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

Carrot Wellness

Carrot Logo
All benefits-eligible faculty and staff areeligible 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 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!
In Person Nutrition Consultations: 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
NEW! Prepaid Phone Consultations are also available! If you are unable to meet in the office, take advantage of a phone consultation with Debbie. To schedule your phone consultation, email Debbie Cavendar at

Consultations are 45 minutes, and available at no cost to you. In person appointments must be scheduled online and are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Fall 2019 Consultation Dates:
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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
Understand your OU benefits package, better.

Elect your benefits using a step-by-step guide and kiosks set up for you at the fair. UHR will be available on-site to assist you and answer questions. Five kiosks will be available in Studio 919 for you to do this on site.

Meet your benefits providers and talk to them directly about your plan. In addition there will be several community vendors on site - see a confirmed list of all vendors here. Light refreshments will be available throughout the morning.

Get your flu shot (free with insurance card) at the fair - no appointment necessary. Accepted insurances include: BCBS, BCN, Priority Healthy, HAP, Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans, and Physician Health Plan.

Wednesday, October 23 from 9am-3pm in the Recreation Center

For questions, please contact Stephanie Willis at or call extension 4968.