Practice Healthy Habits
- Take care of your body. Drink plenty of fluids, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and eat nutritious foods. Participate in various resources from Pepperdine's Campus Recreation department.
- Stay mentally healthy. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. For relaxation, light a candle or set up a diffuser with a calming scent, such as lavender.
- Make time to unwind. Pursue activities that you enjoy such as reading a book, cooking a healthy meal, taking a walk outside, or playing games with loved ones. Listen to calming sounds, such as nature sounds, when going to sleep.
- Seek out resources. Rewatch previous Pepperdine webinars on various topics such as navigating relationships, leading through fearful times, and performance management.
- Practice mindfulness. Take deep breaths, stretch, work out, or meditate. Use online resources such as LinkedIn Learning, for free learning, meditation, and virtual exercise programs. Surround your space with bright colors that bring positivity. The Thrive Wellness Program also has LinkedIn Learning Paths specifically devoted to the yearly wellness topics.
- Create a routine. Log your healthy habits on the HealthAdvocate website to maintain accountability.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about how you are feeling. Reference resources or articles on managing stress through the HealthAdvocate website.
- Ask a professional for help. Call your healthcare provider or the Employee Assistance Program if stress gets in the way of your daily activities. Call 866-799-2728 to make a free, confidential appointment for you or your dependent(s) through EAP.
This information has been offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Telemedicine and Healthcare
Speak with a doctor quickly and without having to go to the office! Both Kaiser and Anthem members have access to medical professionals through telemedicine, details below. Additionally, the testing and treatment of Coronavirus are 100% covered by Pepperdine plans.
Live Health Online
A quick and free sign-up gives Anthem members and non-members 24/7 access to doctors through LiveHealth Online. Once on the platform, most people can video chat with a doctor through their smartphone, tablet, or computer in 10 minutes or less. Access the LiveHealth Online app, visit livehealthonline.com, or call 1-888-548-3432.
Pepperdine University and Kaiser Permanente have partnered to create a new website devoted to Kaiser members. The new site allows employees to view all Kaiser benefits information pertaining to benefits, Evidence of Coverage, and much more. It also links to Kaiser's member & public websites.
This new site can be found by going to https://my.kp.org/pepperdine/.
It's important to maintain our overall health as we navigate our current environment, so we hope that you are able to take advantage of all that your medical providers can assist you with.
Kaiser members can schedule a telephone or video appointment and expect their doctor to call during a one-hour window. Typically, members must have had at least one face-to-face visit to schedule a tele-appointment. For more information, call the number on the back of your membership card or visit https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/get-care.
Kaiser members have access to the Calm and myStrength apps at no cost. These helpful self-care tools can help you ease anxiety, sleep better, and improve focus. For more information, please visit kp.org/selfcareapps.
Kaiser members also have access to ClassPass at no cost. This helpful exercise tool gives members access to over 4,000 on-demand fitness classes, such as cardio, dance, meditation, yoga, and Pilates from top gyms and fitness studios. For more information, please visit kp.org/exercise.
The following resources are available at various times throughout the year or at our health fair. Appointments are required and an email notification will be sent to the community when these opportunities are available.
Most classes are held in the Tennis Pavilion.
Campus Recreation also hosts outdoor outings and intramural sports leagues.
Pepperdine Campus Recreation's Weight Center is open to all faculty, staff and students. There is no charge to use this facility, but a faculty/staff ID card is required to enter. The center is located in the Firestone Fieldhouse.
Pepperdine has a wide range of well-maintained and available-to-use sports facilities. More details are available at Campus Recreation.
Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 7 AM - 9 PM
Saturday 11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 7 PM
Open to all faculty, staff and students (must have ID)
Ralphs - Straus Tennis Center
Court reservations are not necessary. Faculty and staff may use when courts are available, though athletic teams and PE classes have priority.
The following are available at our annual health fair. Appointments are required.
