Recreation Center

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

OU Heart Walk Initiatives; Heart Walk, May 12, 2018; heart graphic

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

Winter 2018 Consultation Dates:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 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. 
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Bright Light Therapy
All faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are eligible for free sessions of bright light therapy. This is an evidence-based practice that can be beneficial for seasonal depression, sleep and mood regulation. Bright Light Therapy is located in the Recreation Center Well-Being Suite. View availability here.

Go Red Week
Monday, January 29 - Friday, February 2

Celebrate Go Red Week January 29 - February 2 by participating in a variety of events, programs, and workshops that aim to support and positively impact your personal heart health journey.

Monday, January 29
Stress Less Event - Oakland Center, Oakland Room (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) - Stress can have serious implications on your personal heart health. Stop by this interactive event to learn and practice techniques to reduce your stress level.

Mobile Know Your Numbers - Vandenberg Cafeteria (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - It's always a good time to know your health numbers and what they mean to your personal health. Assessments will include heart rate and blood pressure.

Tuesday, January 30
Parking Lot Raids - Various parking lots across campus (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) - Be on the look out for our Heart Health Team passing out Heart-y snacks to give you the nutritious pick-me-up to get you through your day! We will be in various lots across campus to distribute throughout the day.

Mobile Know Your Numbers - Hamlin Lounge (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - It's always a good time to know your health numbers and what they mean to your personal health. Assessments will include heart rate, blood pressure, body mass index, and body fat percentage.

Wednesday, January 31
Go Red Walk-a-thon - Recreation Center Track (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) - Join us to show support for heart health - whether you walk to show support, walk for yourself, or in honor of someone, every step counts! Walk anytime between 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Don't forget your Grizz ID to enter the Rec Center.

Mobile Know Your Numbers - Recreation Center (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - It's always a good time to know your health numbers and what they mean to your personal health. Assessments will include heart rate, blood pressure, body mass index, body fat percentage, and cardiovascular fitness assessment.

Thursday, February 1
Nutrition Workshop: Fuel Your Heart - Recreation Center (2 p.m.) - Eating healthy is one of the most important ways to keep your heart and body working at its' best. Join us and learn about heart healthy alternatives made simple.

Eat Heart Healthy - Vandenberg Cafeteria - Looking for a heart healthy meal? Consider dining in the Vandenberg Cafeteria where the lunch and dinner menus will feature heart healthy meals. Also, stop by our nutrition table to learn more about cooking heart healthy, delicious meals at home or on the go.

Mobile Know Your Numbers - Library (11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) - It's always a good time to know your health numbers and what they mean to your personal health. Assessments will include heart rate, blood pressure, body mass index, body fat percentage, and glucose.

Friday, February 2
Go Red Dance Jam - Recreation Center 3-Court Gym (12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.) - Celebrate the conclusion of Go Red Week by participating in our 2nd Annual Go Red Dance Jam! This fitness fusion class will have you dancing to Latin inspired songs, along with today's top hits with two different instructors. Be sure to wear red to this event!

March Cooking Demonstrations

March is National Nutrition Month! Refine your nutrition and cooking skills by participating in two different cooking demonstrations throughout the month.

Wednesday, March 28
Oatmeal Reinvented- Human Health Building, Room 2045 (12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.) - This is not your grandmother's oatmeal! Come learn fresh ideas for using this heart healthy grain for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Please reserve your spot for this event.

Wednesday, March 14
Taste the Rainbow - Recreation Center, David E. Herman Room (12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.) - Freshen up your dinner plate with antioxidant packed foods; Your heart will thank you for it! Please reserve your spot for this event.

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 Wednesday, January 3 for $25.  This pass is good for any classes marked with an "EF" on the schedule, unlimited, for the 2018 Winter Semester.

New to Group Exercise and not sure what classes you will like?  No problem!  Visit us January 3 through January 9 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 January 10.  For more information on the Employee Friendly Pass, please contact Stephanie at or call x.4968.
January: Fitness Fixes
Thursday, January 11
3:00 p.m.
Recreation Center (Studio 897)

Exercise should be part of our daily routines, but many of us may feel that we don’t have enough time to have a proper workout. Join us to learn about exercises that take less time but still have a major positive impact on your health.

Presented by: Erin Davidson, MS, Recreation and Well-Being

February: Don't Be Duped - How to spot fake health news
Wednesday, February 7
2:00 p.m.
Recreation Center (David E. Herman Room)

New health studies and information seem to be reported everyday, but how can you tell which ones are based in fact and which are sensationalized? Learn how to identify fallacies and critically evaluate health claims so you can make informed decisions for your health.

Presented by: Charlie Rinehart, Special Lecturer, Communication; Journalism; Wellness, Health Promotion, and Injury Prevention

March: Finding Peace in the Midst of Conflict
Wednesday, March 7
11:10 a.m.
Recreation Center (David E. Herman Room)

It seems that conflict is everywhere---relationships, school, work, social media---and contributing to negative emotions. This workshop will explore these influences and how to seek and maintain peace during difficult times.

Presented by: Thomas Ferrari, Ph.D., OUWB School of Medicine

April: Get Your Life Together
Monday, April 9
3:00 p.m.
Recreation Center (David E. Herman Room)

Ever feel like achieving balance is a myth? This workshop is for you! Learn how to evaluate your goals, prioritize needs, and develop practical solutions for everyday challenges.

Presented by: Erica Wallace, MPH, and Stephanie Willis, MTD, Recreation and Well-being