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

February resources 

February is American Heart Month

And February 2 is National Wear Red Day! Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.? Wear red to spread the word that when we take time daily to be heart healthy, those small acts help protect our hearts. Small heart-healthy actions like adding more movement to our day or choosing healthy foods, can have a big

Schedule an appointment with Health Services (510) 486-6266 for a blood pressure check and consultation with a nurse.

Ergo Angle: 

This February, we're emphasizing the importance of movement and exercise as key elements in maintaining a healthy heart, even in a sedentary office setting. Check out the PDF for all the tips. 

Benefits Corner: 

Retirement counseling - NEW in 2024 UC Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) has launched Retirement Counseling and Advisory Services, providing UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) members with personalized retirement counseling by accredited financial professionals.

Roth Options Added to Retirement Savings Program  - UC has enhanced the UC Retirement Savings Program with a new Roth contribution option for the UC 403(b) and UC 457(b) Plans, giving you more flexibility to save and plan for your future through regular pretax contributions, new Roth contributions, or both.

Reproductive Loss Leave - The Lab is expanding its leave options to offer eligible employees up to five days of protected leave following a reproductive loss.

Commuter Benefits enable Lab employees to save money by using pretax dollars to pay for their commuter expenses.

24 Hours Fitness Discount gives you 10% off monthly membership dues and a 14-day pass to try a club near you.

UC launches e-bike discount program - If you’re considering purchasing an e-bike, this is a great time! Thanks to the UC E-Bike Purchase Program, UC students, staff and faculty are now eligible for discounted pricing on multiple styles of bikes.

Upcoming Events (for all events, check out the calendar): 

One Minute for Wellness - February 2024

Event highlights

10 Minute Morning Stretch Breaks are Back!

What are stretch breaks?

Stretch breaks are a short, fun, and easy way to get up from your desk and bring a little movement into your day. The ten-minute stretch breaks, led by your fellow Berkeley Lab colleagues, feature simple and accessible stretches and a great community of like-minded employees.

Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Time: 9:15 - 9:25 am

Add the breaks to your calendar

Join us on Zoom

Stretch Break Leaders Needed

Morning stretch breaks are community led, by employees just like you, and we need volunteers to keep the program going. If you would like to join the leading team, but are not sure where to start we're happy to provide resources, suggestions and coaching to help you put together 10 minutes of easy, accessible stretches. Please contact Ashley Dawn ( if you're interested.

Be Well at Work February - May 2024 Classes

Join the Be Well At Work Faculty and Staff Health Programs to discover experiential insights, practical tips, and effective strategies to enhance your well-being. The workshops provide a supportive environment for learning and nourishment with a focus on mental wellness, financial literacy, and caregiver resilience.

These workshops are brought to the Lab by the Employee Assistance Program: Employee Assistance provides no-cost confidential counseling and referral for LBNL. 

Click on the link to register - registration in advance is required to receive the login information. 

Monthly BIPOC Support Group

Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 12 - 12:50 pm

Facilitated by Kiran Johl, LCSW. Employee Assistance Counselor

First group meets on Tuesday, October 10th at noon

This virtual space is for Black, Indigenous, and staff and faculty of Color to join together in community for discussion, support, and encouragement. Topics such as challenges and successes of working at UC Berkeley, intersection of identities, current events, and fostering one’s mental and physical health will be explored.

Email for registration and zoom link.

Wellness calendar

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 below and you'll be able to view our events from your Google calendar.