Stress Free UC +Health

Reduce stress. Improve your health & the UCSF community.

We are no longer enrolling for the Stress Free UC +Health Study. Thank you for your interest!

What is

Stress Free UC +Health?

Stress Free UC +Health is a study being conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco who want to better understand how a mindfulness and healthy eating program might influence stress and eating behaviors. We are testing methods to lower stress and promote healthy eating in hopes of finding new ways to support employee health.

Scroll down to see the study timeline, or click here to find your group!

Who can take part?

You can take part if you:

  • Are a UCSF employee

  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 25


What will I be asked to do?

You may be asked to:

  • Complete up to 5 short surveys online

  • Answer short surveys in the morning and at night (10 minutes a day) for 14 days

  • Wear a Fitbit for 14 days

  • Meet with the study team at Parnassus two times

  • Meditate for 10 minutes each day using the Headspace app

You may also take part in a healthy eating program, involving an in-person counseling session and weekly at-home audio exercises.


Will I be paid?

You will receive:

  • A free Fitbit fitness watch

  • A free 1-year subscription to Headspace, a meditation app

  • One entry to a drawing for a 2-night hotel stay near Napa

More questions?

Visit the Health Study FAQ page.


Join the +Health Study!

+Health Study Timeline

Contact us!

3333 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94118

1 (415) 502-4857

900 University Ave

Riverside, CA 92521

1 (951) 827-7165​

4201 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway

Irvine, CA 92697


1 (657) 229-3138

500 N. Lake Road

Merced, CA 95343


(209) 228-4787

A461 Franz Hall

502 Portola Plaza 
Los Angeles, CA


1 (626) 991 3075

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