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Faculty Staff Exercise participants doing plank
Faculty Staff Exercise participants doing plank

Wellness - OneWellU Programs

OneWellU is Kent State University's wellness program that officially launched in 2006. This wellness initiative provides employees with university wide programs and activities that will enhance their individual well-being and productivity.


Fall 2014 Wellness Newsletter

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Register for your wellness account through Be Well Solutions by clicking HERE.




Do you see yourself as a role model for health and wellness within your department?

If so, then you should apply to become a Wellness Ambassador!

Wellness Ambassadors promote university-sponsored wellness programs and activities that encourage good health and improve the quality of life, while serving as a liaison between department/regional campuses, the wellness advisory committee, and/or the wellness coordinator.

The ultimate goal of a Wellness Ambassador is to engage fellow employees at the local level to participate in wellness programs and activities.  Increasing engagement can be done by expressing wellness opportunities to fellow departmental employees, sharing ideas for new opportunities, and being available for any questions employees may have concerning their participation in programs.

Click here to receive more information regarding the roles and responsibilities of a Wellness Ambassador, as well as an application for the position.



Holiday Hold Program

All Kent State University employees are invited to participate in Holiday Hold, a program designed to encourage participants to beat the odds and maintain their weight throughout the holiday season.

Prospective studies of holiday weight gain reflect that most Americans gain one to two pounds during the holiday season (Thanksgiving through New Year).  While this may not seem like much, the negative impact from this is the evidence that most people do not lose this weight over the year, which contributes to ongoing weight gain.

  • On November 20 or 21, all participants will weigh in on their own and submit their weight to Be Well Solutions, our wellness partner (contact email will be provided).
  • Participants should use the same scale to monitor body weight throughout the entire challenge.
  • Participants should weigh themselves about the same time of day and with approximately the same type of clothing for each weigh-in.
  • Participants will receive the following throughout the challenge:

o   Education  related to nutrition and exercise

o   Weekly emails with tips

o   Unlimited telephonic health coaching is available to help to stay on track

  • ·Participants will complete the challenge with a weigh out on January 5 or 6, and will again submit their final weight to Be Well Solutions.

Participants that achieve the goal (no weight gain) will be eligible for a prize drawing for $50 iTunes or Dicks Sporting Goods gift card*.

Register for the Holiday Hold beginning Oct. 31!

*Prizes subject to tax.


Lunch and Learn Series



Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Holiday Grief - Heer Hall, Room 107, 12 - 1

Depression is not uncommon for the bereaved during and following the holiday season.  During this time individuals are often left with little support.  It is important to have positive coping strategies and be able to anticipate situations and specific dates that may trigger intense emotions.  This session can help you if you are struggling, or perhaps help you to be a support to someone you may know who is grieving and experiencing difficulty during the holidays. 

 Presented by: Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S.

 A light lunch, sponsored by Medical Mutual, will be provided for all registered attendees.  Registration is required.


Faculty/Staff Exercise Program

This program is specifically designed to assist those individuals who may  benefit from a more structured and personal exercise program due to a sedentary  lifestyle (not currently participating in at least 30 minutes of moderate  physical activity three days/week for at least three months) or for individuals  who may have some risk factors that require more supervision, such as  hypertension, diabetes, family history of heart or coronary disease, metabolic  disease, etc.  Visit the Faculty/Staff Exercise Program page for more information.


  Weight Watchers at Work


As part of the OneWellU program, Kent State University offers the convenience of attending Weight Watchers at Work meetings during your lunch time.

The Weight Watchers at Work program will hold its weekly meetings every Wednesdays from noon – 1 p.m. in the Kent State Student Center, Room 303 (location is subject to change- notices will be posted).

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the program and experience a weekly meeting without any commitment. There is a discount for Kent State employees who enroll in either of the two weight loss offerings listed below:

Weight Watchers meetings with Monthly Pass is a good choice for employees at any Kent State campus who want to try Weight Watchers but do not want a lengthy commitment. The monthly pass gives you greater control and flexibility to determine what works best with your schedule. You can attend an "at work" meeting or take advantage of unlimited access to meetings in your community. You will also be able to use e-tools to track weight, find great recipes and more. The monthly cost for a pass is $39.95, which is discounted from the price you would pay if you enrolled at a community meeting.

For details and more information, visit the Weight Watchers at Work page.


Student Recreation & Wellness Center

The Department of Recreational Services is proud to announce a variety of programming designed specifically for faculty and staff members of Kent State University for the spring semester. Programming includes adult swimming lessons, multiple intramural leagues and two exclusive Group X classes. All programs will be offered during lunchtime or after traditional work hours.  To register for any of the programs, please visit the pro-shop at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Exclusive faculty-staff programs for Spring 2014 include:

  • Faculty/Staff Swim Lessons
  • 4v4 Flag Football, Indoor Soccer, Basketball and Softball Intramural Leagues
  • PiYo Group X Class
  • Strength on the Ball Group X Class

Visit the SRWC web site for more information.