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Take advantage of the many wellness and health programs available at UCSB.

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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

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.

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.

Learn more about this program and events.

Wellness Programs by Health Plans

Explore the wellness programs offered by your health plans.   You'll find information and resources on the plan websites.

Health Savings Plan & CORE Medical
Anthem has easy,  fun approaches to wellness. It offers you and your family online tools and programs to help you get and stay healthy.

Delta Dental
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.

Kaiser HMO
We give you lots of healthy extras that can help you stay informed about ways to live healthier — mind, body, and spirit.

UC Care
A variety of programs to help you manage your care—quick and fun ways to jump-start your well-being.

Vision Service Plan (VSP)
Learn more about common eye problems and how to prevent them.


Wellness Resources

Gaucho Wellness

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:

  • social
  • environmental
  • physical
  • mental
  • financial

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: gauchowellness@gmail.com, 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: universitycsa@gmail.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.

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