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Partnership with WVU Medicine

Employee Wellness to expand programming
through partnership with WVU Medicine

September 15, 2016
Several years ago, the Division of Human Resources launched an Employee Wellness Program that has helped thousands of employees live healthier lives, while enriching their effectiveness and energizing the organization. Over time, it has taken different forms—and now, the Division is creating a new model – one that remains dedicated to building a healthy workforce while meeting employees’ individual wellness needs.

Through an agreement with WVU Medicine, all WVU employees and their immediate family members will now have access to many programs and services that were previously only offered to medical and health sciences campus employees.

According to Dave Harshbarger, manager of the WVU Health Sciences Wellness Center, the following options go into effect immediately:

  • A monthly newsletter, Wellcare Monthly, that includes information on current programs and services, plus healthy living tips, will be shared via Mountaineer E-News.
  • The ability to earn wellness points, worth discounts off the cost of nominal fee, year-round programs and services such as yoga, Zumba and boomercise classes and wellness coaching.
    Click HERE for the fall programs and class offerings.
    OPT IN for the form to obtain wellness points.
  • Participation in activities such as Ruby Runners, which meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) lawn next to the Cancer Center, and access to the Farmer’s Market, which runs mid-May thru mid-October every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot between the BRNI and Cancer Center.
  • Participation in Finding Wellness, a free program that focuses on nutrition and exercise that meets once a week for six weeks at the WVU Medicine facility at University Towne Center.

Access to the HSC Wellness Fitness Center is not available at this time because of space and staffing constraints, Harshbarger said, but he is hopeful that more resources will be available in the future for a larger or additional facility.

Toni Christian, director of Benefits Administration, said PEIA participants will still be able to continue with many of the same PEIA Pathways to Wellness opportunities such as Lifestyle Coaching, the Weight Management Program, Work It Out Fitness Assessments, Face to Face Diabetes Program and fitness classes such as yoga and pilates. Benefits Administration will also continue to organize other wellness offerings as they have in the past such as flu shot clinics, Weight Watchers at Work, wellness screenings and special events and workshops.

Worksite Wellness Coordinators will continue to be kept informed of all offerings and will remain key in assisting Human Resources in communicating these efforts, Christian said.

For more information or questions, contact: EmployeeWellness@mail.wvu.edu.