Recreation Center

Recreation and Athletics Center
569 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4REC (4732)
fax: (248) 370-4889

Employee Well-Being

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 Faculty and Staff to participate.

Carrot Wellness

Carrot Logo
We are excited to introduce a new wellness initiative that is designed to reward all members of our faculty and staff for leading more active lives. Beginning January 20, every faculty and staff member at Oakland University will have the opportunity to participate in Carrot Wellness, a free incentive program that rewards you financially for walking, running, and climbing stairs.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Willis at or Becky Lewis at

Upcoming Carrot Wellness Events

We will be hosting several tabling events across campus for faculty and staff to help you start using Carrot on a daily basis. The sooner you download and use the app, the sooner you can begin to earn incentives and be rewarded financially for walking!

Carrot Wellness Launch Party and Open House
February 3, 2017
2 - 4 p.m. in the Recreation Center Social Lounge

Come to the Rec Center on January 20 to help us launch Carrot Wellness to all OU Faculty and Staff! Bring your phone with you and chat with one of our Carrot Wellness Ambassadors to have all of your questions and get Carrot Wellness set up on your phone. Test out how the app works by walking on our track!

Carrot Wellness Features

Here are some unique features of Carrot and our program:

  • Carrot Wellness is a free application (download on the Apple and Google Play stores) that gives each user a personalized activity goal that updates each day. Your activity goal is based on your own step history that is extracted from your phone.
  • Each day you meet your goal, you will earn one Goal Coin. You can then use your Goal Coins to purchase exclusive rewards that are available right on the app and get sent directly to your phone.
  • Steps are tracked by the technology on your phone, or you can sync with a wearable device like Fitbit
  • There are no reporting requirements and no paperwork to fill out. Everything including monitoring your goals, tracking your progress, and claiming your rewards, is done solely on your smartphone.

This program is available automatically for all Oakland University faculty and staff, absolutely free.

How to Download the App
  1. Download the free app from the Apple or Google Play store by searching "Carrot Wellness."
  2. Open the app and register using your phone number. IMPORTANT: You must use your Oakland Email under the 'Wellness' tab across the top once you have set the app up using your phone number in order to have access to the Oakland incentives. Do not register through Facebook.
  3. Go to your email inbox to open up the email sent from Carrot. Click on the link to verify your Oakland University account.
  4. Begin walking, earning Goal Coins, and purchasing great rewards that are available on the app right now!
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. 

Fall 2017 & Winter 2018 Consultation Dates:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Click here to be taken to the appointment calendar. Scroll through the calendar to select the date and time of your choice. The appointment will be added to your Google Calendar.

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. 
and Events
Grow & Flow Yoga at the Student Organic Farm
Monday, October 2

Join Rec Well Fitness at the Student Organic farm Monday, October 2nd at 12:10pm-12:50pm for a yoga practice outside at the farm (Adams and Butler Rd.).

Enjoy practicing yoga under a maple tree surrounded by fresh fruits and veggies. After the class, feel free to stick around for a tour of the farm and to purchase some vegetables if desired! You can drive to the farm or we have spots reserved on the Bear Bus. The Bear bus will leave the Rec at 11:50am and return to the Rec at 1:15pm.

Please sign up here if you would like to attend this free event and if you would like to reserve transportation or a yoga mat.

Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair
Wednesday, November 1

All are welcome to attend the Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair, on Wednesday, November 1 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Recreation Center. This event marks the start of open enrollment for all university employees, and brings together all benefits providers in one place at on one day. Additionally, local business and organizations will be present that will provide you will multiple opportunities and resources to support your personal health and well-being. Check In Form.

Flu Shots
Free flu shots will be available at the fair with your health insurance card. Oakland University is one of 11 colleges across the state competing to report the highest number of flu vaccines administered on our campus. Support this challenge by self-reporting your flu vaccine here!  

See below for a list of some of the vendors that will be attending the fair, in addition to many more!

