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Notice Regarding Wellness Program

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.  

At this time, we are working to return HealthyOHIO operations to our normal offerings of the program. Due to COVID-19, please note that all details are subject to change. Our goal is to continue to support the health and wellbeing of our employees, while respecting individual choices around coronavirus challenges. 


Current employee wellbeing offerings through Healthy OHIO include:

Biometric Screenings 

  •  All eligible participants are encouraged to conduct an annual screening so they stay on track with their wellness goals. This program involves a $60 taxable incentive added to the paycheck of the benefits-carrier.
    • 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 1, 2021 and conclude on November 30, 2021.  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). 
    • Option Two: Physician Screening Form. Have your primary care physician (PCP) conduct an annual screening, including a blood panel and submit a Physician Screening Form. 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.
    • Option Three: On-Campus Screening Events. 
      • Athens Campus:
        • September 20 at The Ridges
        • October 19 at Baker University Center
      • Regional Campuses: Dates have not yet been determined, but will likely occur in March 2023.

Additional Health Screening Details


Virgin Pulse (up to $200 in rewards annually)

  • 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.

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 Platinum level  Healthy Worksite Award recipient from the Healthy Business Council of Ohio and a Gold Level recipient  of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Index. The University also scores higher than the national average on all categories of the HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard, 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:  The  100 Day Challenge has returned for Fiscal Year 2022.  Eligible WellWorks members who check in at WellWorks 100 days in a fiscal year will receive next year's membership for free*! In addition, in response to the uncertainty caused by COVID, and to better support our employees, WellWorks is offering remote check-in locations in Fall 2021 and offering current Ohio University employees a 30% discount on all Virtual Memberships
*Taxable benefit, paid for by Human Resources. 

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.

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 as of 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. If you manage a Walking Group on any of our campuses, please reach out to us at wellworks@ohio.edu so we can help recruit participants!