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Healthy OHIO and Employee Wellbeing Resources

Notice Regarding Wellness Program (PDF)

Healthy Ohio A WellWorks Initiative

Healthy OHIO is Ohio University's employee wellness initiative. Available to Ohio University employees enrolled in the medical plan and their benefits-participating spouses/partners, the 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.  

Slight changes have been made to the Fiscal Year 2021 HealthyOHIO program due to COVID-19. Our goal is to continue to support the health and wellbeing of our employees, while respecting individual choices around coronavirus challenges. The following FY21 program offering adjustments minimize risks while still allowing for employees to seek knowledge, understanding and support for their health needs. 


The Fiscal Year 2021 program will include:

Biometric Screenings (no financial reward associated with screenings in 2020)

  •  All eligible participants are encouraged to conduct an annual screening so they stay on track with their wellness goals. Though, no financial incentive will be offered for screenings this year (the reward dollars have been re-allocated to Virgin Pulse, see below). We will not host on-campus screening events in 2020; we currently plan to resume On-Campus Health Screenings in 2021 (Details TBD).
    • Option One: WorkHealth Athens Clinic. We encourage all eligible employees/spouses/partners at all campuses to use OhioHealth Castrop, WorkHealth Athens Clinic (3rd Floor Castrop Center) for screenings at no cost.
      • Screening appointments will begin on September 8, 2020 and conclude on December 31, 2020.  Please note that WorkHealth will be closed certain dates during that window due to holidays. Please plan accordingly. 
      • Due to safety precautions with COVID-19, appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 614-566-WORK (9675). 
      • Can't make it during regular business hours? We have a special evening option on October 14 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.! Please call the above number to schedule your appointment.
    • Option Two: Physician Screening Form. Have your primary care physician (PCP) conduct an annual screening, including a blood panel. Ensure your PCP knows to code the visit as a preventive exam so you don't pay for the screening. If your appointment does not qualify as a preventive exam, we recommend utilizing Option One above and then sharing your results with your PCP.
      • Note: September screening events have been canceled at all Regional campuses. We currently are planning for in-person Regional screenings in Spring 2021 (details TBD, as safety protocols at that time allow). 

Additional Health Screening Details


Virgin Pulse (up to $260 in rewards in FY21)

  • 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.

  • Additionally, in 2020, participants can earn $60 for taking the Health Risk Assessment found in the "Programs" tab of Virgin Pulse (one-time reward). Look for "Health Check"!  Note: this is the same amount previously awarded for biometric screenings. The reward will be added to an early 2021 paycheck.

    • If you have previously (prior calendar year) taken the Health Check, you can easily retake it to earn your $60! In the web version of Virgin Pulse, you'll be given the option to "Retake" the Health Check upon navigating to the Programs tab in your VP portal. It is possible to retake the Health Check on some mobile devices by first viewing your results and then scrolling down and selecting "Retake."

Additional Virgin Pulse Details


Frequently Asked Questions:  

Looking for more information about Healthy OHIO? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions. Don’t see the answer to your question here? Email us at wellworks@ohio.edu


Additional employee wellbeing resources: 

Ohio University is a Gold level  Healthy Worksite  Award recipient from the Healthy Business Council of Ohio. The University also scores higher than the national average on all categories of the HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard, American Heart Association Workplace Health Index and CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard.

Various resources and policies exist for University employees seeking support along their wellness journey. Wellness is more than just fitness; it's about the whole person. Employees can seek support with finances, stress reduction, health, relationships, work/life balance, nutrition and so much more. Let WellWorks help you find the right path for your unique journey.

Wellbeing Resources to Share with your Colleagues:

Wellness Champions: Wellness Champions are Ohio University employees who wish to help their colleagues define, support and achieve wellness goals. 

Take A Break Campaign: Looking for creative ways to use your break time in ways that support your wellbeing? Check out our ideas for ways to enhance your awesome through a wellbeing break!

Employee Assistance Program:  Any Ohio University employee/spouse/partner is invited to utilize the  Employee Assistance Program for support and resources regarding eldercare, childcare, parenting, finances, health, education, counseling, crisis intervention and so much more!



Financial Wellbeing Resources:

Discounts on Virtual Wellbeing Memberships:  Please be advised that the 100 Day Challenge will not continue as it has in previous years. We are currently waiting on direction regarding the possibility of an incentive based program similar to 100 Day Challenge or the development of a new employee wellbeing offering. In response to this uncertainty, and to better support our employees, WellWorks is offering current Ohio University employees a 30% discount on all Virtual Memberships

Healthy OHIO:  Benefits-Participating employees and their benefits-enrolled spouses/partners can participate in Healthy OHIO (see above) and earn up to $260 each (taxable benefit added to the employee's paycheck).

Anthem Discounts:  Enrolled in the University's medical coverage? Check out the discounts and programs available to you through Anthem. To find wellness-related discounts, log-in to your Anthem account, hover over “Care” and select “Discounts.” An example of the discounts includes: fitness trackers, skin care creams, acupuncture, massage, contact lenses, pet insurance and so much more!

Wellness Discounts through Vision Coverage:  Are you enrolled in VSP? Discover wellness-related savings on the VSP website. More than just eyeglasses and contacts, you can save money on LASIK and fitness equipment and earn cash back on everyday purchases through VSP(r) Simple Values.


Personalized Wellbeing Support:

Personalized Medical Guidance:  Faculty, staff and family members have access to the  Personalized Medical Guidance (PMG) program through Impact Solutions to navigate through their medical journey and the healthcare system.

Health and Wellness Coaching:  University employees looking for support from a Health and Wellness Coach can learn how to set-up an appointment in their WellWorks Member Portal.

Tobacco Cessation:  HeartWorks, a division of WellWorks, hosts regular Tobacco Cessation classes. Classes are now offered virtually! For more information, or to register: call 740.592.9457 or email megan.beatty@ohiohealth.com

Athens-Based Wellness Services:  Ohio University employees on the Athens campus have easy access to wellness resources at WellWorks  (Grover Center). On-Campus wellness experiences include: Fitness Memberships, Body Assessments, Nutrition Counseling, Personal Training and Massage Therapy. 


Long Term Wellbeing:

Risk Reduction: Risk Reduction is a comprehensive approach to your wellness through prevention and rehabilitation of lifestyle diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. This program is available to benefits eligible employees, spouses and partners. Participants are enrolled in the program with access to services for one year, with a bulk of programming occurring in the first three months of participation. New cohorts form throughout the year. New in 2020: Virtual Risk Reduction!

Walking Groups:  Various walking groups exist on numerous Ohio University campuses. Most walking groups are organized by operational unit and establish their own meeting times and goals. One group, Stroll Patrol, is managed by the Ohio University Police Department and is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. The group meets outside Bird Arena on the Athens campus every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 p.m.