Fostering a Culture of Wellbeing

About Us


Welcome to the UVA Employee Wellbeing Program! The University of Virginia cares about your good health. When you’re healthy, you have the energy and focus to do your best work and live your best life. We encourage you to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle to meet your personal wellbeing goals. Hoos Well provides a number of programs and resources to help you be your best self. Our comprehensive wellbeing program offers something for everyone, supporting your physical, financial, and social wellbeing.

Hoos Well Mission

To foster a culture of wellbeing among University of Virginia faculty, staff, and team members by promoting and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices, engendering a happier, healthier, and more positive work environment.

Our Vision

To be recognized as the national leader of university health and wellbeing programs, enhancing the quality of life of our university employees.

UVA Director of Athletics, Carla Williams, Supports Hoos Well

Join Carla Williams in participating in Hoos Well programs.

The Hoos Well Team

The Hoos Well team consists of three full-time employees, student workers and a contracted support staff. Get to know us, and reach out with any questions.

  • Victor Tringali, EdD, CSCS *D, Manager of Employee Wellbeing

    Dr. Victor Tringali provides leadership for the development and delivery of organization-wide wellbeing initiatives for the University of Virginia’s employees and their families. Prior to arriving at UVA, he served as the Executive Director of University Wellness at Drexel University, where he led a nationally acclaimed wellbeing initiative for faculty, staff, and students.

    Dr. Tringali has held faculty appointments at various colleges and universities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and South Eastern United States, developing and instructing course curricula for undergraduate and graduate programs in Public Health, Exercise Science and Human Performance. Dr. Tringali has authored articles for numerous peer-reviewed and mainstream publications, including: Well Being Practitioner, Higher Education Workplace Magazine, Corporate Wellness Magazine, Employee Benefits Adviser, NSCA Coach, and Muscle and Fitness, and served as an expert presenter at many health fitness and wellness conferences and clinics at the regional and national level.

    He received his doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where his research focused on the relationship of physical activity and work ability among older working populations. He is a distinguished member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American Public Health Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine.

  • Sarah Patterson, MA, EP-C, Wellbeing Specialist Senior

    Sarah Patterson majored in exercise science and holds a Master’s degree in human services-health and wellness counseling. She is currently a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and is a certified Exercise Physiologist. Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter Caroline.

  • Matthew Fritts, MPH, PMP, Wellbeing Specialist

    Mr. Fritts earned a Master of Public Health degree with honors from The George Washington University. A certified Project Management Professional, he completed the Presidential Management Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. His 20 years of experience in the public health field include positions within the National Cancer Institute’s Behavioral Research Program and at the Samueli Institute, a non-profit clinical research organization.  Browse his 15 peer-reviewed publications here.

    Mr. Fritts leverages his expertise in psychological health promotion and 20+ years of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher, to plan and manage Hoos Well’s programs for enhancing mental and emotional wellbeing. He is a UVA alumnus and former Lawn resident.

Hoos Well Support Staff

Get to know our student workers and support staff, who contribute significantly toward fulfilling the Hoos Well mission.

  • Lauren Janocha, Onsite Wellness Coordinator

    Lauren majored in Dietetics and holds a Master degree in Health Education and Promotion. She is an employee of Redbrick Health, the Hoos Well portal vendor. Lauren helps manage and coordinate on-site wellbeing initiatives for UVA faculty, staff and dependents.

  • Joanna McClain, Wellbeing Associate

    Joanna is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at UVA. She has a dual bachelor's degree in Public Health and Human Development/Family Sciences from Oregon State University. When she's not studying or working, Joanna enjoys hiking with her husband and dog, Winston. 

UVA Wellbeing Accomplishments

Our vision is for UVA to be recognized as the national leader of university health and wellness programs, enhancing the quality of life of our university employees. These recent accomplishments demonstrate our progress toward achieving our vision:

  1. Best Employers: Excellence in Health and Wellbeing award (National Business Group on Health, 2019)

  2. High Score of 147 out of 200 on HERO Health and Well-Being Best Practices Scorecard, in Collaboration with Mercer

  1. Gold level recognition on the Workplace Health Achievement Index (American Heart Association, 2019) 

Read more about our recent national recognition.

Hoos Well Champion Network

It takes a village to continue to improve the culture of wellbeing at UVA. That’s why we have Hoos Well Champions, who meet quarterly and are located throughout the University. A Hoos Well Champion: 

  1. Brings wellbeing to work and leads a healthy lifestyle by example
  2. Serves as a point of contact and liaison for Hoos Well within their department
  3. Acts as a resource and distributes communication to peers 
  4. Encourages coworkers to participate in their free Hoos Well benefits

We encourage you to become a Hoos Well Champion! 

Learn more and sign up to be a Hoos Well Champion

Hoos Well Champion FAQ

  • What is a Hoos Well Champion?

    A Hoos Well Champion is someone who is a role model for living a healthy lifestyle and takes their wellness practice to work. A champion is a Hoos Well point of contact for the department.

  • What will I be doing?

    We hope that you will be able to:

    • Let your colleagues know you are the Hoos Well Champion for your department
    • Distribute our monthly communications to your departments (when applicable to your colleagues)
    • Hang flyers or posters for our current programs on bulletin boards, in break rooms, restrooms, etc.
    • Stay up-to-date on our programming to answer your colleagues’ questions, or redirect them to us
    • Attend a lunch two to four times a year
  • Do I need to be an Olympic medalist to be a Hoos Well Champion?

    Absolutely not. Hoos Well Champions come in all shapes and sizes. A Hoos Well Champion makes health a priority and might be in the middle of a health journey. Enthusiasm for great health is the only requirement.

  • How can I let my department know that I am a Hoos Well Champion?

    • Put Hoos Well Champion in your email signature
    • Forward our communications (with management approval)
    • Participate in our programming and talk about your experiences
  • How do I learn more or sign up?

    Contact the team at hooswell@virginia.edu. We’re happy to answer your questions and welcome you to our team.

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