Fostering a culture of wellbeing among faculty, staff, and team members

About Us

Welcome to Hoos Well, the University of Virginia's award-winning employee well-being program! We improve the lives of the UVA employee community with a simple philosophy: enable the well to remain well and help those with health risks or chronic conditions to improve their 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 well-being goals.

Research shows that participating in employee well-being programs can improve health, happiness, productivity, morale, and quality of work life. We invite you to participate in the wide range of evidence-backed programs and resources that Hoos Well offers, to boost your well-being, flourish, and thrive! 

Our Mission

To foster a culture of well-being 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 well-being programs, enhancing the quality of life of our university employees.

Strategic Goals 

  1. Align administration, programming and operational strategies with the latest research and industry best practices.  
  2. Influence organizational culture to encourage positive health behavior and self-care through social, environmental and operational supports.  
  3. Provide an expansive portfolio of resources and programs that enables employees and their spouses to choose meaningful and relevant activities. 
  4. Strategically partner with organizational stakeholders to strengthen impact and collaboratively influence a culture of well-being.  
  5. Continuously improve programs, operational practices and strategies through ongoing evaluation and research activities. 

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 Well-Being

    Dr. Victor Tringali provides leadership for the development and delivery of organization-wide well-being 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 well-being 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, Well-Being 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, Well-Being 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 well-being. He is a UVA alumnus and former Lawn resident.

  • Joseph Giandonato, MBA, MS, CSCS, Well-Being Coordinator

    Mr. Giandonato holds masters degrees in exercise science and business administration and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He possesses over a decade of experience in higher education, where he's assisted with the conceptualization, deployment, and evaluation of employee and student wellness initiatives in tandem with responsibilities of overseeing recreational programming, fitness and athletics facilities, and varsity strength and conditioning. Giandonato also serves as an adjunct faculty member at a number of colleges where he teaches exercise science and health promotion electives.

UVA Well-Being Accomplishments

Hoos Well has received national-level awards on behalf of the University of Virginia, reflecting the team’s hard work building and leveraging relationships throughout the University and broader well-being community to develop and expand programs that improve employee well-being. While we are honored by this recent recognition, we remain committed to improving our programs and resources by fostering collaboration and innovation and engaging in research activities that will influence health promotion practices. Hoos Well is proud to share these achievements with all community members who support our mission to foster a culture of well-being among faculty, staff, and team members.

  • Workplace Health Achievement Index: Gold-level Recognition

    In October 2020, the American Heart Association announced the results of its 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index, which uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs. The American Heart Association recognized Hoos Well at the Gold level – the highest achievement level – for significant steps taken in implementing best practices to build a culture of health in the workplace.

    Read more about the Workplace Health Achievement Index
  • Best Employers: Excellence in Health and Well-Being award

    Hoos Well, on behalf of UVA, received an award for Excellence in Health and Well-Being from the Business Group on Health, an organization comprised of HR and Benefit thought leaders from some of the most progressive companies. This award recognizes companies for their innovative and comprehensive approaches to employee health and well-being. Among the organizations awarded, UVA stands out as the only university.

    Read more about the Excellence in Health and Well-Being award
  • Aetna Workplace Well-Being Award

    In August 2020, Aetna recognized UVA for our commitment to creating a healthier workplace at the highest level (“Gold: Making a Difference”) on the Aetna Workplace Well-Being Award. Application topics included well-being strategy and design, communications and organizational engagement, and program implementation and evaluation. Aetna selected as Award winners employers who have successfully created a healthier workplace for employees by providing effective well-being programs, tools, and resources.

    View UVA's award certificate

Education Collaborative for Health Promotion and Well-Being

In 2018, Hoos Well initiated a partnership with UVA's Department of Public Health Sciences to create an Education Collaborative for Health Promotion and Well-Being. Master of Public Health (MPH) students are able to complete their Applied Practice Experience by working with Hoos Well on a project proposal, which can be novel or in response to a stated programmatic need.

View past and current student projects

UVA Director of Athletics, Carla Williams, Supports Hoos Well

Join Carla Williams in participating in Hoos Well programs.

Hoos Well Champion Network

It takes a village to continue to improve the culture of well-being 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 well-being 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 well-being 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 We’re happy to answer your questions and welcome you to our team.

    Contact us