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How do you stay healthy outside?

We asked people across campus how they stay healthy outside. Here's how they answered.

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Gary May

Chancellor

How do you stay healthy outside?

Davis is an ideal place to enjoy the outdoors. We have a beautiful campus, more than 3 miles of Arboretum trails and a very walkable downtown. Working out is an important part of my daily routine and that usually includes going for a run on campus or nearby.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

The sunshine and fresh air is an immediate mood lifter. After so much time being isolated indoors from the pandemic, getting outside feels more refreshing than ever.

Chancellor Gary May and LeShelle May on a bench outside

Mary Croughan

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to spend time outside walking our dogs, hiking in the hills, walking along the beach, and riding horses.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I feel relaxed, grounded, and at peace. As I often say to my kids, "It's good for my soul".

Provost Croughan leaning next to a tree

 Sarah Perry

Environmental Science and Management
Second-year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to go on runs on the trails surrounding Davis. It connects me to my environment and I make fun little discoveries all the time!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside calms me down and helps me focus more on my schoolwork as well as invest more energy in my relationships.

Selfie in a traffic mirror

Melody Cao

Microbiology
Third-year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to take long walks around campus during the golden hour.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Nature possesses a special beauty. Just by looking at it, it soothes one’s mind and body. I spend time outside to momentarily escape from reality and to remember just how beautiful the world is.

Greenery and stone benches

Genevieve Burye

Civil and environmental engineering
Second-year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love going on walks and looking for all the squirrels on campus admiring all the flowers especially since everything is blooming right now.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

School gets really stressful but when I’m outside, it’s my time to not think about my homework and to focus on me. Sometimes I’ll even figure out why I was stumped on a homework problem while I’m out walking.

Squirrel lying on a sidewalk

Kaitlyn Amodeo

Earth and planetary sciences
Graduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I enjoy talking breaks to walk in the arboretum everyday. It really helps me to spend some time outdoors and get a little exercise to clear my mind.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's really helpful to have a change in scenery and spend time away from my computer and phone. It really helps improve my focus throughout the day.

Redwoods

Myrna Cadena

Animal Biology

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on daily walks on the green belt paths around Davis or the Arboretum. The stunning views and wildlife like otters, ducks and most recently goslings, always cheer me up.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I have finally realized that taking breaks is not being lazy and that it is actually part of being productive. For instance, after a walk around my neighborhood, I often feel recharged and ready to finish up some work. In contrast, if I force myself to push through, I usually end up taking longer to finish the task. So now, I try my best to listen to my body and take regular breaks when needed. My favorite way to take a break is visiting our local parks and ponds, especially now when there are goslings around.

Ducks and ducklings near pond

Ingrid Liu

Animal Biology
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I enjoy taking runs and walks outside, especially around the arboretum or the animals around campus.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It helps with my mental health as staying indoors for long durations can take a toll on me.

Two people pose with alpaca

Rosanely Alvarez

Managerial Economics
Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I have enjoyed participating in the weekly campus Earth Day events like bird watching and nature photography. I also enjoy going on walks at the arboretum and seeing the turtles and ducks.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Being outdoors improves my mood and helps me relax after a long day. It also allows me to connect with nature and get some fresh air.

Ducks in the Arboretum waterway

Kathleen Luna

Davis Campus Clinic

How do you stay healthy outside?

walking on my breaks and lunch

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

fresh air

Kathleen taking a selfie outside

Julia Decker

Wildlife Fish and Conservation Biology Major
First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love spending time outdoors by hiking, kayaking, and gardening.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I find being outside brings me peace and belonging. Nature really helps with my mental place and finding time to enjoy life with a busy schedule.

Julia posing in front of the Arboretum waterway

Yahaira Arceo

International Relations and Anthropology
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Spend my time outside surrounded by nature is an important part of my mental health care. My time outside is usually dedicated to myself; studying, writing in my journal, and meditating are things that I don’t feel comfortable doing indoors.Also, being surrounded by nature keeps me motivated and inspired.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I have social anxiety so I have a really hard time studying in crowned places such as the library and my community center. That’s the reason I’m constantly looking for new “study spots” outside all around campus, specially the arboretum. Spending time outside help me to concentrate better and boost my energy after a long day. This is also my medium to spend time with my friend since I cant be in crowned or noisy places. We organized picnic dates in the arboretum or in the field that is in front of our apartments. All the above are reason why I choose UC Davis. Davis is famous by its pretty campus with beautiful landscape and nature, and its small ‘college town’ as well.

Arboretum waterway

Sanghyeon Song

Cell Biology
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to be in the sun and eat fruits.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

In order to obtain the nutrients to stay healthy. Like vitamin D and fresh oxygen.

Squirrel standing near a water bottle

Kevin Gonzalez

First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like walking around the arboretum, feeling the sun on my skin and just drinking in the peaceful atmosphere.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside and amongst nature is important because it allows me a respite to relax and decompress. It’s a pause from my schoolwork that lets me just breathe in and be in peace.

Ducks laying on the lawn near the Arboretum  waterway

Annika Denyer

Sustainable Environmental Design
First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to visit the arboretum in between classes to meditate, read, or sunbathe!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I mentally recharge when outside. After a stressful or busy day/week, finding some peace just a few minutes away from my classes is super important to upkeep my mental health.

Arboretum waterway

Xue Chang

Psychology
Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love going meditating outside to practice gratitude and anxiety reduction mid day. Then I take a 2 hour evening walk to ensure I stay in shape and to keep my mind clear after a long day of stress, school, and work.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I love feeling connected to something that is bigger than me. Spending time outside serves as a reminder that I am a part of something bigger and this thought allows me to stop, collect my thoughts, let go of my stress and anxiety, and to enjoy every thing that is around me.

Tree branches and leaves against the clear blue sky

Grace Kim

Clinical nutrition
Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Choose to walk home and get some vitamin D

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

For one it’s to breath fresh air, I like windy days and the day after it rained cause the air outside feels so refreshing. Also as mentioned I like to get my dose of vitamin D outside.

Grace posing in the sun in a garden

Cindy Fong

Dermatology Academic Office
Education Programs Assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

We're an outdoor family. We love biking, fishing, camping, snowboarding, picking fruit and visiting parks.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important for us to spend time outside as a family to remove ourselves from chores at home and electronics. Spending time outside allows us to focus on each other and enjoy new adventures.

Baby eating cherries from a tree

Angelica Hernandez

Human Development

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

By getting as much vitamin D as possible with of course having sunscreen on!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Helps enhance your mental health especially with looking at a screen for a huge amount of time during the days which gets tiring. Also just by taking a step back from reality to enjoy the time you have in a space that’s full of calmness!

Group of children running in the grass at a crowded park

Jasmine Jeon

Sociology

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to walk to school rather taking the bus since I live nearby. I also like go to the weekend Farmer's Market and ArtStreet to do cardio and support small businesses.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's important because most of my week is staying sedentary inside while doing schoolwork and extracurriculars. But going outside not only improves my physical health, but mental health since it helps me think of an activity to look forward to.


Zhixuan Li

Computer Science

Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Sitting down under the shelter of a great tree and look up sunlight leaking into the shade

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is a way to get in touch with the nature and feel alive. Spending time outside is a good relief for me to escape from heavy works.

Blossom on a tree branch

Angelina Tran

Biochemistry

Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like walking around campus and the arboretum

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I like the fresh air and gives me time to be peaceful while listening to some music

Rainbow

Kyle Lee

Design
How do you stay healthy outside?

Jogging on the trail and mentally cleansing observing nature.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s good for overall health and mood

Bright sky over tall trees

Eli Singh

Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like going for walks when the weather is nice and spending time studying outside.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time in the sun makes me feel really happy and makes me feel more energized. When I work on homework on the quad, it doesn't even feel like I'm working. Spending time outside also allows me to enjoy nature.

Sheep lounging in the shade on campus

Ellianna Damozonio

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to do all my studying outside, whether it be outside the MU, at central park, or in the courtyard of my apartment building. It gives me a chance to go on a walk before and after, and to enjoy the sunlight!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I am always able to focus better in fresh air, and if walking to a nearby park can be incorporated into my busy school schedule, I am able to find a better balance between time to focus and time to decompress. Plus, when I am able to walk to class, or take a slightly longer route through scenic parts of davis like the arboretum, I love to be reminded of what a gorgeous campus and city I am in, which helps with my gratitude and mental health! And I get pretty pictures to go along with it all :)

UC Davis water tower over the Arboretum waterway

Jacie Cheng

Biotechnology

Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love going for walks, sitting in the sunshine, and going to the park!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s so beneficial for my mental health and I always feel like I’m in a slump when I don’t go for a little walk everyday

Ducks sitting in the shade

Jalen Gautam

Political Science and Economics

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go for a walk or a long bike ride around town.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important to get some fresh air everyday and appreciate our surroundings.

Biker approaches a traffic circle

Angelika Garcia

Psychology

Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Go for walks

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To get exercise and appreciate nature


Michael Tsortos

Biochemistry and Microbiology

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on walks and explore. Recently, I attended the Environmental Club’s field trip to visit the California Academy of Sciences and grow my knowledge. I go to downtown almost every week and try something new. Turns out most students have no clue of the craft fair that goes on every other Sunday at the farmers market square!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside provides an escape from the overwhelming stress that accompanies higher education. It is important to take a step away from your duties and take a moment to breathe, exercise, and release some endorphins.

Person posing for a selfie outside

Rubeen Sandhu

Human Biology
How do you stay healthy outside?

Going on long walks and listening to podcasts!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Better for my mental health, gives me alone time and time to breathe and reflect.


Thae Su Thu

Human Biology

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

nature activities to keep you mentally and physically healthy

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Appreciate the beautiful nature

Person walking near rows of roses on a clear, sunny day

Sara Vien

Managerial Economics
How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Staying fit


Sadikshya Sharma

Plant Sciences
How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go for walk, hike, or run outside because I love exercising in nature. I also like to sit down in the arboretum during the evening reading some books and snacking on some fruits and nuts.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I had severe myopia and got a surgery. I stay infront of my computer from 8-5 on most days. My eyes get tired and so does my body sitting in my office. The only thing I look forward after my hectic day is to spend sometime outside the house in the nature. It is important to spend time outside to calm myself and heal my drained soul. I forget all my stress when I am spending time outside. My mental health feels better outside and I want to prioritize my mental health above anything.

Lake surround by grass and foliage

Lulu Xue

Statistics
How do you stay healthy outside?

It's cool to walk along the river on campus, and work in ec garden!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's good to refresh

Strawberry and yellow flowers in the background

Jin Chen

Mathematics
How do you stay healthy outside?

Love it

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's healthy

Tree with red and orange leaves alongside a path on campus

Devi Eden

Aulmnus, former UC Davis Arboretum volunteer
How do you stay healthy outside?

