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Check it Out: UCLA Recreation Classes are FREE to Observe during Week 1


Looking for a new way to get moving or workout this school year? If so, UCLA recreation has you covered! It offers hundreds of different group exercise and instructional courses every week, so you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for you.

If you want to try out some group exercise classes, you can buy a Group X pass that grants you unlimited access to 59 group exercise classes per week! These classes include spin (indoor cycling), HIIT (high intensity interval training), zumba, booty kickin’ barre, and more. The Group X pass is only $25, making it a much cheaper option than non-UCLA alternatives like SoulCycle or Pure Barre. Check out the complete UCLA group exercise schedule here.

UCLA recreation also offers a wide variety of instructional courses. There are over two dozen yoga classes, some of which are completely free! Yoga classes are available at all levels, so you can find the perfect one for you. In addition to yoga, you can find everything from swim lessons to power lifting to boxing to salsa dancing. Take a look here for a complete look at the courses offered this fall.

If group exercise and instructional courses weren’t enough, UCLA recreation also offers private and semi-private fitness training (with a discount for students!) as well as arts classes including digital photography and improv comedy.

So…how do you sign up for these classes? You can sign up for any of the instructional and art courses online here. For the group exercise courses, you can bring your Bruin Card and $25 to the Sales & Services counter on the first floor of the John Wooden Center (past the basketball courts). If you’re unsure if a class is right for you, you can observe all classes for FREE during week one and then make a decision! If you decide to check out any of UCLA recreation’s classes, please share your experiences with us at

Danielle de Bruin is an undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Sociology with a double minor in Italian and Global Health. She is the blog coordinator for the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative and the director of UCLA’s Body Image Task Force, which is a committee within the UCLA Student Wellness Commission. With the Body Image Task Force, Danielle organizes events, workshops, and campaigns to promote healthy body image, self-confidence, and mental health on campus. She is also a published co-author in the journal PLOS Medicine.

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National Health Center Week 2015

We are in the middle of National Health Center Week! What are health centers you ask? According to the National Health Center Week website health centers are “… local community owned and operated businesses, Health Centers serve over 24 million Americans at more than 9,000 delivery sites in all 50 states.” Health centers help to provide affordable and quality healthcare to millions of Americans each year. Check out this infographic to see who uses health centers and why they are so important.

Here at the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, we have compiled a list of the 3 closest health centers near campus. Don’t hesitate to call or visit these centers if you are in need of affordable healthcare. If you don’t live near campus, click here and enter your zip code to find the nearest health center.

1. Venice Family Clinic – Simms/Mann Health & Wellness Center

2509 Pico Boulevard

Santa Monica, CA 90408

(310) 392-8630

2. Saban Community Clinic

8405 Beverly Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90048

(323) 653-1990

3. Westside Family Health Center

1711 Ocean Park Boulevard

Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 450-4773

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UCLA Community: Are you ready for the Angel City Games?

Move Well is committed to fostering campus wide access to culturally sensitive programs, events and opportunities to MOVE and BE MOVED.  As part of this initiative, Move Well is proud to highlight the Angel City Games on June 19-20, 2015 at Drake Stadium on the UCLA Campus. This will be the first ever Los Angeles Paralympic Competition, Clinic, and Exhibition.

This exciting event is open to qualifying adaptive athletes, volunteers, and interested spectators from the entire UCLA community.

Through collaboration with a core volunteer team known as Team Ezra, UCLA Recreation is proud to co-host the only multi-sport competition for children and adults with physical disabilities in Los Angeles.

Adaptive Athelete Ezra Frech, seven-time national champion in Track and Field. Photo Credit: Jason Gould

About Team Ezra

For spectators and participants, this dynamic inaugural event includes Competitive Track and Field events and clinics, and a Wheelchair Basketball Clinic and Exhibition. Attendees can also walk through the vendor village to learn more about adaptive sports and active living. All events are open to the public, and all children, adults, veterans, active duty military personnel with physical disabilities are welcome to register and participate.  Families can take advantage of the Kids Zone, where children can participate in multi-ability Obstacle Course, Basketball Hoops, a Bounce House, Face Painting, and more.




