• health and wellness advocate
  • gaucho happiness challege


Health & Wellness Advocate Meetings
Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7-9pm in Building 434 Room 147 and include health promotion training, volunteer opportunities, social connection, and healthy snacks. Give back to the UCSB community and grow your resume/co-curricular transcript.  Regardless of level of experience, topic of interest, or major, all students are welcome to participate on a drop-in or long term basis.

Gaucho Happiness Challenge
The Gaucho Happiness Challenge is an online wellness challenge for all UCSB students that utilizes the fundamentals of positive psychology to help you thrive. Students can take a set of challenges based on research-findings that promote positive well-being. Find out more information at www.GauchoHappinessChallenge.com

ED 191W
This 4 unit class teaches students how to enhance their personal well-being through research-based interventions, including individual and interpersonal skill development and engagement in healthy environments. This class is currently open to juniors and seniors only on GOLD, but students of any standing can be added to the wait list.

Please e-mail mark.shishim@sa.ucsb.edu if you have any questions.

Mondays with Maka
Michael “Maka” Takahara is a health educator who specializes in positive psychology. Each week, he shares tips with students about how to lead a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. His laughter is contagious and his wisdom is inspiring. Look for his friendly face and entertaining anecdotes every Monday via Health & Wellness’s Facebook page (UCSBHealthWellness).

Gaucho Wellness Challenge
In partnership with the Department of Recreation, ADP, Life Of The Party, CAPS, and Mental Health Peers, UCSB Department of Health & Wellness presents The Gaucho Wellness Challenge: A special campaign to encourage participation in every aspect of a healthy life. Gaucho Wellness Challenge events offer students a chance to win prizes like Kindle Fire TV Sticks, FitBits, Hydroflasks, and T-Shirts just by tracking your attendance at Health & Wellness events.
Find out more information at www.GauchoWellnessChallenge.com!

Body Image Workshops and Events
Body image plays a large role in self-confidence, healthy living, and overall happiness. Health & Wellness offers four workshops--Healthy Eating for the College Student, Debunking the Diet/Muscle Building Hype, The “Perfect” Body, and Staying Healthy in Stressful Times--to foster positive body image and self-confidence in all students.

UCSB Active Minds
Active Minds is a student-run organization dedicated to eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness. Members work to promote awareness and understanding of the issues on campuses nationwide and are committed to bringing attention and respect to this cause.

If you are interested in becoming an Active Minds Advocate for the 2018-19 academic year or have questions about the organization, please visit our contact page.

UCSB Labyrinth
The UCSB Labyrinth, dedicated to the Student Affairs Staff in 2011, is a meditation space located on the lagoon island between Manzanita Village and Campus Point. A labyrinth is a walking meditation that has been in practice since ancient times. Take a walk up to the UCSB Labyrinth to meditate, listen to the ocean, and take in the beautiful views of UCSB you worked so hard to be able to enjoy.