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

Carrot Wellness

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All benefits-eligible faculty and staff areeligible to participate in Carrot Wellness - an incentive based program that tracks your steps and rewards you financially for being active each day. Join the over 500 OU employees already using Carrot today!

Questions? Contact Stephanie Willis at or Becky Lewis at

OU At-home Step Up Challenge

In order to stay connected and active, Carrot Wellness has created a custom OU At-Home Step Up Challenge that encourages you to get your steps in while remaining accountable as part of a team. The live leaderboard on the Carrot app will allow for transparency while encouraging friendly virtual competition. The challenge will run April 15 - May 31 and all OU benefits-eligible employees are able to participate.

  • Pick your own team of 3 employees or request to be placed on a team.
  • Go to the app and select Join a Team or Lead a Team. The CARROT team will reach out to the leaders to form their teams.
  • Walk. Hit your Daily Steps Goal. Earn your CARROT Green Coins.
  • The team that earns the most CARROT Green Coins during the competition period wins! The average CARROT Green Coins per team member is your team’s “score.”
  • The challenge will appear under the OU tab. Users must open up their CARROT app at least once a week for their steps to be counted in their team score.

At the end of the challenge, the team with the highest average Green coins per user wins Amazon gift cards. In the event of a tie, the team with the most improved average step goal WINS.The winners will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd place:

  • 1st place - $25 Amazon Gift Card for each participant on the team
  • 2nd place - $20 Amazon Gift Card for each participant on the team
  • 3rd place - $15 Amazon Gift Card for each participant on the team

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
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all consultations will be held via phone. Please schedule as normal via Google calendar and you will be contacted separately to get the best number to contact you.

Consultations are 45 minutes, and available at no cost to you.

Spring 2020 Consultation Dates:
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020

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
Virtual Poker Walk
Going virtual and working from home isn’t going to stop Rec Well from hosting and celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the annual Employee Poker Walk! We are encouraging you to sign up as a team or individually and walk for 30 minutes on Tuesday, June 16th! Walk anytime throughout the day and record your step count for that 30 minutes. All those that participate and submit steps will be eligible for prize drawing, in addition, those that participate as a team will have another opportunity to win prizes as well!

Click here to sign up as a team. If you are signing up as a team, you will have your team captain register you, similar to past years. Teams can mix and match between departments if desired, and register up to 20 people per team.

Click here to participate as an individual.

We hope you will join Rec Well in the Poker Walk and in celebrating 10 years of this event. We can’t wait to *virtually* walk with you! Send any questions to Stephanie at