Recreation Center

Recreation and Athletics Center
569 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-4REC (4732)
fax: (248) 370-4889

Employee Well-Being

Carrot Wellness

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All benefits-eligible faculty and staff are eligible 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 Caitlyn Hennings at or Becky Lewis at

OU At-home Step Up Challenge

In order to stay connected and active, Carrot Wellness has created a custom OU At-Home Step Up Challenge that encourages you to get your steps in while remaining accountable as part of a team. The live leaderboard on the Carrot app will allow for transparency while encouraging friendly virtual competition. The challenge will run April 15 - May 31 and all OU benefits-eligible employees are able to participate.

  • Pick your own team of 3 employees or request to be placed on a team.
  • Go to the app and select Join a Team or Lead a Team. The CARROT team will reach out to the leaders to form their teams.
  • Walk. Hit your Daily Steps Goal. Earn your CARROT Green Coins.
  • The team that earns the most CARROT Green Coins during the competition period wins! The average CARROT Green Coins per team member is your team’s “score.”
  • The challenge will appear under the OU tab. Users must open up their CARROT app at least once a week for their steps to be counted in their team score.

At the end of the challenge, the team with the highest average Green coins per user wins Amazon gift cards. In the event of a tie, the team with the most improved average step goal WINS.The winners will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd place:

  • 1st place - $25 Amazon Gift Card for each participant on the team
  • 2nd place - $20 Amazon Gift Card for each participant on the team
  • 3rd place - $15 Amazon Gift Card for each participant on the team

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!
Set up a phone consultation with a Functional Medicine Dietitian to understand your unique health challenges and discuss how to support your immune system to prevent infections. Learn what foods and nutritional substances have medicinal value for the body. 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
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all consultations will be held via phone or video chat. Please schedule as normal via Google calendar and you will be contacted separately to find out your communication preference (video chat vs. phone).

Consultations are 45 minutes, and available at no cost to you.

Winter 2021 Consultation Dates:
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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 emailing Caitlyn Hennings 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 Offerings
2020 Virtual Benefits and Wellness Fair
Hosted by University Human Resources and University Recreation and Well-Being. Sponsored by the Oakland University Credit Union.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

This year's fair will be held in a virtual format with a variety of activities and educational sessions to engage employees in learning more about their benefits and ways to manage personal well-being in these changing and uncertain times.  This year’s fair is in conjunction with the benefits choice period that begins October 19.

Live virtual sessions, recorded sessions, and some fun mind/body activities are scheduled for the entire day and will be available for participation as employees are able.  Prizes will also be awarded for participation and engagement.

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Met Life Legal Plans
    Learn the following regarding legal plans offered with Met Life rep Carla Puleo: Why legal plans are important, how the plan works, what services are covered, about the Attorney Network and have an opportunity to get other questions answered. Join the WebEx session:  Oakland University – MetLife Benefits Discussion

  • 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Liberty Mutual Auto/Home Insurance
    Learn about the auto/home program, how to obtain a quote and get more questions answered about Liberty Mutual.  Michael Meyer from Liberty Mutual will be hosting this LIVE Microsoft Teams meeting. Join: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting (+1 469-480-3855, United States, Dallas (844) 883-4661 United States (Toll-free) Conference ID: 650 023 536.

  • 10:00 a.m. and/or 2:00 p.m. TIAA:  In Turbulent Times: Taking Control of your Financial Future
    Facing a financial challenge causes many people to feel overwhelmed or stressed. Learn key ways to take back control.  During this workshop, TIAA Financial Consultant, Chris Burgess, will review tools and tips to help with creating a budget, managing debt, reducing stress about your savings and investments, examining your goals, and preparing for retirement.

    Register for the 10 a.m. session
    Please click this URL to join.  Passcode: 261344

    Register for the 2 p.m. session
    Please click this URL to join.  Passcode: 312109

  • 10:00 a.m. Open Session- Ask Fidelity!
    Fidelity Retirement Planner, Omar Jackson, CFP® is available to answer your questions and speak to relevant topics such as:  maximizing your opportunity prepare for retirement in the Oakland University 403(b) and 457(b) plans, taking advantage of the tools and resources available at Fidelity, and managing financial wellness during challenging times.

    Register here to speak with Omar: Ask Fidelity! Oct 21st 10am

  • 11:00 a.m.-12 noon Live virtual Financial Wellness:  When Money Matters 
    Hosted by the OU Credit Union - Join Davante Montgomery from the OU Credit Union for a workshop on managing your finances in these challenging times.  Davante will discuss ways to stretch your paycheck, budgeting, saving and credit.  Join Zoom Meeting
  • 11:00 a.m.-12 noon Priority Health virtual session. 

    Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

    +1 616-552-9548   United States, Grand Rapids (Toll)

    Conference ID: 798 335 224#

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  • 12 noon-1:00 p.m. BCBS virtual session.  

    For guests who wish to join the session on the scheduled day and time, they should visit and input the webinar ID (505-511-027)

  • 12 noon-1:00 p.m. Live virtual Cooking with Cortney
    Join Cortney from University Rec and Well-Being for a lunchtime session on preparing a healthy  dinner dish.  A supplies list will be provided ahead of time.  Gather your groceries and prepare your dinner dish for the night, live.  Working in the office that day or don’t have the supplies on hand?  Follow along for fun and knowledge on how to prepare the recipe at a later time.  Registration required through the Rec Well portal:  Click on the Wellness tab and then employee wellness.  The link to the live class will be provided when checking in.

