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 - Spring 2016 Programs and Events

Health Enhancement Programs

Free 8-week program: February 8 – April 3

STEP UP to the challenge of living a heart-healthy lifestyle! This new 8-week challenge is a fun and motivating way to engage in regular physical activity and other healthy behaviors.

Participating is simple…

1. Register

Join as an individual or as part of team. Registration deadline is Friday, February 5.

Register Online

2. Start Moving!

For every 10 minutes of exercise completed, earn 1,000 steps. Receive bonus steps by completing “Pit Stops” on your road map to better health. Each stop features a component of the American Heart Association’s Simple 7™ initiative:

  • Eat better
  • Lose weight
  • Get active
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce blood sugar
  • Control cholesterol
  • Manage blood pressure
3. Track Your Progress & Earn a Reward

Track your steps on the road map provided. Each week submit the steps earned online to the program coordinator. Reach a step goal and qualify for a variety of raffle prizes!

Free for all BGSU faculty, staff and students. Don’t delay, registration deadline is Friday, February 5.

For More Information:
Karyn Smith, Health Educator – Wellness Connection
419.372.9309 | kayrnc@bgsu.edu

Program Sponsors:
Falcon Health
Dining Services
Recreation and Wellness

Improve Your Odds - Bet on Your Heart!

Celebrate National Walking Day with BGSU, Wood County Hospital, the City of Bowling Green, and Wood County employees. Lace up your sneakers and improve your odds of living a longer, healthier life by joining us for a Poker Walk! Enjoy a healthful bout of exercise with your colleagues, healthy snacks, raffle prizes, and giveaways.

Poker Walk

No prior knowledge of poker is needed to participate. Rather than winning based on skill or speed, the top individuals who collect the best poker hand while walking at the Perry Field House track win great prizes, such as a Fitbit®! The Golden Sneaker Award will be awarded to the employer with the highest percentage of walkers. 

Spirit Contest

The participating individual or group (office, colleagues, friends, etc) demonstrating the most enthusiasm and spirit wins a free chair massage (up to one hour) for their office or work area walkers. 

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

Are you ready to take a whole new approach to your health? Are you ready to motivate yourself to engage in health behavior out of a desire to be compassionate to yourself, to listen and trust your body more deeply, to make peace with eating and your body, to eat healthier, to move more, and find your inner calm?

Participate in a 10-week health behavior change program on mindful eating, mindful movement, self-compassion, and mindful stress management.  Each weekly session features a 30 minute group informational session followed by a 30 minute group exercise class. You receive a program workbook to help you on your mindful health journey.

This program runs from January to May 2016. Multiple sessions are offered to accommodate a variety of schedules. Session days and times will be posted soon.

Participants receive educational materials including a free program workbook, optional individual health coaching, free fitness testing, and an individualized progress report based on your program pretest and posttest.

The program requires a $100 refundable deposit, which is returned to you based on program participation. In order to participate you must be at least 18 years old and be currently employed by Bowling Green State University.

Find out more information by attending one information session:

  • Tuesday, January 19
    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM | BAA 1001
  • Thursday, January 21
    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM | BAA 1001

Don’t worry if you can’t make one of the available informational sessions. Simply contact the program instructors and let them know. They will schedule a one-on-one meeting with you or correspond with you via email to provide you with the information needed to participate.

Enroll Online: www.bgsu.edu/mindfulnessprogram

Don’t delay! Space is limited to 40 participants.

For More Informtion - Midnfulness Instructors: 
Maija Taylor: maijat@bgsu.edu
Kristin Horan: khoran@bgsu.edu 

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

Physical Activity

Take a short mid-day break and participate in these free low-impact, stress relieving classes. Come as you are, registration is not required.

  • Dates: January 25 - April 25
    (No class Spring Break - March 7)
  • Time: Mondays 12:10 PM - 12:50 PM
  • Location: 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.

Watch the Yoga As You Are Instructional Video or see As You Are.

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 26 - April 21, 2016
  • 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 January 12 – April 28. 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

Yoga: Tuesdays: 5:40 - 6:40 PM in Studio B
Unwind, relax, and renew the mind and body. Enjoy this introductory yoga class that provides a variety of intensity options for yoga poses to improve prosture, flexibility, and strength.

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.


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.