Move Well

It's time to get moving! Read about Fit Breaks and see the schedule to join 10-minute activity zones across campus to improve your health. You can find more information here.


More About Move Well

Move Well brings together the vast array of existing physical activity programs UCLA already offers with the goal of extending their reach even further and increasing participation by students, faculty, and staff. In working collaboratively with diverse groups interested in physical health, we hope to inspire additional programming, increase educational opportunities about how to take the lead in improving one’s own physical fitness, and how to support one another in reaching these goals. Relatively small changes in physical activity can translate into potentially large changes in health.  It is estimated that 60 minutes of slow walking and 30 minutes of moderate or brisk walking expends 100 calories for average adults. A total of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, on most days of the week, reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and hypertension, and helps to control blood lipids and body weight.  These benefits are conferred even if the activities are done in short ten- to fifteen-minute episodes.

Move Well Leadership 

Mick Deluca, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Life at UCLA

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Life at UCLAMichael (Mick) Deluca is the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Life at UCLA where he has worked for the last 25 years. In this role Mick oversees a campus cluster to include campus student activities, student leadership programs, over 1000 student organizations, student event planning, community programs to include student initiated access, campus retention, and student initiated service projects, a wide variety of recreation programs and services including instructional programs, summer camps, youth and family programs, competitive and intramural sports, 54 club teams, outdoor adventures, fitness and wellness, cultural arts, adaptive sports, and open recreation, 22 recreational and multi­use sport facilities including the John Wooden Center and Pauley Pavilion, and event operation and management. In his time at UCLA, Mick has been in the role of Associate Director, and then Director, Department of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, and Executive Director, Recreation and Campus Life. Prior to working at UCLA, Mick also worked at the University of Wyoming and the University of Denver and received degrees from Colorado Mesa University and the University of Denver. He is also an active leader within the UC system and Pac 12 Conference and at the national level most recently serving on the NIRSA, Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, Board of Directors where he was the 2012­13 NIRSA President.

Angelia Leung, M.A., C.M.A., Associate Professor

Angelia Leung, born in Guangzhou, China, emigrated to the USA when she was six years old and grew up in California. As faculty member in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, her teaching areas include: improvisation, choreography, movement analysis, fundamentals and modern dance technique, dance education, and production management/ administration. Leung is an independent choreographer/dancer as well as one of the founders of Chopsticks & Sneakers, a collective of Asian and Asian-American choreographers, which has produced concerts since 1984. She has taught as guest artist wherever her works have been presented throughout the United States and internationally. Leung’s teaching and creative work reflects her primary interest in praxis - in creating bridges between intuition and the analytical, the theoretical and the practical, the conceptual and the physical. Her most recent work include an invited presentation of her paper, “An American Story – Reflections on Dance Education and the Future of Contemporary Dance in the U.S.” for the 2010 Dance Symposium on “The Future of Contemporary Dance – Connecting Artistic Exploration and the Market Needs” held in Guangdong, China.

She served as Vice Chair in the Dance Studies and Undergraduate Studies areas of the Department of World Arts and Cultures for 6 terms. She has served as Co-Chair and now Chair since 2006.


In Loving Memory

Toni Yancey, M.D., M.P.H

Toni (Antronette K.) Yancey, MD, MPH was a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, and a strong leader the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative lost to cancer in 2013. Dr. Yancey’s primary research were are in chronic disease prevention, with a focus on organizational practice and policy change, and adolescent health promotion. Dr. Yancey authored more than 125 scientific publications, including briefs, book chapters, health promotion videos, and among those, 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and editorials. She generated $30 million in extramural funds, including four NIH independent investigator (R01, R24) awards as principal investigator. She served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, and National Physical Activity Plan Coordinating Committee. Live Well is very grateful for Dr. Yancey's contributions and vision for Move Well.  

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Thu, Mar 2, 2017 AT 8:04 am

By Monica Aguilar

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The first time I ever entered a gym I was intimidated, I was afraid. I loved to work out; all throughout high school I did sports every season of the year, so I considered myself an athlete. Physical was my entertainment, my distraction, and my stress reliever. But, I realized I had never stepped into a “real” gym before until I came to college. My little rural town up in NorCal had a gym the size of the Circuit Room inside John Wooden! (Imagine all the UCLA population trying to workout in there all at once — yikes! Well, that was my experience).

