‘Healthy U’ wellness programs
With Healthy U, we are striving to create an environment that encourages, supports and empowers employees to make healthy lifestyle choices.
These healthy lifestyle choices over time should increase employee morale, quality of life, and productivity. They should also reduce long term health care costs, work and non-work related injuries, presenteeism, absenteeism, and preventable acute and chronic illness.
Overall objectives include the integration of the Healthy U Wellness Program into our teaching and learning. The University will become a laboratory for developing innovative and comprehensive health and wellness initiatives for our faculty and staff that will increase employee morale, self-efficacy, self-awareness, and productivity. This will enhance the Akron Experience for students by improving the quality of employee-student interactions and the overall quality of the student experience.
The University has a wealth of knowledge and resources on campus. Our health and wellness initiatives will utilize the expertise and skills of our faculty and students from a variety of academic disciplines, including Sport Science & Wellness Education and the Health Sciences, as well as from our academic support areas. We will strive to promote a more coordinated program to provide easy affordable access to wellness services.
'Healthy U' activities
Weight Watchers Reimbursement Program through SummaCare
Looking to stop smoking?
Wellness Wednesday programs
Yoga classes on Thursday
Talent Development and Human Resources has scheduled a return of the popular Lunchtime Yoga class for spring semester. It will be held in Polsky Building 64 on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“The benefits of yoga are many," says Shari Romsey, who will lead the classes. She teaches yoga and Pilates at Akron General Medical Center's three wellness center locations.
“Yoga can help with stress and increase flexibility — so one can have a greater range of motion, or move more comfortably,” Romsey continues. “Studies have shown it can help with blood pressure, insomnia, bone density (with weight bearing postures), balance and depression, among other conditions.”
The cost is $5 per class, and participants may pay by cash or check. (No payroll deductions are available at this time.)
Class size is limited to 20 individuals. Sign up on the Training Seminars website.