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Learn about a wellness program for Faculty and Staff.

UC San Diego is committed to creating a culture of wellness. Thrive at UCSD offers presentations, tools and resources to help faculty and staff make wellness a priority.

Health Sciences/Health System employees should check out Health Sciences/Health System Wellness Resources.

In 2007, University of California Office of the President (UCOP) announced a systemwide initiative, UC Living Well. UC San Diego created Thrive at UCSD to offer campus wellness activities to help campus employees make wellness a priority.

Thrive at UC San Diego encourages you to follow a plan for better health in 2016:

  • Get Screened - Remember to see your Health Care Provider regularly and consult with them about your health and wellness. Take time to Know Your Numbers - blood pressure, cholesterol (total, HDL and LDL), blood sugar, weight and other risk measures.
  • Take Action - UC Living Well and Thrive at UCSD are here to help you take steps to make changes. Wellness coaching, campus programs and events, and other resources can help you reach your health goals.

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Maintain Don't Gain

UC San Diego's Maintain Don't Gain is a wellness initiative that encourages UC San Diego faculty and staff to stay healthy and eat cleaner during the holiday season. 

Maintain Don't Gain 2016 will be from November 14, 2016, until January 3, 2017.

Registration Online

Register for Maintain Don't Gain

Register On-Campus

Thrive at UCSD will be tabling at the Open Enrollment Fair on November 9 and Farmer's Market November 8 and November 22.

The first 250 faculty and staff to register for Maintain Don't Gain will be entered into a drawing for a bicycle. 

Thrive at UCSD Winter Challenge

Thrive at UCSD Winter Challenge is a wellness event that encourages UC San Diego faculty and staff to get active during Winter Quarter. 

Thrive at UCSD Winter Challenge will begin on January 23, 2017 - March 24, 2017

Challenge Rules:

  • Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thrivechallenge2017 
  • Get active! Keep this guide with you and start taking pics! 
  • Send photos to worklife@ucsd.edu or post on Facebook and tag @ucsdworklife
  • Earn milestones for taking 5 or more photos from each of the categories below! (15 total pictures).  

Challenge Categories: 

UC San Diego: 

  • Birch Aquarium
  • Dr. Seuss  Statue
  • HDH Dining Restaurant or Market 
  • Geisel Library
  • RIMAC
  • Scripps Pier
  • Stuart Collection (18 options)
  • Triton Statue @ Price Center Steps
  • Your favorite UCSD landmark/spot

San Diego Community: 

  • Beach, lake or river
  • Community/Neighborhood Sign 
  • Farmers Market
  • Park
  • Pier
  • Top of a Peak
  • Trail
  • Volunteer activity

Healthy Activities:

  • Go for a run
  • Hike a trail
  • Kick a soccer ball
  • Play beach volleyball
  • Play on a playground
  • Throw a baseball
  • Take a walk
  • Any activity you enjoy for health 

Challenge ends March 24. You can pick up your milestone incentive at the HDH Wellness Fair on March 29th.

UC Walks

Join your colleagues systemwide in recognizing National Employee Health and Fitness month by participating in the 7th Annual UC Walks event.

2016 Event Information

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
UC San Diego Town Square

Online registration is closed.
You may register at the event.

Join us for a group walk at 11:45 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. 

Free Screenings!
Find out your blood pressure and body composition.

Back again is the resource fair. Participants include:

  • Campus Human Resources
  • Environment, Health and Safety
  • Housing, Dining and Hospitality Servies
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Recreation
  • UCSD Bookstore

Watch a video highlighting events throughout the system.

Thank you to our sponsors!

  • Campus Human Resources
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • UC Living Well powered by Optum

UC Eats Real

Join your colleagues systemwide in recognizing Food Day, a national campaign for delicious, healthy, and affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.

UC San Diego Eats Real

For the month of October leading up to Food Day, UC San Diego is challenging you to Eat Real and/or help others do so.

HDH offers a wide-variety of healthy, affordable and fresh food options at Dining locations and Markets around campus. This year, we challenge you to:

  • Try a Taste Buds Approved meal at one of the HDH Restaurants and check out the HDH Taste Buds Blog.
  • Lunch at Roots, the University's first exclusively vegan eatery and lounge.
  • Explore the made-fresh specialty items at different HDH Resaurants.
  • Check out the nutrition information for your meal using the UC San Diego app or HDH Dining site before heading to lunch.
  • Grab a healthy snack at a Dining Services Place or Market

Stop by the Bookstore's award-winning Sunshine Market or Farmers' Market on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Town Square for additional healthy options.

Check out a Food Day event.

Donate to the Triton Food Pantry or help Colleges Rock Hunger!

Take the UC Eats Real Pledge

Join UC colleagues in taking the UC Eats Real Pledge in support of the Food Day priorities:

  • Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
  • Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness
  • Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
  • Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms
  • Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
  • Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

Learn more about the national Food Day campaign.

Disease Prevention

Stop Smoking

UC San Diego is now a Smoke & Tobacco Free campus. 

For more information about Smoke-Free UCSD, refer to their website for more details.

Other Related Online Resources

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