Looking to dive deeper? There are many ways to get involved with Health & Wellness. If you’re looking to become a part of our department and become a peer educator and volunteer, check out our Certification Programs. Or if you’re just looking to dig in more to what we have to offer in various health topics to enrich your personal wellness journey, you may benefit from our Series Workshops. Get involved at whatever level you want to. It’s all here at Health & Wellness.

Series

UCSB Cooks

Are you interested in chefing it up? This free (six-week) hands-on cooking series teaches beginners the tools to be successful and safe in the kitchen! Meet new friends, enjoy healthy meals, and learn to cook nutritiously on a budget.

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Koru Mindfulness Meditation

Koru Mindfulness is a 4-session workshop series that will teach you the skill of mindfulness. It will also help you build the habit of using it in your life on a regular basis. We’ve found that folks get a lot more out of Koru if they stick with it from beginning to end, therefore attendance at all 4 sessions is required. So double check your calendar and join us for Koru!

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Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesday strives to be a safe place to drop in, hang-out, meet new people, explore well-being, express yourself & learn new things. Join Health & Wellness interns for a virtual wellness experience. Each week we will offer different wellness activities, speakers, and workshops on various topics like stress reduction, acupressure, art therapy, mindfulness, healthy eating, ergonomics, and more! Please email wellness@sa.ucsb.edu with any questions.

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Body Project

The Body Project is an evidence driven, empirically and research based eating disorder prevention program that fosters body acceptance and reduces risk for developing Eating Disorders among high school and college aged women.   

This is a four-week, peer-led educational group with a clearly outlined, weekly plan delivered in a small group format. We provide three women’s groups quarterly.  Each group is facilitated by two Health & Wellness peer educators who provide a forum for young women to confront the culture of unrealistic beauty ideals and engage in the development of healthy body image. 

The curriculum for this program was developed as a peer-to-peer delivery model by Eric Stice, PhD, a nationally recognized expert in eating disorders prevention. Three of our health educators in Health & Wellness, and two dieticians in Student Health were trained in the supervision of peer health educators to deliver this program in Summer 2019, and the program was first implemented at UC Santa Barbara in Fall 2019. It has been delivered to over one million young women around the world and has been proven to improve body satisfaction, reduce the risk for eating disorders, and improve school and social functioning.

We ask that you attend all 4 sessions and participate in some basic homework exercises. This will give YOU the best results.

Dr. Stice’s team has developed a new curriculum for men, and we are exploring the possibility of  offering two quarterly men’s body image groups this academic year.

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Mindfulness for Social Justice

By acknowledging how capitalist society places value on production over humanity, joy and rest, this series, in collaboration with the Multicultural Center, aims to explore how self and community care may bring us closer to our authentic and full selves, which is necessary for doing social justice work. Using mindful practices as a way to learn more about oneself and create a community beyond the restrictions and expectations of our oppressive society, we hope to provide a tool kit for students to prevent burnout and promote self-preservation. In order to sustain ourselves and our work for the long-term, we must engage with restful practices that are truly restorative to our minds, bodies, and spirits. To that end, we will learn and practice methods to self-soothe, participate in community care, and understand rest as a truly revolutionary act. Our time together will also serve as a discussion space touching upon the topics of grief, rest, spirituality, and capitalism while prioritizing self-discovery, community care, and joy. 

Click here to register for Mindfulness for Social Justice

Certifications

Safer Sex Peers

As a Safer Sex Peer, you'll be a resource to other students with questions to offer information and referals to professional resources on the topic of sexual health. Our sexual health education program is designed to provide accurate and comprehensive information about sexual health, safety, and self-agency to a diverse population of 26,000 students. In doing so, students can make informed and thoughtful decisions about their physical, emotional, and social well-being according to their own values, whether their values lead them to choose abstinence or for those who choose to be sexually active.  Safer Sex Peer Training happens in fall quarter.

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