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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.

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. This is a program you must enroll into every year in order to earn points and receive incentives for wellness programs that you participate.

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.

Below, you will find a list of Wellness Programming for the summer 2014 semester for which you are able to earn points. Next to the event/class/program, you will see an associated point value, and if applicable, the maximum amount of points you are able to earn for that specific program. You are eligible to earn a maximum of 200 points per semester.

Rules and Regulations
Registration Form
Pre Approved Programs Fall 2014
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
SUOU Gift Pack
Purple Dotted Lunch Bag
Purple Duffel Bag
OU Grey Blanket
 I Heart Clean Air T-Shirt
Fall 2014 Group X FitPass
White Tumbler

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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 40 minutes, and available at no cost to you. Appointments must be scheduled online and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration will be available at the start of the new year.

Consultation dates:
  • January  20, 2015
  • February 3, 2015
  • February 17, 2015
  • March 3, 2015
  • March 17, 2015
  • April 7, 2015
One, 40-minute consultation per employee per semester, please.

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

Nutrition Consultation Cancellation Policy: Due to an extreme number of last minute nutrition consultation cancellations, a cancellation policy has been developed.  Effective May 1, 2014: 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.

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Maintain Don't Gain
Monday, November 24th through Friday, January 9th 

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Maintain Don't Gain is a program designed to assist you in your efforts to stay physically active and eating healthy throughout the holiday season (Thanksgiving through the New Year). Those that participate will receive a mini pre-health assessment (weight, blood pressure, BMI, and BIA analysis), post-health assessment, and motivating emails that contain educational materials and links to resources to help you along the way. Health assessments are conducted on a "drop-in" basis during the dates and times listed below. All assessments are private and confidential. No prescribed diets, no exercise routines; simply good, motivating information to help you stay on track with your healthy lifestyle.

Drop-In Assessment Dates and Times:
  • Monday, November 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, November 24 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

OU Night at Painting with a Twist
Thursday, October 23 
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Painting with a Twist of Rochester Hills
3320 S Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307
Cost: $30 per person (due prior to event)

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Exclusive to OU Employees! Join us for a night of fun and painting with OU Faculty and Staff! Paining with a Twist guides you through a full color painting that you create and is your to take home at the end of the night. It is a great place to bring out your inner artist, relieve some stress, and enjoy socializing with co-workers.  Click here to see what we will be painting!  Registration is a two-step process; please click the link above to start your registration.  Space is limited to the first 25 individuals that complete both steps in the registration process.

Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair

All Oakland University Faculty, Staff, and Students are invited to this year’s Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair!

When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Recreation Center: 3-Court Gym

Click here to see a list of confirmed vendors that will be attending the fair!

Benefits and Wellness Fair Events Schedule

Click here to Check-In to the fair!

We are excited to bring the OU Community together with local businesses and organizations promote the message of health and wellness. Enjoy receiving information from many local vendors specializing in all aspects of Wellness.

Faculty and Staff – Don’t forget about Open Enrollment!   The Benefits and Wellness Fair is a perfect time to ask questions about your health insurance, vision, dental, investments, and more!  All providers will be on site and available to help you! 

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February 2014 Spotlight

Mark Bertacchi

Department: Skilled Trades - Electrician
Years at OU: 15

While talking with Mark he described the time he decided to get pro-active about his health was around the same time health related issues seemed to keep piling up. He was ready to get healthy and when he saw a postcard while working in the shop at OU for a  wellness fair at the Rec he decided to go. After the fair he noticed Debbie Cavender, our Registered Dietician, at a table with a sign that read "Know your Numbers". Mark decided to sit down with Debbie and begin his journey to better health. As he puts it, he wants to "stay young as long as he can".

Mark participates in many programs at the Rec. He has met with Debbie for Nutrition Consultations and made some major changes to his diet and lifestyle. He enjoys swimming once a week and was involved in the "Maintain Don't Gain" employee wellness program during the winter break. Tonight he is branching out and taking his first yoga class and says he's going to try cycling soon! He has had great progress getting healthy and has even reversed some of his health problems completely!

He explained he finds motivation to stay healthy with support from his daughter, friendly staff at the Rec and through the use of the wellness programs here at OU. His advice for others thinking about getting healthy, "Find what's fun and you'll continue with it!"

Fun fact: Mark loves the water. Outside of working at OU he's a Coastguard Auxillarist, helping to patrol Lake St. Clair in the summer and owns a boat. He also participates in his church programs and is an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

March 2014 Spotlight

Kath Borg

Department: University Library - Executive Secretary for the Dean
Years at OU: 8

Kath first started participating in employee wellness when Shape Up OU was implemented in 2006. Over the years, Kath has become an avid wellness participant, enjoying a variety of programs and events. Some of Kath’s favorite wellness programs include Nutrition Consultations with Debbie, Maintain Don't Gain During the Holidays, Walking Programs, iPause, Restorative Yoga, Lunch & Learns, and RAD. 

Kath says actively participating has allowed her to gain the benefits of a very healthy lifestyle, pay less money towards health insurance, she has more energy to keep up with her grandchildren, and her clothes fit much better! In the next year, Kath’s goal is simple: MAINTAIN! By maintaining her current healthy status, Kath hopes to bike across Michigan with her family, continue her love of hiking, and play with her grandchildren as much as possible.

Fun fact: Kath is working hard toward finishing up her degree in Integrative Studies this December! In addition, Kath also holds an Associate’s degree in ministry and is a youth minister in her free time. Finally, Kath loves to snowshoe in the winter and kayak in the summer!

