Benefits

Wellness

Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)

The Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) counselors promote the emotional health and well-being of academic personnel, faculty, staff, and eligible family members in a confidential, cost-free setting.

For more information, see the Academic & Staff Assistance Program website. 

Family Care Resources/ Bright Horizons

UC offers Bright Horizons Care Advantage programs, a comprehensive web-based resource to help balance work and family responsibilities.

The program connects you with additional resources for help locating ongoing care and support for your entire family including pre-screened providers for child care, elder care, pet care, housekeeping, tutoring/ homework help, and more. Visit the UC-specific Bright Horizons Care Advantage site for information about each of the programs available to you and your family. 

Bright Horizons is offering a series of free Family Matters webinars on topics to help balance work, parenting, caregiving, and family life.  

For more information and to register for the webinars, please visit Bright Horizons Family Matters Resource Room

UC Living Well

UC Living Well provides activities and resources to help faculty, staff and retirees reach their wellness goals.

For more information, see the UC Living Well website.

Gaucho REC

Gaucho REC (Recreation & Excercise Classes) are once or twice weekly throughout the day and evening.  Classes are open to UCSB faculty, staff, students, alumni, affiliates and community members.

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.

Mindful UCSB

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.

Healthy Campus Network

The Healthy Campus Network at UCSB is a group whose mission is to promote the overall health and well-being of staff, faculty and students, surrounding five branches of wellness:

  • social
  • environmental
  • physical
  • mental
  • financial

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 two box sizes, regular or large.  The boxes are dropped off every Thursday at the UCSB Mosher Alumni House from 12pm-1pm.

For more information and to sign up visit: Something Good Organics

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.

Learn more about the Farmers Market and special events

Tobacco and Smoking Cessation

UC is committed to helping Faculty, Staff and Retirees quit smoking.

Smoke and Tobacco Free UCSB

UC's Benefit Programs offer smoking cessation services to faculty and staff