Programs to help you move well, eat well, breathe well, and feel well

Physical Well-Being


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. 

Learn more about upcoming Reward-Eligible Physical Well-Being Webinars

Physical Well-being 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 well-being. Many of these programs are free or offered at a reduced rate.

  • Free Group Exercise and Fitness Classes

    IM-Rec Sports is a proud partner with Hoos Well to help you be stronger today than you were yesterday. The gyms are open and safe, there is instructor led fitness outside, in the gym and at home. Is today the right day to start a health journey? Explore virtual and in-person drop-in classes and enrollment-based instructional programs. All Hoos Well sponsored drop-in classes and instructional programs are free for employees. Spouses enrolled in the UVA Health Plan or UPG Anthem Health Plan may also participate.

    View the schedule and register today!
  • 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.

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

    Enjoy digital subscriptions and virtual workshops at a discounted price. You may also be eligible for 50% reimbursement. Take advantage of streamlined reimbursement requests through Workday!

    Explore WW
  • Tobacco Cessation Resources and Support

    Quitting tobacco may be the single most important step you can take for improving your overall health. Through our partnership with Virgin Pulse, Hoos Well offers free, nonjudgmental support-- including phone-based coaching and nicotine replacement therapy.

    Learn more
  • Well-being 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 or UPG Anthem Health Plan who are expecting so that you can plan for and have the healthiest pregnancy possible.

    Learn More
  • Reward-Eligible Physical Well-Being Webinars

    In collaboration with multiple partners, including IM-Rec, UVA Work-Med, UVA Nutrition Counseling Center, and Virgin Pulse, Hoos Well offers webinars to support your physical well-being, by furnishing evidence-based recommendations to engender healthy eating and physical activity habits. Enrollees in the UVA Health Plan or UPG Anthem Health Plan can earn $25 in gift card rewards for participating live in up to 4 of these educational webinars each year.

    Browse and register for upcoming physical well-being webinars
  • 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

Resources

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.

  • Ergonomics (UVA Environmental Health and Safety)

    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 offices or laboratories around the University.

    Struggling with office ergonomics?  For those experiencing pain or significant, ongoing discomfort from their computer workstation, whether on Grounds or at home, UVA Environmental Health & Safety provides a 20-minute online office ergonomics self-assessment and training tool called ROSA by MyAbilities. EHS Occupational Health personnel provide further assistance as needed based upon the ROSA result. Click the link below to get started today!

    Request an ergonomics assessment
  • 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
  • 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.

    UVA Health influenza page
  • UVA Exercise Physiology Core Lab

    The UVA Exercise Physiology Core Lab offers body composition, metabolism, and fitness testing to UVA employees at a discounted rate. They work with everyone from elite athletes to people just starting an exercise program. 

    Put numbers to your goals by finding out how many calories your body needs, what your current body fat level is, and/or what your heart rate should be during exercise. Each test they offer includes a consultation with their staff.

    To schedule a Bod Pod, Resting Metabolism test, or Exercise Test, contact Lisa Farr: 434.982.3565 or lisafarr@virginia.edu

    Learn more about the Exercise Physiology Core Lab's services
  • Free Resource for Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes

    Charlottesville area residents with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes can currently join BEATDiabetes for FREE. BEATDiabetes delivers diabetes prevention or management tips directly to your mobile phone by text and offers financial rewards to help motivate you to take action. Texts focus on small, attainable changes that can add up to big improvements in your blood sugars and overall health. If you are successful in improving your blood sugars, you can earn entries in the $1000 BEATDiabetes Drawing held 3 times a year.  The 12-month program is currently free for people with Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes in Charlottesville and the surrounding area. Sign-up is fast and easy, and you can discontinue the program at any time. To learn more or to sign up, go to www.beatT2diabetes.com or call 434-234-7676.

    Participation is limited, so sign up soon to secure your spot.

    Learn more and sign up

Reward-Eligible Physical Well-Being Webinars

In collaboration with multiple partners, including IM-Rec, UVA Work-Med, UVA Nutrition Counseling Center, and Virgin Pulse, Hoos Well offers webinars to support your physical well-being, by furnishing evidence-based recommendations to engender healthy eating and physical activity habits. Enrollees in the UVA Health Plan or UPG Anthem Health Plan can earn $25 in gift card rewards for participating live in up to 4 of these educational webinars each year.

Expand the sections below to learn more and register for upcoming webinars, and to view the recordings of past webinars. Click here to read FAQs on Hoos Well reward-eligible webinars.

  • Keeping Active, Setting and Revisiting Goals, and Staying the Course with the Hoos Well Triple Tracker

    On Tuesday, July 19th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET, join Hoos Well in this reward-eligible webinar, which is part of the physical well-being webinar series and highlights the reward-eligible monthly Triple Tracker challenge, availed by Hoos Well, UVA’s award-winning employee well-being program.

    Eliminate the guesswork and trepidations associated with physical activity. Identify barriers and challenges related to incorporating and maintaining physical activity. Learn about and employ proven measures to set, accomplish, and examine goals, how to instill accountability and harness the power of visualization, as well as optimally leveraging Hoos Well resources to assist you in achieving your health and fitness goals.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Learn the science behind goal setting.
    2. Examine and apply multiple constructs, including the Health Belief Model to goal setting.
    3. Discover how to inculcate and celebrate the adoption of healthy behaviors requisite to achieving improved health.
    4. Step back and appreciate the process of working towards goals.
    5. Learn how to leverage Hoos Well resources, including the Triple Tracker within the Hoos Well portal to help you in achieving your goals.

    About your presenter

    Joseph Giandonato, MBA, MS, CSCS serves as an employee well-being coordinator within Hoos Well and 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. Giandonato is also pursuing doctoral studies in exercise science.

    Register for webinar, July 19 at noon ET
  • Past webinars

    Please note that watching recordings of past webinars is not Hoos Well reward-eligible.

    Celebrate National Nutrition Month by joining Hoos Well for a reward-eligible live demonstration of the Virgin Pulse Nutrition guide housed within the Hoos Well Portal. Optimize your nutrition with recipes, meal planning, and grocery shopping lists generated by your unique dietary habits and preferences. Learn about cooking and eating healthier and how to participate in nutrition related Journeys and Healthy Habits and earn rewards!

    Attendees will also learn about healthy meal options on grounds through Hoos Choice and gain information about the UVA Nutrition Counseling Center, which provides one complimentary nutrition counseling session per year to subscribers on the UVA Health Plan.

    Virgin Pulse Nutrition Guide Live Demo: Watch the webinar recording