Today at Berkeley Lab

Tips for Staying Healthy on International Trips

To ensure you stay healthy during your next trip abroad, make sure your vaccines are up to date, consider getting a medical consultation at least 4-6 weeks before traveling, pack a travel health kit, and learn about any health risks associated with your destination. The CDC has additional recommendations and tips.

Be Aware of Increased Stress Over the Holidays

A person may experience increased stress and exhaustion during the holidays if they are coping with significant work or life changes, family or health challenges, or loss of a loved one. You need to take care of yourself with proper rest and nutrition, stay connected to support, and ask for help if needed. The Employee Assistance Program offers free counseling services to Lab employees. Go here for tips on holiday stress relief.

Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

Want to take a more healthful approach to eating during the holiday season? The Lab’s Health Services recommends resources from Sutter Health that offer tips on avoiding heartburn, preventing weight gain, and fending off overeating.

Join ‘Maintain Don’t Gain’ Challenge

The holidays are a great time to celebrate with loved ones, but it doesn’t have to include weight gain. According to the Health Services, it’s possible to enjoy all the celebrations of the season while continuing to focus on your health. Consider joining the Lab’s “Maintain Don’t Gain” Challenge, an informal six-week program designed to help you stay focused on healthy eating and activities during the holiday season. Sign up here.

Moment of Silence Rescheduled for Monday

The moment of silence as part of the United Nations’ Day of Tolerance has been rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. in the Lab auditorium. Employees at JGI, Emory Station Operations Center, Potter Street, and Hollis Street are invited to gather together at their locations to participate via livestream. Gathering locations for the livestream will be announced on Monday.

New Weight Watchers Session Starts Nov. 15

A new series of Weight Watchers sessions will start Thursday, Nov. 15. Sessions will be held every Thursday at 11:15 a.m. The class is limited to 40 people. To sign up or get more information, contact Health Services (x6266).

Limited Amount of Flu Vaccine Still Available

Health Services has procured a small amount of additional flu vaccine. Employees can drop by Building 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to have the vaccine administered.

Resources to Help Make Healthy Eating Choices

Are you interested in learning more about nutrition and healthy eating? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides information on making healthy food choices, while the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers tips on building healthy eating patterns.

Drop-In Flu Shots Available

While the flu clinics sponsored by Health Services are done, a limited supply of flu vaccine is still available. Employees who have not yet received a flu shot can stop by Building 26 on a drop-in basis between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Health Services Offers Free Flu Shots on Friday Afternoons

Health Services will hold flu shot clinics on Fridays through mid-October, from 1 to 3 p.m., in Building 26. All vaccines are preservative-free, and there is no charge to employees. No appointments are needed. Go here for information about this year’s vaccine, or contact Health Services (x6266).