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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.

6th Annual KSU Cornhole Tournament- March 11

In its sixth year Kent State has melded the fun of Cornhole with raising monies for the United Way.  Held in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, the Cornhole Tournament is not hampered by northeast Ohio weather.   Everyone is a winner because the real winner is the United Way.  This competition is fun and the top two teams do receive a prize.   Click here for registration information.   For questions, contact Barb Boltz at

FlashFit MOVChallenge: Students vs. Faculty/Staff


The Division of Human Resources and the Department of Recreational Services are excited to present the FlashFit MOVChallenge, a student vs. faculty/staff 90-day competition. Participants will use a MOVband (a wrist-worn monitor) to track their daily activity and movement. They then sync their MOVband data on the challenge website. Participants in each group who meet the monthly goals will be eligible for prize drawings at the 30, 60 and 90 day marks. The ultimate FlashFit MOVChallenge winner will be announced at the end of the competition. A traveling “Golden Arm” trophy will be awarded to the winning group!

The FlashFit MOVChallenge began Feb. 1 and runs through May 1.

Now Accepting Applications for Wellness Ambassadors

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.

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.

Lunch and Learn Seminars

April 22, 2015
12 -1 p.m.

Demystifying the Secrets of Financial Analysis for Retirement - Heer Hall Room 107

Information about financial services and investment products can be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. Our April financial wellness lunch and learn session will help you to reduce some of the confusion surrounding financial analysis. Michael Petersen of AXA Equitable will offer some tips to help you make decisions about your financial future.

Presented by Michael Petersen of AXA Equitable

Register to attend

  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.


Indoor Walking/Jogging Program 

Don't let the weather hold you back! Take advantage of the opportunities on our Kent State Campus for indoor fitness options.

  • Kent State University Field House 

Faculty and staff are eligible to use the Field House indoor track for walking and/or jogging. The membership fee is $35 per semester or $60 for a year. Additional information and membership application can be found here.
  • Student Recreation & Wellness Center
Faculty and staff can take advantage of an indoor walking track, pool, fitness equipment, and much more with a membership plan. Special offers for faculty and staff, as well as programming details can be found on the Department of Recreational Services membership web page.