5 Things to Know about Wellness and Work-Life  

  • January 12th, 2023
Big Al mascot high-fives a health worker
Even Big Al loves to take part in wellness events.

The department of Wellness and Work-Life is part of the UA Division of Finance and Operations, and its purpose is to create and sustain a culture of health and well-being for UA faculty and staff and their families through a quality program of teaching, research and services. Assisting the department staff are WellBAMA Ambassadors, faculty and staff who volunteer as liaisons to their colleges or departments and promote wellness programs across campus.  

Investing in Your Health Pays.

UA employees can earn rewards through the University’s signature wellness program, WellBAMA, administered by Wellness and Work-Life. Employees receive a $50 gift card when they attend a free WellBAMA health screening, which checks weight, blood pressure, triglycerides, blood glucose, cholesterol and other factors. Employees can earn an additional $50 at the end of the year by completing a wellness program and attending a wellness class. 

So. Many. Activities! 

During 2022, employees’ top three wellness goals were exercise, weight loss and stress reduction, which can all be achieved by participating in Wellness and Work-Life programs including Better Bites; Sleep More, Stress Less; Strive for Five and Crimson Couch to 5K, a 3.1-mile walk/run course that traverses UA’s beautiful campus. This year’s CC5K is scheduled for April 1 at 8 a.m., with the five-week training program starting Feb. 27.  

Motivated by Competition? There’s an App for That.

The MoveSpring app, available free to UA employees, offers monthly challenges not solely focused on increasing activity, but on other aspects of well-being.  

Others are Sharing Their Success.

Be inspired by Spotlight on Wellness. Each month UA employees share recent wellness success stories, tips for maintaining a good work-life balance or an amazing wellness program they are excited about. 

All Kinds of Wellness are Supported.

No matter what type of support employees need — financial, legal, emotional, or medical — Wellness and Work-Life provides resources to help. Among these resources are UA’s Employee Assistance Program, which offers confidential advice, support and practical solutions to real-life issues through provider Uprise Health; and Virta and Livongo, diabetes management programs available to employees on the UA health plan. 

Subscribe to the Wellness and Work-Life newsletter to keep up with the latest programs, classes and health information. 

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