  • 1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Allstate Identity Protection
    Join Matt Guida from Allstate who will share identity theft statistics, the Allstate Identity Protection overview and coverage overview, information about the Member Portal and answer other questions employees might have.  Join with the Zoom link:

  • 2:00 p.m. Fidelity Webinar- Navigating Market Volatility
    With the market’s recent downturns, you may be concerned about the retirement savings you’ve worked so hard to build. Join our Navigating Market Volatility webinar and get answers to questions like these:  should I change how I’m invested to something less risky, should I move to cash right now, how do I pull my money out of the market, why should I put more into my retirement savings plan?

    Join our webinar for answers to your most important financial questions. Reserve your spot today!

  • 4:30-5:00 p.m. Live virtual Meditation and Mindfulness
    Wrap up the day with an opportunity to participate LIVE in two short, guided meditation exercises led by the Rec and Well-Being wellness team.  Use the following link to participate virtually and the opportunity to interact with the group.  Registration not required.  Zoom link for the workshop:

  • 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Live virtual Crafting for Self Care
    Arts and crafts are known tools for managing stress.  Take care of yourself through a fun card making session using watercolors hosted by Rec Well wellness staff.  No experience necessary.  Craft kits will be available for pick up from the Rec Center in the week prior to the session.  Not on campus?  A supply list will be provided and participants can secure their own supplies.  Registration required through the Rec Well portal:  Click on the Wellness tab and then employee wellness.  The link to the live class will be provided when checking in.

  • Live Links Available At Your Convenience


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    Additional Opportunities

  • Group Fitness Classes
    12:10-12:50 p.m. In-Person Gentle Yoga and Meditation
    5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. In-Person Zumba
    *In-person classes will be held at the Rec Center.  Participation is limited and social distancing guidelines will be enforced.  Masks are required for participation.  Participants must check in with an ID and completion of the online health assessment before participation in any in-person classes at the Rec.

    12:10-12:50 p.m. LIVE Virtual Total Body Sculpt
    6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. LIVE Virtual Pop Pilates
    7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m. LIVE Virtual Body Barre

    Register for virtual or in-person fitness classes on the Rec Well portal at  Links for the virtual classes will be provided when checking in.  

  • Fur Angel Therapy Dogs
    In-person opportunities to interact with some of the cutest dogs in town!
    Hosted at the Rec Center with appropriate social distancing.  Masks required.  Times coming soon!

  • Benefit Q & A Sessions with a Benefits Representative
    Have questions about your benefits for 2021?  Make an appointment with a UHR benefits representative to get your questions answered in a private meeting.  Virtual appointments are available.  Schedule using this link:

    In partnership with Alana's Foundation and the Visiting Nurses Association
    October 20th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in-person at the Rec Center. FREE!  Insurance info and consent will be collected when registering.  Appointments required. Use this link:  (Clinic ID 574, Passcode mfdTBvV).  More info to follow regarding flu shot guidelines, family eligibility, etc.

Questions about the fair or flu shot clinic can be emailed to Becky Lewis at

Wellbeing Ambassador Program

Passionate about Health and Wellbeing? Wanting a minimal time commitment? Join Rec Well's Employee Wellbeing Ambassador Program! Receive ambassador merch as well as information on new offerings with University Recreation and Well-Being. Help us achieve our goal of making a healthier campus. Ready to join? Click here to fill out our form today. If you have additional questions, email Caitlyn Hennings at

Recorded Webinars
  • "Ergonomics in a Work-From-Home World":
    Has your home office workstation been a real "pain in the neck" over the past several months? Check out this recorded webinar from Dr. Tara Diesbourg Ph.D. CPE, a Certified Professional Ergonomist and Assistant Professor in OU's Environmental Health and Safety Program in the School of Health Science. Click here to watch this webinar.

Employee Summer Programs 2021

11th Annual Poker Walk :

  • Wednesday, May 12th, 2021  /  10am-3pm  /  Virtual option and in-person option starting and ending at the Rec Center
  • This year you have the choice of participating in person or virtually with a team or as an individual! Both options offer prizes, connection, and fun while following social distance guidelines. To register click here.

Employee Kickball League :

  • June 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, & 24th   /  12pm-1pm  /  Upper Turf Fields
  • We welcome all employees of various abilities and skills to come join in on the fun. Not interested in playing? Bring your lunch and don't miss out on the action for this socially distant activity. To register click here.

Employee Toptracer Golf Event :

  • July 20th (10a-1p) & July 22nd (5p-8p)   /  OU Golf & Learning Center
  • Want to golf with the technology used by NBC Sports and The Golf Channel? Sign up for an hour time slot to play different games and track the distance of your shots at this FREE event. To register click here.

Cycle Nation :

  • August 3rd, 4th, & 5th, 2021  /  12pm-1pm   /  Outside in front of the Rec Center
  • Get ready for a marathon of bicycle riding to support the American Heart Association! All OU employees are invited to take a cycling class at the Rec individually or with a team on one of the specified days. Make sure to only choose one of the following days, so all teams have an opportunity to ride in person. President Pescovitz and Glenn McIntosh have generously given to the American Heart Association on behalf of all OU employees. To register click here.

When registering for all summer events, you must go to the online registration page here. Once there, you must log in using your OU NetID and password. then you will click on "Wellness Programs" and then "Employee Wellness". There you will be able to register for all the events displayed above. Have questions? Email the Employee Wellness Coordinator, Caitlyn Hennings at