What is Wellness?

Wellness is a way of life. It is not just about the lack of disease; rather, it involves a balance of daily practices and lifestyle behaviors that address the body, mind and spirit.


You can think of wellness as a soup with many ingredients. In order to have a nourishing soup, ingredients need to be added to the broth and cooked together. If your soup is missing essential ingredients, it might not be as fulfilling. In terms of wellness, each “ingredient” represents a different component of your health; nutrition, physical activity, quality of sleep, stress management, and spirituality. As you “Cruz your way to wellness,” your goal is to find the right balance of each of these so you feel your best and experience the highest quality of life possible.

UC Living Well

University of California supports faculty and staff in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle by building a culture that values health and well-being.  UC Living Well, the university's systemwide wellness program, provides activities, resources and wellness initiatives to assist faculty and staff to reach their wellness goals through the wellness program at each campus.
  • The UC Living Well program at UC Santa Cruz, through the Faculty & Staff Wellness Program, includes Wellness Ambassadors and collaborative partnerships throughout the campus to develop a culture of wellness, click for more information.

Faculty & Staff Wellness Program Staff

Jessica Bulleri is the Wellness Coordinator for the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program. She can be reached at jbulleri@ucsc.edu

Wellness Ambassadors

Wellness Ambassadors play a vital role as communicators of the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program at UC Santa Cruz helping to engage employees to wellness activities and resources, click for more information.