Worklife and Wellness

The WorkLife and Wellness Program offers a variety of programs and information to encourage and assist the UC Davis community in understanding, adopting, and maintaining healthy and well-balanced lifestyles.  Topics in this brown bag series are designed to help staff, faculty and students meet commitments and pursue interests within and outside of the university through the integration of professional and personal life roles.

Basic Remedies and Essential Oils

This wellness workshop that outlines  natural items you should keep on hand and explains how you can use them for the common cold, headache, stomach ache, cuts, scrapes and other basic ailments that can be treated holistically and simply. You will learn which are the "must have" go-to items such as essential oils and herbs. We will explore their purpose, benefits and effectiveness.

October 6, 2016
Instructor: Chrissy Helmer
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

From the Ground Up

Planning and planting can be exciting and fun with the right resources. Learn more about how to build your soil, increase yields from your garden, and attract beneficial insects, pollinators, and birds. Find out how to reduce pests and maximize water efficiency. This workshop will also explore the opportunities provided from the new water supply in Davis.

October 10, 2016
Instructor: Don Shor 
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: 1632 DaVinci Court, DaVinci Building Room 18

Smooth Digestion—What You Eat
and Drink Can Change Everything…

Though we all tend to struggle with a variety of “digestive issues” from time to time, most of us don’t realize that simple food and beverage choices can have a significant impact on our entire system, from canker sores to constipation! Learn practical strategies for not only optimizing your digestion and overall health, but also your energy levels and quality of life. 

November 10, 2016
Instructor: Timaree Hagenburger
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Re-Awaken Your Creative Side

When was the last time you spent quality time working on a creative project for yourself? Last month, last year, or has it been too long to remember? As a child you were great at keeping in touch with your creative side. Why should it be any other way now? If you feel as though something is off in your life, your thinking is unfocused and fuzzy, or you are lacking a certain spark that you once had, it just might be time to re-awaken your creative side. Come learn ways that you can re-connect with your creative side and pick back up where you left off. Everyone is born creative—don’t hold yourself back from being the best you can be. 

December 15, 2016
Instructor: Terri Test
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Yoga for the Hips and Lower Back

Are your daily activities and habits creating lower back problems? Grab a yoga mat and join us. This yoga session will begin with a slow warm up and then move into deeper poses that will open and stretch the muscles around the hips, lower back and legs. When the large muscle groups around the pelvis begin to relax and lengthen, the lower back muscles also begin to release tension. This workshop is open to everyone regardless of their level of yoga experience.

January 9, 2017
Instructor: Kia Meaux
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: 1632 DaVinci Court, DaVinci Building Room 18

The Power of Posture

What is your body telling your mind about how you feel? In this workshop, you will learn how to change that conversation by changing your posture, and undo some of the damage caused by bad habits and sitting too much. You will leave this workshop with practical ideas and renewed energy.

January 19, 2017
Instructor: Cathie Apple
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Smooth Digestion—What You Eat 
and Drink Can Change Everything…

Though we all tend to struggle with a variety of “digestive issues” from time to time, most of us don’t realize that simple food and beverage choices can have a significant impact on our entire system, from canker sores to constipation! Learn practical strategies for not only optimizing your digestion and overall health, but also your energy levels and quality of life. 

January 26, 2017
Instructor: Timaree Hagenburger
Time: 12:00–1:00
Location: 260 Cousteau Place, Aspen Room (Suite 150)

A Taste of Reiki

Need a wellness recharge?  Come relax and receive! Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. Through gentle, non-invasive touch on or off the body, this complementary healing therapy facilitates the natural flow of energy to support holistic well-being. In addition to information and discussion, you will be offered the opportunity to experience a seated Reiki treatment offered by local Reiki practitioners during a 15-minute guided meditation.

February 16, 2017
Instructor: Elizabeth Fulmer
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

From the Ground Up

Planning and planting can be exciting and fun with the right resources. Learn more about how to build your soil, increase yields from your garden, and attract beneficial insects, pollinators, and birds. Find out how to reduce pests and maximize water efficiency. This workshop will also explore the opportunities provided from the new water supply in Davis.

March 16, 2017
Instructor: Don Shor 
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Smooth Digestion—What You Eat 
and Drink Can Change Everything…

Though we all tend to struggle with a variety of “digestive issues” from time to time, most of us don’t realize that simple food and beverage choices can have a significant impact on our entire system, from canker sores to constipation! Learn practical strategies for not only optimizing your digestion and overall health, but also your energy levels and quality of life. 

April 10, 2016
Instructor: Timaree Hagenburger
Time: 12:00–1:00
Location: 1632 DaVinci Court, DaVinci Building Room 18

Multi-Dimensional Dance

Come explore the wide range of benefits that dance can bring to any and every body. From the creation of art, to an enjoyable form of athleticism, to building neural plasticity in the brain, and being a helpful component for aging well, participation in this activity delivers a wide and diverse range of benefits. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move and have some fun.

April 13, 2017
Instructor: Pamela Trokanski 
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

From the Ground Up

Planning and planting can be exciting and fun with the right resources. Learn more about how to build your soil, increase yields from your garden, and attract beneficial insects, pollinators, and birds. Find out how to reduce pests and maximize water efficiency. This workshop will also explore the opportunities provided from the new water supply in Davis.

April 27 2017
Instructor: Don Shor 
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: 260 Cousteau Place, Aspen Room (Suite 150)

Communicating with your Returning
Young Adult

Your young adult is about to fly back into the nest. Each of you may have different expectations of how to make that temporary transition a smooth one. Learn communication techniques to effectively navigate the parent/child conflicts that can come up with a returning young adult. 

May 11, 2017
Instructor: Lora Barrett 
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Yoga for the Hips and Lower Back

Are your daily activities and habits creating lower back problems? Grab a yoga mat and join us. This yoga session will begin with a slow warm up and then move into deeper poses that will open and stretch the muscles around the hips, lower back and legs. When the large muscle groups around the pelvis begin to relax and lengthen, the lower back muscles also begin to release tension. This workshop is open to everyone regardless of their level of yoga experience.

June 1, 2017
Instructor: Kai Meaux
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room