Be Well

Assuring healthy, safe, and sustainable physical environments that promote walking and bicycling, physical activity, and clean air for all of UCLA.


More About Be Well

We collaborate with campus and community leaders to identify, plan, and implement best practices for active and safe transit (especially walking and bicycling), facilitation of physical activity in everyday activities, clean and green campus spaces, and building campus awareness about the built environment.

Be Well Leadership

Dr. Richard J. Jackson, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Richard Jackson's passions are health, nature, architecture, creating visions, and protecting children. He has worked extensively on chemical hazards, building public health strategy, leadership, and he strongly focuses on how the ‘built environment’ affects health. He has served as the Director of the CDC National Center for Environmental Health, California's top state health officer, on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and is an elected Honorary AIA. He is professor and chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with appointments in Pediatrics, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES), and Urban Planning. He has received the John Heinz environment award for his work, and is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. 

Renee Fortier M.A./M.S., Co-Chair

Renée Fortier (B.A. Rice University; M.A./M.S. UCLA), Executive Director UCLA Events & Transportation, oversees both a comprehensive transportation program and the campus Events Office, and is co-chair of the Built Environment (BE Well) pod of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative. With a daily population of 70,000, UCLA reduces traffic, and improves air quality and quality of life for the UCLA campus and the community at large through an extensive sustainable transportation program, including public transit passes, bicycle programs, carpools, vanpools, shuttles, and a campus fleet which is 50% alternative fueled. UCLA’s transportation programs have garnered awards from the Air Quality Management District, Association for Commuter Transportation and L.A. Metro, as well as the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), and have received a “Best Workplace for Commuters” - Gold designation and a “Bike Friendly University” – Silver designation.

Jimmy Tran, BE Well Graduate Student Researcher

Jimmy is a third year graduate student completing his dual master degrees in Environmental Health Sciences and Urban and Regional Planning. His interests are in understanding how we can change our social and physical environments to make healthy options such as walking and biking the preferred option. As the BE Well Pod graduate researcher, Jimmy aims to bring together the creative passions of students, faculty, and staff can influence policy to make UCLA’s campus healthier and safe, and sustainable.

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By Miso Kwak

Bruins, get ready for the annual celebration of the Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) happening on Thursday May 4th! This year’s theme is #DreamRevolution by which we hope to explore what our dreams are as well as who and what in our lives help us to accomplish these dreams. The Celebrating will be hosted in the Sunset Recreation Complex, celebrating the grand opening of UCLA’s New Living Amphitheater.

As a part of the celebration, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television is preparing a performance of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Today, we will meet Quinn Francis, a 4th year student in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Read on to find out her journey of living well as a UCLA student as well as insight on the play.

Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself?

A: I am Quinn Francis, a fourth year studying acting in the UCLA school of Theater, Film, and Television. I will be playing the role of Hermia in the play for the celebration.

Q: What made you decide to attend UCLA?

A: I applied to about 10 different programs, and it came down to what kind of training I want to get. I thought UCLA would be the best for getting high quality theater training as well as strong liberal arts education. I got to take a lot of writing classes and history classes in addition to my theater classes, and I really enjoyed them. I feel that I got a really well-rounded education here.

Q: How has UCLA helped you live a healthy lifestyle?

A: I don’t think that the structure of a university necessarily encourages us to value self-care. I remember as a freshman I constantly felt like I was missing out because everyone was doing stuff all the time. I eventually had to learn to pace myself. I learned that I cannot do everything because I am one person. Having so many choices forced me to learn and choose what is most important to me.

Q: Is there any advice you might have for freshmen who may be feelinglike they are missing out on things?

A: My advice would be to slow down and take the time to make deliberate choices about how to spend your time. You will never regret trying something new but you will regret overcommitting yourself to things you aren't passionate about. And remember you aren't stuck!

Q: How about the connection between your studies as a theater major and health?

A: As a theater major, my body is my working office. Being present with my body requires both physical and mental health, so I do think being well is the most important thing.

Q: Could you tell me more about the performance you are working on for the celebration? What has been your favorite part?

A: It’s such a fun, light play. It’s impossible to watch the show and not have a good time. Also, Joe Olivieri [the professor who directs the play] has been teaching us not only to communicate the text, but also bring out the fun and joy.

Q: Graduation is approaching quickly. What are some of your dreams and aspirations after graduation?

A: I hope to be a working actor and be able to support myself with what I have been trained to do.

Q: How has UCLA helped you achieve your dreams?

A: The faculty gave me a good foundation to be a good person as well as a good artist. They encouraged me to find what my voice is in performance and acting. It is important to have your unique voice and perspective.

Q: What does “living well” mean to you?

A: Balance with a capital B. It’s hard to maintain it, but I think I am the happiest when I am able to find a balance between spending time with my family, having time to read the news, participate in my community, and doing the work I want to do [theater]. And I think self-care is a huge part of it, that we as college students often neglect.

Getting to know Quinn through the interview gave me a chance to reflect on my time at UCLA. I could not help but agree with Quinn on how challenging it is to exercise self-care and find balance at UCLA. To learn more about the effort Healthy Campus Initiative is making to help students live well, come check out Dream Revolution on May 4th!  Tickets are free at UCLA’s Central Ticket Office or for $25 online (all proceeds benefit HCI’s Living Amphitheatre). Check out our Facebook event as well!

Miso Kwak is an undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Disability Studies and Education Studies. In addition to blogging for the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, she plays the flute with the UCLA Woodwind Chamber Ensemble. Outside of school, she works as a mentor for high school students through Accessible Science, a nonprofit organization that facilitates science camp for blind youth.

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