OneWellU is Kent State University's wellness program that officially launched in 2006. This wellness initiative provides employees with university wide programs and activities that will enhance their individual well-being and productivity.


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July Wellness Offerings:  Take a look inside and discover the wellness activities for the month of July.

Summer 2015 Wellness Newsletter

Wellness Newsletter Summer 2015

What wellness programs are offered at Kent State University?  Take a step in a healthy direction and view The Summer 2015 Wellness Newsletter which provides detailed information about wellness programs such as health screenings, exercise programs and much more.  Join the many participants who are already on their way to a healthier lifestyle.


Summer Walking Program:  June 15 - July 31, 2015
Walking Program Picture 

The OneWellU walking program can help you to keep on track with your physical activity goals.  This free 7-week walking program will also provide you with opportunities to win weekly prizes as a reward for your commitment to moving more.

New participants will receive a pedometer, if requested at registration.  Any step tracking device may be used.  All participants will log their daily steps using the American Heart Association (AHA) Activity Tracker.  Be sure to follow the directions in order to create an account.  Using the AHA  Activity Tracker website, participants will also have the ability to track their diet, create and locate walking paths, form walking groups and have access to a personalized walking plan, developed by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in collaboration with the AHA.

Throughout the 7-week program participants can be entered into a weekly prize drawing to win a $25 Gift Card* to Dicks Sporting Goods.  In order to be entered the drawing, you must reach the three goals below:

  • Weeks 1-2:  Goal - 49,000 steps each week (average 7,000 steps per day)
  • Weeks 3-5:  Goal - 56,000 steps each week (average of 8,000 steps per day)
  • Weeks 6-7:  Goal - 70,000 steps each week (average of 10,000 per day)

A participant may only win the weekly prize once during the 7-week walking program.  The participant with the most steps tracked at the end of the 7-week program, will win a $100 Dicks Sporting Goods gift card*.  There will be weekly reminders to log your steps.  *NOTE:  Weekly winner can only win once per session.  Grand prize winners may not win again in the same calendar year.  Runner-up will be selected.  All prizes are subject to tax.

All participants will need to register through ABC Sign-up.  Attention NEW participants:  Using the instructions will help create an account through the AHA Activity Tracker.  


Walk and Talk: July 14, 2015 from 12-1 p.m.

We enjoy our leisurely walks, however, how many of us know how to walk effectively for cardio and toning purposes for our bodies?  Join your colleagues for a lunch walk and talk (12 noon - 1 p.m.) while we explore our beautiful campus and learn how to walk more effectively for a cardio workout.   We will begin our walk at the Black Squirrel statue between the Library and KSU Student Center at 12 pm.  Parking is available at the R6 Lot by Manchester Hall.


Free Annual Health Screenings

Once again, Kent State University's Division of Human Resources is pleased to partner with University Health Services and Be Well Solutions to enhance our commitment to promote the health and well-being of the university community.  Here is the upcoming schedule for health screenings:

Tuesday, July 14 7:30-10:30 a.m. Heer Hall - Conference Rm. 107
Wednesday, July 29 7:30-10:30 a.m. Heer Hall - Conference Rm. 107

All full-time, benefits eligible employees are invited to participate in a FREE comprehensive wellness assessment. Participants must fast for at least 10 hours before their on-site screening.  Results will be provided for the following:

  • Glucose
  • Total cholesterol, including HDL and LDL
  • Triglycerides
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index

Scheduling for your screening appointment must be completed on BeWellSolutionsBE WELL SOLUTIONS website.  If you are not already registered on Be Well Solutions' website, please review the registration instructions for detailed information.

All employees who complete the personal health risk assessment and screening for the first time will receive a free MOVBand wrist-worn activity tracker.  Anyone who completes their second annual health screening, will receive a free $25 gift card for Dick's Sporting Goods.


Are you interested in becoming a Wellness Ambassador?

Do you see yourself as a Kent State role model for health and wellness within your department?  If so, then you should apply to become a Wellness Ambassador!

Wellness Ambassadors promote university-sponsored wellness programs and activities that encourage good health and improve the quality of life, while serving as a liaison between department/regional campuses, the wellness advisory committee, and/or the wellness coordinator.

The ultimate goal of a Wellness Ambassador is to engage fellow employees at the local level to participate in wellness programs and activities.  Increasing engagement can be done by expressing wellness opportunities to fellow departmental employees, sharing ideas for new opportunities, and being available for any questions employees may have concerning their participation in programs.

Receive more information regarding the roles and responsibilities of a Wellness Ambassador, as well as an application for the position.

Lunch and Learn Series and Wellness WebinarsLunch and Learn



Tuesday, July 21

Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset - Heer Hall, Room 107 - Noon to 1pm

Back by popular demand, Kelsey Loushin, our May Lunch and Learn presenter of 'Retirement: Retire or Rewire,' will be here to help us answer the question 'Why haven't I reached the personal and/or professional potential in my life?' Attitude may be the answer. The right attitude can't make you something you're not, but it can enhance everything you have. Through learning how to transform your attitude it will become your greatest asset in all areas of life. Participants will learn how to identify and overcome their personal blocks to achieving any goal they strive for.

PRESENTER:  Kelsey Loushin

NOTE: Seating is limited and reservations are required.  A complimentary light lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.

Weight Watchers at Work

As part of the OneWellU program, Kent State University offers the convenience of attending Weight Watchers at Work meetings during your lunch time.

The Weight Watchers at Work program will hold its weekly meetings every Wednesdays from noon – 1 p.m. in the Kent State Student Center, Room 303 (location is subject to change- notices will be posted).

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the program and experience a weekly meeting without any commitment. There is a discount for Kent State employees who enroll in either of the two weight loss offerings listed below:

Weight Watchers meetings with Monthly Pass is a good choice for employees at any Kent State campus who want to try Weight Watchers but do not want a lengthy commitment. The monthly pass gives you greater control and flexibility to determine what works best with your schedule. You can attend an "at work" meeting or take advantage of unlimited access to meetings in your community. You will also be able to use e-tools to track weight, find great recipes and more. The monthly cost for a pass is $39.95, which is discounted from the price you would pay if you enrolled at a community meeting.

For details and more information, visit the Weight Watchers at Work page.


Student Recreation & Wellness Center

The Department of Recreational Services is proud to announce a variety of programming designed specifically for faculty and staff members of Kent State University for the spring semester. Programming includes adult swimming lessons, multiple intramural leagues and two exclusive Group X classes. All programs will be offered during lunchtime or after traditional work hours.  To register for any of the programs, please visit the pro-shop at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Exclusive faculty-staff programs include:

  • Faculty/Staff Swim Lessons

  • 4v4 Flag Football, Indoor Soccer, Basketball and Softball Intramural Leagues

  • PiYo Group X Class

  • Strength on the Ball Group X Class

Visit the SRWC web site for more information.

Faculty/Staff Exercise Program

Beginning this summer, the Faculty-Staff Exercise Program will be offered as a university course/workshop and will be open to all who want to be proactive about their physical fitness. The new program, called “Fit for Life”, will be a one-credit course and is set up as a workshop with different meeting times aimed to fit everyone’s busy schedule.  The class meets three times a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday with sessions at 6 a.m., 12 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Each session offers a wide array of classes, including weight training, cardio dance, cardio kick, boot camp, yoga, a cardio and resistance circuit, aqua aerobics and supervised exercise. All classes take place in the MACC Annex and last about an hour. Fit for Life will be offered as two 15-week sessions in the spring and fall semesters and two 5-week sessions in the summer.  Additional information can be found at https://www.kent.edu/ehhs/news/fit-life-summer-2015 .