WellAware is BGSU’s faculty and staff, current and retired, health and wellness program.  Employee wellness is promoted through coordinated campus efforts on wellness and health education, programs, and health screenings at BGSU.  Possible as a result of a generous grant from Medical Mutual, activities are supported and administered by the Department of Recreation and Wellness, the Office of Human Resources, and the Division of Student Affairs. 

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 karync@bgsu.edu.

WellAware - Fall 2015 Programs and Events

Health Enhancement Programs

Worried that the Holidays will weigh you down?

Take part in the Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge and receive accountability and motivation to avoid Holiday weight gain.

  • This free, 8-week program is available to all faculty, staff and students.
  • Participate individually or create a team! Register by attending a pre-holiday weigh-in. View Weigh-In Times (PDF)

Program Components

  • Helpful tips, recipes, and other information to help you engage in healthier behaviors throughout the holiday season.
  • Great workouts and opportunities to participate in instructor led classes.
  • Great Prizes! Attend a post-holiday "weigh-out" during the week of January 11. All teams or individuals who maintain or lose weight during the holiday season qualify for raffle prizes!

For More Information:
View Complete Flyer (PDF)
Karyn Smith, Health Educator
karync@bgsu.edu | 419-372-9309

This 10-week health behavior change program for BGSU employees focuses on mindful eating, mindful movement, self-compassion, and mindful stress management. Each weekly session features a 30 minute group informational sessions followed by 30 minute group exercise classes.

Registration is currently closed for the Mindfulness & Self-compassion Health Behavior Change Program. However, the program instructors welcome contact from those who are interested but did not get to sign up this semester. This will help us assess interest for future semesters.  So if you may be interested in participating in the program in the future, send the instructors an email letting us know what kept you from participating this semester and what days and times you are generally free for weekly meetings.  

Instructor Contact: 
Maija Taylor: maijat@bgsu.edu
Kristin Horan: khoran@bgsu.edu 

Gain the foundation for lifelong health. Being healthy is more than a number on the scale; it is about eating well, being active and having the energy to enjoy the life you want and deserve! Ready to make a shift in your lifestyle, but don’t know where to start? 

Gain support for change. Join the new Healthy U program, a group program for healthy living and weight management.

Program Information [PDF]

Registration is closed for the 2015 round of this program. This site will be updated when future programming is determined.  

For More Information:
Dr. Robin Tucker-Falconer

This program is conducted annually to encourage healthy eating and lifestyle practices. The next session is planned for summer 2016.

Physical Activity

Fall 2015 Schedule

Take a short mid-day break and participate in these free low-impact, stress relieving classes. Come as you are, registration is not required. Watch the Yoga As You Are Instructional Video or see As You Are.

  • Yoga As You Are - September 14 - December 7 | Mondays 12:10 - 12:50 | Women's Center, 107 Hanna Hall
    Sessions are facilitated by Caroline Dawson, Certified Mindfullness and Yoga Instructor with over 18 years of Yoga and Meditation experience.
  • Faculty/Staff Tai Chi - September 16 - December 9 | Wednesdays 12:10 - 12:50 PM
    Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Room 314 
    Exceptions: No class on September 30, November 11, and November 25
    Class on 10/21 is in BTSU Room 318
    Class on 12/2 is in BTSU Room 316
    Facilitated by David Cunningham, certified specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning

Yoga As You Are and Tai Chi Information [PDF]

Walk your way to better health and fitness. Fit more steps into your day by walking at Eppler Track. Courtesy of School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, the track is available Monday - Friday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Receive support and guidance to start and sustain a physical activity paln. Contact Sean Driscoll at sdrisco@bgsu.edu to schedule a free fitness consultation and receive an individualized exercise paln.

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 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 tailored to 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 are available
  • September 15 – December 3
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 – 12:45 PM
  • Eppler South Gym, located on the 2nd floor of Eppler Complex


Fitness WaiverBelow is the health assessment form/waiver that needs to be completed prior to class participation.  The Medical Clearance Form needs to be completed and returned IF you answer “yes” to any of the questions in the Health History section of the waiver form.  If you answer “no” to all of the questions, this Medical Clearance form is not required.

