Resources to support your social well-being

Social Well-Being


Building social well-being includes developing and nurturing positive relationships with our colleagues, family, friends, and community. It also involves deepening our sense of connection, inclusion, and support. Research shows that building our social well-being can reduce stress and enhance our health and longevity, and that healthy relationships may be the single most important determinant to happiness.

Hoos Well Resources to Help You Build Social Well-Being

Hoos Well provides resources to help you foster healthy relationships, reduce loneliness and isolation, and feel more connected.

  • Invite Friends and Family to Join You in the Hoos Well Portal

    UVA employees and spouses on the UVA Health Plan or UPG Anthem Health Plan can invite loved ones, neighbors, and non-health plan subscribed members of the UVA community to join you in personalized challenges, interactive social groups, and evidence based Journeys and Healthy Habits activities in the Hoos Well Portal, provided by Virgin Pulse.

    Explore Social Features, such as friends and groups, in the Hoos Well Portal
  • Cultivate Appreciation, Kindness & Compassion in 5 min. a Day

    Through scientific podcast-style lessons and guided meditation practices, Healthy Minds @Work helps you develop skills to build connection and enhance your relationships and social well-being. Offered to all employees, Healthy Minds @Work features a reward-eligible challenge, personalized well-being reports, and a customizable mobile app that is easy to follow and designed to fit easily into your daily life.

    LEARN MORE AND Get started with HEALTHY MINDS @WORK today!
  • Build Social and Physical Well-Being Simultaneously

    Participate with friends & colleagues in drop-in classes and enrollment-based instructional programs, offered through our proud partnership with IM-Rec Sports. 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!

Mindfulness Resources for Social Well-Being

eM Life logoAccess these and other on-demand resources in eM Life, a mindfulness website and app that are free to employees and spouses enrolled in the UVA Health Plan or UPG Anthem Health Plan:

Learn more and sign up for a free eM Life account
Building a more connected society is about returning to who we were ultimately designed to be—beings who are connected to and need one another. We evolved over thousands of years to rely on each other. Strong social connections were essential to our survival. So when we experience connection, it feels like home. It feels good. Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States "Loneliness On The Job Is A Public Health Crisis": Former Surgeon General Reveals What This Means For You

UVA Resources to Help You Build Social Well-Being

Hoos Well partners with UVA HR and other UVA entities to offer additional resources to help you build social well-being.

  • Do Good, and Feel Good!

    Volunteering is a great way to improve your emotional, physical and social well-being. Research shows that more than 90% of volunteers report greater happiness and an enriched sense of meaning and purpose in life. UVA provides up to 16 hours of paid Public Service Leave per calendar year for employees to perform eligible volunteer work, so that we can strive toward President Ryan's vision to not only to be great, but also to be good.

    LEARN MORE AT THE UVA Employee Volunteer Resources Hub
  • Confidential Counseling from UVA FEAP

    Struggling with loneliness and building connection? UVA's Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) offers employees and their families confidential assessment, brief counseling, referral, and follow-up at no cost to the employee for a wide variety of personal concerns. Hoos Well also partners with FEAP to offer educational webinars on topics including how to reduce loneliness and build healthy relationships.

    Learn more and schedule a confidential consultation

Learn Skills to Reduce Loneliness and Build Connection & Healthy Relationships

Watch these recordings of webinars presented by Hoos Well and UVA FEAP as part of our monthly emotional well-being webinar series. Please note that watching recordings of previous webinars is not Hoos Well reward-eligible. 

Do Good, Feel Good: The Positive Impact of Helping Others

Strategies to Overcome Loneliness

Building a Bridge to Enduring Healthy Relationships

There’s a chemical in the brain called oxytocin that gets released when we feel positive connections with other people... Oxytocin seems to reduce activity in a part of the brain associated with fear and anxiety, and even in the brain network that regulates our nervous system and prompts the body to get ready to fight or flee. Dr. Richard Davidson, Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Learn more