Are you an adaptive athlete interested in participation in the clinics, exhibitions, or competitions?

All athletes need to be classified for the Track and Field competition, and can go through an evaluation if they have not done so already.  To register as a Paralympic athlete with the Angel City Games on June 19-20, 2015, click here.

The Angel City Games is sanctioned by USA Track & Field and Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports/USA (WASUSA) and is IPC (International Paralympic Committee) approved.

Are you an adaptive athlete ally interested in supporting the event?

For those interested in volunteering with event coordination, management, and chaperoning athletes, you can volunteer to be an “athlete angel” by clicking here.

Questions? For additional information, contact: or



Westwood Boulevard bike lanes are back on the table

By Jennifer Friedman 

On March 19, the Westwood Village Business Improvement Association (BIA) voted to recommend an immediate study of the impacts of different bike lane treatments on Westwood Boulevard between Wilshire and Le Conte. LADOT (the Los Angeles Department of Transportation) will conduct the research, and report its findings and recommendations. This decision focuses new attention on a key potential infrastructure improvement just south of UCLA that could benefit all roadway users – motorists, public transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians. Bike lanes on Westwood Boulevard would also help support UCLA Transportation’s continuing efforts to build a more bike-friendly University while enhancing bicyclist safety traveling to and from campus.
How so? All off-campus infrastructure improvements compliment the multiple-pronged approach UCLA Transportation has taken the last several years to improve cycling conditions on campus and encourage more UCLA students, staff and faculty to use their bicycle as a transportation mode, to and from campus. The department has set policies and provided campus infrastructure to support and accommodate bicycling.Village3

In addition, increased use of active transportation (biking and walking) to, from and around campus has been made through enhancements and adjustments in incentives, targeted safety campaigns and a holistic effort to link active transportation to the University’s high level expertise with public health.

UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative promotes healthy lifestyle choices and develops best practices that may help other communities do the same. UCLA Transportation is using the infrastructure-related component of the initiative, ‘Be Well,’ as a springboard for making the campus more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. As part of its traffic-calming campaign, the campus is increasingly being retrofitted with enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities including contra-flow bike lanes on one-way streets, “road diets,” the first ever bike counter on a university campus and innovative green painted bike lanes. In fact, the green bike lanes reduce road space available to automobiles, giving it instead to bikes.

CounterIn addition to the many bike-related projects UCLA Transportation has spearheaded, the ongoing collaboration with the UCLA Bike Shop has meant a more bicycle-friendly campus. The shop is both a do-it-yourself and a fee-for-service on-campus repair facility open to the UCLA Community, and facilitates a full schedule of bike maintenance and traffic skills classes and multiple bike rental programs. Did you know that the UCLA Bike Shop has built, rented, repaired or resold over 1,000 bikes for the UCLA community?

Look for more UCLA ‘bikeification’ projects in the months ahead:

  • Westwood Plaza Bike Lane (Le Conte to Charles E. Young Drive South) – Summer 2015
  • Portola Plaza Stairs Bike Channel – Summer 2015
  • CEY North Bike Lane (Westwood to De Neve) – Fall 2015
  • CEY South Bike Lane (Westwood to Tiverton) – Fall 2015
  • UCLA Bike Share System with the City of Santa Monica – Spring 2016
  • Tiverton Bike Path (Le Conte to Parking Structure E) – Summer 2016

Training in martial arts = strengthening self-confidence and the ability to adjust to change

For our March blog, the MOVE WELL Team wanted to follow up on our January Blog (scroll down), which featured information on the HCI sponsored course, entitled “Martial Arts, Phenomenology, and Personal Empowerment’ (WAC174).

WAC174 will host a martial arts demonstration on Wednesday March 11th at 11am in the Blue Room of the John Wooden Center. Students and instructors will demonstrate skills learned and contextualize research findings from this 10-week course.

