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.  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 Mission 

Promote a culture of health and wellness to empower sustainable behavior change through:

  • Transformational health opportunities that inspire intellectual and personal growth
  • Encouragement of efforts to increase academic and career success, student and faculty/staff retention, and life-long learning
  • Collaborative endeavors that support an environment where healthful choices are the easy choice

Register NOW for Fall 2016 Faculty/Staff Wellness Programs!

Register Online

WellAware - Fall 2016 Programs and Events

Health Enhancement Programs

Prevent T2 Program Is Now Offered at BGSU

PreventT2 is a year-long program with weekly meetings for the second 6 months to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle changes. By meeting with others who have prediabetes you can celebrate each other's successes and work together to overcome obstacles.

The PreventT2 program is offered in our community at BGSU

  • Begins August 30
  • Weekly group sessions on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 PM OR Wednesdays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in the College of Health and Human Services, Room 131
  • Available to BGSU students, faculty, staff and community members.  
  • Cost for year-long program: $50. Receive full refund with successful completion of program (attending 80% of sessions)! 
  • Register Online or at the BGSU Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk. Registration deadline is August 29
Eligibity Criteria

In order to participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you must meet the criteria below. 

  • All of a program's participants must be 18 years of age or older and have a body mass index (BMI) of ≥24 kg/m2 (≥22 kg/m2, if Asian).
  • A minimum of 50% of a program's participants must have had a recent (within the past year) blood test (may be self-reported) or claim code indicating they have prediabetes, or a history of gestational diabetes millitus (GDM), according to one of the following specifications: Fasting glucose of 100 to 125 mg/dl
  • Plasma glucose measured 2 hours after a 75 gm glucose load of 140 to 199 mg/dl
  • A1c of 5.7 to 6.4
  • Clinically diagnosed GDM during a previous pregnancy (may be self-reported)
  • Anyone with a history of diabetes is NOT eligible for participation.  

A maximum of 50% of a program's participants may be considered eligible without a blood test or history of GDM only if they screen positive for prediabetes based on the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test.

For More Information:
Joanne Sommers, M.Ed., CHES
Instructor, BGSU Human Development & Family Studies
419-372-8907, jsommer@bgsu.edu

Program begins August 30. Registration deadling is August 26 and limited to the first 20 people.

For program details, download the flyer (PDF).

Register Online or at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk.

Physical Activity

August 8 - October 1

Interested in training for the Homecoming 5K? WellAware is here to help you start your walking and jogging journey! 

Now offering a Couch to 5K support group that features: 

  • The free C25K® training app that is tailored to first time runners 
    • 8-week long plan that includes alternating between walking and running to build strength and endurance 
    • Workout 3 times a week; each session is 30 – 40 minutes long 
    • Learn more about the app: http://www.c25kfree.com 
  • Group training sessions offered on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 PM Core strengthening and stretching exercises included in weekly sessions. 
  • Weekly motivational newsletters and opportunities for individualized assistance from a certified personal trainer 
  • Free for BGSU faculty, staff, and family members. 

Pre-registration required; registration deadline is Friday, August 5.

Register online 

Receive guidance, support, and encouragement to successfully cross the finish line of the BGSU Homecoming 5K on October 1. 

For More Information: 
Karyn Smith, Health Educator | 419.372.9309 | karync@bgsu.edu 

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 plan. Contact Karyn Smith at karync@bgsu.edu to schedule a free fitness consultation and receive an individualized exercise plan.

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 13 - December 1, 2016
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 – 12:45 PM
  • Eppler South Gym, located on the 2nd floor of Eppler Complex


Fitness WaiverPrior to participation in the classes, you must complete this Online Wellaware Waiver. The Medical Clearance Form needs to be completed and returned IF you answer “yes” to one or more questions on the PAR-Q, consult your physiciain and provide a medical clearance form prior to participation. Bring completed Medical Clearance Form 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, Student Recreation Center

Employee Medical Clearance Form

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 at the Student Recreation Center begin August 23 - December 15. You do not need a SRC membership to participate but pre-registration is required. To participate:  

1. Register Online

2. Prior to participation in the classes, you must complete this Online Wellaware Waiver. The Medical Clearance Form needs to be completed and returned IF you answer “yes” to one or more questions on the PAR-Q, consult your physiciain and provide a medical clearance form prior to participation. Bring completed Medical Clearance Form 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, Student Recreation Center

Step and Sculpt: Tuesdays: 5:30 - 6:15 in Studio B

Zumba Toning®: Thursdays: 5:30 - 6:15 PM in Studio B

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 Medical Clearance Form

Take a short stress relieving break and participate in this free gentle yoga class. This low-impact class includes gentle stretches, balance, and breathing as a well as movements designed to increase range of motion in joints and relieve tension. Lastly, enjoy 5 minutes of Mindful Meditation at the end of each class. Come as you are - all that's needed is a yoga mat or towel. Registration is not required.

  • Mondays 12:10 - 12:50
  • Location: Women's Center, 107 Hanna Hall
  • September 12 - December 5 (no session during Fall Break - October 10)
  • Facilitated by Caroline Dawson, Certified Mindfulness and Yoga Instructor with over 20 years of yoga and meditation experience. 

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.



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.