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. 

Register NOW for summer Faculty/Staff Wellness 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. 

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 - Summer 2015 Programs and Events

Physical Activity

Classes resume in Fall 2015

Take a short mid-day break and participate in these free low-impact, stress relieving classes. Come as you are, registration is not required. Click HERE for more information or to watch the Yoga As You Are Instructional Video.

  • Yoga As You Are – Please bring a yoga mat or towel with you. Facilitated by Caroline Dawson, Certified Mindfulness and Yoga instructor with over 18 years of Yoga and meditation expereince.
  • Faculty/Staff Tai Chi - Facilitated by David Cunningham, certified specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning.

  • Breathe, Restore and Relax Yoga – Facilitated by Caroline Dawson, Certified Mindfulness and Yoga Instructor with over 18 years of Yoga and meditation experience.

Complete Program 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 Karyn Smith at karync@bgsu.edu to schedule a free fitness consultation and receive an individualized exercise paln.

Classes resume in Fall 2015

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 offered May 18 – June 26. You do not need a SRC membership to participate but pre-registration is required. Family and friends (over the age of 16) can participate in the classes with you by purchasing a Group X pass here. BGSU faculty and staff can participate in the classes listed below for free by:

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: Karync@bgsu.edu
Campus Mail: Karyn Smith, 221 Student Recreation Center

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 Amanda Watkins.

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.

NEW! Recess Breaks: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:10-12:50 PM in Eppler South Gym
Take a mid-day break and add "play" back into your day! Sessions include fun ways to be active while incorporating cardiovascular, strength training, and flexibility exercises.

Employee Fitness Class Waiver
Employee Medical Clearance Form

Available May 19 – August 6
Take a mid-day break and add “play” back into your day by participating in Recess Breaks in the Eppler South Gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10 – 12:50 PM. Recess Breaks are facilitated by certified trainers and include fun ways to be active while incorporating cardiovascular, strength training, and flexibility exercises.

Register in advance online or just arrive to class a few minutes early and register onsite. For comfort and safety, it is recommended to change into tennis shoes and exercise clothes. Questions? Contact Karyn Smith at karync@bgsu.edu

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:www.myimpactsolution.com. 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.

Click HERE for more information.


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. Next session begins Fall 2015, to view past program resources, click 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. Click Here 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.