The Top: Staffers’ Best Moments From the Search for Health Scavenger Hunt — for Now

Eight-week challenge encourages faculty and staff to walk around campus and explore healthy places

Julie Salgado, posing by the UCR sign for the Wellness Program's Search for Health Scavenger Hunt.

Julie Salgado, posing by the UCR sign for the Wellness Program's Search for Health Scavenger Hunt.

Welcome to Inside UCR’s newest feature, The Top!

Each issue, we’re presenting a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites — from restaurants to Zen gardens to events.

This week, we’re highlighting staffers’ favorite moments from the ongoing Search for Health Scavenger hunt, organized by UCR’s Wellness Program.

Participants looking to improve health and reduce sedentary time at work walk  to healthy UCR destinations, such as the Botanic Gardens, the Barn and the 14 hydration stations, during the eight-week challenge to earn rewards. 

Coordinator Julie Chobdee says the scavenger hunt will end on Sept. 5, so it’s not too late to join. Anyone interested in participating can email julie.chobdee@ucr.edu for more information.

Julie Salgado

Julie Salgado

“I took part in the scavenger hunt because it seemed like it would be a lot of fun, plus I love a challenge. The best part of the scavenger hunt was getting out of the office and bonding with my staff.” — Julie Salgado, business operations manager, Aberdeen-Iverness

Shante’ Morton with Bonnie Maynard

Shante’ Morton with Bonnie Maynard

“The best part of the scavenger hunt was when my walking partner Bonnie [Maynard] and I stopped and asked a fellowman to take our photo at the bell tower. He laid on the ground to capture the best amazing photo!  He definitely went out of his way!” — Shante’ Morton, operations assistant, CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center

Shante’ Morton and Bonnie Maynard at the Orbach Library

Shante’ Morton and Bonnie Maynard at the Orbach Library

“The scavenger hunt offered me a challenge and at the same time I could visit places on campus that I hadn’t been to before. I enjoyed visiting destinations with a friend and met new friends along the way, too.   I hadn’t expected this but it was like a mini get-a-way vacation in less than one hour each day.  We had fun taking photos of our destinations, and it’s become a very memorable summer for me here on campus!”  — Bonnie M. Maynard, administrative coordinator, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Jack Fitzgerald

Jack Fitzgerald

“I recently became a wellness ambassador for our department. This was the first event to participate in and it sounded fun. We organized and gathered over 10 people to walk with us. It has been great to walk and talk and get to know co-workers better. It has brought some of us together and the cameraderie is building. We plan to continue walking once a week after the hunt is over.” — Jack Fitzgerald, ergonomics specialist

hak lee SOM“The scavenger hunt was a great way to get me to get out of the office more. … I don’t do any exercise normally and although I have been trying to take lunch time walks around campus as often as I can, I’ve gone entire weeks without going outside for some walking time.  It helps my mind to be refreshed and for my muscles to stretch, and I feel good about my health.” — Hak S. Lee, systems specialist, Enrollment Management Systems

Wendy Mello

Wendy Mello

“The scavenger hunt helped give me a purpose to visit new places on campus.  I have not had the chance to keep up with new buildings and changes. The best part was making new friends/colleagues and discovering great things of interest that we were not aware of on this campus, such as the viewing displays in geology. We found shells, fossils, rocks, the saber tooth cat and woolly mammoth displays.!” — Wendy Mello, financial and administrative assistant, CHASS

Barn 1“I took part in the scavenger hunt to support the Wellness Program efforts of my colleague Julie Chobdee. It is also such an innovative way to get people out of their offices, help them learn more about where they work and benefit their health all at the same time.  That’s a lot to pack into an hour. The best part is being with my HR colleagues outside of the office walls.  It gives me an opportunity to interact with them in a different way and as you can see from the photos, we have a little bit of fun too!” — Sue Anderson, co-interim associate vice chancellor, Human Resources

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