumference with consultation. You must fast eight to 12 hours prior to your confidential screening, staying hydrated with only plain water. 7-10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 7 and 9, lobby, Cowell Building. Space is limited; sign up here.

●︎ Mindful Awareness Practices Course — Learn how to develop a personal mindfulness meditation practice that can promote health and well-being. This course is designed to prepare you to apply mindfulness in daily life, through lectures, experiential exercises and group discussions in a supportive community environment. This class is suitable for those who are new to mindfulness as well as those who would like to revitalize their practice. The class will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on six Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 19 (excluding Jan. 15). Participants must be able to attend all six sessions and be willing to complete online surveys for a potential research study associated with this course. Learn more about the class here (look for "Mindful Awareness Practices" under Upcoming Events). Application period closes at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2.

●︎ Midday Mindfulness Meditation — To manage stress and promote well-being. Open to all experience levels. Four drop-in sessions: 12:10-12:50 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 6 (excluding Jan. 16), 3001 Plant and Environmental Sciences. Learn more about the class here (look for "Midday Mindfulness Meditation" under Upcoming Events). Register here.

●︎ Diabetes Prevention Program This group-based program includes 22 sessions over one year. Goals are to achieve and maintain 7 percent weight loss with healthy eating and an active lifestyle. New cohort begins Wednesday, Jan. 15; see if you qualify.

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