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

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 – Learn a science-based model of lifestyle nutrition and how it can be a road map for your personal plan. 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
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. 

Summer 2018 Consultation Dates:
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 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
Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Recreation Center

Save the date for the annual Benefits and Wellness fair at Oakland University! New this year, elect your benefits at the fair, receive a free flu shot with your insurance card, and leave with a better understanding of your benefits package. More information coming soon. We look forward to seeing you there!

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, September 4 for $25.  This pass is good for any classes marked with an "EF" on the schedule, unlimited, for the 2018 Fall Semester.

New to Group Exercise and not sure what classes you will like?  No problem!  Visit us September 5 through September 11 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 12.  For more information on the Employee Friendly Pass, please contact Stephanie at or call x.4968.
Campus Safety: How May We Help?
Tuesday, September 25th
110B O'Dowd Hall

This session will cover the services Oakland University Police Department provides and how we all play a part in creating a safe campus environment.

1. Identify what an emergency is on campus.
2. Describe the Cleary Act and our responsibility to report campus crimes.
3. Understand how to handle situations ranging from parking issues to criminal reports.
4. Recognize what options are available if an incident occurs and how to get assistance, if needed.

Primary Audience: Administrative Professionals
Seating is limited; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual and Occupational

Post-It Notes Aren't the Only Things That Get Stuck: Embracing Your Career Path
Wednesday, October 10th
9-10:30 a.m.
Recreation Center (David E. Herman Room)

We start our careers with great enthusiasm. We work hard, experience both successes and failures, and build our network of colleagues. But, somewhere along the way life happens and we find ourselves stuck. Stuck in a job with no upward mobility. Stuck on a vision of where we thought we would be at a certain point in our career. Stuck in a physical place because of the path life has taken us, and sometimes just stuck in our own comfort zone. Getting unstuck and finding happiness with whatever your career situation is can be challenging. Embracing where you are in your career and life is possible when you look beyond your original plan and find growth opportunities outside of work and beyond your campus. In this session, discover data and insights from seasoned professionals who have found themselves stuck at various points in their careers and leave with a plan to be happy with whatever life sticks you with! Presented by Becky Lewis and Marie VanBuskirk, University Recreation and Well-Being.

Primary Audience: Administrative Professionals
Seating is limited; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual and Occupational