Additional Wellness Benefits
The GoUSF employee wellness program helps you achieve your wellness goals with the following resources and support:
GoUSF's online wellness platform offers several challenges throughout the year that focus on different dimensions of wellness. Using your university email address, register and play on our website below, which is exclusively for USF faculty and staff!
Dons Meaningful Mile
Grab a colleague, and check out GoUSF's one-mile walking loops around lower campus and upper campus (Lone Mountain) that are marked with meaningful landmarks along the way!
Wellness Event Reimbursement
Full-time faculty and staff are eligible to receive a reimbursement of up to $100 in registration fees for participating in ONE wellness event (e.g. a running race, charity walk, bike ride/race, challenge, etc.) each calendar year. Reimbursement will be paid upon completion of the wellness event and you must be a current employee at the time of the event to receive reimbursement. Please submit your receipt(s) with reimbursement form. Visit the Wellness Event Reimbursement Request Form web page for reimbursement instructions, which is due by Dec. 1 annually.
USF and YogaWorks have partnered together to offer USF faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their family members discounted monthly memberships for unlimited yoga classes at their Northern California studios. Must show proof of employment. For more information and detailed membership fees, view the YogaWorks Flyer or call the studios that interest you below.
- San Francisco: (415) 292-5600 / 1823 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
- Walnut Creek: (925) 478-7272 / 1131 Locust Street, 2nd Floor, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
- Mill Valley: (415) 318-7650 / 650 E. Blithedale Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941
- Larkspur: (415) 925-2440 / 2207 Larkspur Landing Circle Larkspur, CA 94939
Academy of Sciences
USF faculty and staff can purchase discounted tickets to the California Academy of Sciences. For pricing and purchasing information, please view the Academy of Sciences Flyer.
Can you relax in just five minutes a day? Yes! Follow along these relaxation videos that feature USF faculty and staff:
USF subsidizes 50% of membership costs for benefits-eligible employees who sign up for Weight Watchers online or who participate in on-campus meetings. For more information, review the Weight Watchers Programs web page.
Wellness on Wheels
Sitting for a long period of time and staring at a computer screen is not ideal for your body or brain. Kick off your next department meeting with a 10-minute wellness session that will energize your team and emphasize how to take small breaks to boost productivity and focus. Options include stretching, deskfit or relaxation techniques. For more information about how to support a healthier meeting or to book a session, view the Wellness on Wheels flyer.
Anthem Blue Cross
If you are an Anthem Blue Cross member, you have access to a variety of support resources. Log into anthem.com/ca or register if you haven’t already, and select Health & Wellness. For example:
- Under 360° health, there is guidance available from MyHealth Coach, staffed by registered nurses to assist with both health and healthy lifestyle support.
- Virtual coaching is offered through a partnership with WebMD HealthAssistant. Visit Anthem Blue Cross for additional information.
Kaiser has more wellness resources than we can possibly list. They have online articles, widgets, health coaches, recipes, classes, online education, a personal health assessment and much more. Visit KP.org, and then explore the opportunities under the “Health & Wellness” tab.
Additionally, Kaiser offers guided imagery programs to engage your mind, body, and spirit to help you reduce stress, focus on healthy changes, and promote healing.
Employee Assistance Program
Our health is often impacted by stressful events and pressures. Being a new parent, dealing with an aging parent, work/life balance challenges and legal complications are just some of the common issues that can affect our lives in a very significant way. When these issues become overwhelming, it can be difficult to maintain healthy behaviors. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you with guidance and resources to help you work through your challenge. You can access this service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 1-800-344-4222 or visiting the EAP website (company code: usf).
Many of us spend a majority of the workday sitting at a desk in front of a computer. However, much of the strain caused by this situation can be relieved by taking short mini-breaks throughout the day. Take a two-minute break a few times a day to stretching our hands, wrists, shoulders, stand up and walk in place to get those glutes firing. For more information, review the Ergonomic Education web page.
People who receive support when attempting to quit smoking are five times more likely to succeed permanently. When you’re ready to quit, contact your medical plan provider (Anthem Blue Cross or Kaiser) to find out about the smoking cessation resources available to you, such as counseling and nicotine replacement therapy. Additional smoking cessation resources include:
Go Learn Seminar Resources
Each month, GoUSF hosts a Go Learn Seminar where you bring your lunch to a previously disclosed meeting location and learn about an important health topic. When there are handout materials available, they will be posted on the News Archive and Resources web page.
Visit the GoUSF Nutrition page for tips on eating healthy!