Healthy OHIO

Notice Regarding Wellness Program

Healthy OHIO

Healthy OHIO is Ohio University's employee well-being initiative managed by WellWorks.

The initiative is intended to give employees and their spouses/partners customizable tools and resources for a variety of well-being goals. While some programs are exclusive to individuals on the University's medical plan ("benefits-participating"), other programs are available to those eligible for benefits ("benefits-eligible") and still others are available to everyone. 

Healthy OHIO hosts a variety of educational and programmatic opportunities including:

For Benefits-Participating Employees/Spouses/Partners:

  • Virgin Pulse

    The University's mobile well-being platform for employees and their spouses/partners is Virgin Pulse. Available as both a web-based platform and an app, Virgin Pulse takes a holistic approach to well-being by exploring diverse topics and programming modalities, making it customized to each user.

    Everyone's experience on Virgin Pulse will be different as it is uniquely tailored to your interests, health data, survey responses and more. 

  • Biometric Health Screenings

    All eligible participants are encouraged to conduct an annual health screening so they stay on track with their well-being goals. Eligible Participants will receive $60 added to the paycheck of the benefits-carrier. Enrollment on Virgin Pulse is required to receive the $60 incentive.

    Three screening options are available to fit a variety of unique scheduling needs: WorkHealth Athens appointments, Physician Screening Forms and on-campus events.

For Benefits-Eligible Employees/Spouses/Partners:

  • 100 Day Challenge

    Eligible WellWorks members who check-in (virtually or in-person) 100 Days in a rolling calendar year can earn an annual WellWorks membership for free*.  Available to benefits-eligible employees and their spouses/partners.    *Taxed as income

  • Risk Reduction

    Commit to be more fit. The Risk Reduction program will help you with the what, when, where, and how of exercise, and you’ll help yourself with the why. New cohorts of this 12-week well-being program form each fall and spring semesters. 

  • Mindful Eating

    When you eat mindfully, you use all of your physical and emotional senses to experience and enjoy the food choices that you are making. This 6-module cohort-based program supports participants as they explore this concept and begin to incorporate it into their lives. New cohorts form each January, with registration opening in late fall.

  • Practical Nutrition

    We find that many people know what they are “supposed to do” when it comes to nutrition, but not how to do it in a way that fits their lifestyle. Practical Nutrition will provide you with the “how” that you have been looking for. You will learn new skills and get fresh ideas to improve your nutrition intake. 

Communication and Outreach

  • E-Newsletters

    Healthy OHIO strives to offer regular communication through monthly well-being newsletters to all employees and quarterly newsletters to managers. 

    If you are a current Ohio University employee who is not receiving our communication, first check to make sure is on your safe sender list. Then, if you still aren't receiving our messages, update your email preferences.

  • Annual Needs and Interest Surveying

    Annually, the Healthy OHIO team requests survey participation from University employees and their spouses/partners. The intention of these surveys is to assess the existing well-being culture of the workplace and identify the well-being interests and needs of its audience. Data gleaned from these surveys is utilized in annual program planning. 


Frequently Asked Questions

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Annually, Healthy OHIO submits details about the University's employee well-being offerings to statewide and national designation programs to benchmark against peers and determine next steps for programmatic opportunities. 

  • Healthy Business Council of Ohio

    Ohio University received a Platinum designation from the Healthy Business Council of Ohio's Healthy Worksite Recognition Program. 

    Healthy Worksite Platinum Level Employer for 2023
  • American Heart Association

    Ohio University received a Gold Level Workforce Well-being Scorecard™ Recognition from the American Heart Association's Workforce Well-being Scorecard.


    American Heart Association  Well-Being Works Better. 2023 A culture of Health and Well-being GOLD
  • CDC and HERO

    Ohio University has also received recognition as a worksite that promotes employee well-being through the HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard (score: 177/200) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Worksite Health ScoreCard (score: 276/294). 

    Logos for CDC and HERO