Department of Recreation and Wellness
WellAware - Current Programs
WellAware offers specially designed programs to the faculty, staff and retirees of BGSU. In addition to the health and wellness benefits derived from participation in WellAware events and activities, employees are can receive incentive prizes.
Call for Wellness Champions!
WellAware is recruiting volunteers to serve as Wellness Champions for their department. Wellness Champions are ambassadors for WellAware and their main responsibility is sharing program information and encouraging healthier habits within their work areas. Being a Champion is a great opportunity to assist with wellness initiatives and build a wellness culture on campus. The time commitment is minimal and you do not need to be the healthiest person in your department. A great Wellness Champion is someone who is enthusiastic about improving their health and motivating others to do the same. If you are interested in becoming a Wellness Champion, please contact Karyn Smith at email@example.com.
Strive for FIVE!
8-Week Nutrition & Fitness Challenge
- June 17 – August 11
- Strive to be healthy & happy! Join this fun challenge and receive the support and guidance to consume a healthy diet filled with a variety of fruits and vegetables & to incorporate more physical activity into your day.
- Click HERE for more detailed information. Register HERE to participate as a team or as an individual.
Employee Wellness Golf
Golf means fresh air, fun, and fitness! BGSU Employee Golf is great for beginners and experienced golfers. Come out to the Forrest Creason Golf Course on Thursday afternoons, starting May 23, and play with colleagues and/or family and friends.
- 12 weeks of play! Every Thursday from May 23 to August 8, first tee time is 5:30 PM
- Play with friends or family! Only one player needs to be a BGSU employee.
- Play 9 holes each week at reduced rates! Greens fees per player are only $13 per week walking and only $19 per week with a cart. Pay in full, or by the week.
- Bonus Special!
Play 4 rounds of golf and receive a FREE round of 9 holes!
- For further details contact Kurt Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.372.1238
Free Employee Fitness Classes at the Student Recreation Center
Register now for the free employee group exercise classes available this summer. Classes are only available to BGSU faculty, administrative and classified staff and pre-registration is required. Register Online! Classes are available May 20 - June 28.
- Employee Zumba® – An exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™. Classes are available on Mondays from 5:30 – 6:15 PM in the Student Recreation Center Dance Room.
- Employee Spin 101 – Want to learn the basics of spinning? Then this class is for you! Learn the correct technique to get the most out of your ride. Your instructor leads you through different styles of rides with motivational music and class instruction. Classes are limited to 25 employees and are available on Wednesdays from 12:00 – 12:45 PM in the Student Recreation Spin Room.
- Aqua Zumba® – Known as the Zumba® “pool party,” the Aqua Zumba® program gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout! Integrating the Zumba® formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, the Aqua Zumba® class blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating. Classes are limited to 25 employees and are available on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 6:45 PM in the Student Recreation Cooper Pool.
Click HERE to view other fitness classes available at the Student Recreation Center. Attend unlimited classes by purchasing a Group Exercise Pass at the Student Recreation Center Front Desk, SRC membership is not required to participate.
BG Be Fit
Is your goal to become more active, feel better, and improve your health and fitness? Set yourself up for success by joining BG Be Fit, a 12-week beginner exercise program for BGSU faculty and staff. This free program is specifically designed to teach you the basic techniques of regular aerobic, resistance, and flexibility training. Program is available to male and females and the exercise classes can be adjusted to match your individual fitness level. Feel comfortable exercising with other beginners and receive the guidance and encouragement needed to start and continue a lifestyle of exercise.
Classes will resume in Fall 2013
Yoga As You Are
Take a short stress relieving break and participate in this free 30-minute gentle yoga class. This low-impact class includes gentle stretches, balance and breathing as well as movements designed to increase range of motion in joints and relieve stress. Come as you are - all you need to bring is a yoga mat or a towel. Registration is not required. Classes will resume in Fall 2013, click HERE for more information or to watch the Yoga As You Are Instructional Video.
Walking to Wellness
No registration required. Just show up with comfortable footwear and start walking your way to better health and wellness!
Eppler South Gym Track (Courtesy of School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies): Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Free Session with a Personal Trainer
Schedule a free one-hour fitness consultation and meet with a certified personal trainer to discuss goals, barriers, and other factors related to physical activity and fitness. Call 419-372-2000 to set up an appointment.
