Health Enhancement

Recreation and Wellness promotes 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 choices.
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Health Enhancement Programs

2018-19 Program Overview  

Joining the "Maintain, Don't Gain" Challenge provided accountability and motivation to engage in healthier behaviors this holiday season! The FREE program was available to all BGSU faculty, staff, and students and is planned again in 2019-2020. Details will be provided here in late-fall 2019.

Here's How the Program Worked

  • Participants were individuals or teams and registered by attending a pre-holiday weigh-in. Weights were kept confidential.
  • Received practical tips, recipes, physical activity suggestions and other information to help engage in healthier behaviors throughout the program.
  • Recieved great workouts and opportunities to participate in free instructor led classes.
  • Attended a post-holiday "weigh-out". All teams or individuals who maintained or lost weight during the holiday season qualified for select raffle prizes.

2018-19 Program Results

Fun Facts

  • 157 Participants
  • 90% achieved the challenge
  • 267 total pounds lost as a group
  • 66.7% of participants exceeded the goal and lost weight
  • Most weight lost by a team - 52 Pounds

Raffle Winners

  • Kroger Gift Cards and Nike #MOVEFORYOURMOOD Shirts
    Erica Mills, Team Healthy HOliday Squad, Team BGSU Athletics, TEam Quiroga, Stoos and Messaros, Team Salad Shooters
  • Amazon Gift Cards and Nike #MOVEFORYOURMOOD Shirts
    Katelyn Bleisath, Team Martini
  • Spring Group Exercise Pass at the Student Recreation Center
    Hannah Gerken, Alison Graham, Rachel Kaltwasser, Taylor Bohn
  • Resistance Band and Nike #MOVEFORYOURMOOD Shirts
  • Angela Nelson, Kay Fritch, Erin Heilmeier, Cari Ritzenthaler, Jennifer Twu, Team Global Gals

For More Information:

Karyn Smith, Health Educator: 419.372.9309 |

1 out of 3 American adults has prediabetes. If you have prediabetes, YOU CAN MAKE CHANGES now to improve your health and prevent type 2 diabetes.

Could you have prediabetes?  Take the Screening Test [PDF]. 

The PreventT2 lifestyle change program can help you lose weight, become more physically active, and reduce stress. With PreventT2, you get:

  • A proven program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes
  • A CDC-approved curriculum and trained lifestyle coach
  • A year-long program with weekly meetings for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months
  • Support from others like you as you learn new skills

Join the PreventT2 program at BGSU:

  • Program Dates: April 4, 2019 - April 9, 2020
  • Weekly group sessions on Thursdays from Noon – 1 PM. Weekly sessions alternate between in-person and online classes. 
  • Campus sessions meet in the College of Health and Human Services, Room 128
  • Online sessions offered through WebEx. 
  • Available to BGSU students, faculty, staff and community members. 
  • Cost for year-long program: $100. Receive $50 refund with successful completion of program (attending 80% of sessions)!  
  • Download PreventT2 [PDF] or view the National Diabetes Prevention Program website for more information. 

Registration deadline is April 4     

Register Online or at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk.

For More Information:
Joanne Sommers, M.Ed., CHES
Instructor, BGSU Human Development & Family Studies

Free for students, faculty/staff and older adults. Each day includes social opportunities, an educational session, an activity session and free lunch. Each month, a different door prize and incentive is offered, including a water bottle, journal, resistance bands, and T-shirts.

Thursdays at the BGSU Perry Field House | 11:30 AM - 1 PM

  • February 21: Line Dancing
  • March 28: Yoga
  • April 18: Strength and Balance
  • May 9: Dance Fitness


Karyn Smith, Health Educator: | 419.372.9309

Special Events

Lace up your sneakers and improve your odds of living a longer, healthier life by joining us for a 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 a prize!

  • Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • Time: Stop by anytime between 11 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Location: Perry Field House

Enjoy a healthful bout of exercise with your colleagues, free chair massages, blood pressure screenings, free healthy snacks, raffle prizes, and giveaways. 

Wednesday, April 10 | 9 - 9:45 AM | Student Recreation Center Classroom

You are invited to join us for free coffee and conversation with Dr. Swartz, Medical Director at Falcon Health Center.

Dr. Swartz with be discussing "Headaches: The Whole Health Approach" and providing information about treatment & prevention of headaches with evidence based modalities to include supplements, diet, exercise, relaxation, acupuncture and more.

Physical Activity

Have fun and stay active with colleagues, family and/or friends by attending fitness classes together at the Student Recreation Center. At a discounted rate, purchase an “After Work” pass and attend classes that start between 5 – 6 PM or purchase the full Group X pass and attend unlimited classes on the schedule. (SRC membership is not required).

View the full schedule and details on the Falcon Fitness Website.

Learn more about SRC Membership.

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.

There are 1,440 minutes in a day...Dedicate 2% of yours to moving and enhancing your health and well-being!

We're teaming up with the Division of Student Affairs to deliver this exciting and innovative programming to you - to provide the experience and motivation that might just SPARK your very own inspired, active, healthy, and well lifestyle!

Did you know...

In addition to the physical health benefits of exercise, regular physical activity plays an important role in mental acuity and cognitive function.

  • Exercise can boost mood by triggering the release of feel-good hormones and chemicals, like endorphins, which can boost energy levels and promote positive feelings.
  • Regular aerobic exercise can reduce anxiety by making your brain’s “fight or flight” system less reactive and it can reduce depressive symptoms.
  • Exercise directly affects your brain and improves brain function!
  • Exercise increases levels of a neurotransmitter called BDNF, which helps build brain cells and improves transmission of nervous system signals through the brain.
  • Exercise leads to stronger, healthier, better-connected, bigger brain cells = increased learning capacity!
    Moderate physical exercise, such as walking, can also boost memory functions.

Complete Details Available from Falcon Fitness

Upcoming Events and Activities

Work/Life Integration

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. 

Eat healthier on campus! Click here for nutrition links to various locations on campus and for additional healthy eating resources.  Questions? Contact Daria Blachowski-Dreyer, Registered Dietitian for BGSU Dining, at

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

Contact Karyn Smith at to schedule an appointment.

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 Student Recreation Center, 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.