I hike, ride bikes, walk, birdwatch, and sometimes I hug big trees

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

grounds me, relaxes me, keeps me feeling good and healthy

Person stands in front of a large oak tree with their arms outstretched

Sophia Loo

Geology

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

My favorite way to stay healthy outside is by walking or skating in the arboretum.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside is helpful to recenter my thoughts. It helps me snap back to reality after a long day of classes, emails, and social media.


Ivy Liu

Plant Biology

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to bike around the campus to see different buildings and wildlife, and love biking right now since it brings some wind as the weather get hotter and hotter!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside help me relax my brain and body from my classes and work and keep me motivated to continue my journey!

Bike path

Rubeen Sandhu

Human Biology

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Sitting in the sun, going on long evening walks, early morning hikes, outdoor yoga/meditation

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I feel more creative outside listening to nature and breathing fresh air!


Thuy Anh Tran

Psychology major
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on walks and bike rides.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside helps to clear my mind.

Two people posing with plants

Montana Olson

Psychology

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on adventures with me friends outside as much as I can, whether it is going for a long walk or just doing homework outside!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside is drastically linked to my mental health. I always make sure I get time outside in the sunshine to give myself the best foundation to have a good day as possible.

Three people posing for a selfie at the UC Davis stadium

Cindy Corhiran

Environmental Science and Policy

Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to stay healthy by going on daily walks. It’s nice to get a breath of fresh air everyday and it helps me to focus on work I need done! It also gives me some time to practice photography, which is a favorite hobby of mine.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I find that when I stay inside all the time, I can become much more stressed and have a more difficult time focusing on the work I need to finish.

Redwood grove in the Arboretum

Alexander Velasco

Global Disease Biology
First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

A way I like to stay healthy outside is by going on long walks, not only is it good simple exercise but its also incredibly calming on the mind.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Its important for me to spend time outside especially during midterm season because it sometimes feels like I'm in my room for hours and hours looking a glowing screen, so going outside to walk is such a release. It a perfect way to refresh and reenergize. Plus, being around nature is so healing on the mind, it provides a pure sense of peace and tranquility.

Garden

Tawny High

Staff

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Peace of mind


Paola Pantoja

Math, Chicano studies
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to stay healthy outside by going on hikes, along with relaxing at the arboretum. I enjoy sitting in the chairs and watching turtles and ducks swim in the water.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important for me to spend time outside as it allows me to destress and relax.

Person standing on a cliff overlooking the ocean

Jenni Dingeldein

Development and Alumni Relations

How do you stay healthy outside?

Going for long walks around campus, local bike rides, and running after my toddler.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

My mental and emotional health are best regulated with movement. Most recently, I visited the UC Davis Bee Haven with 11 of my colleagues. It's always invigorating to learn something new about campus, while being active outdoors. The photo I'm sharing was from this April 27th visit to the Bee Haven, and many of us have biked out for a second visit since then!

DEVAR staff posing at the UC Davis Bee Haven

Valentina Farinelli

Agricultural and Resource Economics

How do you stay healthy outside?

Cycling and doing birdwatching in the Arboretum or other parks

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Immersing myself in the nature around me gives me peace and serenity

Scrub Jay perched on a bench in the Arboretum

Genna Weinstein

International Relations and African American and African Studies
Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to dance outside! I feel like I breathe a bit easier because I have fresh air and I'm not trapped in a room.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I spend most of my time indoors. Sometimes, I forget how important and nice it is to be outside! Whenever I need some time to think or breathe, I remind myself to go outside. It helps me relax, rethink, and check in with my body.

Shields Oak Grove

William Green

Neurology, physiology and behavior
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go for walks in the arboretum.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To get sunshine, vitamin D, and some quiet time.


Elisa Alonso Herrero

Economics
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Going hiking on the weekends, using my bike everywhere and trying to run across the greenbelt

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Completely clears my mind and relieves stress, and i love to feel the sun

Grass and trees on a sunny day

Kersten Plicner

Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on walks outside!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside let’s me clear my head and feel refreshed!


Megan Nguyen

Biology
Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to rollerblade in the park

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I like the fresh air


Hannia De La Torre

Microbiology
First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love doing homework outdoors. Take a sunbath and just enjoy myself when I am underneath the sun. Spend sometime just to think about me while I am sitting on the grass. Also going once a quarter go with UC Davis outdoor adventures to have amazing experiences.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

For me being in contact with the nature is something that I enjoy a lot and is like therapy for me. Instead of being in my dorm with the AC on I rather be feeling the natural air. I LOVE NATURE.

Hannia posing in a field of sunflowers

Nana Oshima

History
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I leave home early every morning and go to class walking though arboretum. The birds and the plants look different everyday and that refresh me

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

When I came to the US last year, I got homesick and stayed home most of the day. Once I started to spend time on campus with my friends or in arboretum alone, I felt my mental health getting better everyday.

Ducks napping by the Arboretum waterway

Kaitlyn Blair

Biological psychology
Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to play outdoor sports like soccer and basketball with friends. I started playing intramural sports this year and have had a lot of fun. Going on walks and biking are other ways I like to exercise outside too.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's important to get fresh air and spend some time away from screens. It can reduce stress and you can get vitamin D from the sun. I also love watching sunsets and clouds, it is calming for me.

Bike path at West Village

Shimona Prahbu

Computer science
Graduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking whenever possible, biking, and staying hydrated are my top ways of making sure I’m staying healthy outside!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time amidst the lush greens in Davis is the ideal way to spend my time. Not only does it rejuvenate my mind and body, but also gives me my daily dose of vitamin D!

Shady patch of grass

Shenglun Wu

Civil and Environmental Engineering

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking at a place with good view

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Hiking ensures my daily exercise, and great view of nature (i.e. seashore, mountain, forest, etc.) makes me feel relax.

Seals resting on a beach

Rob Kerner

Plant Sciences
IT manager

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking, and driving off road

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It allows me to forget about the stress of the office. This is an image me self recovering my vehicle after I slid off a very muddy trail.

Car on a muddy shoulder, winched to a tree

Genevieve Villaruel

Offices of the Chancellor & Provost
HR Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

My family loves to bike! And our dog loves to go on walks. So we sometimes bring her by attaching a special leash to my bike. She ends up running instead of walking, and at first loves it, but then tires and slows do

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It motivates me to exercise, and it’s a great way for our family to spend time together. Otherwise, it’s very easy to be lazy!

Family posing with a dog and several bikes

Heip Ma

UC Davis Health, Dermatology
Physician assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking, biking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To clear my mind and enjoy what nature has to offer

Heip standing by a rocky coast

Samantha VanAcker

Inpatient pharmacy
Senior Clinical Pharmacist

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking the dog (both around our neighborhood and exploring new areas)

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside is fun, and good for our bodies. I get to spend quality time with my family outdoors, dog included!

Golden retriever on a walking trail

Patricia Bevington

Retiree

How do you stay healthy outside?

Going for long walks

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s relaxing and enjoyable.

Patricia on a walking trail

Melissa Hatten

Health System Cancer Center

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To enjoy the peacefulness of nature , recharge and reset. This picture if from my family Easter walk in a park close to my home.

Trail

Nico Fauchier-Magnan

Facilities Management: Energy & Engineering
Energy Engineer Supervisor

How do you stay healthy outside?

I ride a cargo bike to commute to work and to drop off / pick up kids. This builds outside time into my everyday schedule and keeps me healthy and happy.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Biking every day makes me feel connected to nature (my route goes through the arboretum) and to other people in the community (I often wave hello to other friends on bikes on my daily rides). It builds exercise into my daily routine, which keeps me in shape. 


Julie Wollenhaupt

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking and Gardening

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It recharges my batteries.

Cat among foliage

Christina Ellis

How do you stay healthy outside?

I am working to slowly plant up my yard with landscape plants and edibles.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I work from home and don't do a lot of physical activity but puttering outside and working in the garden helps me stay mobile and healthy.

Christine standing in front of a group of sunflowers

Amanda Arroyo

Occupational Health
Administrative Assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking has always been something that I loved. As I’m getting older I make more time to find new trails and exploring the beauty of nature.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important to me to get away from normal daily routine. I love spending my free time being outside and exploring new trails.

Green hilly coast

Tania Heta

SVM Deans Office
Personnel Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

Stepping outside for a breath of fresh air.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To recharge and get calmness in order to refocus on the tasks at hand.


Simone Nelson

International Relations
Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to stay healthy outside by incorporating walks into my schedule - if I have an extra 5 minutes I’ll go and take a walk around campus.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I spend time outside because it is important for my physical and mental health - spending time in nature is a way I can “reset” and destress from the day.

Arboretum waterway

Ulrike Kreutzer

Internal Medicine
Research Administrator

How do you stay healthy outside?

Biking/biketouring and hiking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

In my job I have to sit in front of the computer a lot. To stay healthy and sane I like to be active outside in my free time.

A tent and picnic table near a large grassy hill

Erin Mayer

UC Davis Medical Center
PACU RN

How do you stay healthy outside?

I walk my dogs almost every day, or they walk me!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It makes me happy, it makes them happy and I enjoy the sounds of the birds and the smell of fresh cut grass. It brings back happy childhood memories.

Erin walking tree dogs on a wooded road

Allison Lourenco

Sustainable environmental design
First-year student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I go on walks with my dog and I love to hike! Picnicking is also a favorite activity!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Going outside and distancing myself from technology is my favorite way to clear my head when I’m stressed. I just take a walk and when I come back to my dorm, I already feel calmer and more focused. It’s a free way to relieve stress! Who wouldn’t want to spend time outdoors? It’s also the best way for me to spend quality time with my dog, Lily.

Dog sitting in a field of flowers

Lucy Vo

Pharmacy

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to garden. It is satisfying to see my flowers bloom and plants sprout new leaves.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To breathe in fresh air and be connected to nature.

Flowers growing on a fence

Nicole Shepherd

Alumni

How do you stay healthy outside?

By walking, riding bikes & deep breathing/meditation & enjoying Gods beautiful, miraculous creations on campus & the Arboretum.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Helps me connect with God on a deeper level, refresh my soul, body & mind to get energized & remember that I am accepted & loved by God & my motto is”Progress Over Perfection”. 😉

Nicole posing with another person at the Arbooretum waterway

Justin Stagg

IET

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking and Running

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Fresh air, sun, reminder that there is more than just being inside all day at a desk.


Dee Bailey

Office of Clinical Research
Clinical Trial Project Manager

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to stay healthy outside by hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. We live in such a beautiful area that offers so many great trails to enjoy all year around!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside brings me joy and improves my well-being both mentally and physically. Nature makes my heart sing!

