Wellness program wins another award, offers multitude of May activities

UCSC Employee Wellness has been recognized by the American Heart Association's Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. UCSC received the Gold award this year for providing programs and services that help build a healthy campus culture.

This is the second award UCSC Employee Wellness has received in a six-month period; in November, UCSC received the California Fit Business Award, issued by the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness.

Take advantage of UCSC's award-winning program by participating in the upcoming events, all of which are free for UCSC staff, faculty, and retirees. For more information, please see UCSC Employee Wellness or contact Lizzie Yasser at 502-7375.

Friday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the OPERS East Field

Carnival Cruz is a recreation vacation destination! Come join in the fun at this campus-wide celebration of wellness. We'll have snacks, giveaways, an inflatable obstacle course, a climbing wall, nutrition demos, chair massages, and more-all for free. Shuttles available for off-campus employees.

Saturday, May 8, 8 a.m. at 2300 Delaware

Step out for your community! UCSC Wellness is pairing up with the Volunteer Centers of Santa Cruz to co-sponsor the 2010 Human Race. You can bring the whole family to this 5K fun run/walk benefiting Santa Cruz County nonprofit organizations and schools. The race is free, and participants will enjoy breakfast, a lunch BBQ, music, and, of course, beautiful West Cliff Drive. Join UCSC Wellness in this community endeavor in three easy steps:

  • Go to the 2010 Human Race web site

  • Click on participant registration

  • Select "Join a Team" and click on UCSC Slugs on a Stroll

Now through May 28

Registration is open for the Slugs on a Stroll One Million Steps Challenge, which runs May 19 through August 19. Each participant receives a free pedometer and bi-monthly emails containing walking tips and encouragement. For every 300,000 steps walked, each "strolling slug" can collect prizes, including UCSC Wellness lunch coolers, water bottles, socks, hats, and t-shirts. During last year's challenge, the UCSC community tracked more than 215 million steps, equivalent to 107,000 miles, or four times around the world.