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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 fall 2013 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 Winter 2014
Program Request

BWP+ Incentives

Item #
 Teal Padfolio
 Black Recycle Lunch Bag
SUOU Red Stainless Water Bottle
SUOU Black Lunch Bag
SUOU Lunch Bag with Water Bottle
SUOU Red/Black Duffel Bag
SUOU Umbrella
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
60 Minute Massage
Winter 2014 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.


Consultation dates:
  • May 13, 2014: 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.
  • June 3, 2014: 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m.
  • June 17, 2014: 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.
  • July 22, 2014: 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m
One, 40-minute consultation per employee per semester, please.

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

*If you are not a benefits-eligible employee and are unable to do an online registration through the Campus Rec website, please email Stephanie at willis@oakland.edu or call ext. 4968.

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 willis@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. 
**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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Employee Poker Walk

Place Your Bets on Improving Your Health at the Poker Walk!

All Oakland University Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Assistants are invited to participate in the 4th Annual Poker Walk in honor of National Employee Health and Fitness Day sponsored by Campus Recreation and Employee Wellness. Participate in this event is at no cost to you!

 Join us Wednesday, May 21, 2014 for a fun 1-mile walk around OU’s campus.  Collect poker chips along the route and turn in your chips at the end of a mile to try and get the top poker hand!  The top three poker hands will win prizes valued at $100 each!  You will also have an opportunity to win prizes at the event (over 100 additional prizes were given away last year).  Walk your 1-mile anytime between 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Start line is at the Rec Center.

Registration opens April, 21, 2014 on the Campus Recreation website.  Register as a team or as an individual to participate.  Teams are eligible to compete for Best Team Name, Most Enthusiastic Team, and Best Team Costume.

Team registration

Individual registration 

We’re raising the stakes and calling the bet, it’s time to ante up and get involved in this year’s Poker Walk!

OU Moves: Walk to Mackinac
Let's get moving this summer with OU Moves: Walk to Mackinac!  This is a walking program open to all OU Faculty and Staff designed to simply get you out of your seat and moving!  Participants will track their steps using a pedometer and then enter their steps online everyday.  
  • June 2 - July 25 (8 week program)
  • All participants will receive a pedometer
  • Online Tracking through Google Form
  • PRIZES!!!
  • Earn BWP+ Points
The top five individuals who walk the most steps over the 8-week program will get to select some OU gear of their choice!
  • 1st Place - $75 value
  • 2nd Place - $50 value
  • 3rd Place - $40 value
  • 4th Place - $30 value
  • 5th Place - $25 value

In addition to prizes, all BWP+ members are eligible to earn points for each day steps are entered online.

  • 6,000 - 7,999 steps = 1 point/day
  • 8,000 - 9,999 steps = 2 points/day
  • 10,000+ steps = 3 points/day

Register today.  

Summer Outdoor Yoga
This OU Employee only outdoor yoga class offers you the opportunity to start your mornings feeling energized and refreshed!  All fitness levels are welcome to attend; no experience is necessary.  This class is provided to all OU Faculty and staff at no cost. 
  • Thursday mornings
  • June 12 - July 31
  • 6:30 a.m.
  • Location: TBD

Remember to bring: Yoga mat*, towel, water, and your Grizz ID**

Register today. 

*It is recommended you bring your own yoga mat to class, however a limited number of mats will be available for you to borrow for the duration of the class.

**In case of inclement weather conditions, class will be moved indoors to the Recreation Center.  Your Grizz ID is needed in order to enter the building.

Please contact Stephanie Willis at willis@oakland.edu or ext. 4968 with any questions. 

Meet the Instructor: Jonathan (an Oakland University Employee in the First Year Advising Center) has been practicing yoga since 2008, and received his RYT-200 certification through Red Lotus Yoga in Rochester, Michigan.  While his foundation of yoga education lies in Ashtanga yoga, he brings a sense of diversity and integration to his classes in an attempt to help people of all backgrounds find their most authentic self through yoga by exploring flexibility of not only the body but of the mind as well.

Employee Personal Fitness Consultations
This program is new, free and exclusive for OU employees!

Meet with a personal trainer regarding a workout plan, goal setting, or getting started. A 30-minute consultation is a great opportunity to ask questions and determine the best course of action for your personal situation and getting your fitness on track. Consultations will not include assessments or exercise. One-on-one appointments are for Q & A/discussions only. Consultations will be held at the Rec Center in the Fitness Assessment room.

Appointment times vary. To book a consultation, contact Katie with your top three available days/times at klevans@oakland.edu. Please allow two business days for follow up and to arrange scheduling.

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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!

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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!

If you are not a benefits-eligible employee and are unable to do an online registration through the Campus Rec website, please email Stephanie at willis@oakland.edu or call ext. 4968.

Sign up online for either nutrition or non-nutrition focused Lunch & Learns.

Lunch and Learn sessions will return
in the Fall 2014 Semester. 

Please check back in August for more information.

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