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Employee Wellness

Oakland University Employee Wellness strives to support the enhancement and maintenance of Oakland University faculty and staff’s quality of life. In collaboration with campus and community resources, our goal is to provide you with valuable educational programs, resources, and activities that support your personal goals to live a healthy lifestyle. 

Wellness programming is open to all Oakland University employees to participate.

Poker Walk
Wednesday, May 20th 

Join us for our 5th Annual Poker Walk in celebration of National Employee Health and Fitness Day!  Walk a designated one-mile route around campus, collecting poker chips along the way.  Turn them in at the end of the route and be dealt a hand of cards.  Top Five poker hands will walk away with prizes valued at $100 each!  You also have the chance to take home one of one-hundred other prizes available by participating.  Prizes will also be given out to those teams with the best Team Name, Team Costume, and Most Enthusiastic.

Register as a team (10 person maximum) or as an individual.

Questions?  Contact Becky Lewis at or call x. 4910.
Be Well
Employee Wellness Incentive Program

The goal of Be Well Points+ is to provide you with the opportunity to earn points through participating in wellness programs throughout the semester. Turn in your points toward an item of your choice that will motivate you to improve or maintain your healthy lifestyle. Be Well Points+ is an incentive program for all Oakland University employees. 

There are a number of ways to earn Be Well Points+ throughout the semester on Oakland University’s campus. If there is a wellness opportunity taking place, we encourage you to submit a BWP+ Program Points Request Form. If approved, the upcoming event you are planning to attend will be another opportunity for you to earn points towards incentives of your choice.

In order to get started with your Be Well Points+ Membership, simply fill out and submit a Registration Form.  Once submitted, your personalized online tracker will be created and shared with you.  You are then eligible to start recording and earning points! 

Rules and Regulations
Registration Form
Program Request

BWP+ Incentives

Item #
 Teal Padfolio
 Black Recycle Lunch Bag
SUOU Red Stainless Water Bottle
SUOU Lunch Bag with Water Bottle
SUOU Red/Black Duffel Bag
Strawberry Stress Ball
Stainless Steel Tumbler
Lime Green/Black Tote Bag
 Grey/Black Duffel Bag
 20416 oz. Grey OU Water Bottle 100
Purple Dotted Lunch Bag
Purple Duffel Bag

Black & Gold OU Sweat Towel

 I Heart Clean Air T-Shirt
 305 Summer 2015 Group X Unlimited FitPass
White Tumbler
307Semester Half-Locker Rental150
Exclusive for OU Employees* – Meet privately with Registered Dietitian Debra Cavender to discuss your unique health and nutrition needs. Have a mini-health plan designed for you and gain an understanding of the science that validates:
  • Many medical problems can be treated by appropriate lifestyle and nutritional changes
  • There are some nutrition alternatives to medications and surgery
  • Asking key questions and reviewing options with a healthcare practitioner can give you better outcomes
Consultations are 45 minutes, and available at no cost to you. Appointments must be scheduled online and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Summer registration now open!

Summer 2015 Consultation Dates:
  • June 2, 2015
  • June 16, 2015
  • July 7, 2015
  • July 28, 2015
  • August 11, 2015
One, 45-minute consultation per employee per semester, please.

Be Well Points+ Members – Earn 10 points per consultation.

Nutrition Consultation Cancellation Policy: Any employee wishing to cancel their appointment must do so within 48 hours of their scheduled appointment time.  Cancellations may be made by calling Stephanie Willis at 248.370.4968 or email at with no penalty.  Any persons making a cancellation less than 48 hours in advance will be prohibited from booking another nutrition consultation for 6 months past the date of their original appointment. 
**This policy is subject to change at any time by the Assistant Director of Programs or the Wellness Coordinator in Campus Recreation.
Employee Friendly Group Exercise Pass
Are you an OU Employee interested in taking Group Exercise classes at the Rec Center?  There is now a pass designed especially for employees to purchase that allows you to participate in certain Group Exercise classes at a lower out of pocket cost!

The Employee Friendly Pass can be purchased at any time (online or at the Rec Center), starting Tuesday, January 6th for $18.  This pass is good for any classes marked with an "EF" on the schedule, unlimited, for the Winter 2015 semester.