Recreation & Well-BeingHealth PriorityBCBSM/BCNDelta Dental
AP Assembly & AssociationFidelityTIAA-CREFMetLaw
A Place to Grow ChiropracticLiberty MutualInfoarmorBasic
Michigan Education TrustWERGMiller VeinPino Insurance
Massage Envy SpaBEMERMeadowbrook HallInclusively Fit
Applied Fitness SolutionsCARROT WellnessUniversity AthleticsIsha Foundation
Veterans Support ServicesPainting with a TwistdōTERRA Essential OilsPaint Creek Chiropractic

For more information please contact Stephanie Willis at 248-370-4968 or email

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 Wednesday, September 6 for $25.  This pass is good for any classes marked with an "EF" on the schedule, unlimited, for the 2017 Fall Semester.

New to Group Exercise and not sure what classes you will like?  No problem!  Visit us September 6 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. Passes are required starting September 14.  For more information on the Employee Friendly Pass, please contact Stephanie at or call x.4968.
September: What's the [Real] Deal with Toxins
Monday, September 25
2:30 p.m.
Recreation Center (David E. Herman Room)

The idea of toxic substances lurking around us is scary, but what are the true risks? And what substances should we actually be concerned about? Join us to learn more about the role the environment plays in our health. All are welcome to attend, no sign up required.

Presented by: Mozhgon Rajaee, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

October: Understanding Cancer Risk
Tuesday, October 24
10:00 a.m.
Recreation Center (David E. Herman Room)

Cancer is a leading cause of illness and death, but many forms of cancer can be prevented, or with early detection, effectively treated. This program will discuss cancer basics, including the role of genetics, environment and lifestyle, as well as evidence-based methods of prevention.

November: There's an App for That - Wellness Apps Overview
Wednesday, November 8
2:00 p.m.
Recreation Center (David E. Herman Room)

Advances in smartphone technology and wearable devices have led to a plethora of wellness applications. How do you decide which ones are the best for your lifestyle and wellness goals? Join us to learn more about the pros and cons of different wellness apps. All are welcome to attend, no sign up required.

Presented by: Erica Wallace, MPH and Stephanie Willis, MTD

December: Bringing Calm to Your Home or Office
Thursday, December 7
4:00 p.m.
Recreation Center (David E. Herman Room)

Ever feel like your environment is too cluttered or stressful for you to engage in meaningful activities? Learn how to manage your work or living space to have a greater influence on your productivity and mood. All are welcome to attend, no sign up required.

Presented by: Ashley Dunham, MA, LPC, CAADC, NCC, and Diane Johnston, MPA, both from Department of Counseling, SEHS

UHR Training: Actions Speak Louder than Words
Thursday, November 2
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Oakland Center, Lake Michigan Room

Program Objective: To teach the power of the nonverbal messages we send to others and understand how those messages are interpreted. The wordless message must be congruent with the spoken word in order to develop direct, honest communication and achieve understanding.

Actions really do speak louder than words! Research indicates that 55% of our message is communicated through our non-verbal body language. A person’s body language and gestures are accurate indicators of his or her attitudes, thoughts, and emotions. Components of nonverbal communication How to communicate likeability and approach-ability Improving your eye communication and eye signals The science of gestures and arm positions Face language.

To reserve your spot at this training, please click here.

For more information or questions, please contact Willie Tuggle, Learning and Organizational Development Manager at

UHR Training: Time Management
Thursday, September 28
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Oakland Center, Lake Michigan Room

Program Objective: To regain control of your time by managing yourself more efficiently and productively. In this age of downsizing and a do-more-with-less environment, being in control of your time and priorities is more important than ever. You will learn effective prioritization skills and leave with a daily action plan with sustained improvements and the motivation to do it. How to prioritize your tasks when everything becomes urgent Assess your organizational skills Four ways that you can create more time The best way to say ”no” when you don’t have time

To reserve your spot at this training, please click here.

For more information or questions, please contact Willie Tuggle, Learning and Organizational Development Manager at