It wasn’t until I entered the John Wooden Center that I realized how insecure I was about working out in a gym setting.  As a woman of color, a Mexican American, I felt I did not belong when I didn’t see others with similar characteristics to myself roaming around the gym floors. But, I soon realized that it was my own self-consciousness triggering these thoughts, because the reality is a different one: The gym is for all — for people of all ages, sizes, shapes, and skin colors.

Studies have shown that university students have “problematic levels of inactivity” which results in serious health implications in the future of the student.  Because there are health disparities in certain communities are evident and a continuous prevalence of high rates of obesity in young adolescents and adults in the United States, I decided I wanted to change this pattern of inactivity due to intimidation not only for myself but for others with similar experiences.  

So what do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed by a gigantic work out space filled with people who sure look like they know what they are doing? What do you do when you want to fix these “problematic levels” of inactivity in your life that can lead to chronic health implications but you are intimidated by the gym?

1. Find a workout buddy — Studies show that a main predictor for college students who workout is social support. Lack of a workout buddy has shown to decrease the willingness to workout. Finding someone that can accompany you to the gym not only erases the feeling of loneliness, but it also creates a sense of moral support which results in encouragement and motivation.

2. Attend group exercise classes — The John Wooden Center offers a variety of group workout classes which are open for all students with the purchase of a fitness pass. These classes can help you get into the rhythm of working out whether, it is a total body challenge class or a barbell class. The instructors in John Wooden Center are the best at what they do and their mission is to create a comfortable place for everyone to workout in. Working out in groups allows you to learn from others and, similar to a workout buddy, it helps give social support. Also, being in a group setting provides the opportunity of observational learning which introduces one to new ways of working out if you don’t know where to start. That way next time you enter the gym you already have a foundation to start with.  

3. Ask Questions — A lot of the reason why people end up giving up on their commitment to working out is because they are afraid to ask questions.  The John Wooden Center is filled with a numerous amount of employees who are there to help you get the best of your experience in the gym. If you are unsure of how to use a treadmill or an elliptical machine, simply ask and you’ll be given guidance!

4. Watch youtube videos — Now-a-days what can you not learn through youtube videos, right?!  Youtube has become the 4th most accessed website in the internet. You can access all sorts of videos from crash courses to videos on how to ride a pony!  Therefore, youtube can provide you with the opportunity to learn how to workout! Yes, indeed! If you are insecure about how to use a certain machine all you need to do is search it up on youtube, watch, and learn.

5. Join FITTED! — FITTED is a 9-week progressive training program completely FREE to the entire UCLA community. FITTED’s mission is to get students to feel comfortable not only in the gym setting, but comfortable in their own bodies. FITTED targets those college students whose communal health disparities have greatly affected their health as a college student. Many students who have attended FITTED have gained skills that have allowed them to become healthier and more physically active. I myself can testify to this as I am the director of this project and have personally seen and recorded testimonials, and have been told upfront the impact FITTED has had on student's lives. As mentioned above, FITTED is available to the entire UCLA community for FREE! To become part of FITTED all you need to do is attend any of our services which are listed below:

  • Monday & Thursdays: Group workouts at Pardee Gym inside John Wooden from 4-5 pm
  • Tuesdays: FITTED EATS from 4-5 pm. come get a healthy snack and a chance to talk to our Dietician Eve Lahijani who covers a different wellness topic every Tuesday !

Feeling intimidated by the gym to the point that you do not even want to workout should not be any student’s problem — students already have enough to stress about, especially considering UCLA’s rigorous quarter system!  As a community that cares about the well-being of every student, we are here to help. I overcame my intimidation of the gym thanks to FITTED and today I am here to help others alleviate this feeling which can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle if not targeted. With the flexible learning environment here at UCLA it is best to build up habits now than having to suffer the consequences later.

Monica Aguilar is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Chicano/a Studies and minoring in Spanish. She is the project director of FITTED a health and wellness student-run project held in the Community Programs Office.

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