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Building a Better You

Oakland University cares about the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. A well-being collaborative was formed in 2014 to establish goals and objectives as a campus culture of well-being is established. The collaborative includes a wide representation of students and employees from across the university.

Well-being is multidimensional. It includes many components, all of which work together in an individual’s process of improving quality of life and developing an overall sense of personal and individual wellness. The model that Oakland University promotes includes eight aspects: 
  • Get Active/Eat Well
  • Seek Spirituality
  • Manage Money
  • Work Smarter
  • Enhance Your Mind
  • Find Balance
  • Get Involved
  • Practice Sustainability
To evolve the culture of well-being for the OU campus community.

The well-being collaborative strives to streamline resources available to support healthy lifestyle behaviors of OU students, faculty, and staff and promote existing and future campus initiatives that aid in building a culture of health and well-being by connecting people on campus and in the community who provide well-being services.

Well-being staff
Becky Lewis, Assistant Director of Programs
Stephanie Willis, Coordinator of Employee Wellness & Educational Outreach
Julie Proctor, Health Educator & Coordinator of Student Wellness

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Get Active and eat well: physical wellness
Physically well individuals eat well-balanced diets, get plenty of physical activity and exercise, maintain proper weight, get enough sleep, avoid risky behaviors, and restrict their intake of harmful substances. Physical wellness involves taking care of one’s body.

Enhance your mind: intellectual wellness 
Intellectual wellness focuses on opening the mind to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment. Learning new concepts, improving skills and seeking challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning is all part of intellectual wellness.

Find balance: emotional wellness
Emotionally well individuals are able to appropriately express emotions, adjust to change, cope with stress in a healthy way, and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations. Possessing high self-esteem, a sense of humor, and a positive body image also contributes to emotional wellness. Emotionally well individuals are comfortable in seeking support from a mental health professional when needed and gathering information in order to make informed value decisions. 

Seek spirituality: spiritual wellness

Spiritual wellness is establishing peace and harmony in life. The development of congruency between values and actions and the realization of a common purpose that binds creation together contributes to spiritual wellness.

Get involved: social wellness
Social wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. Contributing to social wellness is one’s ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

Work smarter: occupational wellness
Occupational wellness is successfully integrating a commitment to one’s occupation into a total lifestyle that is satisfying and rewarding. It includes making use of personal gifts, skills and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness and enrichment in life through work. An occupationally well person enjoys a role that is consistent with his/her beliefs, goals, lifestyle, personality, and values.

Manage money: financial wellness
Financial wellness is a balance of the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of money. It involves working towards balance in how an individual thinks and feels about money. Financially well individuals have an understanding of their financial situation, care for finances so that financial changes can be handled as necessary, and maintain a level of comfort in where money comes from and where it is going.

Practice sustainability: environmental wellness
Environmental wellness is when individuals recognize their own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water, and the land that surrounds us. An environmentally well person appreciates the external environment and understands the role he/she plays in it.

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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!

Walking Program: Backpack Through Europe
Monday, January 19th through Friday, March 6th 

Keep up with your walking routine during the winter months, using the walking program to keep you on track.  Simply log your steps online each day with a goal of 10,000 steps per day.  Walk your steps anytime—take advantage of your free Rec Center Membership (those that are benefits-eligible) and use the indoor track or treadmills.  The theme for this semester’s program is Backpack Through Europe; virtually travel through different European countries each week throughout the program.  The Top 5 Faculty or Staff who walk the most steps over the entire program will get to pick out OU gear at the OU Bookstore!  All OU Faculty, Staff, and Students are welcome to participate. 

Click here to register today!

BWP+ Members Earn points for each day you track your steps!

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