Many Options for Improving your Physical Wellbeing

Physical Wellness

Your good health matters to UVA. We encourage you to develop a passion for a healthy lifestyle through enjoyable physical activity and good nutrition. The benefits you will reap may include improved memory and sleep quality, increased energy, focus and productivity, weight loss, reduced stress, prevention of heart disease, better diabetes control and cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, and lower risk of certain cancers, amongst many other benefits.

To achieve these positive results, the Center for Disease Control recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 1 hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity, aerobic activity. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week.

Food and nutrition also play a crucial role in your long-term health and chronic disease prevention, as does kicking harmful habits like tobacco use.

Hoos Well provides a wide array of programs and resources for supporting a holistic healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and good nutrition through all stages of life. 

Physical Wellness Programs

In addition to creating its own programs, Hoos Well partners with UVA and the community to provide you all types of tools to improve your physical wellbeing. Many of these programs are free or offered at a reduced rate.

  • Exercise and Fitness Classes

    Try a free week at the gym, host a fitness class at your department, or try a free drop-in class. Offered by IM-Rec Sports. Call 434.924.3791 or visit Click on the link to learn more about Hoos Well classes and programs.

    Schedule of Hoos Well Classes
  • Nutrition Offerings

    Hoos Well offers a variety of programs to help you learn about and take steps to improve your nutrition.

    Learn more
  • UVA Walking Paths

    Check out these walking paths near Main Grounds, Ivy Road, Old Ivy Road, Fontaine, Lewis and Clark, and UVA Wise. You can use the interactive map on your smart phone or print out a PDF.

    Enjoy the walking paths
  • Hoos Choice Nutrition Program

    Hoos Choice is a point-of-choice nutrition program that facilitates and encourages healthy food choices across the University of Virginia.

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  • WW - 'Wellness that Works' (formerly Weight Watchers)

    Workshops in the Workplace as well as Digital Subscriptions are available at a discounted price and 50% reimbursement reward.

    Explore WW
  • Tobacco Cessation

    Hoos Well offers phone-based coaching, ongoing support, and free nicotine replacement therapies and medication through partnerships with Quit for Life (, 866.784.8454) and RedBrick Health.

    See more on the Hoos Well Portal
  • Wellness in Maternity

    Learn more about how UVA supports all employees who are nursing, and about additional services Hoos Well offers for UVA employees and their spouses on the UVA Health Plan who are expecting so that you can plan for and have the healthiest pregnancy possible.

    Learn More
  • Chronic Care Coaching

    UVA-WorkMed provides chronic care coaching to assist UVA team members and their families manage chronic health conditions, with the goal of improving health and wellbeing. There is no cost to UVA team members for this service, and eligibility does not depend on enrollment in the UVA Health Plan. For more information, call 434.243.0075 or click the button below.

    Visit UVA-WorkMed


The following resources are also available to help improve your quality of life. They include information about making your work space more ergonomically appropriate, addiction recovery support within the UVA community, and the UVA-WorkMed Clinic.

  • Environmental Health and Safety - Ergonomics

    You will find information here about defining and evaluating ergonomic risks, creating ergonomically appropriate workstations, and preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders. You also will find tips on taking stretch breaks and how to maintain proper posture at your desk, as well as information about the effects of highly repetitive movements, excessive force or strain and vibration for those working in laboratories or facilities management positions around the University.

    Visit UVA Ergonomics Information
  • UVA-WorkMed

    A comprehensive occupational health- and team member-focused wellness clinic within the UVA Medical Center, which provides medical treatment of work-related injuries as well as occupational health and wellness services tailored to employer needs (including medical physicals, immunizations, drug screens, fitness for duty evaluations, and executive wellness programs. UVA-WorkMed team members include Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Exercise Physiologists, Registered Dietitians, and Wellness Specialists.

    Visit UVA-WorkMed
  • Recovery-Ready Grounds

    UVA’s Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) works to ensure that students, faculty, staff, and alumni do not have to choose between substance use disorder recovery and a world-class academic, employee, and alumni experience. This growing support network respects and fosters recovery through encouragement, empathy, and celebration of success.

    UVA CRP hosts monthly social events, a support group called Hoos in Recovery (HiR) that meets weekly during the regular school year, Recovery Ally trainings, and much more.

    Learn More About UVA CRP and Hoos in Recovery
  • Nursing Mothers

    UVA supports employees who are nursing mothers (mothers who breastfeed their babies).

    Read about Resources for Nursing Mothers
  • Hoos Well Advocacy

    Partnering With An Advocate and Your Primary Care Provider to Develop and Achieve Individualized Clinical Goals

    Hoos Well Advocacy is a special clinical program provided by UVA Health with the goal of achieving healthier outcomes for participants. The program pairs you with a dedicated advocate to guide you through a personalized journey to better health and well-being. We also partner with your primary care provider to help you set goals to manage health conditions and improve your health, connect you with the clinical and community resources you need, and coach you through the journey.  Hoos Well Advocacy is one of many programs delivered by BeWell at UVA Health. 

    UVA faculty, staff, team members and spouses who receive an invitation* can take part in Hoos Well Advocacy. You can also join the program with a referral from your primary care provider. Call us at 434.243.6388 or email for more information. 

    *A small team of UVA Health IT-QI scientists help us, collectively, determine which wellness programs are a best fit for faculty, staff, team members and spouses enrolled in the Aetna health plan. The Hoos Well Advocacy,  which is delivered by BeWell, is provided on an invitation-only basis and provides additional incentives for those who set and achieve health and well-being goals.

  • Flu Vaccine

    Influenza vaccination is a critical step in protecting yourself, your coworkers, family, and your community from infection with influenza virus. Pursuant to promoting healthy lifestyle choices and a healthy workplace for all UVA employees, Hoos Well encourages annual flu vaccinations for all who are able. Each fall, Hoos Well hosts flu vaccination events across Grounds.

    2019 flu shot schedule