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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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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.

OneWellU Winter Walking Program

January 12 – March 22, 2015

The OneWellU walking program can help you to keep on track with your physical activity goals. The walking program for the winter session will last 10 weeks, and can be done on your own time. All steps count, so while increasing your exercise is important, focus on your everyday activity options like taking the stairs and walking to your destination instead of driving.

New participants will receive a pedometer, if requested. Any step tracking device may be used, such as MOVbands, Fitbits, etc. All participants will log their daily steps using the American Heart Association (AHA) Activity Tracker.

Throughout the 10-week program, participants can be entered into a weekly prize drawing.

·    Weeks 1-2: Employees must track 49,000 steps each week (average 7,000 steps/day)

·    Weeks 3-6: Employees must track at least 56,000 steps each week (average of 8,000 steps/day)

·    Weeks 7-10: Employees must track at least 70,000 steps each week (average of 10,000 steps/day)

A participant may only win the weekly prize on one occasion throughout the duration of the 10-week walking program. The participant with the most steps tracked at the end of the 10-week program, will win a choice of $100 iTunes or Dicks Sporting Goods gift cards.* 

Participants will receive weekly reminders to log their steps, top 5 standings, and health tips will be provided.

Registration is required for the walking program, and can be completed by clicking HERE.

If you have NOT previously registered for the American Heart Association Activity Tracker, you must also register on the AHA website to track your total steps.  Instructions for completing this step can be found HERE.

*All prizes subject to tax.

Lunch and Learn Series and Wellness Webinars



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.

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace - Heer Hall, Room 202, 12 - 1

You have probably heard of IQ, but what about EQ? It stands for “emotional quotient”. While IQ measures your intelligence, EQ is a measurement of self-awareness, how well emotions are managed, aptitude for developing relationships, employing empathy, and self-motivation. Underdeveloped emotional intelligence can result in feeling distant or out of sync with others. It affects workplace relationships, team interactions, and our ability to handle challenging situations and difficult people. Current research supports that emotional intelligence is something which can be improved.

Presented by:  Susan Fee, M.Ed., PCC

A light lunch, sponsored by Medical Mutual will be provided.  Registration begins on December 1.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

 Wellness Webinar - "The Five Smartest Things You Can Do for Your Health"

The wellness webinar will be available for all employees to listen live on January 22, noon – 1 pm, or employees may listen to an archived recording at a later date.

Just what the doctor ordered! Join Dr. Michael Schechter from Be Well Solutions and learn how to take charge of your health and review the best ways to reduce your risk for disease. Specifically, this webinar will cover the following topics:

                     Knowing your numbers/healthcare consumerism

                Nutrition strategies

               Exercise essentials

               Practical emotional balance

               Eliminating tobacco from your life




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.