Take advantage of the many wellness and health programs available at UCSB.
UC Living Well
Making wellness a priority
UC supports faculty, staff and retirees in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle by building a culture that values health and well-being. UC Living Well, the university’s wellness program, provides activities and resources to help faculty, staff and retirees reach their wellness goals.
UC Living Well includes:
- Campus wellness activities
- Wellness programs and support from UC's health plans
For more information, see the UC Living Well website.
Wellness Programs on Campus
Gaucho REC (Recreation & Excercise Classes) is where you can learn a new skill, fine tune an old one, or simply keep in shape. Classes meet once or twice weekly throughout the day and evening. Classes are open to UCSB students, faculty, staff, alumni, affiliates and community members (age restrictions do apply).
Learn more about these classes
Recreation Wellness Programs
The UCSB Recreation center offers several programs to keep you moving and fit: Walk UCSB, Power Walk, Fit 4 Life, Eat Right UCSB.
Learn more about these staff and faculty wellness programs.
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgement, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment. Mindfulness practice is an evidence-based program used to enhance wellness by teaching individuals how to engage and sustain their nonjudgmental awareness and attention in daily life.
This mindfulness program is designed to promote staff and faculty wellness on campus. Mindful UCSB was created through the Gaucho U Certificate Program by Cohort B in 2016 by staff, for staff. They are collaborating with the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and the Health & Wellness Program to offer mindfulness training and courses for faculty and staff.
Wellness Programs by Health Plans
Explore the wellness programs offered by your health plans. You'll find information and resources on the plan websites.
Blue Shield Health Savings Plan & CORE Medical
Wellvolution® is an easy, social and fun approach to wellness. It offers you and your family online tools and programs to help you get and stay healthy.
Read articles, watch videos and sign up for Grin!, our e-newsletter. Find fun dental health tips, games and stories for kids and health education materials for parents and teachers.
Health Net Blue & Gold HMO
Decision Power connects you with personalized tools, along with the support and confidence to take action for positive, lasting health changes. Log-in to your member website (see top right corner), click on the Wellness Center tab to enroll in programs and access online resources.
We give you lots of healthy extras that can help you stay informed about ways to live healthier — mind, body, and spirit.
Incorporate more fun and joy into your life this year with Wellvolution—the quick and fun way to jump-start your well-being.
Vision Service Plan (VSP)
Learn more about common eye problems and how to prevent them.
UCSB Gaucho Wellness is where you will find events and resources to help you stay healthy and happy.
The Gaucho Wellness Committee at UCSB is a group whose mission is to promote the overall well-being and happiness of staff and faculty, surrounding 5 branches of wellness:
Come join us! The committee meets the first Wednesday of each month in the Student Resource Building Fishbowl (2nd Floor Conference Room) from 12 – 1 PM. Each committee meeting includes a presentation on a campus resource touching on one of the 5 branches of wellness. We encourage committee members to advocate for their own wellness and education, and to disseminate information and resources to their colleagues.
For more information, you can reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 805-893-4256.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at UCSB
CSA at UCSB gives students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to invest in an organic farmer from Goleta, John Givens, and get a fresh box of produce weekly. The benefits of CSA are numerous. As a CSA member, you receive boxes of fresh, seasonal and organic produce, reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to transporting food, reduce solid waste due to less packaging, and aid community building through supporting a local business.
You can choose from 2 box sizes, regular and large. The boxes are dropped off every Thursday at the UCSB Mosher Alumni House from 12pm-1pm.
For more information, you can reach us at: email@example.com or 805-893-3640
Farmers Market at UCSB
The Gaucho Certified Farmers Market is an avenue for staff, students, faculty, and the local community to access fresh, locally grown produce and artisan goods. We will bring together all facets of sustainability, helping to educate the UCSB community on healthy eating and living.
Wednesdays from 11-3pm, in area between North Hall and Campbell Hall.
Flu Shot Clinics
For the convenience of our faculty and staff and to promote the health and well-being of our entire campus community, seasonal flu immunization shots are provided on campus in the fall.
Tobacco and Smoking Cessation
UC is committed to helping Faculty, Staff and Retirees quit smoking.