Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Lactation Rooms Are Reserved for Nursing Mothers Only

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, employees are reminded that Lab lactation rooms on the hill and off site are reserved solely for nursing mothers. Other uses (such as breaks or phone calls) are prohibited. Nursing mothers can reserve the rooms via Google calendar. Contact the Diversity & Inclusion Office for questions or concerns. More>

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, mental health advocates have led the observance of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. In the U.S, one in five adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Click here for mental health tips to try in May. ‘Be Well at Work,’ the Lab’s employee assistance program, also provides free confidential counseling, referral, workshops, and resources. More>

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Weight Watchers at Work

Health Services is exploring options to bring the Weight Watchers at Work program back to the Lab. Limited space is available, so those who are able to commit to the 17-week program should contact Health Services at x6266.

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Stop by Health Services for Free Flu Shot

Public health officials recommend that everyone six months and older get an annual flu shot as soon as possible. Health Services has preservative-free vaccine available. Staff can drop by Building 26 between 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to get a flu shot, free of charge. No appointment is needed.

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Be Good to Yourself…Attend Weekly Lab Yoga Classes

Is taking better care of your body among your New Year’s resolutions? Consider attending classes hosted by the Lab’s Yoga Club on Mondays and Fridays in Bldg. 70-191 from noon to 1:15 p.m. All levels are welcome. Equipment (mats, blocks, straps) is provided. Cost is $15 per class, or $60 for a series of five. First class on Friday is free. Classes are listed on the Lab events calendar.

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Six-Week Mindful Living Course Offered Jan. 19 to Feb. 23

UC Berkeley’s Employee Assistance program is offering a six-week Mindful Living class on Thursdays, from Jan. 19 to Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fee for the class is $199. Go here (scroll down and click on “Mindful Living”) for more information. Contact Karen Patchell via email or phone (642-8659) to register.

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Free Flu Shots Now Available

Health Services will hold clinics in Building 26 on most Wednesdays (2 to 4 p.m.) and Fridays (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.). No clinics on Sept. 30, Oct. 14 and Oct 19. Clinics will also take place at JGI on Oct. 6 (1 to 3 p.m.), OCFO on Oct. 13 (9:30 to 11 a.m.), Potter St. on Oct. 20 (9:30 to 11 a.m.), and JBEI on Oct. 27 (9:30 to 11 a.m.). No appointment is necessary and the vaccines are preservative free.

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Get Moving…Onsite Lab Classes Can Help

Exercise has many health benefits, and it’s easy to get moving right here at the Lab. Yoga classes are offered several times a week, as well as ballroom dancing, Zumba cardio, and Feldenkrais training. Check the Lab events calendar to see when these offerings are scheduled. And if you find yourself sore after any of these activities, you can get an onsite massage too.

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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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