Dee sitting in a tree with a lake and hills in the background

Mina Latifi

Computer Science department
PhD student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love walking around campus specifically in Arboretum.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I feel calm when I see the beauty of nature. I love to focus on different plants and other living things.

Arboretum waterway

Maria Fiskin

CAHFS Tulare Necropsy

How do you stay healthy outside?

My family and I go on bike rides most weekends.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's important to get kids outside off video games, exercise and enjoy beautiful weather.

Group of four people posing in front of bikes

Maya Spiteri

Department of OB/GYN
Executive Assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hammocking after doing some yoga!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It centers my focus and helps me finish out strong! Finding balance in my crazy workday with some peace is my favorite part of my day!

Maya laying in a hammock outside

Corrie Jacobs

University Development
Proposal Writer

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking in the arboretum, biking, gardening, hiking in state parks.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

We are lucky to be in such a beautiful part of California! I’m grateful for the literal sunshine and rainbows. There are so many health benefits to gain from spending time in nature—and being grateful for our surroundings boosts those benefits even further.

Pink flower

Gwendolyn Gonzalez

Food Science
1st year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to walk in the Arboretum.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I think it's good to have fresh air after a long day inside classes.

Gwendolyn and other person posing outside for a selfie

Caitlin Banks

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group
4th year PhD student

How do you stay healthy outside?

My husband and I go for walks in the evening, it's a great way to get some fresh air and get our steps in.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

We spend so much time inside, especially these days. But it feels so good to get outside, to feel the sun, take a second to really see the nature, and breathe in the fresh air.

Caitlin in front of a reddish, rocky landscape

Carrie Dowling

CAHFS - Davis Immunology

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walk our dog in the open park area behind our house.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I feel better afterwards, and it starts my day off right.

Walking path

Daphne Darmawan

Pediatrics

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to do yoga outside and have been lucky to find several local community yoga classes held in the park.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To enjoy the California sunshine!


Melissa Garcia

Graduate School of Management

How do you stay healthy outside?

As a parent, I tend to put myself on the back burner. I like when I get the opportunity to take a walk while my children are at their sports practices.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important to spend time outside because I don't get to do it often as I'm busy in the house or work. I like to walk, get some fresh air and just breathe. I don't walk fast or run, I enjoy the time for my mind and body.

Child playing baseball

Ruben Arevalo

Biomedical Engineering
Business Technical Support Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

I review air quality warnings at www.airnow.gov and avoid neighborhoods with high levels of crime. I signal turns and have lights/helmet when riding my bike.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Sun exposure helps human circadian rhythm. It is also a good opportunity to meet friends and neighbors.

Rainbow over a field and trees

Elizabeth Reay

California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory
EH&S Specialist

How do you stay healthy outside?

Bike riding, hiking and walking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Nature is soothing and stimulating at the same time.


Jessica Olson

Department of Internal Medicine
HR Business Partner

How do you stay healthy outside?

Running!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It feeds and energizes my soul

Person finishing a marathon

Becky Cuneo

Development and Alumni Relations
Prospect Research Associate

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love walking my dog! Hiking is the best, but just a daily walk is great also.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I love being warmed by the sun. The natural light gives me such a boost and I feel almost like it's an emotional reset.

Becky Cuneo in front of a bridge, carrying a dog

Sara Hawkes

Academic Assistance and Tutoring Centers
Interim Executive Director

How do you stay healthy outside?

Kayaking with two of my best friends.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I started kayaking on Wednesdays during COVID with two of my best friends. Being outside keeps me centered and the rhythm and effort of paddling clears out the mental fatigue. Taking the time to be present to experience the seasons, the wildlife, and the nuances of the waterways in this region has been hugely rewarding. There is so much biodiversity right here in Yolo/Solano/Sacramento counties that we often marvel that we seem to be the only humans out on the water in the sloughs, canals, lakes, and rivers.

Three kayaks on the water

Camille Silva

Human Resources
Staff

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking my dog or doing yoga outside.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Nature brings me to a better state of mind. Takes away my mind chatter.

Camille Silva

Susie Kantor

Manetti Shrem Museum
Associate Curator

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It helps me clear my head/reorients my thinking. Also fresh air! And in the summer, I love the heat.

Tree with pink blossoms

Jeremiah Fabila

Parking and Transportation
Business Tech. Support Analyst 2

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love going on walks/runs/bike rides with my daughter on the American River trail on beautiful sunny days.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's important for me to spend time outside to remind me how beautiful and magnificent God's world is and how blessed I am to get to marvel at its wonder. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.

Young girl stands near the banks of a river

Lauren Tehrani

Plant Sciences
Administrative Assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

Playing catch and going to the batting cages with my son.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To get vitamin D and fresh air.

Lauren Tehrani posing with her son at batting cages

Linda Adams

Occupational Health Services, Campus Recreation
Registered Dietitian

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Fresh air and moving my body!

Hiking trail

Stacey Brezing

Occupational Health Services
Director of Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to swim, hike, run, paddle board, kayak, read in my hammock, etc. etc., the list is too long!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside has become such a necessity for me. As soon as I step outside and feel the temperature on my skin, I feel my body start to calm. For me, it is probably one of the most important ways I can self-care.

Image of Stacey Brezing out for a hike in the snow.

Sarah Janus

Parking and Transportation Services
Sustainability Officer

How do you stay healthy outside?

We take walks/hikes in nature on our weekends.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

The outside world helps to make my family feel...well, grounded. It connects us to the natural world. I watch as my 9-year-old slows down, looks up and connects with this non-digital space. My husband's worry lines across his forehead begin to soften. My shoulders lower, I breathe deeper and get out of my head and really into the outside. There are so many many reasons why this is important. For our physical and metal well-being. And for our the wellness our of family connection. We do better in our individual selves when we feel most connected to each other.

Image of chris and devland janus out for a walk.

Megumi Yamanoha

Design and Construction Management
Architectural Associate

How do you stay healthy outside?

Fishing in the ocean.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's about connection...to my childhood growing up in Okinawa, to understanding where food comes from, and to the wellness of our planet.

Image of Megumi Yamanoha fishing in Alaska.

Jojo Melendres

UC Davis Health
Nurse Case Manager

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hike, picnic, do Parks on the Air™ events! (See photo below.)

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Fresh air, Vitamin D from sunlight, socialize with friends, free the mind from work stress, physical activity for exercise.

Image of Jojo Melendres at the Parks on the Air event.

 

LeShelle May

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to go running most days, so I log a lot of miles around town. The flat landscape in Davis and all the running trails are like a jogger’s dream.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

We all need time to clear our minds and get our hearts pumping. When it comes to juggling my busy career and family life, getting outside and taking in some fresh air is a perfect way to stay centered.

LeShelle May and Chancellor Gary May standing in the Quad

 Erika Villasenor

Cognitive Science Major
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to play soccer with friends or walk the arboretum!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important for me to spend time outside because it’s my biggest way to distress and stay healthy!

Arboretum Waterway

Anita Shahriary

Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior
Fourth-year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to make sure I can get outside at least once a day. Usually I do this by either substituting a drive with a bike ride instead or majority of the time I will take a study break/take my studies outside by setting up my picnic blanket at either Central Park or at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden for some time to take in the sun. On days that are hard for me to get outside, I take a small walk around my apartment complex just to make sure I can get some fresh air, even if it’s something small like that.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important for me to spend time outside for my mental health. I feel like the sun energizes me and gives me the motivation to continue my day (or even night). Feeling the air and the sun on my skin helps me keep my sanity.

Person in a cap and face mask posing for a selfie

Tracy Diana Alfaro

Letters of Science

How do you stay healthy outside?

My favorite thing on Davis are the greenhouses we have! I love being able to visit them, and explore the different plants we have in there! To be healthy outside for me is also having picnics with my friends in certain places at Davis and being able to explore our campus and local scenery we have. I love to visit the farmers market and collect fresh produce from the student farm when I can. Having an EBT card has allowed me to afford the produce from the farmers market and encouraged me to explore different ways to buy produce! I especially love to go on adventures with friends and look around our campus and around Davis!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I think going outside has really helped me with my mental health. I’m able to relax and enjoy times with friends and also distract myself with the beauty of the plant life we have at Davis. Whenever I need a pick-me-up I love to go to the Greenhouse, because I love walking around the different plants and just being able to have a moment with the environment and myself. In that way I’ve been able to combat stress and it has really helped me.

Person posing in a greenhouse

Alexis Lemus

Alumni

How do you stay healthy outside?

I enjoy going on walks with my dog because not only does it provide me with my daily exercise it helps expanding his life as well. But also outside of that I enjoy traveling with my family and when we travel we only walk in order to see the sights and explore a community.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Last school year when everything was basically closed on campus all I did was stay in room. It was during that time I became more depressed and felt trapped but once I was able to go outside and enjoy the things I use to my mood elevated and I started to do better in school. Therefore being outside is highly important for not only my mental health but my ability to function in life.

Person standing on a large stone hand high over green hills

Mali Williams

Communication & Design

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love exercising! Especially biking through the arboretum and on campus!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It helps me distress and allows me to have more energy throughout the day!

Blanket laid out on a grassy field

Algamae Ramos

ObGyn Administrative Assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

I always try and give myself at least 15 minutes of being outside in the sun every day. I'll try and take a walk, but on especially hot days there is nothing better than putting down a blanket and enjoying the breeze and sun and nature. This helps my stay healthy mentally which to me is just as important as staying healthy physically.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

With the pandemic, and working 8hrs indoors, I feel it's especially important to prioritize time outside. Taking a walk, or sitting in the sun helps me feel grounded mentally and physically, and I think that's really important right now.

Person sitting in the grass

Amanda Arroyo

Occupational Health Services

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to go fishing and kayaking with my daughters

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Teaching my daughters that the outside world is beautiful and relaxing.

Person holding a fishing rod under a big blue sky

Mary Pfeiffer

Hospital access supervisor

How do you stay healthy outside?

Gardening

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I love nature


Cristina Dobre

Pharmacy
Pharmacy Technician III

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to stay healthy by having a well-balanced diet by reducing the salt and sugar intake. I enjoy going on long walks and have frequent outdoor activities with my family.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important for me to spend time outside because is very beneficial for our physical and mental health. Soak up in the sun to elevate vitamin D levels, fresh air and unwinding to help reduce cortisol levels and many more. Being outside, it’s also important for me to encourage and guide my little minions to explore their creativity and teach them a healthy way of having fun away from the electronics.

Person sitting on rocks on the coast of a lake, holding a Starbucks cup

Tracy Ly

Managerial Economics
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walk around on campus, try to eat well

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s good to get some Vitamin D and get some fresh air after spending most of my time indoors with a digital screen most of the time b/c of school, work, or entertainment.

