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Wellness and mental health

This is a stressful time for all of us. Make sure you take care of your own physical and emotional well-being and help your family and friends. Here are some tips and resources.


Join ANR colleagues in "Zoomercise" sessions led by EFNEP program supervisor Christine Davidson and CalFresh Healthy Living, UC, program representative Michele Byrnes from 12:30 to 1 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tune in via Zoom by clicking this link https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/239765343?pwd=QXF6R0FUVGU1bEZPejNrVEZtVlBvUT09 

Outdoor exercise
UC ANR's Nutrition Policy Institute has created a guidance for staying safe and healthy while exercising outdoors.
Guidance for safe usage of outdoor spaces during COVID-19 (pdf)

How much physical activity do we need? 
Young children (3-5 years) - Children should play actively several times a day.
Children and adolescents (6-17 years) 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day.
Adults (18-64 years) 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic physical activity each week at a moderate level. Or, 1 hour and 15 minutes of physical activity at a vigorous level.
(Health and Human Services guidelines)


Build your own cookbook with healthy recipes for your family using the USDA's What's Cooking tool.

Tracking meals
MyPlate can help you track your meals, and learn to save money while eating well.

Managing work with responsibilities of home and family

Paid leave
UC President Janet Napolitano has made paid administrative leave available for employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Conditions for the one-time allotment of up to 128 hours of leave are to recover from COVID-19, care for a family member with COVID-19, or to care for a child or dependent because of school or daycare closure due to COVID-19.
More information is available here.

Find activities for kids that are part of the 4-H curriculum.


The Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) offers confidential, cost free assessment, intervention, consultation and referral services to all UC ANR faculty, staff and their immediate families.

Reading from UC system experts
Managing Coronavirus: Anxiety vs. Panic – through a psychological science lens (pdf) A message from Drs. Elissa Epel, Aric Prather, and the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions (AME) Center at UC San Francisco

UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus