Recreation Center

Recreation and Athletics Center
569 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4REC (4732)
fax: (248) 370-4889

Employee Well-Being

Employee Wellness Updates

Thank you to all that participated in the 9th annual Poker Walk! We had over 450 participants on site to walk in celebration of National Employee Health and Fitness Day! Congratulations to our two team winners: Global Engagement and Annual Giving with the best combined team names and coordinating costumes. We look forward to having all of you return for our 10 year anniversary celebration of the Poker Walk!

Carrot Wellness

Carrot Logo
We are excited to introduce a new wellness initiative that is designed to reward all members of our faculty and staff for leading more active lives. Beginning January 20, every faculty and staff member at Oakland University will have the opportunity to participate in Carrot Wellness, a free incentive program that rewards you financially for walking, running, and climbing stairs.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Willis at or Becky Lewis at

Carrot Wellness Features

Here are some unique features of Carrot and our program:

  • Carrot Wellness is a free application (download on the Apple and Google Play stores) that gives each user a personalized activity goal that updates each day. Your activity goal is based on your own step history that is extracted from your phone.
  • Each day you meet your goal, you will earn one Goal Coin. You can then use your Goal Coins to purchase exclusive rewards that are available right on the app and get sent directly to your phone.
  • Steps are tracked by the technology on your phone, or you can sync with a wearable device like Fitbit
  • There are no reporting requirements and no paperwork to fill out. Everything including monitoring your goals, tracking your progress, and claiming your rewards, is done solely on your smartphone.

This program is available automatically for all Oakland University faculty and staff, absolutely free.

How to Download the App
  1. Download the free app from the Apple or Google Play store by searching "Carrot Wellness."
  2. Open the app and register using your phone number. IMPORTANT: You must use your Oakland Email under the 'Wellness' tab across the top once you have set the app up using your phone number in order to have access to the Oakland incentives. Do not register through Facebook.
  3. Go to your email inbox to open up the email sent from Carrot. Click on the link to verify your Oakland University account.
  4. Begin walking, earning Goal Coins, and purchasing great rewards that are available on the app right now!
In Person Nutrition Consultations: Exclusive for OU Employees – Learn a science-based model of lifestyle nutrition and how it can be a road map for your personal plan. Meet privately with Registered Dietitian, Debbie Cavender, to focus on understanding the fundamental factors that influence your experience with health and wellness.
  • Understand the natural way of taking care of your health, regain optimal energy, lower cholesterol, manage blood sugar, control blood pressure, lose weight, optimize digestion, and enhance your immune system
  • Learn strategies on how to apply nutrition, movement, and laboratory results, and other lifestyle modifications on an individualized way so you can put an effective health and nutrition plan into action
NEW! Prepaid Phone Consultations are also available! If you are unable to meet in the office, take advantage of a phone consultation with Debbie. To schedule your phone consultation, email Debbie Cavendar at

Consultations are 45 minutes, and available at no cost to you. In person appointments must be scheduled online and are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Winter 2019 Consultation Dates:
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Click here to be taken to the appointment calendar. Scroll through the calendar to select the date and time of your choice. The appointment will be added to your Google Calendar.

Nutrition Consultation Cancellation Policy: Any employee wishing to cancel their appointment must do so within 48 hours of their scheduled appointment time.  Cancellations may be made by calling Stephanie Willis at 248.370.4968 or email at with no penalty.  Any persons making a cancellation less than 48 hours in advance will be prohibited from booking another nutrition consultation for 6 months past the date of their original appointment. 
and Events
Employee Corn Hole Leagues
Join in on the fun and play this classic lawn game on an employee league at the Recreation Center! Employee Corn Hole Leagues will begin on Tuesday, July 16 and span four weeks. Two individuals will form one team, and remain teammates for the duration of the league. There are four league options available:

Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Registration is now available for the first 16 teams that sign up per league. Three games are played during the one hour time frame, and all teams are guaranteed to play a minimum of 7 games. Please submit one registration form per team (two substitute players will also be allowed). All games will take place outside the Recreation Center (weather permitting).

For questions, please contact Stephanie Willis at or call extension 4968.
Bleeding Control (BCON) Training
Multiple dates and times available; please see list below
Today we live in a world where terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of friends and relatives are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent. Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes.

June 19, 1:30pm, Human Health Building, Room 2018
July 15, 9am, Human Health Building, Room 2018
August 7, 1pm, Human Health Building, Room 2018
September 23, 9am, Human Health Building, Room 2018
October 11, 11am, Human Health Building, Room 2018
November 15, 9am, Human Health Building, Room 2018
December 6, 11am, Human Health Building, Room 2018

Hosted by: Office of Emergency Management
Primary Audience:All Staff and Faculty
Seating is limited; please register here
Dimensions of Wellness: Social,  Intellectual and Occupational

Questions: please contact Mike Crum, Emergency Manager at

Demystifying Work-Life Balance
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Oakland Center - Gold Room A

Research on the concept of dual-centric provides helpful guidance on strategies for balance. Studies show that people with a dual focus on work and family are less stressed and more successful than those whose primary focus is on just work, or just family. We will review the strategies these dual focused people follow to achieve balance, and engage in related exercises. The strategies presented are relevant for singles as well as those with spouses and children. Topics covered include:

1.)Clarifying your mission and priorities at work and at home. 2.)Gender role and cultural conflicts. 3.)Sequencing and boundary setting. 4.) Developing networks of support. 5.)Finding time for self-care. 6.)Action steps to support healthy balance.

Hosted by: AP Assembly
Primary Audience: Administrative Professionals, Staff, & Faculty
Seating is limited; please register here
Dimensions of Wellness: Social, Intellectual and Occupational

Questions: please contact Meaghan Cole, Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee for AP Assembly at

Think Like an Actor, Present Like a Pro
Friday, June 14, 2019
O'Dowd Hall, Room 104 A

Whether you’re conveying critical information to one person or one thousand, the pressure to present and communicate in a clear, confident and engaging manner is undeniable. You might wonder:
1.“How do I make my presentations more interesting, relatable and persuasive?"
2.“How do I convey facts and data in a way that keeps everyone engaged?”
3.“What’s the best way to prepare and rehearse my presentation so I can feel relaxed and ready?”

This highly interactive session will answer those questions and more, giving you the tools you need to prepare and deliver effective, impactful pitches and presentations with more confidence and clarity. You’ll take away theater-based presentation techniques that will help ignite what I call your Transformational Presence, so you can bring your most genuine and engaging self to the speaking platform.

Hosted by: AP Assembly
Primary Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Seating is limited; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness:Social, Intellectual and Occupational

Questions: please contact Meaghan Cole, Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee for AP Assembly at

Time and Priority Management
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Oakland Center, Lake Superior Room

In this age of downsizing and a do-more-with-less environment, being in control of your time and priorities is more important than ever. You will learn effective prioritization skills and leave with a daily action plan and the motivation to do it.

Hosted by: University Human Resources Learning & Organizational Development
Primary Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Seating is limited; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness:Social, Intellectual and Occupational

Questions: please contact Willie Tuggle, Learning & Organizational Development Manager at