Duck standing near the Arboretum waterway

Chloe Resngit

Global Disease Biology Major, Music
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on picnics with friends and family!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s especially important for my mental health. Being outside is so grounding. I’m also vitamin D deficient so the sunshine is great!

Three people pose with cupcakes outside on a picnic blanket

Jesse Goodman

Economics
Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to stay health outside by socializing and exercising outdoors. Whether it’s walking and catching up with friends in the arb, or running around campus - being outside keeps me healthy and happy.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important for me to spend time outside besides ur benefits my mental and physical health. As a busy person, it can be find to time take to reflect. I find that going outdoors allows me to self reflect and set short and long term goals.


Emily Vu

Environmental Engineering
First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on walks at the Arboretum with friends and also love to play tennis in my free time! I’m not a big fan of running but when my friend does I bike alongside to pace her!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

For me being outside is when I feel the most relaxed. if I’m ever in a rut or have a slight headache, getting fresh air always seems to help and puts me in a better mood. It also allows me to really take in the world and get a break from all the technology!

Three people pose for a photo in the Arboretum

Carrie DeCuzzi

E.L. Niño Bee Lab
Student Assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

I am a beekeeper, so the way I like to stay healthy outside is by going out to the hives and doing basic maintenance and care for the honey bees. A lot of it is physical work but it doesn’t feel like it when you are outside listening to the buzzing.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It keeps me grounded. Being outside with the honey bees and hearing the buzz all around me while I watch them work improves my mental health. We take things for granted and are always in a rush, so it’s really motivating to see how they get things done and work together without a worry.

Person wearing a beekeeping hat, posing with beehives

Noel Conner

Academic Information Systems

How do you stay healthy outside?

Mountain biking is my favorite activity. I love to get out and go for a ride as often as possible. It so nice to ride on trails away from cars and be out in nature.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Most of us spend the majority of our time inside. Getting outside really recharges your batteries. It is super important for your mental health to spend time in nature.

Person mountain biking on a wooded trail with a dog

Lindsey Beaman

Wildlife fish and conservation biology
Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on walks and hikes and swimming. I have really gotten into spending time just looking at nature whether it’s by myself or with friends.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I find spending time outside let’s me open up my mind more and be happier. I love exploring and finding new places.

Kayaks on a lake

Christian Ortiz

Global Disease Biology
Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

In Davis, I tend to go to the arboretum to de-stress. At home, I try to visit the beach and watch the waves crash. These activities provide some piece of mind by giving me an outlet to de-stress from my academic coursework.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Since we’re living in a tech-advanced society, it is important to allow yourself some time away from electronic devices. Doing so allows one’s eyes and mind to rest.

Christian standing on a rock near coastal cliffs at the ocean

Sahar Alaei

Biological Sciences

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to promote my physical and mental health outside. Going on walks by myself or sitting outside to do homework instantly boosts my mood. I also like biking, hiking, and kayaking.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Nature has always made me feel productive and happy. Being around other living things helps me realize my worth.

Scrub jay

Cindy Chen

Animal Science

Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Spend time under the sun and go horse riding

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Need to stay healthy and absorb all the vitamin D


Kristen Wong

Animal Science

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Making sure to get exercise and not go out when its real hot :)

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To be heart healthy and make sure your friends are doing alright. Check on those besties thats fosho, preferably with boba or at the arboretum.

Cow

Natalie Skiera

Anthropology

Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

My chronic illness doesn’t allow for a lot but, I love to meander wherever I have to go. Walking, I’m able to improve my physical health but also my mental by stopping to look at squirrels or to smell a new patch of jasmine that I found.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Like a plant, I photosynthesize. I need to sunbathe for mental and physical health, but I also need the grounding peace that is watching bumblebees make wildflowers droop as they pollinate each one.

Squirrel

Priya Upadhyy

Integrative Pathobiology
How do you stay healthy outside?

I love walking. A brisk walking and hiking is my way of staying healthy.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Outside time always freshens me up and gives me a good break in between studies. Walking outside not only plays a part in my physical health but it also improves my mental health.

Rocky beach of a lake

Emily Nguyen

Cognitive science

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Take night walks

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Vitamin D

Person laying in a hammock on the Quad

Selena Viramontes

Spanish

Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to stay healthy outside by walking around the Arboretum after my last class of the day for about 15 minutes and before commuting back home.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important for me to spend time outside because it recharges me after spending a majority of my day sitting for classes, studying, and commuting.

Arboretum waterway

Richard Jia

Alumnus

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like riding my bike at sunset when it’s not too hot and I can watch the sun go down from all the awesome spots to watch amazing Davis sunsets! I don’t think people realize how awesome summer evenings are in Davis when it cools down!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Exercise is important! I try to get a work out in every day so my body can be healthy and I can improve my cardio. Also vitamin D improves the immune system!

Cloudy day on a street corner in Davis, lined by a blossoming hedge and many trees

Alvin Tong

Global Disease Biology

Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go for 2 mile jogs

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

For me it is really good for my skin


Allaunna Carter

Food Science

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I enjoy going on walks through nature areas such as the arboretum. I love hiking over the summer when I have time and getting to see and appreciate the scenery.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important to me because it helps me with my mental health. It makes me focus on the beautiful aspects of life which gives me a break from being stuck in my mind. When I’m outside I feel free and at home, like nothing touch me or hurt me.

A lake surrounded by wooded hills, under a bright, clear sky

Kaye Guillartes

Communications

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love being able to do yoga outdoors because it’s a different experience. I also enjoy strolling the arboretum, especially with my dog.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important for me because I use it as a way to recharge my body. Whenever I feel a bit down or in a slump, I can always count on a walk outside to help me feel better. Also, it’s an amazing way to be more present and be off social media and listen to your surroundings. I love hearing the birds chirping. It’s a great place for solitude.


Sharada Karthik

Biotechnology

First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love taking long walks with my friends and family. I usually walk through the Arboretum during the late afternoon and early evening. I try to go several times per week.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Being outside allows me to take a break from my week; I can use that time to recharge and get some sunshine and fresh air. I also get the chance to reconnect a bit with nature since I love observing interesting plants, visiting the Horse Barn, and looking for birds and other animals while I’m walking on the trails.

Arboretum waterway

Kyra Toomey

Global Disease Biology

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love walking in the arboretum and downtown!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside allows you to center and ground yourself


Julissa De La Torre

Biological sciences

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go for a bike ride or walk on the beach. I also enjoy putting a blanket out on the grass and laying down.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It helps with my mental health. I feel better seeing the color green and getting some air. Feeling the sun also improves my mood. If I stay inside all day I don’t function as well.

Julissa and two others pose for a selfie near a waterway

Nguyen Nguyen

Psychology

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to to play grass and beach volleyball. I also think it is important to soak in sunlight and enjoy the weather

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I’ve noticed that I really enjoy sunlight and it really does boost my mood and gives me serotonin

Person posing for a selfie on the water, with a beach and trees in the background

Clarke Walsh

Nursing
How do you stay healthy outside?

I eat the grass and the leaves :-)

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

belly full of grass and leaves :-)


Myo Maung

Communication

First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to stay healthy outside by walking around the Arboretum and getting a good amount of cardio in during my breaks

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important for me to spend time outside because if I stay inside all day, I feel cooped up and feel really unproductive. By going outside and getting fresh air, I reset my mental mindset and give myself energy by doing so. In addition, spending time inside is very unhealthy and spending time outside helps to make me less unhealthy.

Person posing on a bridge with a microphone

Zauhria Hyche

Applied Chemistry to Forensics
First year undergraduate student
How do you stay healthy outside?

I exercise at the arc and go on bike rides.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

More energy!!!

Two fruit and granola cups

Nina Steinkemper

Design, communication

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to spend at least 2 hours outside in my backyard or on campus.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

My mental health is always much better whenever I’m doing outside sports. Enjoy skiing and hiking to keep active and happy! I’ve found myself much less stressed and anxious when I’m out with my family or friends! It’s so nice that Davis has so many outdoor activities and park spaces and especially the arboretum!!

Nina standing in a small body of water with a dramatic mountain face in the background

Amanda Arroyo

Occupational Health
How do you stay healthy outside?

bike riding

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Getting outside and being active helps with my mental health.


Kamea Boucher

Ecological Management and Restoration

First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I struggle with many chronic illnesses, so doing a lot of activity is difficult for me. However, as of late, I’ve decided that I want to be more physically active and better my mental health. I take my two year old yellow lab out on walks around the green belts in North Davis. I’ve been incorporating more running everyday into my routine, and I haven’t felt this great physically in a long time!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I struggle with both my physical and mental health. Winter here was hard for me last quarter. But as soon as the sun started shining, I grew more motivated and decided I wanted to change my lifestyle in a positive way. Going outside for walks and runs has been so lovely, and it’s keeping me lively! I’ve learned to appreciate the outdoors in a different way than I have before, and I can’t get enough of it!

Selfie of Kamea walking a yellow lab on a walking path

Catherine Tate

Chemical engineering

Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to bike, hike, and garden.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outdoors makes me feel happier.

Llamas

Emily Fucarino

Microbiology

Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I stay healthy outside by walking around the Arboretum, Segundo Resident Garden, and other little ecosystems on campus– enjoying the sunlight beneath a fresh layer of sunscreen!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Going outdoors is a great way to unwind after a busy day and get exposure to sunlight that's crucial for vitamin D production and overall wellbeing.

Tree-lined sidewalk on campus

Kylie Roland

How do you stay healthy outside?

My partner and I stay healthy outside by playing volleyball with our friends, taking walks through the arboretum, and traveling to the coast to hike.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important to me to spend time outside because it instantly improves my mood and connect with nature.

Two people pose for a selfie in nature

Christian Soliman

Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

all the time

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

the nature is heal for humans


Lucas L

Accounting
How do you stay healthy outside?

Biking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Exercise


Julianne Capone

Agricultural and Environmental Education

Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

i like to go on walks with my friends and use the playground by my house to do some fun running around and letting off steam

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

to keep my sanity

A group of people sitting on a picnic blanket on the grass, reading and knitting

Candie Aquino

International Relations
Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I go on daily sunset walks, it’s a beautiful way to end the day.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Nature has always been a safe haven for me. The fresh air, swaying trees, birds chirping, it’s all so soothing. Nature has a lovely way of calming and rejuvenating the soul.

Coastal cliffs, a deep blue sea and a bright sky overhead

Melissa Zepeda

Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning
Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to stay healthy outside by going on hikes or even just for small walks close to home! I also love to spend time in the sun with friends on a picnic or putting up a slack line and learning some fun skills.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important to spend time outside because fresh air keeps me happy! Being out in the sunshine can put a smile on my face and keep me motivated to go through my day.

