Recreation Center

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

Employee Well-Being

Carrot
Wellness
Carrot Wellness

Carrot Logo
All benefits-eligible faculty and staff are eligible to participate in Carrot Wellness - an incentive based program that tracks your steps and rewards you financially for being active each day. Join the over 500 OU employees already using Carrot today!

Questions? Contact Caitlyn Hennings at chennings@oakland.edu or Becky Lewis at lewis236@oakland.edu.

OU Virtual Step Up Challenge Fall 2021

In order to stay connected and active, Carrot Wellness has created a custom OU Virtual Step Up Challenge that encourages you to get your steps in while remaining accountable as part of a team. The live leaderboard on the Carrot app will allow for transparency while encouraging friendly virtual competition. The challenge will run September 6th - October 20th and all OU benefits-eligible employees are able to participate.

  • Pick your own team of 3 employees or sign up to be added to a team by using code “random” when registering on the carrot app.
  • Go to the app and select Join a Team or Lead a Team. The CARROT team will reach out to the leaders to form their teams.
  • Walk. Hit your Daily Steps Goal. Earn your CARROT Green Coins.
  • The team that earns the most CARROT Green Coins during the competition period wins! The average CARROT Green Coins per team member is your team’s “score.”
  • The challenge will appear under the OU tab. Users must open up their CARROT app at least once a week for their steps to be counted in their team score.

At the end of the challenge, the team with the highest average Green coins per user will win a gift card. In the event of a tie, the team with the most improved average step goal WINS. The winners will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd place:

  • 1st place - $15 Gift Card for each participant on the team
  • 2nd place - $10 Gift Card for each participant on the team
  • 3rd place - $5 Gift Card for each participant on the team

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!
Nutrition
Consultations
Monthly Nutrition Webinar Information
Rock Your Mental Health: 30 Minute Nutrition Hacks

“Belly & Brain... Together Forever”:

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021  /  12:00 pm - 12:30 pm   /  Virtual
  • Brain health begins in the gut. Discover how to an extraordinary degree, brain health and, on the flipside, brain dysfunction are dictated by what goes on in your digestive system. To register click here.

“Food Matters for the Gray Matter”:

  • Thursday, October 14, 2021  /  12:00 pm - 12:30 pm   /  Virtual
  • Understand how to modify your food and drink to enhance energy levels and improve emotions. To register click here.

“Bug Alert … Beneficial Bugs”:

  • Thursday, November 4, 2021  /  12:00 pm - 12:30 pm   /  Virtual
  • There is no better way to get your beneficial probiotics from natural foods. Recognize when supplemental probiotics are helpful and how to purchase the right formula. To register click here.

“Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks":

  • Thursday, December 2, 2021  /  12:00 pm - 12:30 pm   /  Virtual
  • Our actual age is one thing, but improving our biological age is more significant in keeping the brain young. Learn lifestyle factors that build body and mind resilience. To register click here.

When registering for all fall webinars, you must go to the online registration page here. Once there, you must log in using your OU NetID and password. then you will click on "Wellness Programs" and then "Employee Wellness". There you will be able to register for all the events displayed above. Have questions? Email the Employee Wellness Coordinator, Caitlyn Hennings at chennings@oakland.edu


One on One Nutrition Consultation Information
Set up a phone or video consultation with a Functional Medicine Dietitian to understand your unique health challenges and discuss how to support your immune system to prevent infections. Learn what foods and nutritional substances have medicinal value for the body. Meet privately with Registered Dietitian, Debbie Cavender, to focus on understanding the fundamental factors that influence your experience with health and wellness.
  • Understand the natural way of taking care of your health, regain optimal energy, lower cholesterol, manage blood sugar, control blood pressure, lose weight, optimize digestion, and enhance your immune system
  • Learn strategies on how to apply nutrition, movement, and laboratory results, and other lifestyle modifications on an individualized way so you can put an effective health and nutrition plan into action
This semester, we will continue to do all nutrition consultations virtually. You have the option of scheduling a phone or video consultation. The registration period to sign up for a nutrition consultation opens September 3rd and is first come first serve. When registering for all fall consultations, you must go to the online registration page here. Once there, you must log in using your OU NetID and password. then you will click on "Wellness Programs" and then "Employee Wellness". There you will be able to register for all the events displayed above. Have questions? Email the Employee Wellness Coordinator, Caitlyn Hennings at chennings@oakland.edu

Consultations are 45 minutes, and available at no cost to you.

Fall 2021 Nutrition Consultation Dates:
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Thursday, December 2, 2021

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 emailing Caitlyn Hennings at chennings@oakland.edu 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. 
 
Programs
and Offerings
2021 Benefits and Wellness Fair
Hosted by University Human Resources and University Recreation and Well-Being.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

This year's fair will be held in person at the Recreation Center. Learn about your benefits, enjoy community wellness vendors, enter to win raffle prizes, and get a flu shot. Read below for more details.

  • COVID Guidelines for in person event:

    To attend this event, it is required that you fill out your Daily Health Screening. Masks will be required at all times indoors. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the event.

  • Information on Open Enrollment:

    Attend the fair for assistance from human resources and to talk with benefit vendors. Interested in a one on one virtual session with an HR rep the same day? Sign up by clicking here.

