Help encourage disadvantaged youth to pursue higher education by taking part in the annual UCI Backpack Give Back. Now through Friday, June 30, Transportation & Distribution Services will be collecting new and lightly used backpacks in partnership with South County Outreach, an organization that helps families in crisis in southern Orange County. View a map with on-campus drop-off locations here (PDF). Faculty, staff and students also may fill out cards with encouragement and inspiration that will be placed in every backpack. To fill out an encouragement card, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UC wants to know what you think about your university-sponsored behavioral health benefits. Beginning this week, a random sampling of people who used behavioral health benefits in 2016 through their UC-sponsored plan will receive a paper survey in the mail. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. DSS Research, an independent research firm, is conducting the survey, and all responses are anonymous and confidential. Your answers will never be matched with your name. Feedback collected will be used to help plan and shape offerings for future years.
Help spread the word that UCI is smoke and tobacco free! If you notice any “hot spots” where smokers congregate, please tell us by filling out the smoke-free feedback form and an ambassador from the Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy Task Force will visit the location. Click here for more information on the policy as well as information on cessation resources.
Your emotional well-being is incredibly important when it comes to your health. Take steps now to learn how to prevent and manage stress. Join your UCI colleagues to kick off the 2017 Rest and Revive “Take a Break” Challenge by registering for upcoming wellness webinars. Each webinar includes tools and resources that will help you get on a path to better emotional health. If you register and are unable to attend on the webinar date, you will be emailed a recording of it. Visit the Rest and Revive Challenge webpage for the full list of webinars. Also, be sure to sign-up for the Rest and Revive Challenge, which starts Monday, July 10.
Health Net invites the UCI community to attend the online webinar “Wellness Resources for Members” noon Wednesday, June 21. Participants will learn how to register as a new member, about disease management programs and how to use the nurse advice line. This webinar is open to all UCI employees and retirees, including non-Health Net members. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions for joining the webinar. Use meeting number “626761936” and password “June2017webinar!”
The UCI Wellness program offers workshops that address concerns and needs related to parenting. Register to attend the upcoming “Expecting Parents” workshop 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Human Resources office. Register to attend this and other upcoming parenting workshops via the UC Learning Center by searching “parenting.”