While HCI and MOVE WELL promote a wide range of movement (and stillness!) activities as routes to personal health and wellness, here are some things that UCLA students took away from the regular practice of rigorous physical training in martial arts over the course of the 10-week quarter:

“…I initially took the class because I was attracted by the idea of self-empowerment. The word has a positive ring to it. I wanted to empower myself to feel comfortable with my physicality in every aspects of my life not just in athletics; having been an athlete my entire life, people naturally assume that I was capable of many things beyond my sport and it’s been difficult living up to that expectation. I often let my fear and ego get the better of me when pursuing goals but the biggest concern of all, is that I was unaware of those elementary issues I have which hindered my progression as a student in life. Gavin De Becker had a quote in The Gift of Fear that stuck with me. He said that we as people ‘…want recognition, not accomplishment.’ We tend to care so much for our ego but forget that progress is the only thing that will last. In our class discussions, we brought up how kids are able to learn so much quicker than adults…We would rather not try at all than to risk the potential of humiliating ourselves, which is why it’s so much harder nowadays for us to pick up new skills.

During our martial arts studio sessions, Shifu would always start us up with 10 to 20 minutes of warm up…I find it interesting to take command of my body in the setting of martial arts. I’ve never been one who is satisfied with the way I carry my body in everyday life so naturally I came into my first session with a lot of expectations-I was eager to learn the maneuvers of a Kung Fu master; to pick up insane fighting moves so I can showcase how smooth I am in combat, but Shifu quickly clarified things for me. He told us that every technique and every drill he teaches has a practical purpose. Fancy movements are only good in movies as real life combats are unpredictable. There’s no combination of attack that will work all the time; we have to adapt to the different scenarios.

Training martial arts is, essentially, us strengthening our ability to adjust to change.

We do it to defend ourselves and not to show off because, just like how Rory Miller puts it in Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence: “Here’s a rule of life: You don’t get to pick what bad things happen to you.” Therefore, you have to stay a fighter, always. This mentality is the most important realization I’ve made thus far in my pursuit of self-empowerment.”

-Haiyang (Kevin) Yang, WAC174 student

Sophomore, Year World Arts and Cultures Major

“Martial Arts had been part of my life ever since I was in first grade, but with the demands of school and work, I gave it up a few years ago. The result was that slowly, almost without noticing, I became anxious and a bit paranoid about my surrounding. I didn’t like to go to unfamiliar places, or stay at home alone, without always feeling like I was uncomfortably on guard. Despite years of training, I felt like I couldn’t defend myself anymore if something were to happen to me.             Joining this class has meant a full turnaround for my self-confidence. I am more vigilant than I was before, but I also have more peace of mind. I’m no longer scared or anxious. This class has given me a new sense of self-empowerment, and it has made me feel like I am more capable of handling unexpected situations. The studio training has been full of great self-defense tactics as well as exercises to ease the mind. The class readings have given me a different outlook, allowing me to see the world through the eyes of people who have made Martial Arts a part of their lives. Interesting comparisons and contrasts make me look at some familiar problems from a more critical angle, and I have also started to think about many things I never gave a second thought before.            Whether you want to learn self-defense, get better discipline or gain self-confidence this class is for you. It is perfect for all skill levels, and good for the soul.”

-Nicole Tata, WAC174 student

Senior, Sociology Major

What moves you?

For a complete list of UCLA Martial Arts classes at John Wooden Center, visit:



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The Life Changing Popsicle

By: Nicholas Jensen, UCLA ’15 Political Science

In one of the most trying experiences I’ve had at UCLA, I was saved by a life changing popsicle. Looking back, I hesitate to say that it was actually “life changing,” but in that moment it certainly felt like it.  When I ate this supposed “life changing” popsicle, I had been standing on my feet for 13 straight hours and had another 13 hours ahead of me; I must have been crazy to sign up for 26 straight hours without sitting.  However, I was doing Dance Marathon, a 26-hour dance-a-thon fundraiser that takes place every year in Pauley Pavilion.  Participants—called “Dancers”—pledge to take a literal stand against Pediatric AIDS and the stigma that surrounds the disease by fundraising at least $260 (often more) to dance at the event.

