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Open Enrollment and Wellness Fair 2013
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Wellness for a Lifetime - OneWellU
Wellness for a Lifetime - OneWellU
Patrice Deleon (McNair)
Patrice Deleon (McNair)
Faculty Staff Exercise participants doing plank
Faculty Staff Exercise participants doing plank
HR Wellness Newsletter - April 2014
HR Wellness Newsletter - April 2014
Faculty Staff Exercisers Karen Fry, Paula DiVencenzo, Linda Schuck
Faculty Staff Exercisers Karen Fry, Paula DiVencenzo, Linda Schuck

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.


Wellness Health Screenings


Benefits-eligible employees - sign up for your FREE health screenings and get your MOVband!

Sign-up instructions are available by clicking HERE.

Oct. 20, 2014
Geauga Campus
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 21, 2014
E. Liverpool Campus
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
NOTE:  Additional screenings will be held on the Kent campus.  Regional campus screenings will be held Fall 2014.



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.


Wellness Webinar

 Take advantage of our wellness webinar and listen live anywhere you have an internet connection.

Oct. 24, 2014 - Cold, Flu, and Germs - Click HERE to register.

As fall approaches and the air gets colder, there is a lot of attention paid to sickness, virus and infection. 

Join Be Well Solutions for an educational seminar that will help you:

  • Avoid germs that cause you to get sick.  
  • Identify symptoms of colds vs. symptoms of the flu. 
  • Learn strategies to prevent colds and the flu.  
  • Navigate common myths surrounding the flu.  

Presenter: Michael Schechter, MD


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



Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Healthy Living for Busy Lives - Heer Hall, Room 107, 12 - 1

In this fast paced world it’s hard to keep a healthy life.  We need to be intentional about assessing and maximizing the quality of our lives.  There’s a phrase that says “if your output exceeds your intake, your upkeep will be your downfall!”  Participants will consider the elements of healthy living and explore major hindrances to a healthy lifestyle.  This is a simple summary of the 12 most important laws for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  

Presented By:  Thomas O’Reilly, MA, PCC-S.

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

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.


OneWellU Walking Program  - August 25 to October 19

This program is specifically designed to help you to get fit and stay motivated!

All new participants will receive a free pedometer, if requested at registration. Participants may use any device for tracking steps and must log their daily steps using the American Heart Association (AHA) Activity Tracker online at 

By creating your profile in the AHA website, participants will also have the ability to track their diet, create and locate walking paths, form walking groups and access a personalized walking plan, developed by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in collaboration with the AHA.

Throughout the 8-week program, participants can be entered into a weekly prize drawing. Each employee that walks and tracks at least 56,000 steps/week (average of 8,000 steps/day) for the first four weeks will be entered to win a weekly prize. During the second four weeks of the program, participants must track at least 70,000 steps each week (average of 10,000 steps/day) to be entered to win a weekly prize. A participant may only win the weekly prize on one occasion throughout the duration of the 8-week walking program. The participant with the most steps tracked at the end of the 8-week program, will win an Ipod Nano. Participants will receive weekly reminders to log their steps and health tips will be provided.

ALL participants must register for the walking program HERE.

NEW participants (first time participants) must also use the provided instructions HERE to enroll on the AHA walking website.

*Note: Weekly winner can only win once per session. Grand prize winners may not win again in same calendar year. Runner-up will be selected. All prizes are subject to tax.


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.