New to Group Exercise and not sure what classes you will like?  No problem!  Visit us January 6th through January 18th for our "Try-Us-Out" week where you can attend as many classes as you would like at no cost, and no passes required!  There will be no classes held on Monday, January 19th (MLK Day), and passes will be required starting January 20th.  For more information on the Employee Friendly Pass, please contact Stephanie at or call x.4968.

BWP+ Members: Earn one point for every class you attend!  You can also cash in your points (200) for an Unlimited Group Exercise Pass good for the entire Winter 2015 semester starting January 6th.

35 Group Exercise Challenge
The 35 Group Exercise Challenge is back, are you going to take the challenge this semester?

We are challenging all OU Faculty, Staff, and Students to take 35 Group Exercise classes in the Winter 2015 semester!  You will be able to sign up for this program when you add a Group Exercise pass to your account.  Those that complete 35 classes within the semester will receive a t-shirt!

Still need more convincing?  Here are 35 reasons why you should take the challenge!

Summer Yoga
Wednesdays, June 17 through August 5 

Start your day feeling relaxed and re-energized by participating in our Summer Yoga weekly class! This 40 minute class focuses on awakening the body by going through a Slow Flow, incorporating Vinyassa and Yin elements.

Location: Rec Center Studio 919*
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Cost: $0
Open to all Rec Center Members to participate (Benefit-Eligible Faculty & Staff, Students, and Members).

Registration now open.

BWP+ Members: Earn 5 points for each Summer Yoga session that you attend.

& Learn
Online Registration is required if you wish to attend any Lunch & Learn session. Be Well Points+ Members – Earn 5 points per Lunch & Learn session you participate in!

Nutrition: Lose Weight as if Your Life Depended on It
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Conference Room
Click here to reserve your seat today!

Scientists now recognize many biochemical pathways and control mechanisms help regulate how we absorb, distribute, and expend ingested food throughout the body.  The goal of this session is to understand the cause of your weight gain so that an effective pan can be put in place for you to successfully lose weight.

Nutrition: How to Maintain Healthy Bones
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Conference Room
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It is a mistake to assume that osteoporosis is only decreased bone density, because bone density will decrease naturally in everybody as they age.  Find out the best way to care for your skeleton with a holistic, well-balanced approached to diet, supplementation, and exercise.

Nutrition: GUTS...The Beginning of Health
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Conference Room
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Our diet has changed dramatically in the last 100 years with the industrialization of our food supply.  Learn the natural way to improve your digestive health and understand how these changes will give you more energy, weight loss success, and overall wellness.

Healthy, Easy, Family Meals on a Budget: Breakfast
Thursday, January 22, 2015
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet it's one we too often skip.​..or we rely on not-so-good-for-us staples like sugary cereals, not-whole-grain bagels and breads, or low-fat flavored yogurts (which have more sugar cup-for-cup than Coke). Fortunately, it only takes a little advanced planning to have a delicious and healthy start to your day, whether it's breakfast at the table or on the go. We'll share tips, ideas, and some handy Label Reading 101 shopping skills.

Healthy, Easy, Family Meals on a Budget: Lunch
Thursday, February 5, 2015
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
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Did you know that choosing your ingredients wisely can make even the humble PB&J a healthy lunchtime choice? Of course, there's a lot to explore beyond sandwiches. Portable, easily assembled lunches are fun to brainstorm and make (the whole family can get in the action)! Plus, what makes a great brown-bagged lunch often also makes great snacks and appetizers--talk about triple duty. So let's talk lunch!

Healthy, Easy, Family Meals on a Budget: Dinner
Thursday, February 19, 2015
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Rec Center Conference Room
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Dinner can be daunting--after all, it's The Main Meal. But dinner also offers plenty of time and money-saving opportunities. During this class, we'll focus on ways to make food prep easier, how to save on grocery dollars (it costs less to eat better!), how to make the most of leftovers and pantry staples, and how to use classic appliances like that trusty crock pot you've got crammed into the back of your cupboards. Dining at home costs less, is better for you, and is a great way to unwind at the end of the day.

For questions or additional information, please email Stephanie at or call ext. 4968.