StairWELL to Better Health
Taking the stairs is one simple way to be more physically active throughout the work day. To encourage this, WellAware and the Center of Excellence of Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan are collaborating with graphic design students to create inspiring and motivational graphics in stairwells throughout campus buildings. Take the StairWELL challenge and step up to a healthier lifestyle!
Mental Health and Well-Being
Caregiving Support Group
The challenges of caring for others can result in caregivers ignoring their own physical and emotional health. Because family caregivers must attempt to balance work responsibilities with their caregiving responsibilities, it is not surprising that many caregivers are emotionally drained and physically exhausted. The BGSU Gerontology Program is organizing an on-campus support group to help those balance work while providing care. Contact Nancy Orel at email@example.com or 419-372-7768.
BGSU Employee Mother’s Circle – Support group for moms with young children
Are you a double duty mom, working outside and inside the house? Juggling demands at work and family duties can be overwhelming and stressful. Share concerns and receive helpful guidance from other moms who are in your situation by joining the on-campus mom’s support group. The group meets the second Thursday of each month and the third Monday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in Hanna Hall 108. Bring your lunch and enjoy time discussing your little ones. For more information contact Amanda Vrooman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IMPACT Employee Assistance and Work/Life Program is a benefit available to BGSU employees and their families offering access to confidential professional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The program is free of charge, courtesy of BGSU. For more information visit Impact Solutions on the web: www.myimpactsolution.com. Your member login is: BGSU.
Grief in Motion with Bridge Hospice
This group is designed to provide grief support for those who have experienced a death as well as simple exercises that help reduce stress and create energy.
Thursdays in April, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Bowling Green. Download Complete Information (PDF)
Are you ready to lower your cholesterol, reverse high blood pressure, lose weight without dieting, and prevent heart disease and stroke? Are you ready to make long-lasting lifestyle changes for life?
Join the new Eat Right For Life, a group program for healthy eating and healthy living, and make long-lasting lifestyle changes for life.
Receive guidance and support to move toward a whole food, plant-based diet.
Downtown BG Farmer’s Market & Recipe Contest
Show off your cooking skills in the new Farm Fresh Recipe Contest. Click HERE to download the brochure and entry form. The 2013 Market is located at 201 South Main Street. Stop by every Wednesday to pick up the freshest vegetables, flowers, and plants in season.
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You can also get reimbursed for attending Weight Watchers Community meetings through Medical Mutual. You will need to contact Medical Mutual before attending meetings or purchasing monthly passes. Log into your account at MedMutual.com and follow the link for Healthy Living.
Dining Services is now offering Meatless Mondays and Flexitarian Fridays. Meatless Mondays simply call attention to those menu items that are vegetarian on the menu for the day and this occurs in all locations, every Monday. On Flexitarian Fridays the Oaks and Carillon Place are taking turns featuring vegan items for both lunch and dinner to encourage decreasing the amount of animal products in our customers' diet. For more information, contact Daria Blachowski-Dreyer at email@example.com or 419-372-8095.
Free Session with a Dietitian
Meet with a BGSU dietitian to discuss nutrition goals and receive assistance in developing a personal nutrition plan. A dietitian can help meet your nutrition goals whatever they may be - weight loss, lowering cholesterol or lowering blood pressure. Call 419.372.2271 to set up an appointment.
Employees can seek help through Bowling Green State University’s IMPACT Employee Assistance Program (1-800-227-6007 or www.myimpactsolution.com account login: BGSU) and through Medical Mutual Insurance’s SuperWell Quit Line (1-866-845-7702).
Health Screenings & Tests
Affordable Laboratory Tests
The Student Health Service Laboratory offers lab tests that are affordable and can be done without a doctor’s order. View the types of Laboratory Tests and their associated cost. Appointments for the blood draw are not required. Call 419.372.7442 regarding lab hours or for any questions.
Free Summer Body Fat Testing
Personal Training is offering FREE Body Fat Testing on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM by the SRC Front Desk on the following dates:
- June 5
- June 19
- July 3
- July 17
- July 31
Body fat is measured using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, a non-invasive, handheld device that measures body composition through a light electrical current.
Free Blood Pressure Readings
Receive free blood pressure readings on a walk-in basis at the Student Health Service.
Free, Confidential, Rapid HIV Testing
Offered on Fridays from 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM in the Wellness Connection (214 Student Recreation Center). Call 419.372.9355 to schedule an appointment.
Free Health and Safety Training
Sponsored by Environmental Health and Safety, classes include fire safety, lockout/tagout, fall protection, and other options. View Schedule Details.