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UCI Campus Recreation, in conjunction with Be Smart About Safety, presents a series of events to educate and encourage us toward healthier behaviors: Health & Fitness Fridays.

UCI Campus Recreation - Health & Fitness Friday - Chef Jessica
Each Health and Fitness Fridays event will include a light lunch and a presentation from an engaging expert on a current health topic. All events will be held at the ARC at 12pm, on the third Friday of every month from October to May. You're welcome to use the ARC Facilities before or after each event for free. We will announce the speaker and topic near the first of each month, then please sign up for the Friday that you plan to attend through UC Learning Center.
10/23 – Eat Real Food
UCI Hospitality & Dining Chef Angel Lara and UCI Sustainability Coordinator, Tyson Monagle

Get ready for Food Day! Join UCI Hospitality & Dining Chef Angel Lara from Catering for a Healthy Cooking Demo of his Baby Beets & Citrus Salad. Learn how to make this delicious salad which includes Orange Supremes, Arugula, Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnut, & an Orange-Beet Vinaigrette.

Sustainability Coordinator, Tyson Monagle will also present information about our UCI Hospitality & Dining sustainability program including an update on October’s Anteaters Fight Hunger Food Drive and upcoming events in November, including a Sustainable Foods Speaker Series and World Vegan Month events.

11/20 - Healthy Living - Dr. Nanda, Kaiser Permanente Physician

Dr. Nanda was born and raised in Orange County, and has spent his entire professional career with Kaiser Permanente. He graduated from USC Keck School of Medicine. He practices family medicine 50 percent of my time and, in the other 50, he works hard for you as Southern California's Regional Director of Health Education and Promotion. He believes family medicine is about taking a holistic approach to health. Instead of giving out painkillers, he encourages members to explore the power of the body and mind to heal themselves via both traditional and alternative therapies. Instead of turning to a "magic pill," he encourages optimal health through clean living, healthy relationships, stress management, mindful healthy eating, and daily exercise. He only prescribe medications for quantity or quality of life—the rest of the art of medicine is about helping his patients take control of their own health. 

12/18 - The Skinny on Holiday Weight Gain - Jody Margolis, M.S., R.D.N., UCI Registered Dietician

The average weight gain from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is 1-5 pounds. Harder to put away than the decorations those extra pounds tend to stick around. Learn tips on how to celebrate the season without packing on the pounds.

1/22 - New Year Detox - Jessica Van Roo, UCI Campus Recreation

The word Detox often invokes images of Hollywood stars sipping on broths and juices, but not all detoxes are the same. This is a basic detox that supercharges your bodies with nutritious, whole foods. This simple detox diet is not restrictive and doesn't take a lot of motivation to stick to, rather it takes good tasting, whole, natural foods and incorporates them into your diet. The goal is for you to learn how to feel healthier and more energized for the New Year.

2/19 - Stress Resilence Training: Mirth, Music, Muscles & Meditation - John Halsey, UCI Campus Rec

SRT: Mirth, Music, Muscles, & Meditation We all have goals to be more productive professionally and positive personally. One of the biggest obstacles to actualizing these aspirations is acute and chronic stress. In this presentation John will give you some simple solutions to obviate these obstacles and have victory over your vices, using the proven scientific strategies of myrth, music, muscles, and meditation. These are simple skills and habits you can employ every day to enrich and elevate your life, to increase your feelings of health and happiness.

3/11 - The Truth About Eating Well - Diana Bishop, Health Education Worksite Wellness Consultant

The Truth About Eating Well:
You have heard the hype, the fads and the claims. Now see what a healthier diet really can do for you. Join Diana Bishop, Health Education Worksite Wellness Consultant and certified health and wellness coach for Kaiser Permanente San Diego as she discusses new food guidelines and myths related to eating well.

4/12 (Tuesday Edition) - Celebrate Earth Month - Chef Angel Lara, UCI Hospitality & Dining

Celebrate Earth Month:
It’s Earth Month! Join UCI Hospitality & Dining Chef Angel Lara from Lot5 Dining Commons and Chef Kit Swanson from Pippin Commons for a healthy and sustainable cooking demo. UCI Sustainability Coordinator Tyson Monagle will also present information about UCI Hospitality & Dining’s sustainability program, including upcoming events for Earth Week 4/22-4/26!

5/20 - How to Cook without a Recipe - Chef Jessica, Culinary Education Director, UCI Campus Recreation

How to Cook without a Recipe:
With Summer fast approaching, cooking in a hot kitchen seems like the last thing anyone wants to do. Come join Chef Jessica, Culinary Education Director, UCI Campus Recreation as she explains the basic principles of "cooking with what you have" and how it really is cheaper and healthier to whip something up, then going out. We will also delve into the amazing produce that will be hitting the markets in the summer, as well as the best ways to use and store them!

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If you have further questions, contact Courtney Burkes.