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Mind Body Wellness Challenge

Wellness Challenge

c/o UC Davis WorkLife and Wellness
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

(530) 754-8791

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Start Earning SWAG! Attend any events listed on the website or in the weekly updates!

  • 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:  Amazing Cooling Scarf
  • Get 10 punches on your card: Bamboo Athletic Socks

"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!

Anyone can participate, whether or not they are affiliated with UC Davis. To join the Challenge:

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.

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 Wellness Wheel 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!

To Register

 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 — Complete Registration (housed at the Retiree Center website)
  • Three — If you are new to the Challenge, Please complete form; indicating"WorkLife and Wellness Activity," sign and submit release to worklife@ucdavis.edu. Alternately, you may print and bring the form to the first Wellness Challenge activity you attend.

What do I do with the Resistance Band?

Upper Body Exercises for the 2014 UC Davis Wellness Challenge
In this short video, Buster Porter and Stacey Brezing of the UC Davis Occupational Health Services demonstrate how to use a stretchy band to do some quick, simple stretches and exercises for your upper body. In about 5 minutes, on your work break or lunch time, achieve relief and build strength!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QslPrD09sw&feature=youtu.be

Lower Body Exercises for the 2014 UC Davis Wellness Challenge
In this short video, Buster Porter and Stacey Brezing of the UC Davis Occupational Health Services show you how to use your body weight and a wall to do some quick, simple stretches and exercises for your lower body. In about 5 minutes, on your work break or lunch time, achieve relief and build strength!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYvHSSx0q78&feature=youtu.be

Look for more exercise video links in the weekly emails!

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.  Bring your punch card to the Heitman Staff Learning Center (near the Silo) to claim your incentive items or just pick them up at the activities--we'll have a bag of goodies with us!

  • 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: Bamboo Athletic Socks

Wrap-up Event

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.

Sponsors

Major Sponsors: Bright Horizons, Kaiser Permanente, Optum Health, Sodexo, UC Campus Recreation and Unions, UC Davis Health System Human Resources, UC Davis Occupational Health, UC Davis Student Housing, UC Davis WorkLife and Wellness, Woodland Heatlhcare Dignity Health

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

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Additional Information

For additional information about wellness and the many campus wellness resources available to staff, students and others, visit http://mywellness.ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis WorkLife
  Bright Horizons  Optum Health (United Behavioral Health
Sodexo at UC Davis Woodland Healthcare 
  UCDHS Work Life BalanceUC Davis Safety Services/Occupational Health
UC Davis ReprographicsUC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services
UC Davis Student Housing
Environmental Stewardship