Melissa posing high above a thick patch of trees

Amelia Wiggs

Environmental Science and Management
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I am on the track and field team here at Davis so I am able to get outside for some exercise everyday at practice. It is a really nice break from indoor classes and labs and always boosts my mood. I also make sure to go on walks in the arboretum or just stop to take a few deep breaths of fresh air between classes on busy days. It helps keep me grounded and focused.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Connecting to nature and getting fresh air has been proven to improve your mental health in many ways. It’s relaxing to see the plants and animals and it allows you to get your heart rate up without worrying about waiting to use a machine at the gym or running a certain distance. Sometimes it’s better for your mind and body to take a long stroll. Especially here at Davis with so many beautiful trails to take. Also studying outside and changing your learning center environment can improve retention. In the picture I submitted our guest lecturer had to present remotely so I took the opportunity to move class outside for the day. It was a very refreshing start to my day and I got to see the arboretum ducklings.

Ducklings

Leonie Koehler

Community and regional development
First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to either go swimming at the pool when the weather is good, running outside, picnicking outside with friends, etc.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I think that it helps improve my mood, the air and sunshine always making me more motivated to do some work afterwards.


Kaelynn Tan

Sustainable Environmental Design
First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

One way I enjoy staying healthy outside is by participating in dragon boat. Dragon boat is an outdoor water sport in which people come together to paddle in a boat. Practices are usually held either in a lake, channel, or estuary. This is a great way to be away from screens and surrounded by other people and nature at the same time.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I believe it's important to spend time outside because humans were made to interact with the outdoors. For example, we can only get Vitamin D from the sun, which is outside. If we were inside all day, we wouldn't get this vital nutrient. I also believe that there is some intrinsic value in being surrounded by nature. Being surrounded by nature can have a calming effect on people which can be useful if someone is dealing with stress.

Group of people rowing a canoe

Brinda Prothia

Neurology, physiology and behavior
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like going to the Hutchinson parking lot and watching the sunrise or sunset. I like to put away any electronics and just enjoy the view of Davis, breathe in fresh air, and do a deep reflection on my life.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside makes me feel better about my mental and physical health. Even though we have sunrises and sunsets everyday, I love watching them whenever I can. It helps me appreciate our world and makes me feel grateful for everything.

Brinda standing above a field at sunset

Ariana Lopez Torres

Molecular and Medical Microbiology
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to take walks around my neighborhood and on campus. I like to do this by either listening to a podcast or music. Recently I have been trying to study outside to get some sun.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's good for my mental and emotional health, it helps me take breaks from my busy life and it allows me to appreciate the environment

Sun and sky over a layer of clouds

Kimberley Stauffer

Animal Biology
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I go outside and visit the arb at least once a week to give myself a mental breather.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s very important for me to spend time outside because its like my happy place. There’s something very calming about being in nature. It is pure innocence. Observing things that have done nothing to harm me. Simply and calmly observing the way the tree branches sway, the way a leave flutters to the ground. And the way the ducks waddle around. They come to say hi to me. They think I have food for them.

Person walking with a dog on a dirt walking trail

Gabriela Guerrero

Animal Science
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to walk around campus and the arboretum.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To get your mind off of things and relieve some stress.

Plant

Vy Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking outside with friends

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To relax your mind, get physical activity and get fresh air!

Sheep grazing on a small grassy hill on the UC Davis campus

Lindsey Dunning

Ombuds Office
Associate Ombuds

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking and biking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It helps me stay centered and grounded


Samantha Tang

Plant biotech
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?I like to stay healthy outside by going on walks and bike rides.
Biking around campus, spending gaps between my schedule studying outside and getting fresh air instead of staying inside on my phone
Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

As a plant biotech major, I need ways to connect with nature. A lot of science happens in the lab or even on a computer, so much so that we forget that science and nature is all around us in the outdoors.

Sunset over a parking lot

Elizabeth Cho

Philosophy
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?I like to stay healthy outside by going on walks and bike rides.
I like to incorporate simple things into my every day, such as biking or walking to school!
Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important for me to spend time outside because it helps with my mental and emotional health!


Summer Reeves

Biological Systems Engineering Major
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?I like to stay healthy outside by going on walks and bike rides.
I like to stay healthy outside by going on walks, hikes, or hangin out with friends in the quad in between classes.
Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I think it is important for me to spend time outside because it is a way for me to relax and spend time with friends.

Summer on a hike

Brittany Nelson

Beaker - IT

How do you stay healthy outside?I like to stay healthy outside by going on walks and bike rides.
I walk to William Land Park daily with my dogs or longer walks by myself.
Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It improves my mental health/anxiety, calms me down, and reminds me how beautiful nature is. I really enjoy being active and walking.

Park with a lot of green space and trees

Julia Luckenbill

Psychology
Alumni, Class of '97

How do you stay healthy outside?I like to stay healthy outside by going on walks and bike rides.
My family and I like to hunt for rocks, shells, colorful leaves, flowers, mushrooms....
Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Hunting for an elusive treasure outside means that you are totally disconnected from the online world, away from to-do lists and hopeful about the future. It's a shared excitement if you have someone special with you. You never know what you might discover, and when you do, it's a moment to celebrate!

Flower

Savita Patil

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking, playing tennis and ball games with my kids, gardening.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Outside makes me feel I am limitless.

Savita Patil and another person, pose for a selfie, covered in colorful powder

Catherine Levin

Business

How do you stay healthy outside?

Gardening, walking, hiking, swimming

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It makes me feel good and it can be relaxing

Adult and child look at plant starters

Helen Shao

UC Davis Health
Critical Care RN

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking, walking, running.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

The fresh air, sun and nature bring me joy and give me energy. I look forward to spending time outside every day.

Helen posing by a large boulder

Michele Morris

IT Data COE
Project Policy Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

Paddle boarding after a long day.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I love water and feel a calm when I am out on my paddleboard, disconnected from technology. Whether I want to workout, sit and meditate, or lay back and close my eyes, my stress level drops as soon as I am on the water. The solitude and calm allows me to reflect, gain perspective, feel gratitude and breathe in the day.

Michele on a paddleboard on a lake

Yaswanth Jampani

Biomedical Engineering
First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to go on walks and take lots of pictures of the scenes I see. I also love playing sports outside or just going on a long bike ride throughout the arb.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I love nature and just connecting with everything around you. Also it gives me a chance to get away from the hectic city and clear my mind of the stress and just enjoy the moment.

Yaswanth sitting by the water

Robyn Ireland

Development and Alumni Relations
Associate Director of Foundation Engagement

How do you stay healthy outside?

My unit sets aside half an hour every Wednesday for an optional walk and talk in the Arboretum. Work talk is forbidden! It has been a great way to energize us for the day, bond, and build exercise into our workdays.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It really helps me to calm myself and recharge. It is the fastest way for me to get a quiet mind on a busy day! (Plus, sometimes there are sheep!)

Sheepmowers

Anthony Cygan

Clinical Engineering
Imaging Equipment Specialist

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking, Biking, and Running mostly.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It just feels good to get away from electronics and feel the sun on my face, as well as breath the fresh air.

Tony on a hiking trail

Sheri Kuslak-Meyer

School of Nursing
Director of Educational Programs

How do you stay healthy outside?

Meditating in nature and walking.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It keeps me grounded and recharges my batteries.


Angelina McClung

Theatre & Dance
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I enjoy hiking to get some exercise while also taking in the fresh air and photographing any interesting new plant or animal I see.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside is important for both my physical and mental health. I am happier and more friendly throughout the day, which allows me to spread positivity to others.

Angelina posing with a goat outside

Lindsey Dunning

Ombuds Office
Associate Ombuds

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking and cycling

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To clear my head and move my body


Laura Cerruti

Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion / UC Davis Alum
Principal Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

I run and swim, and at least a couple of times a month I spent a weekend morning in my garden. I am a grateful participant in the family hikes, beach trips, ski trips, and camping vacations planned by my spouse.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Time outside centers my mental and physical self. Having given myself that space, I find that I am more productive at work, I tend to eat better, and I can be a kinder and gentler mother, spouse, daughter, friend, and colleague. Our outdoor trips are the most quality family time I can imagine.

Laura and three other people hiking through a wooded area

Charlene Miller

SVM Dean's Office
Personnel Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

Exploring new places to distract my mind and refresh

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Staying mentally balanced

Charlene posing in front of a mossy cliff face

Lori Leong

Foundation Plant Services
Diagnostic Lab Manager

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to take walks at lunchtime with my coworkers. I also like to go hiking, bicycling, and birdwatching with family and friends, and I enjoy working in my garden.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Outside time is great for improving my mood. It is relaxing to work in the garden or look for birds, and I enjoy getting some exercise in the fresh air. Plus walking with coworkers at lunchtime is a nice break from work and a chance to catch up with friends.

Wooden walking path through the redwoods

Miles Thorne

Facilities Design and Planning/Real Estate Development & Management
Supervisor

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking/Biking/Hiking/Adventures

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Peace of Mind, Family, Health, Laughter

Miles, standing in the woods, with a child on their shoulders

Wenbo Wang

Business Analytics
Graduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Being exposed to nature helps me to clear my mind.

San Francisco skyline

Irene Engilis

Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
Collections Manager

How do you stay healthy outside?

Swimming (laps/open-water), bird watching, gardening, and walking my dog are my favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors, watch clouds, and breath fresh air.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Being outside helps me relax by focusing on my surroundings sun, wind, trees, bushes, flowers, birds singing-foraging-grooming and not anything else that is causing me stress.

Irene swimming in a lake

Kelly Musselman

Office of Research
Financial and Research Administrator

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking and camping with my family, water sports.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Health, bonding and educational time with my family, teaching my children to care for and about our environment, less time on electronics, and pure enjoyment.

Group of people of different ages posing in front of a waterfall

Renee Clark

Pharmacy
Certified Pharmacy Technician

How do you stay healthy outside?

Going on hikes with my family to interact and discover.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

For me it is important to spend time outside because I have a career that keeps me inside 8+ hours a day and my joy is the natural world so going on long hikes in the wilderness on the weekend balances me.

Field with yellow flowers

Janice Noort

Palliative Care
Nurse practitioner

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to breath in fresh ocean air, listen to the waves, enjoy sunsets and go for long walks on the beach.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

The beauty of nature revitalizes me.

Sunset ovet the water

 


Amy Spakosky

Continuing and Professional Education-Human Services
Workforce Development Specialist

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to take walks with my dog Carly. She is an excellent sniffer!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Being outside clears your mind, wakes you up, and revitalizes you.

Small dog on a walking path at sunset

Annie Breger

English, Communication
4th year student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love taking runs throughout the UCD campus, Davis itself, and the greater Sacramento area! Running through the Arboretum is especially beautiful. I love being outside and going on runs with my friends.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Being outside energizes me and makes me feel good inside and out. It helps me clear my mind if I'm feeling overwhelmed or stressed.

