Challenge Kick-off Dates
Tuesday, April 1 for UCDHS
Tuesday, April 8 for Campus
The Challenge Begins.............
Attend events on the Davis campus
Attend events on the Sacramento campus
"Wellness is...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." - The World Health Organization
Adopt a new healthy habit and keep it up for seven weeks!
At UC Davis Health Systems the challenge begins Tuesday, April 1, 2014
At the Davis Campus the challenge begins Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Register here. Avoid lines; register online!
- One — ...not sure what aspect of your wellness wheel you need to work on? Take our fun and easy test!
- Two — Register Now
- Three — If you are new to the Challenge, Please complete form; indicating"WorkLife and Wellness Activity," sign and submit release to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, you may print and bring the form to the first Wellness Challenge activity you attend.
Wellness is a Choice
Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth whose goal—maintaining personal health in all dimensions of life, including physical, social, emotional, intellectual, environmental, occupational and spiritual—requires individualized choice and action.
The importance of developing and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits, regardless of your age, cannot be overstated. A very high percentage of older Americans today have at least one chronic condition that affects their ability to lead an active life. Most of these chronic diseases develop over the course of 30–40 years as a result of unhealthy habits. Three behaviors—poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking—are the primary causes of the nation's leading chronic diseases: heart disease, some cancers, stroke and diabetes. Changing these behaviors greatly reduces your risk of developing a chronic disease. After eliminating the "big three," it is important to adopt healthy habits in all aspects of your life.
The Wellness Wheel, shown here, highlights seven different dimensions of wellness and stresses the importance of nurturing all seven dimensions to achieve optimal health. We challenge you to choose a dimension, choose a habit, and make a change for the better. But don't stop with just one change. The more healthy habits you adopt, the better your chances of enjoying a lifetime free of chronic ailments. Why wait? Pick a healthy habit and start today!
Kick-off attendees can learn more about wellness and the wellness challenge, register for the challenge, pick up a free resistance band (while supplies last), participate in various health assessments/screenings, grab a quick chair massage and enter to win door prizes. Release time with supervisory approval is appropriate for this event.
- UCDHS Kick-off event is Tuesday, April 1, 11:00-1:00 Marriot Ballroom
- UCD Kick-off event is Tuesday, April 8, 11:00-1:00 ARC Ballroom
How it Works
Each week of the challenge we will have at least one wellness activity and an email with links and resources to keep you motivated and on track! These weekly activities are listed on the Wellness Challenge Weekly Activities page. At the kickoff, you will be given a "wellness punchcard" to record your weekly progress. The more punches you have the more incentive items you can get! Additionally, each activity, such as attending the kick-off, a Wednesday walk or other activity) qualifies as a campus activity to earn UC Living Well points. Register for the challenge online at http://wellnesschallenge.ucdavis.edu or at the kick-off event. We encourage registration online as to avoid registration lines at the kick-off events. You do not need to attend the kick-off event to join however, just sign up online and print your own punchcard.
Complete challenge details, including a wellness self-assessment, a listing of all of the weekly events, additional suggestions for healthy habits and online registration, are available by visiting the challenge website at http://wellnesschallenge.ucdavis.edu For additional information about wellness, ideas for your personal challenge, and the various wellness resources available to UC Davis staff, students, and others, visit http://mywellness.ucdavis.edu.
What's in in for me?
Wellness, of course! The UC Davis Mind Body Wellness Challenge is in its sixth year. Many of us have adopted one new healthy habit each year, kept it for the Challenge period, and then been able to keep it going.
But there is more!
As mentioned in the section above, How it Works, there are incentive items for completed activities and you can gain UC Living Well points.
- Attend the Kick-off: Receive an individually wrapped deluxe resistance band
- Get 2 punches on your card: Desk Wellness Strip
- Get 4 punches on your card: All-in One Measuring Spoon
- Get 8 punches on your card: Cooling Scarf
- Get 10 punches on your card:Wellness Wheel Bamboo Athletic Sockes
The 2014 Mind Body Wellness Challenge will wrap up on Wednesday, May 21 with participation in UC Walks. UC Walks will have numerous leaders and starting locations. Watch your weekly Challenge email update or check back for additional details. Again, participation in the UC Walks event qualifies for UC Living well points.
Major Sponsors: Bright Horizons, Kaiser, Optum Health, Sodexo, UC Davis Campus Recreation, UC Davis Health System Human Resources, UC Davis Occupational Health, UC Davis Student Housing, UC Davis WorkLife and Wellness, Woodland Heatlhcare
Kick off Sponsors: Confucius Institite, Davis Food Coop, Farm Fresh to You, Fidelity, Fit House, Fleet Feet, Get Fit Davis, Peace Tree Massage Therapy, Retiree Center, SAFE Credit Union
Campus Sponsors/Partners: ASAP, Dining Services, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Hyatt Place, Intercollegiate Athletics/Physical Education, Neurology/Physiology and Behavior, OLLI, Occupational Health, , ReproGraphics, Sports Medicine, Staff Development and Professional Services, Student Health and Counseling Services, Student Housing, TAPS goClub,UC Davis Farmers Market, UC Davis Fire Department, and UCDHS WorkLife Balance.
Wellness Assessment Flyer
The UC Davis Mind Body Wellness Challenge begins on Tuesday, April 1, and ends on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Anyone can participate, whether or not they are affiliated with UC Davis. To join the Challenge:
- Choose a dimension of the Wellness Wheel, and then choose at least one healthy habit in that area.
- Register for the Challenge here.
- Track your progress on a daily basis, using either our Campus tracking chart (or the Health System Tracking Chart) or an online option.
Other online trackers (no endorsement given, mostly for diet and activity tracking): fitday.com, Map My Walk, My Fitness Pal
If you successfully develop a healthy new habit, treat yourself to something special. But don’t stop there! Continue your new habit as a lifelong change or choose another habit and challenge yourself again.
For additional information about wellness and the many campus wellness resources available to staff, students and others, visit http://mywellness.ucdavis.edu.