  • Information on Flu Shots:

    The Benefits & Wellness Fair will be offering FREE flu shots in partnership with Alana's Foundation and the Visiting Nurses Association. Flu shots will be available throughout the entirety of the Benefits & Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Fill out the required consent form before October 20th by clicking here. If Oakland University does not come up as the clinic, use the following (Clinic ID: 821, Passcode: N7QHsgE). Click "Yes" when asked if it's the correct clinic, and then enter your information. Make sure to bring a copy of your insurance card to the event. If you do not have insurance, Alana's Foundation subsidizes. Participants will be serviced first come, first served.

  • OU Groups & Community Wellness Vendors:

    A Place to Grow Chiropractic - Massage Envy - Fur Angel Therapy Dogs - Salinair Salt Room Spa - Alana's Foundation and the Visiting Nurses Association - Hanson's Running Company - OU Credit Union - OU Golf & Learning Center - Athletics - Campus Student Organic Farm - AP Association - AP Assembly - ERG groups - Registered Dietitian, Debbie Cavender

  • Benefits Vendors:

    Davis Vision - Priority Health - Unum - TIAA - MetLife Legal Plans - Liberty Mutual - Allstate Identity Protection

Questions about the fair can be emailed to Caitlyn Hennings at chennings@oakland.edu. For more updates and vendor spotlight posts, click here.


Wellbeing Ambassador Program

Passionate about Health and Wellbeing? Wanting a minimal time commitment? Join Rec Well's Employee Wellbeing Ambassador Program! Receive ambassador merch as well as information on new offerings with University Recreation and Well-Being. Help us achieve our goal of making a healthier campus. Ready to join? Click here to fill out our form today. If you have additional questions, email Caitlyn Hennings at chennings@oakland.edu.


Recorded Webinars
  • "Ergonomics in a Work-From-Home World":
    Has your home office workstation been a real "pain in the neck" over the past several months? Check out this recorded webinar from Dr. Tara Diesbourg Ph.D. CPE, a Certified Professional Ergonomist and Assistant Professor in OU's Environmental Health and Safety Program in the School of Health Science. Click here to watch this webinar.


Employee Fall Programs 2021

Mindful Moment:

  • Every Friday during the fall semester excluding breaks   /  7:50 am - 8:00 am   /  Virtual
  • To register click here.

Step into September :

  • September 6th - October 20th   /  Virtual through the Carrot Wellness App
  • To register go to the carrot wellness app.

Employee Outdoor Yoga:

  • Sept 17th, September 24th, October 1st,& October 15th   /  12:10 pm-1:00 pm  /  Tent outside of the Library
  • To register click here.

Meals Made Easy:

  • September 21st, October 12th, November 9th, & December 7th   /  12:00 pm-1:00 pm  /  Virtual
  • Join Caitlyn Hennings, Employee Wellness Coordinator, once a month for a quick and easy cooking demo. Either cook along or save the recipe to try later! To start out on a high note, Caitlyn will be partnering with WERG on campus for the first cooking demo in this series. To register click here.

Three Part Mindfulness Series: Building strength after Covid:

  • November 2nd: Welcome to Mindfulness - Have you wondered about Mindfulness Practice, hearing about it in the media, listening to friends who talk about deep breathing? This introductory program will offer Mindfulness basics, types of practice, and the numerous health benefits mindfulness offers. It will also include the importance of being fully present for life and what often complicates that from happening. This segment will offer an introduction of calming breathing exercises.
  • November 16th: Well-Being while During or Post COVID-19 - The pandemic has resulted in a surge of people experiencing anxiety. This segment will focus on well-being, stress reduction, and self-compassion- all through the lens of mindfulness. A brief mindfulness practice in self-compassion will be offered.
  • December 7th: Resiliency - a Mindful Approach- Resiliency is how we bounce back after a setback or disappointment. In this segment we will look at how mindfulness helps people to work with a sense of overwhelm. It is possible to mindfully reframe stress and develop growth after adversity- find out how to make this work for you.
(Date & Location) 12:00 pm-1:00 pm  /  Virtual
  • Join Caryn Wells, PhD, OU Professor, for a three part mindfulness series to offer yourself a sense of calm during a busy day by at. It is recommeded to attend each session, since they build off on another. To find out more information about each session and to register, click here.

When registering for all fall events, you must go to the online registration page here. Once there, you must log in using your OU NetID and password. then you will click on "Wellness Programs" and then "Employee Wellness". There you will be able to register for all the events displayed above. Have questions? Email the Employee Wellness Coordinator, Caitlyn Hennings at chennings@oakland.edu

One on One Employee Health Coaching
Set up a phone or video consultation with Health Coach & Employee Wellness Coordinator, Caitlyn Hennings. During your sessions you will create a personalized program that is designed to help you make healthy lifestyle behavior changes. Everything discussed in your sessions will remain confidential.

This semester, we will do sessions either telephonic or virtually. The registration period to sign up for a health coaching session opens September 3rd and is first come first serve. When registering, you must go to the online registration page here. Once there, you must log in using your OU NetID and password. then you will click on "Wellness Programs" and then "Employee Wellness". There you will be able to register for all the events displayed above. Have questions? Email the Employee Wellness Coordinator, Caitlyn Hennings at chennings@oakland.edu

Your first consultation will be 90 minutes. Consultations after that will be between 30-45 minutes. You will receive 4 sessions with your health coach at no cost.

Health Coaching 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 emailing Caitlyn Hennings at chennings@oakland.edu with no penalty.  Any persons making a cancellation less than 48 hours in advance will be prohibited from booking another health coaching session for 6 months past the date of their original appointment.