Pod Programs


  • Food Security

    • For immediate relief, check out the following on and off campus resources:
    • You may also be eligible to recieve CalFresh. For all student and staff inquiries on applying for CalFresh, please email UCLACalFresh@gmail.com to set-up an appointment to discuss eligibility
    • UCLA and HCI are working hard to reduce food insecurity on campus.  Click here to learn more about our efforts.
  • Food Literacy

    • Science and Food
      • This program promotes knowledge of science through food, and food through science. Browse the Science and Food website to learn more about the course and public lecture series.
    • UCLA Teaching Kitchen Collaborative
      • In 2016, HCI joined the national Teaching Kitchen Collaborative (TKC) as a founding member. The TKC is a network of thought leaders using teaching kitchen facilities as catalysts of enhanced personal and public health across medical, corporate, school, and community settings. Headed by Janet Leader, Lecturer and Associate Director of Field Studies, Department of Community Health Sciences in the Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA now offers a series of workshops that instruct health professional students on culinary skills, healthy recipes, nutrition information, and much more Read more about the program here!
    • Cooking Class on the Hill
      • UCLA Dining offers a series of cooking workshops to students for the price of one dining swipe per class! Developed by Dolores Hernandez, Dietitian and Nutrition Education Coordinator for UCLA Dining, the curriculum consists of six hands-on classes that include information about making healthy, low-cost items such as breakfast burritos, healthy bowls, and chopped vegetable dishes, like Pasta Primavera. Students used one meal “swipe” as payment for classes and were invited to eat the food they prepared.  The classes were offered for the first time in 2017, and we hope to offer them again this academic year.
    • Food Day
      • Each year, EatWell celebrates national Food Day by curating a series of events, lectures, and food literacy campaigns to engage the campus community in conversations about food, nutrition, and food systems. Learn more about our 2016 Food Day events here.
      • Did you know that the carbon footprint of one Quarter Pounder hamburger is the same as that of 118 apples? Check this infographic we developed for Food Day to learn more about the impact of what we eat.


  • Faculty & Staff Programs

    • Are you a faculty or staff member looking for something to do that will get you away from your desk for a bit? Check out these programs designed exclusively for you!
      • FITWELL offers a great variety of worksite wellness classes that are FREE to UCLA faculty and staff, and are offered at convenient locations.
      • The Bruin Health Improvement Program (BHIP) is a no-cost, intensive lifestyle training program exclusively for UCLA faculty and staff, check it out.
      • Stress and other emotions can take a toll on the body. Explore the mindful activities focused around the needs of faculty and staff: Faculty & Staff Counseling
  • Recreation Facilities

    • Check out all of the state-of-the-art recreation facilities that UCLA has to offer! There are multiple pools, gyms, and outdoor spaces to choose from.
      • Explore the main Recreation website for all the info you need about using recreational facilities and participating in programs.
      • Find out hours of operation and location of facilities.


  • Bicycling

    • Did you know that UCLA has been nationally recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University? See the fantastic programs and resources at your fingertips for all of your biking needs at UCLA.
      • UCLA Bicycling Community and Resources:
        • UCLA Cycling Club: aims to advance competitive cycling at the local and national levels.
        • UCLA Bike Coalition: unites the diverse bicycling community of students, staff, and faculty in order to make UCLA and the surrounding areas better places to ride.
        • UCLA Bike Shop: offers bicycling safety classes, bike rentals, and do-it-yourself and a fee-for-service workshop open to the UCLA community.
        • UCLA Bike Map: includes bike routes, racks, repair stands, pumps, showers, lockers, and more.
        • Cyclist’s Corner: Bike routes to UCLA and other key bike resources from UCLA Transportation.
        • UCLA Strathmore Bike Counter: LA’s first bike counter is located on Strathmore Place (just west of Westwood Plaza near Parking Structure 8). Ride on the green painted lane to get counted!
        • UCLA Bicycle Master Plan Implementation Report 2013: this detailed report gives an update of the extensive bicycle progress that has occurred since the original 2006 Bicycle Master Plan with the mission to improve cycling conditions and promote the bicycle as a transportation mode.
  • Alternative Transportation

    • Ever thought about carpooling or bicycling to campus? UCLA has many alternative transportation options (public transit, car/vanpools, bicycling, walking) – in fact,74% of students and 47% of employees commute using alternative transportation. Join the Bruin Commuter Club, sign up for free bicycle maintenance classes, learn about infrastructure improvements, and much more.
      • Transportation & Parking Services: learn more about campus department responsible for all things related to transportation,  parking, and alternative commuting– UCLA Transportation Services.
      • Bruin Commuter Club: find out about the offers exclusive benefits, information, and support to those who use an alternative transportation mode to get to campus as part of the Bruin Commuter Club (BCC).
      • Green Commuter Blog: check out the official commuter blog of UCLA Transportation to learn about events, campaigns, and commuter-related news.
      • 2017 State of the CommuteUCLA Transportation summaries and statistics regarding commuting behaviors of the UCLA community. The figures show an increasing use of alternative transportation and lower drive-alone rate over time.
      • CicLAvia: an event that temporarily removes cars from city streets and opens them to biking, walking, skating, and enjoying our largest public spaces. Different routes in LA are chosen annually. Business are open and people of all ages are welcome.
      • L.A. Streetsblog: daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities.


  • Mindful Music

  • Contemplative Practices, Meditation, and More

    • Find your center through the contemplative activities available at UCLA. Explore techniques such as meditation, yoga, and others aimed at promoting relaxation, building energy, and helping you achieve personal development and wellness goals.
    • Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC): brings the ancient art of mindful awareness to UCLA. Check out the schedule and registration for classes suitable for new and experienced students. Subscribe to the MARC Newsletter for the latest information about classes and events. Download podcasts for mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own.
    • Yoga: Check out the extensive offering of yoga classes through UCLA Recreation.
    • Bruin Mindfit:  12 week hands-on mindful movement and meditation course that teaches several effective stress-management tools.
    • Free Mindfulness Meditation Drop-in Sessions
      • These 25 minute sessions are open to all, including beginners.  Sessions will be led by Diana Winston, Marvin Belzer, PhD, and others from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.
    • Sesiones en español: Click on the link and select Spanish under “Select Language” tab, located on top of the page.


  • Diabetes Prevention Program

    • HCI, in collaboration with FITWELL, offers the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for students, faculty, staff, and UCLA Health System patients. UCLA DPP follows the guidelines for National Diabetes Prevention Programs, using a CDC-approved curriculum, trained lifestyle coaches, and group support over the course of a year.
  • Curriculum

    HCI supports the creation of new, innovative, and interdisciplinary courses, minor, and certificates on campus.  Take a class or apply for the Food Studies Minor and Graduate Certificate Program.

    • Undergraduate students can apply for the Food Studies Minor.
    • Graduate students can apply for the Food Studies Certificate Program.
    • Take the Undergraduate “Life Skills for College Students” course
      • Multidisciplinary exploration of student development in undergraduate experience, with focus on processes of identity formation and emotional and social development. Emphasis on variability associated with gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and sexual orientation. Testing of real-life relevance of theory and research. Instrutor: D’Artagnan Scorza; Winter 2018; Thursdays, 3pm-5:50pm


  • Become a Smoke-Free Champion

    • Become a UCLA Smoke-Free champion!
      • UC healthcare professionals have pledged to serve as advocates to assist patients with the smoke-free transition.
    • How to talk about smoking on campus
      • View all of the UC Office of the President videos about how to communicate the smoke- and tobacco-free policy to the campus community and visitors.