Employee Fitness Class Waiver

Employee Medical Clearance Form

Please bring your completed waiver (and Medical Clearance Form, if necessary) to the first class you attend or submit via one of these methods prior to attending your first class:

Email:  davisma@bgsu.edu

Campus Mail: Malissa Davis, Student Recreation Center


Class Attire: For comfort and safety, it is recommended to change into tennis shoes and exercise clothes. If needed, locker rooms are available near the gym. 

Classes are offered August 25 – December 17. You do not need a SRC membership to participate but pre-registration is required. Classes are only available to BGSU faculty and administrative and classified staff. To participate:  

1. Register Online

2. Completing the health assessment form/waiver. The Medical Clearance Form needs to be completed and returned IF you answer "yes" to any of the questions in the Health History section of the waiver form. If you answer "no" to all of the questions. This Medical Clearance form is not required. Please bring your completed waiver (and Medical Clearance Form, if necessary) to the first class you attend or submit via one of these methods prior to attending your first class:
Email: davisma@bgsu.edu
Campus Mail: Malissa Davis, Student Recreation Center

Cardio and Tone: Tuesdays: 5:30 – 6:15 PM in Studio B
Work your way to a stronger, healthier you! This class is a great combination of strength training exercises utilizing dumbbells, resistance bands and body bars, and incorporate cardio moves on and off the step.

Zumba®: Thursdays: 5:30 - 6:15 PM in Studio B
A mixture of cardio, total body toning, and upbeat Latin dance music! No previous dance experience is necessary. The aerobic dance steps are easy and fun to learn. "Ditch the Workout - Join the PARTY!" Instructed by DeeDee Wentland.

Class Polices:

  • SRC Entry procedures: If you do not have a Student Recreation Center membership and are ONLY registered for the Faculty/Staff fitness classes you will need to enter via the ADA entrance. These are the gates to the left of the Welcome Desk. If you do not have a SRC membership, your finger vein or ID card will only work at the ADA entrance. For easy, convenient entrance into the building, it is recommended to register for the finger vein scan.
  • Class participants without a Student Recreation Center (SRC) membership are permitted to participate in employee fitness classes only. All other use of the SRC is not permitted and may result in loss of SRC privileges.

Class Attire: Please wear comfortable workout clothing and bring a water bottle and towel with you. For safety reasons, it is strongly recommended to attend entire class sessions for appropriate warm-up and cool-down.

Employee Fitness Class Waiver

Employee Medical Clearance Form

Work/Life Integration

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 norel@bgsu.edu or 419.372.7768.

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. Your member login is: BGSU.

Sessions resume Fall 2015

On-campus educational seminars to give you the confidence, information and tools you need to make informed financial decisions and support your financial well-being.

For More Information [PDF]


Mark your calendar for these Fall events and stay tuned for further details.

October 30: Well-O-Ween Walk and Free Healthy Treats, 11:30 AM – 1 PM, Eppler South Gym Track

November 17 – 24: Maintain, Don’t Gain Registrations


Eat Right For Life, is a group program for healthy eating and healthy living that provides guidance and support to move toward a whole food, plant-based diet.

Program Resources

Search Community Meetings by zip code.

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 Medical Mutual 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 dariabd@bgsu.edu or 419.372.8095.

Tobacco Cessation

Employees can seek help through Bowling Green State University’s IMPACT Employee Assistance Program (1.800.227.6007 or My Impact Solution account login: BGSU) and through Medical Mutual Insurance’s SuperWell Quit Line (1.866.845.7702).

Health Screenings And Tests

Personal Training is offering FREE Body Fat Testing - View Schedule

Body fat is measured using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, a non-invasive, handheld device that measures body composition through a light electrical current.

The Wellness Connection, located in the Perry Field House, offers free and confidential HIV testing. More Information about the current schedule and testing process.  

Sponsored by Environmental Health and Safety, classes include fire safety, lockout/tagout, fall protection, and other options. View Schedule Details.