Today at Berkeley Lab

Six-Week Mindfulness Course Offered by UC Berkeley August 25 to Sept. 29

The practice of mindfulness is receiving increasing scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve cognitive flexibility, foster relationship satisfaction, and promote health and well-being. The course (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) provides participants with the basic principles of mindfulness, as well as tools for developing and applying mindfulness in daily life. Registration is required.

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Stay Cool and Safe During Hot Weather

In high heat, avoid heavy meals, wear light-weight clothing, limit the time in direct sunlight, and drink plenty of water. If you feel the onset of a heat-related condition (e.g., heavy sweating, nausea, dizziness), contact Health Services (x6266) or, in an emergency, the Fire Department (x7911). For more on heat stress, go here or contact Julie Zhu (x6871). More>

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Take Flu Vaccination Survey to Help Lab Better Serve Employees

The Center for Disease Control recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months and older. Vaccination can reduce flu illness, limit missed work and school, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Health Services wants to capture data for staff who got a vaccine offsite or reason for deciding against taking the vaccine. Go here to fill out the survey.

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Last Wellness Tips Class on May 3

The class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Building 2-100B. Wellness tips plus head-to-toe and eye exercises will be shared with participants. This is the last class led by Tennessee Gock, president of the PASSport to Wellness Club, as she is retiring. E-mail tgock@lbl.gov for more information.

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Onsite Massage Appointments Available

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. Sessions are held in Building 26 (Health Services). Go here for more information and to make a reservation.

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Health Services Holiday Schedule

Health Services will be closed during the holiday shutdown (Dec. 24 to Jan. 4). Limited first aid supplies are located in the “after-hours” first aid box outside the entrance to Health Services in Building 26. Call 911 for any significant injury or emergency.

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Stop by Health Services for Free Flu Shot

Employees can drop in between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Building 26 for a flu shot, while supplies last.

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Sept. 16 Presentation on Getting Good Sleep

Optum Wellness Specialist Sandy Wilson will discuss the risks associated with lack of sleep, common sleep “stealers,” and tips to sleep better. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a free sound machine. The event is on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium, and sponsored by UC Living Well, Optum, and the Lab’s Health Services.

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Video on Using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs have been deployed in different buildings around the Lab, housed in white wall-mounted cases often near entrances. A short video has been created to showi how to use an AED. Training is not required to use an AED, but advanced understanding can be helpful. Watch the video here.

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Free Flu Vaccines Starting Sept. 23; No Appointments Needed

Starting on Sept. 23, the vaccines will be given at Health Services (Building 26) on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m., and on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. while supplies last. There will be no clinics on Sept. 25, Oct. 2, and Oct. 16. Contact Health Services (x6266) for more information.

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