healthy & well


Healthy & Well at LBNL is a centralized location for Lab staff to find support and resources to help build their health, wellness and well-being. The website is intended to get you thinking about the things you can do to foster health and wellness in your life - both at work and at home. In each section you’ll find a collection of resources from the Lab, UC Berkeley and the community that touch on different aspects of health and wellness.

Why does it matter?

You know the safety advice when flying “Secure your own oxygen mask before helping others”? The same goes for health and wellness – caring for ourselves is an integral part in caring for our families, friends and loved ones. Caring for ourselves gives us the capacity to better handle stressful or demanding situations both at home and work.

The site is a collaborative effort between Health Services, Human Resources and the IDEA Office to support the health and wellness of Berkeley Lab employees and their families. Questions? Please email us at


Each month we'll bring you several areas of health & wellness to focus on in your own life.

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Check out our resources for a few ways you can help women in need this month. Learn more about breast cancer.

  • Take a break and recharge
    Phones, Pods, Pads and Watches all have to be re-charged to work- what about you? Take some time to recharge your own batteries...Stretch, Rest, Breathe. Take a deeper look at our website for stretch breaks, yoga, meditation, places to get outside for a walk, and more.

  • Get Ready for Open Enrollment
    Open enrollment will take place from October 28 - November 19 this year. UC's 2021 Open Enrollment website will go live during the week of October 25th, but here is the Sneak peek article found on the UCNet website. Take a look at the LBNL Benefits Office page when Open Enrollment starts for more information.

  • Ergo Angle: Take a Break and Get Moving
    Breaks are so important we're telling you about them twice this month! Not only are they good for your mind, but they're essential for your body and a key part of staying ergonomically safe. Take a look at these 1-Minute-for-Safety slides and share one at your next meeting.

Additional Resources

Upcoming Events

Berkeley Lab's 44th Annual Runaround - Virtually again this year - October 15, 2021

A Twist On the Traditional Runaround

For 43 years, the Runaround brought hundreds of employees together to run, walk, bike, and even hula hoop, up and down the hills of the Lab’s main site. This year, pandemic safety precautions and teleworking will not enable the traditional race to take place.

But the event will continue on Friday, Oct. 15, at noon!

This year, a new virtual approach will be used. Staff and their families are invited to participate in the Lab’s 44th Runaround in one of two ways:

1. Via Zoom on Friday, October 15 at noon.

2. Or, staff can exercise outside between Oct. 15 at 12:30 p.m. and Oct. 29, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Check out the Runaround website for all the details.

Free 8 Session Smoking Cessation Program this Fall for Bay Area Residents

Are you ready to QUIT smoking? The City of Berkeley Public Health Can Help!

Register now for a FREE 8-session smoking cessation program (Those who complete the class will get a $25 gift card to either Safeway or Berkeley Bowl.)

Where: Through Video Conference (class login information given after registration is complete)
Who: ANYONE 18+ who is ready to quit smoking for good and lives in Berkeley or the Bay Area
When: Sept: 23, 30, Oct: 7, 14, 18, 21, 28 Nov: 4 (Evenings from 6-8pm) *Thursday classes except for 1 Monday on 10/18/2021

To REGISTER click on this intake form link or cut and paste the following web address into your internet search browser:

Flyer. For more information: Call: (510) 981-5330 or E-mail:

Registration Open for Flu Clinics for Onsite Employees

Flu vaccine clinics will be available on select dates in October and November at Health Services (B26), or on October 19 and 21 at Potter St. (B977). Flu vaccine is limited to only those employees, including any retirees, already working onsite. Registration is required to receive a vaccine; no drop-ins will be accepted. Please use the online portal to make an appointment, complete the consent form, or for more information.

Be Well at Work - Fall Workshops

To register, log into the UC Learning Center (this is for LBL employees) and search for the name of the workshop.

Elder Care

  • Essential Legal Planning Mon 10/4; 12:10 – 1:30 pm

  • Who Will Care for Me? Thu 11/18; 12:10 – 1:30 pm

  • Dementia: A Primer for Family Caregivers Mon 12/6; 12:10 – 1:30 pm


  • Tackling Tough Conversations with Tweens and Teens - Wed 9/22; 12:10 – 1:30 pm

  • Planning Your Pregnancy Leave Thu 9/30; 12:10 - 1pm

  • Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School - Thu 10/7; 1 – 4:15 pm

  • Understanding and Creating Listening Partnerships Tue 10/12; 12:10 – 1:30 pm

  • Looking to Nature as the New Normal Wed 10/27; 12:10 – 1 pm

Financial Wellness

  • Starting Your Investment Portfolio Tue 9/28; 12:10 – 1:30 pm

  • Investing in the UC Retirement Savings Program Tue 10/26; 12:10 – 1:30 pm

  • Maximize Social Security in Retirement Tue 12/7: 12:10 – 1:30 pm

Interested in adding the Healthy & Well at LBL events to your calendar? Just click on the blue + sign in the lower right hand corner of the calendar above and you'll be able to view our events from your Google calendar.