April 2014 Spotlight

The First Year Advising Center

Department Members: Sara Webb, Yoel Joa, Adam Duberstein, Brittani Hobbs, Amy Jacovetti, Jennifer Janes, Bill Johnson, Derek Moreno, Roberta Rea, Anna Mrdeza, Scott Kokotovich, Adrienne Spitzer, Jonathan Mann, Sarah Bowen, and David Ollie Ray
The First Year Advising Center is one department that stands out at Oakland University when it comes to the importance of health and wellness at work and at home!
Sara Webb, Director of the FYAC, says, “To be the best wecan be in all areas of our life, including work, we need to take time to focus on our overall health and well-being.  It’s important to me that I set an example of work/life balance, take time to rejuvenate, and participate in the resources OU has to offer in these areas. I’m fortunate to work with an extremely dedicated team who sees the benefits of OU’s wellness programs and are excited and willing to participate.”

Some wellness program favorites among the FYAC staff include: 30 Day Challenge, Group X Classes, The 35 Group X Challenge, and Walking Club. In addition to participating in wellness programs, members of the FYAC describe the importance of participating in health and wellness programs.  Improved mood, feeling less fatigued, lower insurance costs, being a healthy role model for their children, improved relationships with family, friends, and co-workers, and being able to be healthy while enjoying treats in moderation were just some of the things mention by the FYAC staff as to why they place a high importance on health and wellness.

Fun Facts about Members of the FYAC: Brittani Hobbs (Communications Coordinator) loves sports cars! She hopes to own a Corvette or Lexus LFA – or both! Jonathan Mann (Office Assistant) is an Adjunt Faculty of Music and Arts at MCC, in addition, he has ran a few marathons, including running 30.30 miles on his 30th birthday! Yoel Joa (Assistant Director) has been married to his wife for 7 years, and come to find out , they were both at the same New Kids on the Block concert when they were 8 years old! Anna Mrdeza (Academic Adviser) is starting a student affairs fashion blog! Amy Jacovetti (Coordinator, Orientation & New Student Programs) has competed in two full marathons, one half marathon, and a sprint triathlon! Roberta Rea (Academic Adviser) used to play Rugby for Grand Valley State University! Adrienne Spitzer (Academic Adviser) completed the 35 Group X Challenge this semester!

July 2014 Spotlight

Ashley Samson

Department: School of Nursing - Event Coordinator
Employed at OU: 8 months

Ashley first heard about wellness programs at OU when she started to receive emails and postcards telling her about available programs.  Running and yoga are some of her favorite activities, so she immediately signed up for those opportunities! Some of the programs Ashley has participated in include: Outdoor Summer Yoga and the Brooksie Way Employee Running Group.  Ashley says she loves to exercise in the morning, and participating in these programs before her workday starts, always puts a positive spin on her day.  She has more energy, focus, and doesn’t feel the effects of sitting at her desk all day.  

One of the biggest impacts wellness programs has had for Ashley can be seen in her pocketbook.  Ashley says, “If I were to calculate how much money I have spent on yoga classes, road races, and gym memberships over the last decade, I would probably be horrified.  Making these programs available to employees at no cost says a lot about the University and its’ commitment to the health of its’ employees, and it’s a real budget-save for me.”   

Fun facts: Ashley is working and training hard to build up her yoga practice in addition to running the Detroit Marathon in October!  Ashley loves trivia, especially about U.S. Presidents; as a child she remembers eating her lunch on a placemat that illustrated all (at the time) 42 Presidents.  Ashley’s goal is to visit all of the Presidential Libraries in her lifetime, especially if one ends up being located in Hawaii so she will have a nice and warm vacation to plan! 

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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!

Stress & Food: How to get out of your cupboard
Wednesday, September 17th
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
There are physiological reasons we choose to open that cupboard or refrigerator door even when we aren't hungry. Discover the Food/Mood Connection and break free from eating your stress and other unwanted eating challenges.

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Nutrition: Fats – The good, the bad, and the ugly
Tuesday, October 7th
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
Good fats are fats that the body can use to maintain structure and produce energy ... Bad fats provide zero nutrition and may also cause the immune system to malfunction and lead to a variety of illnesses from obesity to cancer. Learn the proper uses for good fats in order to get the most nutrients available and to avoid harmful fats.

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Beauty begins in the mind
Wednesday, October 15th
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
Managing the mental chatter before it manages you and how you look! Our inner voice talks incessantly. And we should be paying attention, because what we say to ourselves has a direct impact on our success - or failure and that includes our food choices, our weight, and our inner beauty showing up on the outside!

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ABC's of Aromatherapy
Wednesday, November 5th
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Wellness Fair - Court 1

Come learn the basics of Aromatherapy with Troy Farwell, Doctor of Natural Medicine Clinical Aromatherapist MS, MH, RAP, RAH, H.H.P. This Lunch & Learn will focus on how to use Aromatherapy to relax, balance and rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit. Aromatherapy can improve quality of life on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Join us as we learn how to use various oils, basic safety guidelines, and essential oils for seasonal regimens. Dr. Troy will focus on how to use essential oils to improve immunity, help with sinus problems, and relieve anxiety!

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Nutrition: Know Your Numbers
Tuesday, October 21st
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
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.

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Defying aging and weight gain by nourishing the brain
Wednesday, December 3rd
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Classroom
You will never be as young as you are today! As we age, it is common that many of us gain weight and we blame it on genetics. What if you were to discover your specific brain type to enable you to lose weight and keep you brain more youthful? Join us to learn how and what nourishes your brain to arrive at a destination of healthy weight, vibrancy and joy!

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

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