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The 12 Staircases of December Challenge

12staircasesOur friends at UCLA Recreation are now hosting the 12 Staircases of December Challenge!

Small steps can make big differences to your overall health and energy levels. Get yourself in shape for the holidays by walking the beautiful Janss steps.

Janss Steps
Thursday, December 12
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Join us for a great workout at one of the most beautiful locations on campus. Enjoy the great view as you climb the stairs and enjoy some light calisthenics.
Post Workout:
Receive your "12 Staircases of December" Challenge "fanny pack" and other giveaways. Wear athletic shoes. Register Now.

Post images of your 12 Stairs of December! Upload them to Instagram or Twitter using the #12stairsofdecember13 hashtag.

If you can't make the above events, complete the challenge on your own time:

  • On the 1st day of the challenge, climb a set of stairs once.
  • On the second day of the challenge, climb it twice.
  • Continue so that on the 12th day of the challenge, you climb the set of stairs twelve times.


  • Visit a different set of stairs each day of the challenge. Climb the stairs as many times as you can.

UCLA has plenty of stairwells to fulfill your challenge. Here are just a few ideas of where to climb:

Choose a stairwell or flight of stairs that is appropriate for your fitness level and convenient for you. And don't forget to put safety first: Use handrails for balance, keep your eyes on the stairs at all times and just take one step at a time.

Let us know which staircases you're planning to climb in the comments!

Four sweet spots for a stroll at UCLA

National Walking Day is coming up next week on Wednesday, April 3rd! Why not celebrate by taking a short walk around UCLA's beautiful campus? Here's our top four sweet spots for a stroll:

Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

Spanning over five acres, the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden is home to more than 70 sculptures from artists all over the world, including Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Isamu Noguchi, Auguste Rodin and more. It's a perfect spot for a peaceful, reflective stroll.

View the garden's location on the Interactive Campus Map. 

Janss Steps

Feeling extra ambitious? Walk the 87 steps that were the original entrance to the UCLA campus--and no, there's no need to skip the 6th step (no one is buried there, despite what you may have heard). The bottom of the steps will land you in Wilson Plaza, home to many Beat 'SC bonfires and rallies.


Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden

Enter the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden and wind your way through native Hawaiian plants, a bird and butterfly garden and exotic desert plants. Use this map of the garden or follow this handy self-guided tour during your walk. You can also join a drop-in tour on the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. (no reservations necessary).


Bruin Walk

Depending on what time of day you stop by, Bruin Walk can either be a quiet haven or a bustling center of student activity. In the morning, start your stroll from Election Walk and head west toward the Bruin Bear (make sure to rub its paw for good luck). In just a couple short hours, the space will be filled with students advertising upcoming events and rallying for change.


Where are your favorite places to walk on campus?

Register now for I ♥ Walking 2013 (Feb 11-14)

The 7th annual "I Heart Walking" event will be held on next Monday through Thursday, February 11-14, 2013. During these four days, staff, faculty and students are encouraged to step out from behind their desk from noon to 1 p.m. each day and join the rest of the UCLA community to complete a series of walks through campus and Westwood Village. As a partnering project with the Healthy Campus Initiative, "I Heart Walking" aims to promote the benefits of walking, and encourage the campus community to uphold a healthy lifestyle.

The walking locations include Janss Steps (Monday), Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Tuesday), and Kinross Recreation Facilities (Wednesday). Walking route options are offered in two levels, depending on your preference for pace and level of activity. Check out the walking maps for the routes and checkpoints. The event will be concluded on Thursday with the Grand Finale at Pauley Pavilion. Attendees will all have a chance to win amazing prizes!

Remember to bring your staff ID and comfortable shoes with you to the walk, and don't forget to register in advance! We hope to see you all there!