But I digress; let’s get back to my life changing popsicle. I was only halfway done with the event and was struggling to stay standing. Anyone who has done Dance Marathon can tell you about the highs and lows one goes through over the course of 26 consecutive hours of standing.  It was around midnight and everything was going downhill: my attitude was waning and my whole body was exhausted.  My feet were especially sore, so I grabbed my trusted tennis ball (every Dancer is given one) to roll and massage my aching feet.  It was like pure bliss in a ‘hurts so good’ type of feeling.  As I was massaging my sore feet, that’s when it happened: the popsicle.

A guy I did not know wearing a green shirt walked up to me, handed me a popsicle from a box he was carrying, and said “You’re halfway there, keep it up!” As soon as I tasted that popsicle my spirits soared and my attitude completely changed. Suddenly, everything was better.  To be honest, I now can’t even recall the flavor of my life changing popsicle, but what I do remember was the kind stranger who gave it to me.  The fact that someone else empathized with my situation and offered me a small token of kindness was just the boost I needed. To this day, a stranger handing me that life changing  popsicle at midnight remains one of my favorite memories from Dance Marathon 2014.

I later learned that the kind stranger was a moraler. Moralers register for 3- hour shifts during the event, and their job is to bring high energy and boost the morale of the Dancers. Moralers are an integral part of Dance Marathon. It’s the perfect way to still be involved with the event for those who are worried about completing all 26 hours, concerned with fundraising, or do not have the time to commit. A 3-hour shift is the perfect way to experience Dance Marathon and bring the energy to pump up the other Dancers. Energy and excitement are infectious at Dance Marathon and Moralers can be that “life changing popsicle” for a Dancer.

Register to Morale at Dance Marathon 2015! This April 18/19 in Pauley Pavilion!

The special UCLA Community morale shift is April 18th from 3p-6p, it’s catered to UCLA Faculty, Staff, and Families! Cost is $30 ($15 for kids ages 16 and under) and includes a DM shirt! Register starting in mid-February online here! Email Nick Jensen at with questions!

How do you bring a sense of power to your daily self?

This Winter, HCI has sponsored a brand new course that explores the links between martial arts and personal empowerment. Through a hybrid approach combining critical readings in phenomenology (philosophy of experience) with weekly martial arts practice at the UCLA Department of Recreation, this seminar introduces UCLA undergraduate students who are new to martial arts to the practice and critical study of martial arts as a road to personal empowerment. Taught by Professor/Dance Historian Janet O’Shea (World Arts and Cultures/Dance) in collaboration with UCLA Martial Arts Program Director Paul “British Ninja” McCarthy, WAC174/Martial Arts, Phenomenology, and Personal Empowerment generates discussion and practical experiences centered on notions of power, embodiment, survival, self-defense, and physical mastery.

If you are a non-enrolled UCLA student or member of the campus community with an interest in learning more about how regular, rigorous physical practices like martial arts contribute to health and well being, the WAC/174 class is hosting an end of quarter martial arts demonstration, during week 10 of Winter Quarter. The martial arts demo is tentatively scheduled for March 12, 2015, date/time TBD. Check back with this blog and the Move Well Pod for details as the date draws near.


The UCLA Martial Arts program offers over 25 different styles of Martial Arts practices from over 10 countries to the entire UCLA community at UCLA Wooden Center. Martial arts classes are organized in an array of programmatic formats (classes, club sports, self defense program, etc.,).

More information is available here.

To view the UCLA weekly Martial Arts Schedule click here.

If you’d like a free introductory experience, consider enrolling in Bruin Self-Defense.

Here’s to practicing your best self!


Move Mail

By: FITwell Director Elisa Terry and and Move Well GSR Sarah Wilbur

You’ve heard the news: sitting is not good for your health.

It’s easy to sit at your desk for hours without moving, so FITWELL experts at UCLA Recreation have devised a way to inspire the UCLA community to get up and moving!

Introducing MOVE MAIL: a new daily email reminder program that includes quick (10-15 minute) workouts, instructional videos, walking routes, nutrition information, details about free campus movement classes, and more incentives to shake up your daily movement practice.

