Recreation Center

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

Employee Well-Being

Oakland University Employee Wellness strives to support the enhancement and maintenance of Oakland University faculty and staff’s quality of life. In collaboration with campus and community resources, our goal is to provide you with valuable educational programs, resources, and activities that support your personal goals to live a healthy lifestyle.

Wellness programming is open to all Oakland University Faculty and Staff to participate.

Carrot
Wellness
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 willis@oakland.edu or Becky Lewis at lewis236@oakland.edu.

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!
Nutrition
Consultations
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 dcavendar@strategic-wellness.com.

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, January 22, 2019
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 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 willis@oakland.edu 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. 
 
Programs
and Events
OU Heart Walk Initiative 2019 Overview
Currently looking for OU faculty, staff, and students to commit to being team captains! If you are interested, please email Stephanie Willis at willis@oakland.edu.

Oakland University is committed to making a positive impact surrounding the heart health of our university community. In collaboration with the American Heart Association, we strive to inform, empower, and engage the OUcommunity so together we can make positive change towards our personal health.

OU is an official partner for the 2019 Heart Walk, which will be held on Saturday, May 18, at Wayne State University. In addition, there are multiple on-campus engagement opportunities available for you to participate in and show your commitment to heart health. 

Oakland University’s goal is to register 20 teams for a total of 300 participants. We aim to raise $10,000 to further support heart disease and stroke research. Additionally, we are excited to reach our engagement goal of having 1000 people go through Hands Only CPR training.

OU Heart Walk Engagement: Hands Only CPR
This year as part of our efforts to engage the OU community with our Heart Walk Initiative, we have set a goal to have 1000 individuals particiapte in a Hands-Only CPR Training.

Learn life saving skills with this 30 minute, two step, hands only CPR training led by one of our dynamic instructors. Our instructors have been fully trained to facilitate this active, hands on presentation, a perfect addition to an already scheduled meeting with your staff or as part of a student organization general meeting.

Click here to sign up to have Hands Only CPR brought to you! This presentation is able to be brought to almost any location on campus.

For questions or more information regarding Hands Only CPR, please contact Stephanie Willis at willis@oakland.edu or call 248-370-4968.

OU Heart Walk Engagement: Go Red Cycle Glow Party
Secure your spot at the Go Red Cycle Glow Party! Expect a fun cycle ride taught by multiple instructors, glow sticks, flashing lights, high energy music, and more!

Tuesday, January 29th, Recreation Center Cycle Studio

Class 1: 5:30-6:30pm
Class 2: 5:45-7:45pm

Registration is required in advance! Click here to reserve your ride. Please note, if you are not in the class by the time class is has started, your bike will be given to an individual on our waitlist.

OU Heart Walk Engagement: Go Red Dance Jam
Come and dance with your favorite OU Rec Well dance instructors to support heart health for Go Red Week! This will be a dance fusion class with many different styles of dance and music for a great workout. There will be giveaways and other fun surprises, so make sure you wear red to show support!

Friday, February 1, Recreation Center, Studio 919

12:10 - 1pm

No registration required! This event is free to Rec Well Members; just remember your OU ID to enter the Recreation Center.

Employee Friendly Group Exercise Pass
Are you an OU Employee interested in taking Group Exercise classes at the Rec Center? There is now a pass designed especially for employees to purchase that allows you to participate in certain Group Exercise classes at a lower out of pocket cost!

The Employee Friendly Pass can be purchased at any time (online or at the Rec Center), starting Tuesday January 2 for $25.  This pass is good for any classes marked with an "EF" on the schedule, unlimited, for the 2019 Winter Semester.

New to Group Exercise and not sure what classes you will like?  No problem!  Visit us January 3 through January 9 for our "Try-Us-Out" week where you can attend as many classes as you would like at no cost, and no passes required. Passes are required starting January 10.  For more information on the Employee Friendly Pass, please contact Stephanie at willis@oakland.edu or call x.4968.
Workshops
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.

February 11, 1pm, Oakland Center Gold Room C
February 13, 1pm, Oakland Center Gold Room A
February 13, 2pm, Oakland Center Gold Room A
February 19, 1:30pm, 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 em@oupolice.edu

Understanding the Needs of Veterans in Higher Education
Friday, January 25, 2019
9-10:30am
O'Dowd Hall, Room 110A

Student veterans are a diverse population that can experience unique challenges when it comes to educational attainment. This presentation will provide information on the current population of student veterans, the challenges they face, and how we all can help them on their path to academic success. Get ready for Coordinator of Veteran Support Services, Eric Wuestenberg, who will share information which will allow attendees able to:

1.)Describe the common characteristics of the current population of student veterans. 2.)Recognize the challenges faced by student veterans 3.)Summarize the services Veteran Support Services provides here at Oakland University

Hosted by: AP Assembly in collaboration with Vetrans Support Services
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 mcwalter@oakland.edu

Indroductory S.A.F.E. On-Campus Training
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
9-11am
O'Dowd Hall, Room 478

