Wellness by the month

Each month Health Services and the IDEA Office will highlight several areas
of health & wellness and provide additional suggestions and resources.

2022

August

  • Don’t Forget to Hydrate!
    August is HOT! The days are hotter and longer as we head into the Dog Days of Summer and hydration is the key to helping us enjoy this sun-filled time.


  • Building Community at LBNL
    A sense of connection and belonging at work is essential to our well-being and it can reduce stress and a sense of feeling burned out. Check out the link above for ideas and suggestions on getting connected and building community at work through support groups, ERGs, and volunteering.

  • Ergo Angle: Summer Housekeeping

People are heading back into the Lab, the office, or the cubicle. Once there, they look around and realize…this place is a bit of a mess. What to do? These tips will help you keep yourself safe while tossing all those old files.



  • Practice of the month: Three Funny Things
    Many of us spend our days on serious matters, doing serious work and having serious conversations. Taking some time to reflect on the silly could help you reclaim some playful lightheartedness in your life.

July

  • July is Sun Safety Health Month
    Take care in the sun! Spending time outside is a great way to be physically active, reduce stress, and get some Vitamin D. You can work and play outside without raising your skin cancer risk by protecting your skin from the sun. Learn more with these tips and resources.

  • July is also National Minority Mental Health Month: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. Read the article and access Lab mental health resources at the link below.

  • Mental Health Resources
    We continue to live in turbulent times. If you, your family or your dependants would like counseling or referrals, please contact the Lab’s Employee Assistance Program. The Healthy & Well website has their contact information as well as insurance and community based resources.

  • Ergo Angle: Revisiting the Recharge
    Recharging is not just a break, it’s a way to refuel what’s needed so you can tackle the rest of the day or week. Check out this list of tips, ideas and suggestions and consider adding them to your schedule to give yourself a boost.

  • Benefits Corner - Retiree Health Benefits FAQ Workshop - July 20 This webinar is intended for those considering retirement from UC within the next 4-12 months. We will review in great detail the eligibility rules for retiree health coverage, your health plan options, and projected costs including Medicare coordination so that you can budget for these expenses in retirement.

  • One Minute for Wellness Slides

How a stroll outside can help build lasting happiness. Why you should try it: We're often too distracted to notice our surroundings. This practice can help you tune in to the beautiful, pleasant things in your everyday environment.

June

  • June is Men's Health Month
    June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance used to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging boys, men and their families to practice and implement healthy living decisions, such as exercising and eating right.

  • Ergo Angle: Ergo on the Road
    How do we stay ergonomic in new set-ups, shared housing and hotels? These tips and tricks from the Ergo Team will keep you safe.

  • Benefits Corner: Upcoming Benefits Workshops
    The Benefits Office has compiled a great list of upcoming workshops: medical coverage for college bound kids, estate planning, and preparing for retirement.

  • One Minute for Wellness Slides

  • Be Well at Work Elder Care Program
    The Elder Care program offers confidential, free assistance to Berkeley Lab employees who are caring for or concerned about an elder or dependent adult. The Elder Care Program offers:

    • Free, confidential counseling, consultation, assessment, and referral to local and long-distance resources.

    • Consultation for supervisors, managers and colleagues regarding faculty and staff who are experiencing stress and/or performance problems due to caregiving responsibilities.

    • Informative workshops and webinars.

  • Upcoming Events:
    Caregivers connect: Caregivers Connect is a support group for caregivers concerned about or caring for an elder or younger adult with a chronic health issue.

    • The group will meet virtually on the first Tuesday of the month, and the third Friday of the month from 11 am -12 pm.

    • To register, please email kpatchell@berkeley.edu

Eldercare Summer Program

This summer, Be Well at Work Elder Care Program will provide a three part experiential series targeting the emotional wellbeing of Family Caregivers.


  • Meditation of the month:
    Mindfulness is one of the greatest tools caregivers can develop to combat stress and uncomfortable feelings associated with being a Caregiver. The Zen Caregiver Project is offering various classes from May-July 2022 on Mindfulness as it relates to Caregiving: https://zencaregiving.org/events/

May

April

  • April is National Minority Health Month
    According to the
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities this month is “a time to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations and encourage action through health education, early detection, and control of disease complications.”

  • Ergo Angle: Let’s Get Back to Work!
    As more and more of us return to The lab, we might notice that things have changed. This handy check-list from the Ergo team will get you thinking about your work station set up whether you’re going back full time, plan to be hybrid or will continue to be fully remote. It also has a lot of other resources to make your return to on-site as smooth as possible.

  • Return-to-Sites Website
    If you’re new to the lab or just haven’t been back in a while, this great website has everything you need to know in one place.


  • Get Outside
    Returning to onsite work on the hill? Check out the new outdoor seating map to find a place to have lunch with colleagues or host an in-person meeting.

  • Upcoming Events:
    Wellness in the New Normal - Every two weeks, on Tuesday at 12:15 pm. Looking for community and support as we transition to onsite/hybrid work? Have you found approaches that enhance your resilience around the challenges of hybrid work that you can share? Connect with fellow Berkeley Lab colleagues and join in on short facilitated discussions once every two weeks to share tips on being well throughout this challenging time.

  • One Minute for Wellness Slides

  • Good Reads:

  • Podcasts:

    • The Great Awkward - Brené Brown. With her trademark humor, Brené Brown talks with her co-worker about just how awkward it’s going to be to go back to the office.

March

  • Nutrition & Health:
    This month we look at what our bodies need nutritionally. What fuels us, what helps us to have less inflammation, what can get us revved up, and what can calm us down. It's all found in what we eat and drink!

  • The Employee Assistance Program
    The Employee Assistance Program provides no cost confidential counseling and referral for Berkeley Lab employees. The program is available to employees, and their families and dependents. The services are completely voluntary and there is no fee for services. Give them a call if you need some support.