UCLA staff, students, and faculty who work predominantly at a computer can all benefit from Move Mail’s variety of suggestions. By signing up for MoveMail, you will receive daily messages from this team of movement experts at 10am and 2pm each day. While we encourage you to get up and move around during your daily routine as much as possible, these messages will keep your ideas and approaches “fresh” and support your commitment to moving often and moving well, towards positive health!

To subscribe to Move Mail, please click here.

MoveMail is among the newest FITWELL initiatives supported by the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI). The program compliments the diverse campus-wide movement programs that are currently available through UCLA Recreation, including:

For more information

Contact the FITWELL desk by calling (310) 206-6130, or e-mail us at

Or, you can visit the MoveMail webpage and social media handles:

Onward we MOVE!

– The Move Well Pod



Tango: A Story of Connection

By: Sharna Fabiano, UCLA World Arts & Cultures

Tango has long suffered from an international identity crisis. Erotic images typify the portrayal of tango in popular media, but curiously, experienced social dancers tend to liken tango to mind-body practices like yoga or martial arts, highlighting experiences of connection and creative flow. My own involvement with tango began in Cambridge, MA, in 1997, when I discovered the massive chasm between commercial and social tango, two related, yet unrelated, dance forms that irritate but cannot completely avoid one another. It is the community-based tradition of social tango that I have spent the last 15 years studying and teaching, and that I believe fosters the overall health and well-being of those who practice it.

A successful tango on the dance floor is one in which information flows back and forth, replacing the perception of two with the awareness of one. Tango partners listen and respond to one another, improvising each dance in the moment. This experience of generous, collaborative partnership makes dancers feel good about themselves by strengthening their sense of connection to others.

The tango classes offered in World Arts & Cultures/Dance are a wonderful opportunity to generate a sense of belonging in a group of students from across the entire campus, not only within the dance major. Requiring no previous experience, tango has a largely pedestrian technique. The goal for a tango dancer is not to be the same as anyone else, but to find a unique, personal way of expressing the form. In addition to being accessible, tango improves posture, balance, and coordination by gradually discovering more efficient ways of executing specific movements. Since these movements are always performed in relation to a partner, tango also teaches respect, and safe, supportive ways to approach physical touch. In their improvising, tango dancers learn to transmit trust, reliability, enthusiasm, confidence, playfulness, and patience to their partners through their own physical presence. In all of these ways, the practice of tango cultivates important communication skills that may be transferred to professional, academic, or personal contexts.

Furthermore, in this tango course, all students learn both following and leading roles, breaking the gender codes normally associated with partner dances. Learning both roles is not only a profound educational experience, but it also reinforces the understanding that both women and men are “followers” and “leaders” in the world, and that the relationship between followers and leaders can be complementary rather than hierarchical.

As an MFA student at UCLA, I’ve spent the last three years excavating tango for new choreographic tools. My degree concert, “After Hours,” is a series of interactions among four employees of a tango club, very late at night. But there is no classic tango, per se, in this show. Rather, tango principles such as lead-and-follow and upper body vs lower body direct the movement. I hope that audiences receive some of the experience of connection that I know to be so powerful for the participants of social tango dance. At the very least, this will be a very different idea of tango performance than the one presented in mainstream media!

The Dept. of World Arts & Cultures/Dance MFA Upstarts Series presents:

After Hours

Date: Fri, April 25, 2014

Time: 8:00PM Venue: Glorya Kaufman Hall, Room 200, UCLA Ticket price: $15/$8 students

Dance with us during Summer Session 2014!

Dance 8: Beginning Tango

Session A: Jun 23 – Aug 01, MWF, 1-2:30pm

Session C: Aug 04 – Sep 12, MWF, 1-2:30pm

What moves you? What health causes move you to act?

