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 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. 

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.

HealthTrip is a fictitious journey that takes participants across the country in search of better health and behavior changes! Week by week learn about important aspects of staying healthy and have fun doing it! Along the journey there are 12 stops:

  • Aerobiquerque, New Mexico
  • Pressureburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Las Veggies, Nevada
  • Rest Palm Beach, Florida
  • New Balancewick, Canada
  • Stretch Louis, Missouri
  • Heartford, Connecticut
  • Grain Cayman Island
  • LowBack, Texas
  • Hahalulu, Hawaii
  • Sweetattle, Washington
  • Strength Falls, South Dakota

Explore each location for one month and earn Frequent Mover Miles by logging physical activity and completing specific wellness challenges. Complete the activities independently and have the opportunity to participate in monthly excursions. To make travels even more enjoyable, these coveted miles can be redeemed for exciting prizes. 

  • Program Dates: February 2, 2014 - January 31, 2015
  • Free for all BGSU faculty, staff and retirees! 
  • Pack your bags and join the journey at any time: Register Online

Strive to be healthy and happy! Join this fun 6-week challenge and receive the support and guidance to make healthier choices.

  • Program Dates: June 30 - August 8, 2014
  • Free for all BGSU faculty, staff and retirees! 
  • Register Online either as an individual or as part of a team.  Registration deadline is June 27.
  • Track your progress using the scorecard provided
  • Earn prizes!
  • See the Strive for Five Flyer (PDF) for full details

Physical Activity

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: Fall 2014 Classes: August 25 - December 19.

  • Faculty/Staff Zumba® – Mondays, 5:30 – 6:15 PM, Student Recreation Center Studio B
    A mixture of cardio, total body toning, and upbeat Latin dance music. 
  • Faculty/Staff Step & Abs – Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:15 PM, Student Recreation Center Studio B
    A full-body workout with a great combination of step aerobics and core strengthening.
  • Faculty/Staff Cycle 101 – Fridays, 12:00 - 12:45 PM, Student Recreation Center Studio A
    Learn the basics of spinning and the correct technique to get the most out of your ride.  

Group X Waiver and Medical Clearance Form

A Waiver/ Health Assessment 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.

Please submit your completed Waiver (and Medical Clearance Form, if necessary) via one of these methods prior to attending your first class:

Email:  davisma@bgsu.edu
Fax:  419.372.8454
Campus Mail: Malissa Davis, Student Recreation Center

Click HERE to view other fitness classes available. Attend unlimited classes by purchasing a Group Exercise Pass at the Student Recreation Center or Perry Field House Welcome Desk. SRC membership is not required to participate.

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 available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00 - 12:45 PM in Eppler South Gym from September 16 - December 4. Register at www.bgsu.edu/wellaware

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. Click HERE for more information or to watch the Yoga As You Are Instructional Video.

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

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.

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

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.

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 fourth Monday of each month and the third Monday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in Hanna Hall 107.  Bring your lunch and enjoy time discussing your little ones. For more information contact Amanda Vrooman at mandyly@bgsu.edu.

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.


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. View current program schedule and resources Here

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 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 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 www.myimpactsolution.com account login: BGSU) and through Medical Mutual Insurance’s SuperWell Quit Line (1.866.845.7702).

Health Screenings & Tests

Personal Training is offering FREE Body Fat Testing - view current schedule Here.

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. ClickHere for 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.