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Employee Health and Wellness
Resource Library

Employee Health and Wellness

Resource Library Index

Ohio University understands and values that individual health and wellbeing is key to our community's success and productivity. Employees are encouraged to utilize the various resources available to them. 

You can use the icons below to find the specific resource you might be looking for. Or, if you're simply interested in learning more about the various resources available to you, continue scrolling through this page to explore. 


 

  

Mental Well-being

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    Employee Assistance Program


    Ohio University's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work/Life program is offered through Impact Behavioral Health Care Services. Features counseling, crisis intervention, and coaching in areas of finance, parenting, time management, eating disorders, grief, LGBT issues, work concerns and work/life balance. Use company code "ohiou" to create a new account. 

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    Psychology and Social Work Clinic


    The Psychology and Social Work Clinic offers individual, group, couples, marital, and family therapy, along with parenting assistance and screenings or assessments related to dementia, ADHD, learning disabilities, neuropsychology, and cognitive and intellectual ability. They are in network with a number of popular insurance programs and provide up front information about their fees.

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    Healthy Breaks


    If you are struggling to take time out for yourself right now, try viewing wellness as a special treat that you get to enjoy throughout any given day. This mindset can help make it easier to adopt lifelong healthy habits. Start small by trying out a few 5-, 10-, and 15-minute healthy break ideas. 

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    Self Care Assessment


    The web-based worksheet linked here can be used for assessing self-care. This survey is not exhaustive, merely suggestive. Feel free to add areas of self care that are relevant to you and rate yourself on how often and how well you are taking care of yourself these days. Responses are anonymous and you can opt to have your results emailed to you.

Additional Mental Well-being Resources: 


Physical Well-being

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    Mindful Eating


    In this 6-module program, you will not only learn the foundations of Mindful Eating, but also how to use these concepts when eating for your best health, eating out, and meal planning. As a participant, you will look at the reasons why you eat and gain the tools, skills, and support you need to avoid emotional eating. You will learn to listen to your body’s cues and how to best respond them. Facilitated by Louise Cruz RDN, LD

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    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. You will also walk away with delicious recipes to try with your family.

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    Health Navigator


    Navigating health care can be confusing! Health Navigator provides: education and guidance for medical questions; assistance in navigating the health care system; and access to an expansive advisory network. Experienced advisors serve as your health care guides and educators for your questions about medication, diagnoses, appointments, medical procedures and more.

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    Online Telehealth Resources


    Ohio University's benefit partners, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Impact Solutions, have online and telehealth resources available. Telehealth visits through Anthem LiveHealth Online or other telehealth technologies used by physicians in the Anthem network are available to benefits-participating employees/spouses/partners.

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    Diabetes Prevention and Education


    The Diabetes Institute offers diabetes education and prevention classes in a combination of virtual and in-person group settings. Whether you have been diagnosed with diabetes or told you have prediabetes, these programs will help you gain the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to prevent or manage diabetes.

Additional physical well-being resources: 


 

Financial Well-being

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    General Employee Discounts


    Ohio University employees can enjoy discounts on products and services such as: 

    • Cell Phone Plans with AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint
    • Paint from Sherwin Williams
    • Parking at Columbus Airport
    • Technology (at Bobcat Depot)
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    Discount Marketplace


    Gain access to exclusive discounts to a variety of common purchases such as hotel stays, movie tickets, home decor, appliances, vehicles, groceries, flowers, apparel, technology, and more. You can also explore live and pre-recorded videos on common wellbeing topics such as movement, fuel, recovery, and stress management. 


Occupational Health

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    Professional Development Pathways


    Professional Development Pathways provides tools, guidance, and learning opportunities for employees and supervisors who want to invest in talent development and career growth. Through this program, competencies (knowledge, skills, and behaviors) required for success are clearly defined, specially-designed training and pathway programs add structure and excitement to the development journey, and meaningful development discussions and on-the-job learning experiences are encouraged. 

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    Educational Benefits


    Ohio University is proud to provide access to educational benefits that support professional and educational goals. The benefit covers the instructional fee portion of tuition and is pro-rated if the employee is part-time. Non-residency fees, if applicable, are also waived for eligible employees. General fees may be waived on a course by course basis for course work which is directly related to the employee’s current position.


 

Social Well-being

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    University Ombudsperson


    The university ombudsperson is a confidential, neutral, and informal resource available to assist any member of the university community.

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    Employee Involvement


    OHIO is home to various involvement opportunities for faculty and staff including programming, university senates, affinity organizations, and professional development programs. 

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    Virtual Involvement Center


    Keep Athens close to your heart and stay engaged with these virtual activities that can be done from home! Have fun solo, with your family at home, or over the internet with your faraway friends.