Read on to learn more about these active (& activist!) intersections housed right here at UCLA.
From UCLA Art & Global Health Center Director/Professor David Gere:

As an activist and scholar situated at the productive border between the arts and public health, I view the arts as world-changing, with huge potential to advance global health. I work from this perspective because of what I experienced in San Francisco, serving as an arts critic at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Throughout the decade beginning in 1985, I witnessed artists stepping into horrible circumstances to intervene with little more than images and ideas as weapons. I wrote newspaper reviews on the work of artists confronting the stigma of AIDS. I marched alongside artists goading city, state, and federal officials to devote new resources for care and prevention—and I cheered as they achieved positive results. I grieved publically with artists as they grappled with our collective losses. Through this process I came to believe that any intervention designed to alleviate the suffering brought on by this epidemic was missing something powerful and transcendent if it did not involve the collaboration and creativity of artists.

That is why, in 2004, I founded MAKE ART/STOP AIDS, an international network of artists intervening in the AIDS epidemic. I have been extending and deepening this network ever since, from villages in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, India, to complex megalopolises such as Los Angeles and Johannesburg. In 2006, I founded the UCLA Art & Global Health Center, dedicated to unleashing the transformative power of the arts to advance health in Los Angeles and around the world. The Art & Global Health Center brings together performance studies with public health, behavior change communication with medicine, social justice theory with practical application. The Center has established a major community presence in Los Angeles, especially through a large-scale collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District that allows us to reach 60,000 students annually. The Center contributes internationally as well, with projects currently operating in seven countries on four continents.

The work of the Art & Global Health Center is based on the theory that comprehensive health education can and should be engaging, entertaining, impactful, and transformative—because it improves self-efficacy and empowers participants to combat stigma surrounding STI’s/HIV, to engage in dialogue, to practice communication strategies, and to think critically on the impact of health decision-making. The arts clear space for the imagination, for broad and unencumbered thinking, and hence open up possibilities for personal transformation.

If you are having trouble envisioning what I mean, then please join me on Valentine’s Day (and the day after) to see for yourself.

UCLA Art & Global Health Center, with support from the Healthy Campus Initiative, Presents:

We’re Glad You Came
Valentine’s Day with the UCLA Sex Squad!
A FunCrazySexySmart Weekend of Performance, Parties and Art!
LIVE SHOWSDate(s): Fri, February 14, 2014 & Sat, February 15, 2014 Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM
Venue: Glorya Kaufman Hall, Room 200, UCLA
Ticket price: $6.00

Get Lei’d Luau 
FREE Party, DJ, STI/HIV Testing Van, Games & Prizes, Food!
Fri, 2/14/14
12-1PM Bruin Plaza

Big Sexy Scavenger Hunt
Workshops, Games, Activist Art-Marking, Prizes
Sat, 2/15/14
1-3PM Kaufman Hall, Meet in Rainbow Lounge

Art Orgy
Activist Art Exhibition
Sat-Sun, 2/14-2/15
Kaufman Hall, Various Locations

Keep It Up!
Spicy Fundraiser, Dinner & Party to support the UCLA Sex Squad
Sat, 2/15/14
$20, includes dinner and age-appropriate drinks
8PM-11PM Kaufman Hall
Space is limited

For tickets contact Elisabeth, e.nails@arts.ucla, 310-825-6938

Bio: David Gere Professor, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/DanceDirector, UCLA Art & Global Health Center

David Gere directs the UCLA Art & Global Health Center and is Professor of Arts Activism in the Department of World Arts and Cultures. He is also co-director (with Gideon Mendel) of Through Positive Eyes, a participatory photography project featuring people living with HIV/AIDS around the world. His book How to Make Dances in an Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS (University of Wisconsin Press) received the award for outstanding book publication from the Congress on Research in Dance. The book was also nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and received a special citation from the Society of Dance History Scholars and the De la Torre Bueno Prize. Gere studied music, dance, and Tamil in Madurai, Tamilnadu, on an Oberlin Shansi Fellowship 1980-82 and, in 2004, lived in Bangalore, India, on a research grant from the Fulbright Association, studying the ways in which artists are working in India to stop the AIDS epidemic. This led to the founding of MAKE ART/STOP AIDS, a network of artists throughout the world who are working to intervene in the AIDS epidemic. As part of MAKE ART/STOP AIDS, Through Positive Eyes currently features photography from Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Mumbai, and Bangkok, with future plans for Kiev and Lagos.