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Thrive at UC San Diego

Learn about the wellness programs provided for Faculty and Staff at UC San Diego.

UC San Diego is committed to creating a culture of wellness. Thrive @UC San Diego 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.

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. It’s a 5-week program that offers you weekly emails with essential health tips, beneficial links, and various other resources to encourage and remind you to stay healthy during the holidays.

How the Program Works

Each Monday, you will receive an email and survey to help you stay on track. The weekly emails will include healthy tips, tools, and resources to support and motivate you as you keep this holiday season healthy and balanced. A Personal Success Tracker will also be included in each email so that you may track your progress and be successful.

Complete the short participation survey in every Monday email and you will be entered into weekly raffles for the chance to win a $25 gift card to local health-minded restaurants! Two winners will be chosen every Monday morning.

In addition, all participants that complete all 5 participation surveys will be entered into a grand prize raffle to win a $75 gift card and one free 60 minute fitness class to share with their work team. Winner will be announced on January 10th, 2020!

This holiday season, take charge of your health!

Maintain Don't Gain 2019

Maintain Don't Gain will run from Monday, November 25th - Friday, January 10th, 2020.


Maintain Don't Gain Registration

Maintain Don't Gain Registration is now open until Friday, December 13th, 2019. 

UC San Diego Work/Life will be present at the Open Enrollment Fair at the Price Center on November 21st, 2019 for anyone who would like to register during that time. 

Diabetes Prevention Program

The UC Diabetes Prevetion Program (DPP) is a one-year lifestyle change program based on research led by the National Institute of Health and is open to all UC San Diego faculty and staff.  DPP is designed for non-diabetic individuals 18 years and older who have pre-diabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes.  This program provides education, encouragement, and the tools necessary to help you reach your health goals.  This is a proven CDC program that cuts the risk of type 2 diabetes in half.  The program is made successful due to the collaboration of the Recreation Department, Housing Dining and Hospitality, Human Resources, and volunteers within the UCSD community, and is free to UC San Diego faculty and staff.  The program includes:

  • 22 one-hour sessions led by trained lifestyle coaches. If interested, you will be assigned to one of the following cohorts:
    • 2020 dates coming soon!
  • Information on nutrition, ways to increase physical activity, stress management techniques, and diabetes prevention education.
  • Group discussions and problem-solving strategies for overcoming common challenges to lifestyle change.

Space is limited!  If you are interested, please complete this survey.


For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact

Additional resources: UC Diabetes Prevention Program FAQs

Wellness Ambassadors Program

Learn about the Wellness Ambassadors Program, created to form a health-minded work community here for all UC San Diego staff and faculty.

Wellness Ambassadors are

  • staff and faculty at UC San Diego that are health-minded and focused on fostering wellness in their respective departments
  • individuals that want to create a culture of health and wellness throughout UC San Diego
  • key to providing health and wellness ideas to improve the Wellness Program at UC San Diego

Roles of a Wellness Ambassador

  • providing feedback on proposed wellness events at UC San Diego
  • sharing health, fitness and wellness programs with their department
  • promoting and communicating all of the upcoming Thrive at UCSD events to employees in their departments such as UC Walks, Maintain Don't Gain, and FitLife programs for faculty and staff
  • participating in wellness programs and activities at UC San Diego

Benefits of becoming a Wellness Ambassador

  • connecting with other health and wellness-minded colleagues and expanding your network of folks who also live a healthy lifestyle
  • gaining information, materials, and tools in order to improve your own healthy lifestyle 
  • providing a space to cultivate health and wellness within UC San Diego
  • being instrumental in fostering a healthy culture in your department and in UC San Diego as a whole

Wellness Ambassador Responsibilities

Being a Wellness Ambassador is voluntary, but we do require a minimum of 1 hour per month commitment to become an ambassador. We ask that you let your supervisor know that you are a Wellness Ambassador and will need to commit to the minimum 1 hour per month requirement.

Ambassadors also need to attend quarterly lunchtime meetings that will be announced accordingly.

Sign up to become a Wellness Ambassador

Upcoming Meetings:


Wellness Events

Keep an eye out for different wellness events on or around campus for faculty and staff at UC San Diego. 

Examples of events we have hosted in the past are: 
*Outdoor Yoga
*Walking Wednesday
*Lunch and Learn

What kind of wellness events would you like to see on campus?  Let us know at

Related Online Resources

Smoke-Free UC San Diego

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

Campus employees should contact Employee Relations and Work/Life or 858-534-4115.
Health Sciences/Health System employees should contact Health Sciences/Health System Benefits or 619-543-3200.
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