  • Ergo Angle:
    This month we “focus” on eye health. While there has been much talk about “blue light” and the subsequent eyeglasses, filters, etc. that followed, it still remains somewhat controversial. Instead- let's look at how we can keep our eyes their healthiest when looking at our multiple screens throughout our day.

February

  • February is Heart Month:
    February is American Heart Month, a time when we focus on our cardiovascular health. Remember that your heart is a muscle, and just like your other muscles, the harder you exercise and the more activity you do, the stronger it becomes!

  • Financial Planning in 2022
    It's a great year to ace financial planning. From spending less or saving more to planning for retirement and, the beginning of the year is a great time to take advantage of the free financial planning tips, tools and advice that are available through Fidelity Investments.

  • Ergo Angle:
    This month we take a page out of the Facilities playbook to talk about the best body mechanics for lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, standing and reaching.

  • Upcoming Events:
    UC Berkeley's Be Well at Work Program offers a wealth of workshops open to lab employees. Check out their eldercare and parenting workshops. Be sure to sign up in advance!

  • One Minute for Wellness Slides

  • Good Reads:

  • Meditation of the month:
    Thich Nhat Hanh was a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He passed away on Jan 22, 2022. Listen to a few of his talks for free on Insight Timer.

  • Feel Good Podcasts:
    Whether you’re exercising, cleaning, commuting or simply seeking some off-screen entertainment, podcasts are a great way to connect while disconnecting. UC has compiled their favorite happiness-inspiring, surprising and motivating episodes from UC podcasts last year.
    Check them out here.

January

  • Back to Basics… Eat Well, Move, Feel Better!
    If it’s true that “we are what we eat” then why not eat HEALTHY? If this is the year that you’re going to give yourself the gift of health, read on!

  • Wellness Seminar Replay:
    This presentation takes a closer look at loneliness and what we can do to de-stigmatize and alleviate it – for ourselves and others. One way is to build community -
    check out our list of ways to make new connections at the lab.

  • Ergo Angle: What do you do to recharge?
    The EHS Ergonomics Team asked employees what they do to recharge and what can prevent us from taking time to recharge. Check out the survey summary slides for common hurdles to taking breaks and some creative suggestions to get to you started. Find inspiration to recharge and track your progress daily with this handy checklist.

  • Benefits Corner:
    If you haven't already done so, be sure to check out the new Benefits website for an easy way to see and review all of our benefit information. Also be sure to check out the Employee Discount page - chocolate anyone?

One Minute for Wellness Slides

2021

December

  • The Mind-Body Connection
    Mind-Body Connection is the belief that the causes, development and outcomes of a physical illness are determined from the interaction of psychological, social factors and biological factors. Take a look at the link above to find ways to improve your health and boost your mood.

  • There's still time to sign up for the Winter Wellness Healthy Holiday Challenge
    Join us this Holiday Season for 5 weeks of healthy eating, moving, thinking and being. Signing up will bring you weekly emails where we'll explore new activities, recipes and further reading to move through this Holiday Season with ease. Our challenge will go from November 15th until December 17th. Interested? Sign up and join us here: Winter Wellness Sign Up Form

  • Ergo Angle:

    • Get Organized!
      As we march into the end of the year and the thought of some real “downtime”, why not take this time to clear out the clutter and get our home office spaces organized and ready for the New Year?

    • Recharge this Holiday Season
      Take regular breaks away from your workspace and stretch regularly. Need ideas? Check out how to RECHARGE from ergo.lbl.gov. Have ideas? Take our SURVEY and share them!

November

  • November is Movember
    Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com.

  • Winter Wellness Healthy Holiday Challenge
    Join us this Holiday Season for 5 weeks of healthy eating, moving, thinking and being. Signing up will bring you weekly emails where we'll explore new activities, recipes and further reading to move through this Holiday Season with ease. Our challenge will go from November 15th until December 17th. Interested? Sign up and join us here: Winter Wellness Sign Up Form

  • Benefits Corner: Open Enrollment Ends November 19th
    Open Enrollment is shorter this year: it ends Friday, November 19th at 5 pm. Visit the Lab’s Open Enrollment website for UCPath Webinars time and date, Top 6 Things to Know, video recordings from the carriers, and if needed schedule a meeting with the Health Care Facilitator.

  • Ergo Angle: Recharge this Holiday Season
    November usually has us traveling to see family or friends or having them come to visit us. Either way, it’s high time for a VACATION. And because your mental health depends on it, it’s time to make those important connections with people and unplug for a while and recharge.

October

  • 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.

September

August

July

June

  • Men's Health
    June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance used to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging boys, men and their families to practice and implement healthy living decisions, such as exercising and eating healthy. Men's Health Information

  • Summer's Here! Get Outside!
    Did you know how much getting outside and enjoying a bit of nature - whether it's the tree out by the curb, your neighbor's garden or a local open space - can improve your sense of well-being? Check out our list of ideas.

Additional June Resources:

May

Mental Health Resources - May is mental health awareness month. Check out the Mental Health page on this site for Lab and community resources, the All Access drop in group and more.

Stroke & Blood Pressure Awareness Learn about the signs and symptoms of a stroke and healthy ways to reduce your risk. Stroke and Blood Pressure Info

April

Stress Management - Health Services has compiled a list of tips, tricks and suggestions to help.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month with a focus on education about alcoholism and addiction and with the aim of reducing the stigma associated with these challenges.

Building Community - Social connections are essential to our well-being and emotional health. Berkeley Lab has a variety of ways to connect with your fellow employees - everything from daily stretch breaks to Employee Resource Groups.

January

Fitness - Start your year off on a healthy note with tips and suggestions to get you moving.

2020