University of California, Riverside


Healthy Campus Initiative - Faculty Competition

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"The UCR Healthy Campus Initiative is a comprehensive approach to elevate health and well-being at UCR. We are committed to the health of our faculty, staff, and students and embrace an environment that both supports and encourages the health and well-being of our campus community.

–Kim A. Wilcox, Chancellor
HCI Vision & Mission Statements

UCR is taking an integrated and comprehensive approach to elevate health and well-being at UCR. The Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI), part of the larger systemwide Healthy Campus Network supported by President Napolitano, invests in improving the health and quality of life for all of our UCR campus community.


To be the model healthy campus, inspiring and infusing health and well-being into all of its facets.


To create a healthy campus culture and environment through collaboration with campus and community partners on policies, programs, services and initiatives that address all dimensions of wellness along with innovative engagement strategies, making UCR a university of choice.

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UCR faculty participation in the Healthy Campus Initiative aligns with all aspects of the academic mission of teaching/mentoring, research, and service. Faculty participation may enhance academic career advancement and tenure opportunities, student collaboration and role modeling, research opportunities as well as contributions of faculty research to inform HCI directions. In addition, getting involved has the potential to improve personal health and well-being.

Competition Rules of Engagement
  • Competition runs from: Please: Please check back for the next round of competition.
  • All UCR faculty, including adjunct professors, are eligible

  • Faculty members will complete various activities on the checklist below, or create their own activity to earn points.

  • Points can be earned more than once for the same activity

  • At the end of the competition, the college/unit with the most points will earn $500 from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC)/Provost to use for the department. It will be up to the Department Chair to decide how the $500 will be spent for the winning unit.

  • Awards will be provided as follows:

    • 2 awards for units within the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (CHAAS)
    • 2 awards for units within the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences (CNAS)
    • 1 award for the  Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE)
    • 1 award among:
      • School of Public Policy (SPP),
      • School of Medicine (SOM),
      • Graduate School of Education (GSOE), and
      • School of Business Administration (SoBA)

Winners feted by EVC/Provost Cynthia Larive for their contributions and completion
of the UCR Healthy Campus Initiative Faculty Challenge!

Faculty Competition Checklist
Develop and offer a new course(s) related to public and/or personal health and well-being, such as on Nutrition, Physical Activity, Public Health, Mental Health, Substance Use, Prevention, etc.
  • 100 points/course
    (points will be awarded for any submissions in progress)

Offer new courses or enhance existing courses related to public and/or personal health and well-being, such as on Nutrition, Physical Activity, Public Health, Mental Health, Substance Use, Prevention, etc.

  •  75 points/course

Offer a research course in which one or more students conduct HCI-related research

  •  75 points/course

Conduct research and/or evaluation for HCI

  •   75 points/course

Apply for HCI Project Grants

  •  50 points/project grant application 
Participate as co-chair in one of eight HCI subcommittees 
  •  50 points

Offer an internship course and supervise student working with the HCI 
  •  30 points/course

Mentor a student who is conducting HCI-related research   

  •  25 points/student

Participate, as a member, in one of eight HCI subcommittees 
  •  25 points/committee
Encourage students to develop HCI-related student projects to meet course requirements
  • 20 points/project

Sharing HCI tips with students and encourage students to engage in healthy behaviors
  • 10 points (1 time only)
Offer students extra credit for participating in HCI activities such as events or meetings
  • 5 points/extra credit option

Include in your syllabi a “blurb” about HCI (like the blurb for the Academic Resource Center)
  • 1 point/syllabi
Announce HCI updates/opportunities to students and colleagues
  • 1 point/announcement

Stuck on how you can fulfill the spirit of the challenge? Here are some outside the box ideas – Tell us what you did!

Outside the Box Examples:
  • If you’re faculty in chemistry, incorporate lectures or labs showing how chemistry is connected to health such as featuring the chemistry behind running the 400 meter race.
  • If you’re faculty in critical dance, encourage your MFA students to engage one of the HCI subcommittees in brainstorming ways to incorporate health into new work. For instance, MFA students might be interested in the power of dance in healing and recovery. They could engage the Substance Use and Addiction HCI subcommittee to learn more about recovery and how to incorporate it into dance.
  • As the designated faculty mentor/sponsor of a student organization, encourage the organization to a) engage in HCI activities, a) incorporate health topics into their activities, and/or b) employ healthy practices when executing the organizational mission.
  • If you are a faculty in Computer Sciences, incorporate how technology has been used to advance health in today’s society, technological support for mental health issues, etc.
  • If you are a faculty in Engineering, collaborate with students to research ways to build devices or transform environments that can support both physical and mental health.
  • If you are a faculty in Business, assign students projects to teach them skills on how to develop a business plan/case for a healthy campus, marketing plan to promote healthier food choices on campus, etc.
  • If you are a Faculty in Genomics, contribute information on how specific foods can be beneficial to health or new discoveries to detect disease and illness.
  • Create a half day seminar or symposium (with demonstrations, activities, etc.) related to health and well-being that is open to the general campus as well as local public.
 Download and fill out the Faculty Challenge Checklist.
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Dr. Anne Cheney

Assistant Professor
Center for Healthy Communities
School of Medicine


Julie Chobdee

Wellness Program Coordinator
Human Resources


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More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Program Information

Julie Chobdee, MPH
Wellness Program Coordinator
Human Resources

1201 University Ave., Suite 208
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: (951) 827-1488
Fax: (951) 827-2672