It’s that time of the year again, when you make your New Year’s resolutions to become a healthier, more productive and all-around better person next year. The hard part, of course, is following through. Here are some tips from Suzette Glasner-Edwards, a clinical psychologist with the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, that appeared in the UCLA Magazine article, Firming Resolve. Then check out these helpful resources right here at UCLA:
Lose weight, get in shape
- The UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative’s Move Well webpage pulls together a wide range of programs, activities, courses, informational articles and tools for getting and staying fit. And visit Eat Well for information on nutrition, including nutritional details about food served on campus.
- UCLA Recreation’s FITWELL program gets faculty and staff moving with FitZone group exercise classes, personal training and more.
- Check out the popular, successful and free Bruin Health Improvement Program (BHIP), a comprehensive conditioning program to improve cardiovascular fitness and overall strength and mobility. Registration opens at the start of the new year for the next 12-week session, running Jan. 26 – April 17.
- You can also sign up for Move Mail to receive daily emails at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., reminding you to get up and move. The emails provide instructional videos, walking routes, health and nutrition tips, and updates on FITBREAKS and other programs happening across campus.
- Want to bicycle your way to health and fitness? Visit the Healthy Campus Initiative’s “Be Well” site for tips, maps and more on biking and other forms of non-car transportation.
- Visit Breathe Well to find smoking-cessation resources both on and off campus.
- Sign up for the UCLA Freedom from Smoking Program, part of the UCLA Wellness Initiative and presented by UCLA Health. Sessions are on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks at the 200 Medical Plaza Building. Call 310-825-0014 for more information and to sign up.
- Find out what smoking cessation services your UC employee health plan provides.
- If you’re a UCLA Health System patient, your physician can give you an e-referral to the California Smokers’ Helpline, which provides free telephone counseling and follow-up support.
Manage your mind
- Take advantage of free mindfulness meditation drop-in sessions at convenient campus locations. The sessions are led by experts from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, which also offers these free, downloadable guided meditations, as well as classes and retreats.
- Get help with stress management, emotional difficulties, work-related and other concerns at the UCLA Staff and Faculty Counseling Center.