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Upcoming Events

Free Employee Fitness classes are back at the DECC!

Core Strength: Tues 4:00-4:30 p.m. Mind-body exercises to strengthen your core, improve your posture & free your mind. 

Cardio/Spin: Tues 4:45 -5:30 p.m. Interval training using a spin bike or other aerobic equipment to improve your cardiovascular fitness & help relieve stress.

Yoga Flow: Wed 4:00-4:50 p.m. Yoga postures and guided breath-work to improve balance, flexibility and promote inner calm. All levels are welcome. 

Gentle Yoga: 5:00-5:50 p.m. Unwind and ease into your evening feeling more at peace. This soothing, slow-paced class uses basic yoga poses and breathwork to promote a deep sense of calm for your body and mind. (Begins September 6)

Mindful Walking: Mon 11:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Take a 15-minute break to learn a simple approach to mindfulness that’s easy to incorporate into your daily routine. When we combine the benefits of walking with mindfulness, we can experience numerous improvements in our physical and mental well-being. Meet at the gazebo near the organic garden between the DECC and Paul Sweet Road

Guided Meditation: Tues 12:00-12:30 p.m. Join us to experience the numerous benefits a meditative practice can bring to you. Learn how to feel more calm, focused, balanced, and to more easily let go of daily stressors and challenges. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as those who already have a regular meditation practice. Meet at the gazebo near the organic garden between the DECC and Paul Sweet Road

No registration is required for these classes. For more information please contact [email protected]  

Employee Wellness and PEP offer over 100 health and wellness classes, almost all of which are free. Click here to view the full list of classes offered through PEP.

Healthy Living for your Brain and Body

Join the Alzheimer's Association to learn about research in the areas of diet, nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement. Use hands-on tools to help incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

When: Tuesday, September 19 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Dignity Health Wellness Center, 21340 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

For more information please call the Wellness Center at (831) 457-7099

Mindfulness Minute: Embracing Calm

Take a few mindful  minutes to embrace calm, using the helpful resources provided by Lyra, our mental health benefit provider. Sign up for Lyra and explore a five minute meditation, listen to  a soothing soundscape or take a moment to find relief through your breath. 

Meditation: Smiling Escape 
Soundscape: Summer Rain
Breathing Exercise: Circle 

Learn more about the mental health benefit support available to you and your eligible dependents and household members, at no cost to you, through Lyra. Once you sign in, you'll have access to a variety of mental wellness resources, exercises to practice resiliency, consultations on work-life topics and one-on-one sessions with a provider.  

Coming Soon: MyWellness From City to Sea Step Challenge

Dream getaways aren’t always easy to come by – until now. See 25 of the world’s most beautiful sights right from where you are by participating in the From City to Sea Step Challenge. With so much beauty to uncover, you’ll never want to stop walking. The challenge starts on Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 15. Log onto MyWellness to learn more and register, starting on Sept. 11. 

Take Charge of Your Nutrition

Join a Dignity Health registered dietitian for a series of free informative talks to improve your diet and lifestyle. Topics include:

  • Unhealthy Eating-Breaking the Cycle
  • ABC’s of Mindful Eating
  • Emotional Eating and Stress
  • Plant-Based Flexitarian Eating

When: Last Tuesday of each month from 4:00- 5:00 p.m
Where:  Dignity Health Wellness Center - 21340 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz 
To register please call 831-457-7099

Find your inspiration in the MyWellness Program

Whether you're continuing your MyWellness journey or are just beginning, MYWellness can help encourage and support you with daily tips, activity tracking, motivating challenges and more. You can also earn up to $450 by completing eligible activities. Sign in or sign up today and be inspired by the more than 100 ways our program can support your physical, social and spiritual well-being. Click HERE for additional information.


View the complete schedule and registration information for classes, coaching, and massage on the calendar below. Please check the calendar below for days and times for current wellness classes at the DECC and at the Wellness Center. Please note the location for each class listing.



Offerings for Dominican Hospital Employees

New! Reserve Time in the Lactation Room

In order to ensure that all nursing moms have access to our lactation room at a time that is convenient to them, please sign up for a time slot in advance. As you enter the East entrance, the lactation room is on the left after you go through the first door on the left. Please click here to reserve your time.

The Employee Gym is Open!

Current gym users no longer need to sign up in advance to use the gym.

If you are a new gym user you’ll need to complete a brief competency and liability waiver (click here) before using the gym. Please email your waiver to [email protected].

To register for the competency or for more information contact [email protected].

Try an e-bike Free for Two Weeks!

From conquering hills with ease, to shortening longer trips, e-bikes have been a game changer for many people. Through our partnership with Ecology Action, all Dominican Hospital staff are able to check out a  BMC Switzerland e-bike free for two weeks. Try it for your commute, errands, and other transportation needs. Hurry, these bikes are sure to get reserved quickly! Click here to schedule your free two week test ride (scroll to the bottom of the page). 

Questions? Contact Tawn Kennedy at Ecology Action at [email protected].

Join WW now and get over 50% off the retail price!

CommonSpirit Health employees are eligible for discounted pricing on WeightWatchers membership plans for as low as $8.00 per month. Earn MyWellness points for signing up, tracking your nutrition, activity and weight and attending workshops. Register now

Commuter Club

  • Dominican Hospital is pleased to announce that GO Santa Cruz County is now available as a benefit for all staff. Every time you log a carpool, transit, bike, or walk trip (or telecommute), you earn points towards the Commute Rewards Program. Points can be accumulated and redeemed for $5, $10 or $25 gift cards.
  • Register by visiting and joining the GO Santa Cruz County Dominican network. GO Santa Cruz County includes rewards and incentives, trip planning support, and a carpool matching tool.
  • The Go Santa Cruz County program has replaced our previous Commuter Club.

New Commuter Program Offers Free Benefits for Employees
Dominican Hospital is proud to partner with Ecology Action to provide employees with free environmentally friendly services to lessen the burden of commuting. Through this program Dominican employees can take advantage of great benefits including:

  • 0% interest on a bike loan: up to $750 for a pedal bike and $1,500 for an electric bike
  • e-Bike demos: test ride an e-Bike for two weeks!
  • To find out about other great free benefits and sign up visit

Improve Your Financial Fitness with myFiTage
Feeling good about your finances is a great way to be kind to yourself now and in the future. Your financial wellness is unique, just like you - and the path you take to reach your financial goals should be unique, too. Use the new, free tool, myFiTage, to guide you through key financial decisions, create a plan and see personalized suggestions. Earn 500 MyWellness points for learning your FiTage. Learn More


If you have questions about wellness programming please contact [email protected] or [email protected].