S.A.F.E. (Students, Administrators and Faculty for Equality) On-Campus is a training program designed to educate the campus community on LGBTIQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual) issues and empower each participant to be a strong ally on-campus. Objectives and Learning Outcomes:
1.Provide a review of basic terminology and definitions
2.Explain how to best support LGBTQIA faculty, staff, and students
3.Describe how to make referrals and provide information regarding on-campus resources


Hosted by: AP Assembly in collabortation with the Gender and Sexuality Center
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 mcwalter@oakland.edu or Grace Wojcik, Coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center at gawojick@oakland.edu


Delegating for Results
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
10am-12pm
Oakland Center, Lake Superior Room

This workshop will help build stronger work teams by enhancing job satisfaction, increasing productivity, and improving employee relationships. Participants will learn tools to better manage employees’ strengths, improve their weaknesses, and make optimal use of talents and interests.


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 wdorsey@oakland.edu


Building Your Financial House
Friday, February 8, 2019
12-1pm
Oakland Center, Ambassador Rooms 157-158

Is your financial house in order? Join us to learn what you should know about building a strong foundation and structure to protect you now through your retirement years with guest speaker Gary Gilgen, CEP with Wealth Management.


Hosted by: Office of Planned Giving in collaboration with OU Professional and Continuing Education
Primary Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Seating is limited and reservation is required; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness: Financial, Intellectual and Occupational

Questions: please contact Erin Kjoller, Planned Giving Associate at ekjoller@oakland.edu


What You Really Need to Know About FMLA, STD, and LTD
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
1:30-3pm
Oakland Center, Ballroom C

Eric Herppich, OU Director of Compensation and Benefits, will provide an engaging and interactive presentation for OU's Administrative Professionals in which an overview of managing time for medical needs, navigating Family Medical Leave (FMLA), and both Short Term Disability (STD) and Long Term Disability (LTD) will be reviewed.

Hosted by: AP Assembly in collaboration with University Human Resources
Primary Audience: Administrative Professionals
Seating is limited; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual and Occupationall

Questions: please contact Meaghan Cole, Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee for AP Assembly at mcwalter@oakland.edu

Advance S.A.F.E. On-Campus Training
Thursday, February 28, 2019
9-11am
O'Dowd Hall, Room 478

S.A.F.E. (Students, Administrators and Faculty for Equality) On Campus is a training program designed to educate the campus community on LGBTIQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual) issues and empower each participant to be a strong ally on-campus.

This session will teach differentiating between the fixed and process models of social justice allyship, information on lesser-understood identities/terminology, and provide a review of on-campus resources.

Requirements: The first S.A.F.E. on-campus training must have been completed within the last year to attend the Advanced session.

Hosted by: AP Assembly in collabortation with the Gender and Sexuality Center
Primary Audience: All Faculty and Staff
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 mcwalter@oakland.edu or Grace Wojcik, Coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center at gawojick@oakland.edu

Conflict Management Skills
Thursday, March 14, 2019
9am-12pm
Oakland Center, Gold Room B

Many conflicts can be resolved fairly easily and with less tension, if the correct conflict tools are used. In this insightful program you will learn the skills that enable you to make conflict a healthy part of your organization. Understanding the conflict styles enables you to channel your energy toward constructive conflict and positive change.

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

Questions: please contact Willie Tuggle, Learning & Organizational Development Manager at wdorsey@oakland.edu

Strategic Small Talk
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
1:30-3pm
Elliott Hall, Room 224

A very talented and insightful panel comprised of Greg Jordan- Director of Campus Recreation and Well-Being, Richard Kelley-Senior Director of Philanthropy, and Erin Sudrovech- Director of Alumni Engagement will share how to successfully navigate the University in a politically savvy way to foster professional growth.

Hosted by: AP Assembly
Primary Audience: Administrative Professionals
Seating is limited; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness:  Intellectual and Occupational

Questions: please contact Meaghan Cole, Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee for AP Assembly at mcwalter@oakland.edu

Navigating Challenging Workplace Relationships
Wedbesday, April 17, 2019
10-11am
Elliott Hall, Room 224

In most professions, we spend time throughout the workday interacting with others – supervisors, coworkers, team members, and clients. While we hope that many of these interactions are positive and fulfilling, research suggests that an increasing number of workplace interactions are marked by incivility and rude behavior. Workplace incivility, which is typically characterized as behaviors that are ambiguous in nature but violate social norms of civility (e.g., gossiping, failing to acknowledge others), can lead to poor employee well-being and performance. In this session, you’ll learn about the negative effects of workplace incivility as well as identify ways to manage and minimize workplace incivility. Presented by Caitlin Demsky, Assistant Professor of Management, Department of Management and Marketing, School of Business Administration.

Hosted by: AP Assembly
Primary Audience: Administrative Professionals
Seating is limited; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness:  Intellectual and Occupational

Questions: please contact Meaghan Cole, Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee for AP Assembly at mcwalter@oakland.edu