Health Services will again offer flu clinics for the Lab community. Cost is $10 for the flu vaccine and $70 for the pneumonia vaccine. Call x6266 to make an appointment. Sept. 25 and Oct. 11: Main Site, Bldg. 26, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (allow extra time to take shuttle because construction has depleted all parking); Oct. 2: NERSC, Bldg. 943-254, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Oct. 4: Potter St., Bldg. 977-248, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Oct. 10: JGI, Bldg. 310-350, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Berkeley Lab’s proposed revision to the nonsmoking policy is now posted and open for employee comment. As announced last week, the Lab is revising its tobacco use policy following UC President Mark Yudof’s pledge to make all UC campuses tobacco-free by 2014. While the Lab will not be completely smoke-free, it is providing cessation resources and proposes to limit smoking to about 16 designated smoking areas at the main site and three areas at the Joint Genome Institute; it is also proposing to prohibit the use of smoke-free tobacco in Lab buildings and vehicles. The new policy will apply to all employees, as well as affiliates and visitors; hosts will be responsible for communicating the policy to their visitors. View the proposed policy here and a map of proposed designated smoking areas here. Send comments to HRpolicy@lbl.gov by Sep. 16.
In alignment with UCOP’s decision to have all campuses be smoke- and tobacco-free by 2014, Berkeley Lab is revising its tobacco use policy with the goal of minimizing the impact of secondhand smoke for nonsmokers and advancing the health of smokers by offering cessation resources. Starting November 15, smoking will be limited to designated areas at the main Lab site as well as the Joint Genome Institute, while use of smoke-free tobacco will be prohibited in Lab buildings and vehicles. (Berkeley Lab sites in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville will not be impacted by the new policy and will continue to follow the existing policies of their buildings.) This proposed policy will be posted on August 15 for a 30-day employee comment period. The Lab also will hold Town Hall meetings on the proposed policy August 26 and September 3 at noon in the Building 50 auditorium. Smoking cessation resources are available at the Smoking at LBNL page.
To help staff reduce stress, the Lab hosts a weekly massage program on the main site. Massage sessions are held every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., paid for by staff. Table massages can be booked for as little as 10 minutes for $13 to one hour for $60. Previously held in Building 76, appointments will now take place across the street in Building 26. Go here for more information and to make a reservation.
Health Services will not be accepting any non-urgent drop-in visitors after noon today. Staff will be available for any emergency or urgent needs. The clinic’s regular schedule of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. resumes tomorrow.
With the holidays behind us, now is a good time to start focusing on diet, exercise, and ridding yourself of unhealthy habits. University of California President Mark Yudof pledged for all UC campuses to become smoke/tobacco free by the end of this year and Berkeley Lab is joining this effort. Offering a smoke/tobacco-free environment will contribute positively to the health and wellbeing of the entire Lab community. Currently a task force is developing policies for all Lab locations. A host of resources will be available for those looking to quit and a Lab-wide campaign will commence shortly.
If taking better care of your body is among your New Year’s resolutions, consider attending classes sponsored by the Lab’s Yoga Club, which has offered training on the Hill for over 15 years. Classes take place in Building 70-191 on Monday and Friday from noon to 1:15 p.m., and Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. All levels, including beginners, are welcome. All equipment, including mats, blocks, and straps, are provided. Cost is $15 per class, or $60 for a series of five, paid to one of the three instructors who lead classes. The classes are listed on the Lab events calendar, so go there to add them to your calendar. For more information, contact club president Rick Diamond (x4459).
The Lab’s Health Care Facilitator wants to remind employees that November is “American Diabetes Month.” Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. More>
The groundbreaking event for the Solar Energy Research Center on Friday will necessitate the temporary closure of both the Y and Z parking lots for invited, off-site attendees. Also on Friday, the Runaround and Bikearound will impact parking and traffic, including the freezing of all traffic on the Hill starting at 11 a.m. The K1 parking lot will close tonight (Oct. 18). At 11 a.m. the day of the race, all traffic on the Hill will be frozen. At Blackberry gate, it will be stopped at the traffic circle and at Strawberry gate, traffic will be allowed through Bldg. 85 and up only.The Bikearound will start at 11:30 a.m., and all roads and parking lots will reopen starting around 1:15 p.m.
The Lab’s Health Care Facilitator will be hosting a free “Stress Management/Instant Relaxation” workshop Monday at noon in Building 90-3122. It is a one-hour brown-bag presentation that will look at the effects of stress and discuss strategies to reduce it. In addition, participants will learn to practice a few simple, “instant” relaxation techniques (deep breathing, office stretches) that will leave them feeling more relaxed and refreshed. Seating is limited; please call x6997 to reserve a spot.