Additional social/community resources: 


 

Environmental Well-being

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    Workplace Ergonomics


    Learning best practices for a safe and healthy work environment can improve your mood, well-being and productivity. Those who sit at a desk can assess their keyboard and monitor placement. Those on their feet should examine their movement and lifting practices. 

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    Environmental Sustainability


    Ohio University strives to be a national leader in environmental sustainability within higher education. Learn more about institutional efforts surrounding sustainability to be a contributor to institutional and regional sustainability actions. 


 

WellWorks Wellness Center

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    Massage Therapy


    You deserve a massage. The WellWorks licensed massage therapist can help you: get relief from muscle pain and soreness; alleviate stress, and; detoxify—both mentally and physically. Services range from deep tissue to isometric stretching and relaxation. Massages are open to anyone and conveniently located in Grover Center on the Athens campus.

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    Nutrition Counseling


    As life changes, so do eating habits. WellWorks can help! Whether you're focused on management of chronic disease, recovery from disordered eating, navigating food allergies and sensitivities, sports nutrition, or weight management, Louise Cruz RDN, LD  can guide you to make healthy food choices that fit in to your traditions, culture and lifestyle.

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    Wellness Coaching


    Your goals are important. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to organize your values, beliefs, priorities and goals to help you create a strong vision of the direction you need to go next. When you've reached a point in your journey when you could use a little extra support, Wellness Coaching can help you process your thoughts to identify your goals and needs. 

Additional resources from WellWorks Wellness Center: 


 

Benefits Eligible Employees

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    100 Day Challenge


    Any University employee who is eligible to receive benefits through the University and the spouse or partner of that individual is able to participate in the WellWorks 100 Day Challenge. Eligible members who obtain 100 visits (limit 1 per day) in a single year will receive an annual Facility Membership. This is a taxable benefit paid for by Human Resources. 

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    Risk Reduction


    The Risk Reduction program introduces participants to the foundations of an active lifestyle and the fundamentals of movement, fuel and rest for wellbeing. The program includes weekly cohort meetings, physical activity support, educational materials, sessions with the WellWorks Nutrition Counselor and program-specific yoga classes. 

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    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. You will also walk away with delicious recipes to try with your family.

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    Mindful Eating


    In this 6-module program, you will not only learn the foundations of Mindful Eating, but also how to use these concepts when eating for your best health, eating out, and meal planning. As a participant, you will look at the reasons why you eat and gain the tools, skills, and support you need to avoid emotional eating. You will learn to listen to your body’s cues and how to best respond them. Facilitated by Louise Cruz RDN, LD


 

Benefits Participating Employees

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    Employee Assistance Program


    Ohio University's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work/Life program is offered through Impact Behavioral Health Care Services. The EAP is available to all Ohio University employees and their family members. Features include health care referrals, telehealth services, and personalized medical guidance. 

Healthy OHIO

Available to Ohio University employees enrolled in the medical plan and their benefits-participating spouses/partners, the Healthy OHIO program is intended to give participants customizable tools and resources for a variety of wellness goals. Healthy OHIO is an umbrella program that houses two sub-programs: an online/mobile wellness platform called Virgin Pulse and biometric health screenings. 

Healthy OHIO

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    Biometric Health Screenings


    Knowing your biometric health data - such as waist circumference, cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure and A1C blood glucose - can help you stay on top of your long-term wellbeing. By understanding trends in your health data and utilizing support resources and interventions, you can ensure you have the ability to live all of life's adventures. Participants must be enrolled in Virgin Pulse in FY24 to earn the $60 financial incentive.

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    Mobile Wellbeing


    Eligible participants can earn up to $200 per year (up to $50 quarterly) when they use the online/mobile wellness platform for customized engagement opportunities. Whether you’re looking to improve your financial well-being, focus on your fitness or spend more time with your pets, Virgin Pulse can help you define and meet your unique wellness goals.

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    Wellness Champions


    Wellness Champions are Ohio University employees who wish to help their colleagues define, support and achieve wellness goals. We understand that wellness is a unique journey for each individual and every department on campus has different opportunities for wellness in the workplace. That's why we need advocates across all of our campuses!

Interpreting Health Screening Results

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    Interpret Numbers and Find Support


    If you participated in a health screening this year, you may have some questions about what your numbers mean and what support might exist. Check out the resources currently available to employees, spouses and partners. 

Additional resources for benefits-participating employees and their benefits-enrolled spouses/partners: 


Resources for Managers

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    Employee Assistance Program


    Click the link below to download a poster about the Employee Assistance Program. Post materials in staff/faculty common areas such as break rooms and near time clocks. Read through the materials at staff meetings to share important details with your team.

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    Health Navigator


    Click the link below to download a poster about Health Navigator. Post materials in staff/faculty common areas such as break rooms and near time clocks. Read through the materials at staff meetings to share important details with your team.