- Free Flu Immunization Clinics
- Free Blood-Pressure Checks
- Free Massage Programs & Other Health Screenings
- Bone Density Testing
- Cardiovascular Screening
- Depression Screening
Please call (310) 506-4190 for questions, cost information, or schedules.
Human Resources constantly updates the Wellness Library collection and is pleased to provide books, CDs, and DVDs for your use.
All University employees are welcome, at any time, to check out resources from the Wellness Library. Please contact Greyson Orellana to check out any available resources for a one-week period.
LinkedIn Learning Wellness Paths
In partnership with the University's IT Training team, Human Resources is pleased to provide Learning Paths specifically tied to the Thrive Wellness Program's yearly Wellness Themes.
- January - Improve Your Organizational Skills
- February - Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All
- March - Finding Your Purpose
- April - Supporting Your Well-Being during Times of Change
- May - Developing Resilience and Grit
- June - Improve Your Creativity Skills
- July - Sleep is Mandatory
- August - Support Your Mental Health
- September - Master In-Demand Professional Soft Skills
- October - Develop Critical-Thinking, Decision-Making, and Problem-Solving Skills
- November - Disrupt the Stress Circuit and Cultivate Calm
- December - Balance Life with Purpose
Kaiser Permanente Resources Specifically for Pepperdine Members
Pepperdine University and Kaiser Permanente have partnered to create a new website devoted to Kaiser-specific members. The new site allows employees to view all Kaiser information pertaining to benefits, Evidence of Coverage, and much more. It also links to Kaiser's member & public website.
This new site can be found by going to https://my.kp.org/pepperdine/.
We understand that balancing work, family, and your own personal life can be difficult. To better assist in this delicate balance, we are providing at-home videos geared toward children that were created specifically by Pepperdine community members. Additionally, we are providing meditations and other mindfulness exercises to aid in your everyday life. We have also added a section devoted to aiding those who are remote workers. Our Benefits community site also has additional resources for at-home children.
At-Home Child Activity Videos
- A Critical Eye: Tour of the Weisman Museum
- Leonard DaVinci and How to Write Invisible Notes
- Hiking with Alex Howard
- Making Guacamole with the Gin Family
- Pablo Picasso and How to Paint Like Him
- Science Experiment with Mary Kate Spahn
Curated by one of our own business school professors, Darren Good has hand-crafted multiple meditation recordings to aid you and your family in finding a time to slow down and be mindful of your body's stress and needs.
- 5-Minute Meditation with PGBS Professor Darren Good
- 10-Minute Meditation with PGBS Professor Darren Good
Remote Volunteering Opportunity
- Support the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging by writing spirited letters of support to older adults living alone in the area. Read more here.
Wellness Tips for the Remote Worker
This section encompasses a growing collection of yoga exercises that you can do at your desk, at home, solo, or with your family. These videos have been provided by Cecily Breeding who is a double alumna of Pepperdine University (B.A. 2010, M.A. 2018) and teaches yoga and strength training in Pepperdine's Campus Recreation program. If you would like to view additional videos created by Cecily, please view the Pepperdine Campus Recreation program's YouTube channel.
Shoulder Stretching with a Strap
Got tight shoulders? Here's a sequence of stretches and rotations that will get your shoulders mobilized through their full range of motion. ** You'll need to locate a strap of some sort (any 2-3 foot length of material will do, such as a belt, yoga strap, or dog leash)
Been Sitting too Long?
This sequence is ideal for you if you're feeling sore from sitting with poor posture. We'll take our time gently mobilizing the neck, shoulders, upper back, and hips. You might notice that you feel taller afterward!
Start slow with breathing and spinal movement, then work your way into a series of gentle vinyasa-style sun salutations, linking breathing with total body movement.
Pair this practice as an add-on to the Sun Salutations video, or dive right in with this moderately energetic standing warrior sequence.
Tight neck or back? Here's a slow and intentional practice that moves your neck and spine in all three movement planes: lateral, frontal, and transverse/rotation. This slower sequence will unwind your spinal tension in the middle or end of the workday or pairs well after the Sun Salutations video, or before or after the Warrior Sequence video.