A group of people running a race

RJ Taylor

School of Veterinary Medicine, Dean's Office
Academic Personnel Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

Running through the Davis greenbelts.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To get fresh air, listen to the birds, and clear my mind.

Davis greenbelt

Shushmita Subash

Graduate School of Management

How do you stay healthy outside?

A nice walk or jog under the sun keeps me going. Thankfully there's a football ground close by, it's really nice to jog there in the evening cool wind or morning sunshine. Best way to soak up on some vitamin D and keep those bones moving!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Staying confined to our rooms, homes has become routine and going out breaks that. Getting some fresh air, looking at nature around, talking to strangers, walking in the park helps me get a different perspective of things and takes any stress away. I also realize how beautiful the city is! Going outside is literally taking a breath of fresh air in this busy life.

Soccer pitch

Emily Holmes

Health Sciences Development & Alumni Relations
Development Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

I take morning walks in my neighborhood before starting the workday, often doing loops in a nearby public park. On weekends, I try to explore a new area on foot. I am trying to invite a friend or family member to join me more often now, too.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I noticed that I'm more relaxed on mornings that I walk outside, so I know it's good for my stress management. I also get an opportunity to interact with nature (listen to birds!), get sunlight (Vitamin D!), and see my community biking, walking, or enjoying the outdoors.

Arboretum waterway

Krista Thongphanh

Primate Center
Graduate Student Researcher

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love taking outdoor spin classes with friends, paddle boarding at Lake Natoma, and walking around the Arboretum and farmer's markets

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's important for me to spend time outside as nature provides a platform where I can spend time with my loved ones without worrying about circulating indoor air and the risk of contracting COVID19. The outdoors provides all these opportunities to spend quality time with the people I care about.

Krista on a lake

Nicole Nisson

Orthopaedic Surgery
Administrative Assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walk and bike.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To be able to play with my preschool age daughter, keep active and healthy.


Donna Bilorusky

IET Academic Applications

How do you stay healthy outside?

Go hiking on weekends with the family and our dog. On weekdays during work hours, I walk our dog in the mornings and during breaks. I also take the kids to the playground at least once a week to meet their friends after school.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important for me to spend time outside because it stretches my body and gives me break from the hours of spending time sitting or standing in the front of the computer. It also makes my mind clearer it actually helps me finish my work tasks.

Donna standing among sculptures and plants

Mary Northup

IET
EIS

How do you stay healthy outside?

Running, walking and biking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I enjoy the health benefits of a more active lifestyle as well as the mood enhancement I get from being outdoors.

Bird entry park

Connie Tan

Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being
Program Coordinator

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to garden, growing fruits and vegetables in my backyard.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important for me to spend time outside to soak up the sun and breathe in fresh air. Taking a few minutes everyday to check on my plants, and eventually harvesting from them, gets me out of my office chair and gives my eyes a much needed break from the computer screen.

Connie Tan poses with a plant.

Jim Hewlett

Supply Chain Management
Communications Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go for daily barefoot walks.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I love feeling the sun on my back and ground under my feet, and seeing the birds and squirrels and cats on my walks. I also enjoy saying hi to others who are out and about walking and biking!

Jim on a barefoot walk

Alana Clark

Department of Neurology
Clinical Research Coordinator

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking, hiking and learning to slackline!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It makes me happier. The sun makes me remember how alive we all really are! Being outside makes me think of how connected we all are and how much good there is.

Alana slacklining in a park

Haven Kiers

Landscape Architecture, Department of Human Ecology
Assistant Professor

How do you stay healthy outside?

I stay healthy outside by hanging out with the UC Davis Sheepmowers. It's super relaxing to watch them graze on campus lawns - I can feel my stress melt away when I'm around them.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's all about the healing power of nature!! I am so much happier and less anxious after I've spent time outside.

Person, wearing a shirt that reads "work your grass off," kneeling next to a group of sheep

Stacey Parker

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden
GATEways Horticulturist

How do you stay healthy outside?

Gardening in the Arboretum!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside is the best way to ensure a good day! Noticing the subtle changes of the seasons, getting fresh air, connecting with friends, and appreciating the beauty of plants and the natural world all contribute to my well-being.

Image of Stacey Parker gardening in the Arboretum.

Katie Hetrick

Finance, Operations and Administration Communications 
Sr. Communications Manager

How do you stay healthy outside?

When I visit new places, I love to explore on bicycle. It takes you off the beaten path and it's so much easier to hop on an off without worrying about parking!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside clears my head and provides perspective. Problems that seem too large to overcome have a way of becoming manageable once you get in nature.

Image of Katie Hetrick on a bike in southern California.

Jason Lorgan

Student Affairs
Executive Director

How do you stay healthy outside?

Snowboarding

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Being in nature separates me from the worries of life, even if just for a few hours.

Image of Jason Lorgan snowboarding.

 

 

Peter Yellowlees

Department of Psychiatry
Professor, Chief Wellness Officer

How do you stay healthy outside?

Lots of exercise. Walking cycling swimming golf.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

My health!!!

Peter Yellowlees golfing

 Yury Godsey

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking or running

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Clear my mind

Yury poses with stats from a kickboxing workout

Denise Andal

Medical and Molecular Microbiology
Third-year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to take walks around campus especially in between my classes. It helps me appreciate to slow things down sometimes and look at what our beautiful campus has to offer.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s really important for me to step back from studying and all other sources of stress. It helps me forget about them for a moment and truly live in the present.

Green field and waterway

Brianna Kemble

Clinical Nutrition

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to go for walks and enjoy the outdoors. This benefits my physical and mental health!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important for me to spend time outside because it helps my physical and mental health. When I go for walks, I am able to clear my head of all the chaos happening with school, work, family, friends, and anything else and just simply enjoy the presence of nature around me. The smells, sounds, sights and my other senses all are activated.


Briaunna Lemus

Psychology

How do you stay healthy outside?

By walking my dog and also riding my bike that my sister won last year with the in it together competition. We both go on bike rides and it has been a great bonding activity for us.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Because it provides not only vitamin D and mental health benefits but it allows me to see the world versus feeling like it is passing me by.

Someone standing on a large wooden hand, high above green hills

Rachel Gauer

Communications
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to hike and swim in any body of water!!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I feel like it refreshes my mind and my body

Person swinging into a creek

Emma Ward

Biological sciences
First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love taking walks or sitting on the grassy spots on campus!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s very important for my mental health to spend time outside. If I don’t, I always notice a negative change in my mood

Person posing in a creek

Sarah Katris-Tyler

Biological Sciences
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go for walks through the arb and in the local parks! It’s fun to look at wildlife and flora while out and about.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Being outside helps reset my brain after a long day of studying inside and helps me focus better. Plus: I can go see the cows!

Cows on the UC Davis campus

VeraAnn Smith

Davis resident

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to walk through the arboretum. I get my day started with a 5-6 mile walk in the morning. On occasion, I will end my day with a shorter walk as well.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

First and foremost, the health benefits. Second is the mental benefit of being outside and exercising.

Arboretum at sunrise

Michael Lehman

Clinical and Translational Science Center

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking my dog, cycling, soaking up the sun.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Vitamin D, stress relief. I broke my neck April 1st, so after a month of no exercise, it's been magical to be back outside and moving my body!

Person standing on a trail with a dog

Zoe Wilf

Mechanical Engineering
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I ride my bike to campus everyday, and lately I’ve been really enjoying the ride, feeling the wind rush past me, and just generally being mindful.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

There’s nothing better than some fresh air and some sunshine. It does wonders not only for your physical health, but your mental health too.


Lesley Carrillo Cazares

Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, Chicano Studies
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking outside and getting vitamin D. It makes me happy and gets me into new spaces.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I like spending time outside so that I can breathe fresh air and see everyday things. I enjoy nature, one of the reasons I like the UCD campus.

Arboretum panorama

Aubrey Nguyen

Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like going on walks with my friends outside and laying on the MU quad

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside is relaxing and allows me to recharge, think, and connect with nature


Colleen Rosales

Air Quality Research Center
Postdoc

How do you stay healthy outside?

My husband and I like to take walks around our neighborhood. I also like running, biking, and spending time on the water during the summertime!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

The bright outdoors just give me so much happiness, and I believe we should invest in our health and wellness so that we may be productive in other aspects of our lives :)

Colleen posing in front of colorful shrubs

Linda Adams

Occupational Health/Campus Rec

How do you stay healthy outside?

Playing with my granddaughter outside.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Fresh air and physical activity!

Toddler outside in the grass

Emma Storm

History, East Asian Studies
Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I ride my bike to class everyday. When I’m between classes, I sit in the arboretum and study or draw.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

When I’m surrounded by nature, I feel less stressed. If I have a test or assignment I’m worried about, spending time sitting outside and listening to the wind and the birds helps put me in a calm mindset. Then I’m ready to tackle my day.

Person reading in the Arboretum

Kaelynn Tan

Sustainable Environmental Design

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to stay healthy outside by going on evening walks.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important for me to spend time outside because it gives me time away from the screen and class work. It allows me to relax and just enjoy the outdoors.

Clear sky over UC Davis campus

Natalie Gutierrez

Landscape Architecture and Design

How do you stay healthy outside?

Gardening, riding my bike around, and spending time outside with my family.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important so that I am not always inside, occupied by technology. Being outside gives me a sense of peace of mind and is an important time for me to step back and focus on my mental health.

Meadow under a clear, bright sky

Mendy Ha

Community Regional Development
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

By going on relaxing walks

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Sunshine and fresh air is good for your soul

Lizard on a sidewalk

Neryssa Ureta

Human Biology
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I enjoy going on runs, doing bike rides instead of taking my car and walking to my class.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I know the importance of having vitamin D and living my life in nature


Natalia Lemos

First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

We are the bike capital for a reason! I enjoy biking by the arboretum and around campus to get some fresh air. I like to park and go on walks to see the beautiful nature around campus

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s a form of self care, nothing beats the beauty of the outside. When school gets tough it’s great to refresh yourself by having a picnic day with friends or enjoying the sun on your skin!

Four people enjoying a picnic in a park

Jude Farhat

Genetics and Genomics

Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Frequent walks!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To prevent a decline in my mental health

Person posing in front of a pink, blossoming tree

Jenna Heath

Communication

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to sit outside and do my homework by where I live with my blanket and some snacks. I always notice that when I do my homework outside, I feel refreshed and more motivated to work harder on my assignments. It brings me much joy to have a "main character" moment outside on the grass listening to music and working on homework. I love going on hikes as well and getting some exercise in as well! I also enjoy my job as a tour guide where I get to give guests and visitors a chance to see the campus. It not only makes me happy helping others but I also get to do it outside!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Its important to me because it helps me mental health. I notice that during the pandemic, I really stayed home and never went anywhere, which really drained my mood. But when I actually decided to change and got outside, my mindset and mood changed completely. Whenever I feel down or upset, I know that going outside for a simple walk or just sitting on a bench outside, really helps me reset my mindset.

