University of California, Riverside

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What is WorkStrong

WorkStrong is a University of California system-wide program that was developed with the expertise and collaborative support of Workers’ Compensation, Occupational Health Physicians and Campus Recreation Fitness Professionals. The program is free for employees who have sustained a work-related injury.

Work Strong offers several unique health and fitness benefits including:

  • Stretching and Mobility
  • Fitness Training
  • Stress Reduction
  • Nutrition Management
  • Workplace Safety Assessment
  • Fitness Classes
  • Health and Wellness Coaching

The WorkStrong Coordinator has extensive knowledge in injury prevention and will work within your doctor and physical therapist’s guidelines. Scheduling is very flexible and our team can accommodate most schedules.

How Can We help You?

Fitness & Post Rehab Training with Certified Trainers

Designed to improve your fitness, you will learn exercises designed to keep you strong and healthy as well as provide strategies for injury prevention.

One-on-One Nutrition/Weight Management Consultations 

Your WorkStrong Coordinator will provide you with a wealth of information and simple strategies to achieve optimal health through nutrition.

Life Balance and Stress Reduction

In partnership with various campus departments, we offer life coaching techniques, yoga, tai chi, and meditation classes to help you decompress and calm your nerves.

Behavior Modification Strategies

The key to any long-lasting change is behavior modification. We will support you on your journey of self-discovery and help you feel your best each and every day

Health and Wellness Education and Management

Manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol (high LDL and low HDL) with any of the above programs, designed to help you take charge of your health.

Workplace Safety Assessment and Consultation

We want to ensure that you are working in an environment where you feel comfortable and safe. Ergonomic assessments can be performed to maximize your comfort level while at work and determine if you need additional tools to conduct your job more efficiently.

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Meet Your WorkStrong Team

The UC Riverside Occupational Wellness Specialist is available to provide you with more information. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the WorkStrong Team:

  • Ed Marchall , Occupational Wellness Specialist
    WorkStrong Coordinator / Human Resources
  • Demetrius Patrick, Manager
    Workplace Health & Wellness / Human Resources
  • Arvin Varma, Associate Director of Programs
    Student Recreation Center
  • Clyde Blackwelder, Ergonomist
    Human Resources
  • Julie Chobdee, Wellness Program Coordinator
    Human Resources
  • Veronica Luna, Return to Work Coordinator
    Human Resources


Your Health is our Priority

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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Human Resources
1201 University Ave., Suite 208
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: (951) 827-5588
Fax: (951) 827-2672