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 Spring 2017 Faculty/Staff Wellness Programs

Register Online

WellAware - Spring 2017 Programs and Events

Physical Activity

Wear your sneakers and enjoy a 30-minute walk around campus with great company featuring different leaders each month. Plus, earn the chance to win a gift card towards a new pair of walking shoes!

Past Walks and Leaders:

November Walk | Monday, November 28 | Noon - 1 PM
Perry Field House Track
Dr. Marie Huff, Dean, and the Associate Deans, Chairs and Directors of BGSU’s College of Health and Human Services and the Optimal Aging Institute.

Monday, October 31
Dr. Thomas Gibson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost, and the Student Affairs Council

Monday, September 26
Dr. Dawn Shinew, Dean, and the Associate Deans, Chairs and Directors of the College of Education and Human Development

The goals of this WellAware initiative are to:

  • Highlight various leaders on campus
  • Increase engagement of faculty/staff in that specific department
  • Promote physical activity
  • Foster leadership support for healthy living and creating a culture of wellness at BGSU

February 6 - April 1

WellAware is here to help you start your walking and jogging journey! Train for the annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K and Dog Walk on April 1 at the BGSU Student Recreation Center.                                                                   

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

  • The free C25K® training app that is tailored to first time runners. Learn more about the app on the C25K website.  
  • 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 
  • Optional group training sessions offered on Wednesdays from Noon - 12:45 PM at the Perry Field House Track Room. Core strengthening and stretching exercises included in weekly sessions. 
  • Opportunities for individualized assistance with running form and running plan
  • Free for BGSU students, faculty and staff. Register HERE! Workshop begins February 6. 

Receive guidance, support, and encouragement to successfully cross the finish line of a 5K. 

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
  • January 24 - April 27
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 – 12:45 PM
  • Eppler South Gym, located on the 2nd floor of Eppler Complex


Fitness Waiver – 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

Employee Medical Clearance Form

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

Classes at the Student Recreation Center are offered January 10 - April 27. 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 Tone: 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
  • January 23 - April 24 (no session during Spring Break - March 6)
  • 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.



Do your friends run screaming when you say you are going to cook? Are you tired of the line at Chipotle? Are you looking to improve your confidence in the kitchen? Then we have the program for you! Cooking 101 is a 4-week class that will teach you basic cooking skills and how to prepare tasty balanced meals on a student budget.

Thursdays | October 20, 27, November 3, 10
5:30 - 7:30 PM | Health and Human Services Building | Room 127
Cost: $20

  • In Person: Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk by Friday, October 14

Open to BGSU students, faculty/staff and community members. Registration is limited to 16 participants.
Questions? Email apcrum@bgsu.edu

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.