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

April resources 

Health Services: April is National Minority Health Month 

This month’s focus raises awareness on improving the health disparities in racial and ethnic minority communities and this year’s theme is Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness. This theme was chosen to bring awareness to a disease disproportionately affecting the African American population, and to highlight a group that requires frequent blood transfusions.

Consider giving blood at the April Blood Drive: 

April 9 - Red Cross Blood Drive - 9am - 3pm

Building 91 (next to the food trucks), Conference Room 310

To make an appointment, visit: 


Wellness Topic of the Month: Get Outside 

It’s spring and this month we’re sharing ways to get outside and enjoy all the Bay Area has to offer. Plus, did you know how much getting outside and enjoying a bit of nature - whether it's your neighbor's garden or a local open space - can improve your sense of well-being? Spending time in the natural environment is good for your physical and mental health.

Check out the full list on the Healthy & Well Website - Get Outside

Good Reads: 

Ergo Angle: 

Benefits Corner:  

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

One Minute for Wellness - April 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.