Person smiling on a cliff, with the ocean in the background

Jose Amaya

Clinical nutrition
How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go hiking and biking while paying attention to my surroundings.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I think being outside gets me out of a box. If I don’t spend time outside I feel disconnected from the world so taking that time to be present in my surroundings outside is good for me.

Two people on a hiking trail

Brooke Isrow

Psychology, Communication

Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to stay healthy outside by getting up to the mountains! I find that the crisp mountain air and the smell of pine trees refreshes and rejuvenates me. I like to hike, bike ride, and spend time taking in the beautiful views. When I am in Davis, I like spending time walking through the arboretum or sitting with a good book in a hammock on the quad.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important for me to spend time outside because it helps me take care of my mental health. I am able to relax when I am outside, and I feel a sense of peace and connection to the world. The fresh air helps my stressors melt away and gives me perspective on what is important in this world.

Person sitting by a lake

Mayra Miranda

Animal Science

Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on walks with my dog named Willow!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important for me to go outside in order to destress and boost my mood. It helps me collect my thoughts and Willow loves to go on her walks, too

Dog

Rachel Kirylo

Sustainable Environmental Design

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

By biking around davis! Fresh air and cardio in one!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I am solar powered!! Being outside helps clear my brain fog and feel refreshed after a nice bike ride!

Person sitting on a large rock, with grassy hills and a lake in the background

Hannah Parducho

Clinical Nutrition

Alumnus

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love exploring nature! I love going out on hikes with my friends and sister, skateboarding along the trail by my house, and going for a swim. Whether I’m alone or with others, being outside brings me so much peace.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside allows me to reconnect with nature and reminds me that there is so much of the world to explore.

Road alongside the beach

Clara Morales

Psychology

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to take nightly walks and watch the sunset to destress for the day.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

After hours of lectures and studying, being able to walk outside and breathe in the fresh air make all those stressful moments disappear.

Sunset over West Village

Jasmine Saldano

Cognitive Science with Computational Emphasis

First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go outside to take walks, water my plants, read, exercise or go out with friends! Spring is my favorite season because of how easy it is to do these things. The more time I spend outside, the better my day and week is. At home, I also used to walk and run with my dog Mocha. My brother and I used to play outside together as kids, but now we just spend time in our backyard to read or watch youtube.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important to me because my life needs a balance between the indoors and outdoors. As much as I like to be inside to watch movies or play video games, I can do even more things outside. I’m used to going places by walking or biking, and I’m used to spending time with friends and family outside for all kinds of things. It’s important to my community and my culture to spend time outside with loved ones, and it’s just as important to me.

Person reading "The Secret History" in the grass

Amanda Foley

Sociology Organizational Studies

Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on walks with friends, play tennis, and read on the hammocks.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It’s important to be outside for your health. I feel walking always helps me whenever I’m feeling stressed from school. Playing tennis also allows me to meet people from all different majors and years. Lastly, reading outside provides me a safe space to relax outside of school.

Person posing among trees

Lara Faustino

Animal science

Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on runs in the neighborhood.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside allows me to enjoy the nature around me and always puts me in a positive mood.


AndRea Spears

Communications

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I stay healthy outside by riding my bike and walking. I usually eat my snacks outside when the weather is nice.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important for me to spend time outside because the sun gives me energy. I use this energy to get through classes and errands.

AndRea poses for a selfie in a crowded park

Christine Aguado

Landscape Architecture
How do you stay healthy outside?

I’ve always enjoyed having a picnic with my friends outdoors. We do a little painting, eating good food and sometimes watch a movie 😊

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I strongly believe that nature heals! Being in nature has helped with my physical and mental health. I often enjoy hiking and visiting public gardens! It stimulate my creativity and heals me at the same time

Person walking on a tree-lined path

Viet-Long Nguyen

International Relations and Economics

Fourth year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Bike to campus, play basketball at Dairy Courts, walk around Arboretum

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's a break from school and work, a way to stay active and enjoy the world we live in. My body hurts if I sit around for too long.

Cat walking on a sidewalk

Jade Wong

Animal Science

First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to bike to places as a means of both exercise and transportation! Whether its to go grocery shopping, to class, or just to hang out with friends, its both environmentally-friendly and fast.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's important for my mental health and wellbeing! If I stay inside for too long I often stagnant and unproductive, and the fresh air brings a new life to my day.

Jade poses for a selfie on a walking trail surrounded by trees

Shawna Katz

Biology

First year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Go on daily walks

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Being in the sun helps mental health

Two people pose for a selfie in a park

Sydney Sandoval

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Going for walks, playing sports with friends, listening to music and laying in the sun

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

My mental health instantaneously improves when I go outside on a beautiful sunny day, and talking to others is a bonus

Two people pose in front of a sculpture and trees

Tyler Wilson

Internal Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center

Resident Physician

How do you stay healthy outside?

snowboarding, surfing, golfing, swimming

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

For the much needed Vitamin D after long days working under fluorescent lights in the hospital

Tyler posing on a snowy peak, with Lake Tahoe in the background

Noelle Dea

Computer Science and Engineering

Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to spend time outdoors with my friends and family. Even when plans go awry I love making memories with them outside. A 10 mile hike in the rain seemed daunting, but halfway through we made it to a misty meadow and captured the photo I submitted.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I grew up going to state and national parks often with my family and scout groups. I am so grateful for those experiences, now every time I am in an outdoor space I am at my happiest and I feel my stress melting away.

Two people in a meadow on a raining day

Christine Haake

Veterinary student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Jogging in the afternoons and weekends, visiting nearby state parks, and spending time hanging out outside with friends.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside is such a mood booster! It's especially lovely to feel the sun after long hours spent in the hospital as a fourth year vet student.

Two people sitting on the grass with a dog

Kaitlyn Wong

Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to use the walking loops and walk through the arboretum between classes.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It improves my mood and helps me relax and keep calm throughout the day, especially after stressful classes.

Cloudy sky over UC Davis

Jennifer Wright

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to take my kids to the ball field and practice, sitting in the sun during the games to get my vitamin D and just seeing my kids having fun and enjoying life and each other

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To keep my children and myself healthy and active.

A kid wearing a softball uniform and an adult holding a bat at a baseball field

Dan Hull

IET

How do you stay healthy outside?

I have to move computer equipment across campus regularly, and we have a vehicle to use for large loads. But for small ones that I can fit in a hand cart, I like to just walk (weather permitting). The campus is beautiful and it's nice to stretch your legs.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's important to both stretch your legs, exercise your body, and get a change of scenery for your mind!


Priya Upadhyay

Integrative Pathobiology

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love clean and green arboretum.I walk a loop atleast four times a week.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Brisk walk helps me to stay physically and mentally healthy.

Lake Spafford

Tulika Singhal

Genetics and Genomics
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on long walks or hikes with my friends and family.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I love spending time outside because it makes me feel relaxed and I enjoy being surrounded by nature. Also, fresh air and vitamin d is good for my health.

Tree-lined bike path

Liliana Gomez

Animal science
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to be outside and feel the fresh air by going for a walk, biking or finding a nice spot to rest in the arboretum. I helps me have time for myself and enjoy being outdoors.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

For me it is important to spend time outside as it allows me to regain my energy and release tension from a long day.


Mahum Manan

International relations

How do you stay healthy outside?

I stay healthy outside by going on walks with friends

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important to spend time outside to get fresh air and clear my head

Roses under a big clear sky

Emily Xiong

Compute Science and Linguistics
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on long walks outside especially on campus and around downtown. Occasionally I will run along the track and jump rope on the grass there. I ALWAYS carry a water bottle with me to stay hydrated!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I like to get my fresh air, especially after being in my apartment all day or in a classroom. 


Cynthia Loayza

Human development
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

Biking, running, and hiking!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I think it's important for me to spend time outside because it reminds me to slow down and enjoy life.

Sun shining at The Green at West Village

Angela Leong

Evolution, ecology, biodiversity
Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

biking through the arboretum!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

getting vitamin D

Clear sky over a bike path and water tower on the UC Davis campus

Julia Schultz

Biological Sciences
Second year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I go on long walks around by the arboretum with squirrels and turkeys, and the putah creek trail where I occasionally go swimming in the fresh water further upstream. I swim with river otters and fish, and hike alongside peacocks and other wild birds! I love that animals are protected and appreciated here in Davis, I’ve occasionally brought my cat along with me on a walk or two in her harness and she loves rolling around in the dirt trails that follow the creek path.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Being outdoors grounds you physically, and connects you to the world around you. Physical health ties in with emotional and spiritual wellness, so spending time outside is a great way to process the stress of daily life that surrounds college life.

Turkey perched on a tree branch

Ashwini Dhamodharan

Biological sciences
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to wear sunscreen

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I am super unproductive if I stay inside my house all day

Ashwini posing for for a photo, sitting on the quad

Alexis Woods

Geology
Undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I make it a habit to go for a walk outside at least once every day. My favorite place is the arboretum because of how beautiful the view is!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside is very important for my mental health and allows me to appreciate nature.

Ducks swimming in the Arboretum waterway

Sara Vien

Managerial Economics

How do you stay healthy outside?I like to stay healthy outside by going on walks and bike rides.
walking!
Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

mental health break


Sara Amid

Communication
4th year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I go for walks as much as I can, whether it be to a destination or just as a study break.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's a chance to be away from the computer and give my eyes and brain a break. I also sometimes come across a new path or meet some sweet squirrels which is always a plus :)

A bright sky with fluffy clouds over an empty street

Rachelle Latimer

Office of Planned Giving
Director of Planned Giving

How do you stay healthy outside?

I enjoy walking, hiking and skiing.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Nature rejuvenates me. Watching the sun rise gives hope to a new day. Taking a moment to listen to the birds chirping or watch squirrels chasing each other on a tree is a good way to slow down for a moment. And I haven’t lost the sense of wonder and amazement in seeing a rainbow, such as the one in the attached photo taken this Earth Day at the Lafayette Reservoir.

Rainbow over a reservoir surrounded by green hills

Norma Alvarez

Cypress Pharmacy
Pharmacy tech

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Good for your mind

Norma poses near a tree on a hike

Rachel Ray

School of Law
Managing Attorney

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to hike when I have time. We're so fortunate to live in California, where we have phenomenal hikinng and nature.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Nature bathing calms me and grounds me like nothing else. I love being in nature!

Wooden bridge trail over green hills

Thuy Anh Tran

Psychology major
Third year undergraduate student

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to go on walks and bike rides.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside helps to clear my mind.

