Wellness Benefits

UNI provides benefits eligible employees with benefits
beyond insurance, retirement programs, and paid/unpaid
time off. Examples include: employee assistance program, direct deposit, lactation room, savings bonds, UNI Credit Union, and wellness services.
UNI Additional Benefits

List of Additional Benefits

Complete List of Benefits

Forms and Resources
UNI Wellness & Recreation Services
UNI Wellness & Recreation Services: WRS Employee Programs
Walk-In Wellness Lab Screenings
Blue Zones Project

Bon Appétit the Blue Zones™ Way!

Iowa Food Hub
Food Box Program Subscription Information (PDF)
2013 Cedar Valley Local Food Guide (PDF)
Blue Zones Project Designated Worksite

Description of Wellness Benefits

A wide range of wellness services are offered through Human Resource Services to UNI faculty and staff. The UNI Employee Wellness program offers free flu vaccinations, biometric health screenings and smoking cessation services to all employees. The program also includes an annual Benefits & Wellness fair, on-campus health and wellness challenges and educational learning opportunities.

Wellness & Recreation Services also offers employees the opportunity to use the on-site fitness facilities by paying an annual user fee. Employees have access to fitness and leisure classes, personal trainers, massages, adult and youth swim lessons, CPR and first aid classes, and over-the-counter products through the Student Health Clinic. Visit UNI Wellness & Recreation Services (WRS) for more information on the services offered.

Burst Your Thirst Challenge

June 16 – July 25, 2014
Join thousands of Iowans and the UNI community in making positive, healthy changes to your lifestyle by participating in the Live Healthy Iowa (LHI) Burst Your Thirst Challenge. Teams of 2-10 individuals participate by tracking water consumption and activity minutes over the course of six weeks. Read the challenge overview by UNI Employee Wellness to learn about the incentives available and how to check out a Fitbit Zip. Register your team online at Live Healthy Iowa by using Group ID: LHIUNI (If you would like to be placed on a team for this challenge instead of creating your own team, please contact lienk@uni.edu.)

Better Choices, Better Health®

July 7 – August 11, 2014
The Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering Stanford University’s 6-week Better Choices, Better Health® on UNI’s campus. The program is offered to all persons who live with arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, heart problems, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic health conditions, as well as their caregivers. The program is designed to work with a person’s medical plan of care and encourages self-management of fatigue, exercise, diet, and pain to help participants take back control of their lives and make daily tasks easier.

The Better Choices, Better Health® Class will be held July 7 through August 11 in Gilchrist Hall, conference room 007. Weekly workshops will be held each Monday from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. and will provide the knowledge, confidence and skills needed to take a more active part in the management of chronic disease.

Preregistration is required. Full course cost is $20, which includes a textbook, relaxation tape, and other program materials. Scholarships are available for persons 60 years of age and older who express financial need.

Register Today
Space is limited. Registration deadline is July 2.

Biometric Health Screening

UNI Employee Wellness encourages all employees to participate in a free Biometric Health Screening. This screening is offered through Wheaton Franciscan Wellness Services. All UNI employees are eligible for one (1) free screening per academic year. Spouses may sign up for $25 (blood profile only).

One UNI employee explains the importance of participating in the Biometric Health Screenings provided by Human Resource Services and the positive impact it had on her health:

I am thankful for this screening opportunity. Last November when I attended the Biometric Health Screening, I found out my glucose level was sky high, as well as my cholesterol. I doctor at Mayo Clinic every six months in the Oncology Department and had a scheduled appointment that December. They found that my cholesterol had risen dramatically but did not catch the diabetes because they didn't order a glucose test. I whipped out my UNI Biometric Screening information when I saw the doctor, and he was surprised, to say the least. He ordered a glucose test for me at the clinic to recheck the numbers. If I had not had the screening at UNI, who knows how long it would have been before I would have realized I had a real problem? I am now on medication and insulin.

Please check back soon for more information regarding the next Biometric Health Screening.

Workplace Local Food Box Program

The Workplace Local Food Box program is available for UNI employees to purchase subscriptions of fresh, locally-grown food to have delivered to UNI. Employees can pick up their bag of fresh groceries every Friday from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in Gilchrist 007. If you would like the opportunity to buy fresh, healthy food and support the local community, please register for an account and place an order through the Iowa Food Hub. Employees can register and start a food box subscription at any point during the year, but orders should be placed before Friday to receive the following week’s food box.

Buy Fresh/Local LogoThis program for employees to Buy Fresh, Buy Local is based on the popular Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. A food box is a bag of groceries filled with milk, meat, eggs, processed products, and produce, featuring products from local growers, creameries, and processors. Each week the food box has different contents.

Register Today

For further information about the Workplace Local Food Box Program, please email Rachel Wobeter, Local Food Program Manager at UNI, at rachel.wobeter@uni.edu.

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Date Updated: June 12, 2014