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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.

Benefits and Wellness Fair
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Recreation Center 3-Court Gym

All Oakland University Faculty, Staff, and Students are welcome to attend the 2015 Annual Benefits & Wellness Fair or Wednesday, November 4th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Recreation Center 3-Court Gym. Kicking off open-enrollment, OU employees are able to talk with representatives from all benefits providers to ask questions regarding their benefits package. In addition, local businesses will be present representing all areas of wellness to provide you with information, education on helpful products, and services to improve or maintain a state of well-being.

GroupX classes will be available for anyone to participate in at the Recreation Center the day of the fair, FREE of charge! Participate in a variety of different classes that are designed for individuals of all fitness levels.

Flu shots will also be available for those in need, provided by the Visiting Nurse's Association. Flu shots are $0 out of pocket with your insurance card (Priority Health, BCBS, BCN, HAP, Medicare Part B, Medicare Advantage, & Health Plus Michigan are all accepted).

For more information please contact Stephanie Willis at or call 248.370.4968.

HealthPlus Brooksie Way
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Oakland University Campus

Participate in the 8th Annual Brooksie Way 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon races! For more information, registration, and race maps, visit Runners and walkers are able to pick up their bib number with race information at the Health and Wellness Expo held in the Recreation Center on Friday, September 25 from 3-8 p.m. or Saturday, September 26 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OU Staff, Student and Alumni: Use the following coupon codes for a $5 discount off your registration!


Walk with Campus Leaders
Various Dates for the Fall 2015 Semester
Elliot Tower

Are you looking to be more active during your lunch break? Join us for a casual walk around OU's campus to socialize with other individuals on campus and recharge for the rest of the day. Starting this fall semester, a selection of campus leaders will be meeting at lunchtime to walk around campus. This is time to discuss hobbies, family, and vacations – no work talk allowed. Set dates for the semester are below with more to come! All walks will begin at 12:10 pm from the Elliot Tower.

Confirmed Leaders:

Friday, 9/11/15 Tricia Westergaard, Senior Associate Registrar
Monday, 9/14/15 Glenn McIntosh, VP of Student Affairs
Wednesday, 9/23/15 Greg Jordan, Director, Campus Recreation
Friday, 9/25/15 Ron Watson, Assistant VP UHR
Monday, 9/28/15 Sara Webb (co-leader), Director, FYAC
Monday, 9/28/15 Omar Brown-El (co-leader), Director, CMI
Tuesday, 9/29/15 Chief Mark Gordon, Chief of Police
Friday, 10/2/15 Anthony Gallina (co-leader), AP Assembly President
Friday, 10/2/15 Steve Shablin (co-leader), AP Association President

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! 

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
 305Fall 2015 GroupX FitPass - Unlimited
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.

Click here to make an appointment today!

Fall 2015 Consultation Dates:
  • September 15, 2015
  • October 6, 2015
  • October 27, 2015
  • November 10, 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 Thursday, September 3 for $18.  This pass is good for any classes marked with an "EF" on the schedule, unlimited, for the Fall 2015 semester.

New to Group Exercise and not sure what classes you will like?  No problem!  Visit us September 3 through September 13 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, September 7 (Labor Day), and passes will be required starting September 14.  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 GroupX Class Challenge
September 14 through December 4

Do you have what it takes? Grab a punch card and take 35 GroupX classes between September 14 and December 4th to receive prizes and be entered in for a chance to win a grand prize! Simply drop-off your completed punch card at the box at the Welcome Center and we will be in touch with you following it. Similar to the GET REC*D Challenge, participants must get a punch card and have the GroupX Instructor punch their card AT THE END OF CLASS!

We are challenging all OU Faculty, Staff, and Students to take 35 Group Exercise classes in the Fall 2015 semester! For questions or more information, contact Fitness Graduate Assistant, Erin Davidson at
& 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: Understanding a Modern Epidemic - Blood Sugar
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Conference Room
Click here to register!

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 5 million of the 20 million Americans who have diabetes have not yet been diagnosed with the disease. Even if you have “normal” blood sugar, you may be sitting on a time bomb which prevents you from losing weight and living a long healthy life. You will learn that unmanaged blood sugar, diabetes, and its complications are surpassing both cancer and heart disease as cause of death. Understand the risk factors associated with dysfunctional blood sugar management and recognize that the first line of defense against progression of this disease is a lifestyle modification program. Acquire information on proper diet and exercise and understand that they are a crucial part of achieving better health and relief from the ravages of diabetes.

Nutrition: Product Packaging and the Food Label
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Conference Room
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This session is designed to assist individuals in navigating and unraveling the confusing information on the food label with the ultimate goal of having the ability to make better food choices. Also discussed is product packaging and how it influences our food purchases.

Nutrition: Know Your Numbers and How to Change Them
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Conference Room
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This session reviews blood test results and blood pressure readings… and what these numbers should mean to you. Learn how to reduce potential negative sources that may be impacting these numbers and limiting your ability to live optimally. Arm yourself with a new understanding of what diet and supplementation, an active lifestyle, and stress management can mean to your overall health.

Spinal Health: Stress Free Lunch Break
Monday, September 21, 2015
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
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Did you know that the most common disorder in people over the age of 50 is a spinal disorder? A Place to Grow Chiropractic will offer a short presentation on Monday, September 21 at 12:10 p.m. about how you can maintain your mobility and flexibility into those golden years so you'll be able to keep doing the things that you love when you get there.

Improve Your Savvy Shopping Skills
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
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Trying to stay on budget with groceries, but you always seem to spend more than you expect or want? This workshop will cover the different ways you can stay on budget while shopping – and still purchase what you need!

Organize Your World: Escape Your Clutter
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Conference Room
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Are you overwhelmed?  Do you have too much stuff?  Professional Organizers, Donna Lindley and Kate Lionas, from Organize Your World, Inc. will give you tips to help you get organized and simplify your life.  Learn proven steps that you can apply to any organizing project, large or small.  Make space, find peace, and discover more time for the things you enjoy most.
For questions or additional information, please email Stephanie at or call ext. 4968.