Two people posing with plants

Robyn Ireland

Development and Alumni Relations
Associate Director of Foundation Engagement

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking and exploring nature with my kids

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I love watching my tiny scientists discover how amazing and complex the natural world is!

Two kids by a creek

Debra Sample

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Executive Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

I walk my dog in the morning before work & at night after dinner.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It gives me time to refresh and clear my mind while also spending amazing bonding time with my dog. By incorporating in walking my dog with being outside it motivates me to go every day because it benefits both my dog & me. I always feel better & refreshed after going for a walk with my dog outside. The picture I attached shows my dog outside while I water our plants & then we will be going for one of our daily walks.

Dog laying on the pavement

Pema Sherpa

Environmental Science

How do you stay healthy outside?

I stay healthy outside by talking walks around the neighborhood or and the campus arboretum.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I think spending time outside refreshes my brain, and reduces stress.

Walkway in the Arboretum

KC Caitano

SUN Team
Psychiatric Professional 2

How do you stay healthy outside?

I enjoy a great many things suck as rock-climbing and hiking. This past weekend I got to do both including hiking to a rare “tidefall” in California and rock-climbing back from it. The 14 mile round trip hike was a beautiful way to spend my day off with friends.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Decompress, good exercise and quality time with loved ones.

KC standing in front of a waterfall

Rachal Valtakis

PCS Administration
Executive Assistant 3

How do you stay healthy outside?

Since gaining our home during the pandemic, we gained a yard for the first time, and SO MANY plants! Gardening has become a balm to my soul, and a way to ground and reconnect from all the chaotic craziness of the world. So we started to grow some of our own food, to nourish and sustain our bodies.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Since gaining our home during the pandemic, we gained a yard for the first time, and SO MANY plants! Gardening has become a balm to my soul, and a way to ground and reconnect from all the chaotic craziness of the world. So we started to grow some of our own food, to nourish and sustain our bodies.

Strawberries growing out of a pot

Brenda Armstrong

Office of Continuing Medical Education
Educational Technologist and Instructional Designer

How do you stay healthy outside?

walking, enjoying time on the patio, sitting lakeside

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

fresh air, increasing my positive state of mind, increasing my overall well-being

A seating area by a small lake with a fountain

Pranila Rajan

Strategic Communications
Administrative assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

I take a walk on my breaks and lunch time.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Fresh air and to have my time.

Pranila poses outside

Cynthia o'Connell

Cardiology ACC
Medical Assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

I stay healthy outside by exploring outside with the family. Whether it's the park, Fairytale Town, or simply walking around the block it's a great way to create a new bonding experience with the family.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's a great way to bond with the family and spend time away from electronics.

Cynthia posing at a park with a child

Patricia Bevington

Retired from UCD Extension

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Helps me feel connected to Mother Earth

Pat posing in a public garden

Megan Rott

Dean's Office, School of Veterinary Medicine
Academic Personnel Director

How do you stay healthy outside?

Running, swimming, biking, hiking, exploring our National and State Parks. I also spend a lot of time outside watching my boys play sports!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It's free therapy! The outdoors and exercise help me clear my mind as well as help keep me healthy while enjoying the beauty of nature. It's also important to set a good example for my children.

Natural rock arch

Janel Scott

Healthy UC Davis
Wellness manager

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to go for hikes and swim. I often go hiking near water so I can do both.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Outdoor activity takes my mind of life's stressors, lets me reconnect with nature and refresh my soul.

Janel on a rocky cliff above a waterway

Rachel Rivas

Comprehensive Cancer Center
Research Program and Shared Resource Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to garden, run, and go for hikes with my dog.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Being outside gives me a chance to focus on being connected to the world around me, plus my dog really likes it (:

Rachel posing with a dog outside

Rebekha Alfaro

Neurology/Alzheimer's Research Center
Asst. Clinical Research Coordinator

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hike

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Give me peace

Rebekha posing near a coastline

Karen Faithorn

UCD Student Health Center
Retired

How do you stay healthy outside?

Swim, bike, walk, or ride a horse!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I swim, bike or walk everyday, and sometimes I am fortunate enough to ride a horse! Connecting with nature renews my spirit, brings joy to my life, and helps ground me in the present moment. I am grateful to live in an area with many options for enjoying nature. Stand-up paddleboarding is next as the days get warmer!

Karen on a horse

Nancy Topete

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Administrative Assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It is important for me to be able to ground myself in what's in front of me instead of worrying about the "small inconveniences" that life may present. Spending time outside is freeing for my mind and soul.

Person holding a sunflower near a cliff on the coast

Pia Wright

Olive and Vine Catering
Sales Consultant

How do you stay healthy outside?

Taking the dog out for walks!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Nature is healing, for the mind, body, and soul.

Pia holding a dog outside

Stephanie Gam

Pediatrics
Clinical Research Coordinator

How do you stay healthy outside?

Going on walks, picnics

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I find getting fresh air helps with my mood and stress relief.


Elizabeth Langridge-Noti

Global Affairs
Director of Faculty Engagement

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking, biking, swimming and sitting in the garden working with my cat, Giselle

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Feel both happier and healthier!

A cat outside

Christopher Loureiro

School of Education
Desktop & Help Desk Support Technician

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking with push-ups and chair-dips, viewing & interacting with nature, being neighborly to others

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Helps me feel connected to my interself, nature and other; on a regular bases

Bush with purple flowers

Seanain Snow

BFTV Cluster

How do you stay healthy outside?

Walking and observing all the amazing plants and critters on campus.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To remember that our inside lives are only a small part of the world we live in.

Bee on a yellow flannel bush flower

Devin Bradshaw

School of Education
Contracts and Grants Specialist

How do you stay healthy outside?

Long nature walks

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

To stay active and destress away from technology.


Brittany Nelson

IET Applications

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to walk miles around William Land Park with my dogs daily. I work out, drink lots of water and spend as much time outside as possible.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It helps with my mental health, keeps me happy and motivated, and nature is just beautiful all around so it really helps me stay on track when I am working out, outside.

Dog sitting in front of a pond

Cynthia O'Connell

Cardiology ACC
Medical Assistant

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to hike and explore new scenery. I'm in awe of what nature can present and it's a great way to improve my mental and physical health.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Hiking helps with my mental and physical health. I enjoy every second of it!

Cynthia O'Connell standing in front of Alamere Falls

Kathryn Sjoen

Retiree

How do you stay healthy outside?

I Love picking a different destination every week to go visit and explore in my area. There is so much outdoor beauty that we miss in our own big backyard. On my list are parks, wildlife/nature reserves, lakes, local pick-ur-own-farms, arboretums, botantical gardens, zoos, adventure parks, etc. The options are endless. I just punch in my google maps outdoor activities near me and away I go!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outdoors is my zen time. Connecting with nature is connecting with mother Earth. We can not forget our first mother the one that offers us everything we need to survive, so spending time in nature, making that connection and admiring her beauty raises her positive energy and mine pushing out unwanted negative energy. I make a point to get out at least once a week but if I am having a tough day I will drop everything and head out, just 15 minutes will set me back on track, but I like to take an hour or two. ;) It is by far my number one stress relief.

Bridge and walking path

Kathleen Socolofsky

Campus Planning and Environmental Stewardship
Director of the Arboretum and Public Garden, Assistant Vice Chancellor

How do you stay healthy outside?

I run or walk in the Arboretum every day. Whether it’s with my running group, my husband, or a friend, I find that getting out and moving in the Arboretum first thing in the morning always has a way of starting my day off on the right foot.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Before the pandemic, I think I took for granted how important getting out in nature each day was to my health and well-being. Since then, however, the pandemic has really called that into focus for me. I know it has for others, too, as I’ve heard so many touching stories from our community members. It’s been a healing place for me and I feel deeply grateful knowing it’s been a source of respite for so many others, as well.

Kathleen Socolofsky in the Arboretum

Rowell Dacuag

Inpatient Renal Services Department
Clinical Nurse II

How do you stay healthy outside?

I enjoy running and walking outside especially during springtime when the weather is so pretty. I usually go around the neighborhood and go to parks, I also walk my daughter to school which we enjoyed together. Sometimes I bring some equipment in the park and do some workout.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside is the only way for us to connect to nature and experience it. It’s a way to uplift spirit, unwind and find peace from a busy schedule. Also a good opportunity to spend quality time with family especially where there is limited internet access just to get away from social media distraction.

Rowell Dacuag

Jillian Padilla

Student Housing and Dining Services
Resident Director

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love sitting on the big lawn in Segundo in front of the Area Service desk. I also like to ride my bike to the Arboretum.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

It helps to calm me and a sense of peace. I love to stop and admire the trees, flowers, and animals. My dog and I spend nearly every lunch hour laying on the grass and knitting.

Jillian Padilla posing with her dog in the grass

Simona Lara

California Animal Health & Food Safety
Quality Analyst

How do you stay healthy outside?

Sometimes just going out for walk or having a picnic outside cheers me up. It doesn't even have to be anything active.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I love the sun and just feeling the warmth. I also like listening and admiring nature. Helps make me feel grounded.

Simona poses outdoors, in front of trees

Julia Schreiber

UC Davis Student Farm
Ecological Garden Coordinator

How do you stay healthy outside?

I love to garden at the Ecological Garden on campus!

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I feel peaceful when I'm outside in the garden, and I enjoy sharing the food, flowers and beauty of the garden with everyone on campus. I love being outside as the garden changes throughout the year, and continually learning by slowing down and observing the ecosystem around me. Gardening can be hard work, and I love that it keeps me active and strong both physically and mentally.

Someone working in a garden

Julie Zech

UC Davis Health WorkLife
Program Coordinator

How do you stay healthy outside?

Running

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

I love spending my mornings running outside on the amazing local trails. I need that time to be alone and decompress from the daily grind.

Julie Zech runs in a marathon

Jen Bannister

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Research Coordinator

How do you stay healthy outside?

One way that I stay healthy outside is walking my dog along the American River Trail near my house.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Spending time outside is a great way for me to take a break from screens and reconnect with nature.

Image of Jen Bannisters dog out for a walk along the river.

Sanne Fettinger

Campus Recreation
Craft Center Coordinator

How do you stay healthy outside?

Hiking, walking, gardening and biking.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Smell the roses, noticing the little things that you don't see in a car and staying active.

Image of Sanne F at the Beach.

Keavagh Clift

Occupational Health Services
Special Services Program Manager

How do you stay healthy outside?

I like to stay healthy by exercising outside - hiking, running, walking and biking.

Why is it important for you to spend time outside?

Getting up and getting outside makes me feel refreshed and energized! I feel fortunate to live in a climate where I can enjoy outdoor spaces year round.

Image of Keavaugh Clift on a hike.