GoUSF Wellness

GoUSF Takes Gold!

For the eleventh year in a row, GoUSF has received recognition for building a culture of health and wellness at USF. The American Heart Association (AHA) awarded GoUSF Gold for contributing to a healthy, supportive and inclusive work environment. The Well Being Works Better award recognizes organizations who use AHA well-being resources to expand their employee wellness programs, including deepening and broadening support for emotional and mental health.

To learn more about the award, review the upcoming article in Forbe's Magazine.

GoUSF is an award-winning holistic wellness program whose mission is to support the health and well-being of employees and their families.

GoUSF focuses on the activities that support employee engagement (I actually like my job) and resilience (I can handle change without burning out). This is accomplished by tending to our employee's needs for rest, reflection, physical activity, healthy nourishment, social connections and play. By focusing on employee well-being from this perspective (instead from a traditional wellness "fix disease" perspective) our goals are high levels of employee satisfaction with not only the program but also with working at the University, not health care claims ROI.


Quick Link Description
GoUSF Events View all current and upcoming wellness events and how to register.
Cheers for Peers Be inspired by the personal health journeys of your colleagues, and send us your own success stories!
Employee Assistance Program The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered by CONCERN provides professional assistance to eligible faculty and staff, dependents and/or others living in the household.
E-Newsletters Subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter and/or check out what the GoUSF community has been up to including providing various resources.
Ergonomics Education In alignment with its commitment to providing you a safe and healthful working environment, the university offers a comprehensive ergonomic program for faculty and staff.
Wellness Event Reimbursement Full-time faculty and staff are eligible to receive a reimbursement of up to $100 in registration fees after participating in one wellness event.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training CAPS, in collaboration with Human Resources' GoUSF and Health Promotion Services, offers a free training called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Certification.
Racial Equity Challenge A 15 day challenge in April that provides an opportunity to learn, reflect, and take action for racial justice. However, materials are posted so can be accessed at anytime.
Self-Care Tips and Resources Whether you need to refocus on your self-care or receive support while caring for others - children, family or elders the GoUSF Wellness program has assembled resources that may help to relieve stress, anxiety, and allow you to breathe a little deeper. 
Seminar Recordings In case you missed one of our wellness seminars, you can watch at your convenience.
Staycation Ideas Spend your staycation resting, relaxing and rejuvenating. Check out these creative, innovative ideas.
Wellness Champs If you are passionate about wellness and want to inspire your colleagues to make it a priority, become a champion now!
Wellness Committee We meet every 4-6 weeks to discuss upcoming GoUSF events, brainstorm for future events, and provide feedback from your colleagues about previous events.
WW (formerly Weight Watchers) Sign up for any Weight Watchers program, whether online or in-person, and get receive 50% off the membership price!
Nationally Recognized Awards Read more about how USF has been recognized as one of the healthiest workplaces in the country since 2014!

Additional Recognition: Exercise is Medicine® On Campus

Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) is a collaborative effort between Health Promotion Services, Koret Health and Recreation Center, School of Nursing and Health Professions, HR's GoUSF, and the Kinesiology department, that aims to improve the health and well-being of the campus community by providing the necessary tools to strengthen physical activity habits, and reinforce a daily campus culture of movement.

What do we offer?

GoUSF is an award-winning holistic health and wellness program whose mission is to support the health and well-being of employees and their families. GoUSF offers a diverse array of wellness programs and events throughout the year, including:

  • Monthly wellness themes with supporting programming
  • Ergonomics education and assessments
  • Subsidized membership to WW (formerly Weight Watchers)
  • Employee Assistance Program EAP - Free to employees and their family members
  • Free gym membership at Koret Health Center
  • 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
  • If you are passionate about health and wellness, become a wellness champ by emailing gousf@usfca.edu.
  • Email gousf@usfca.edu with any other questions!


Suzy Kisylia
Senior Wellness Program Manager
(925) 212-1332 | skisylia@usfca.edu

Cheers for GoUSF

"My favorite part [about Young Minds at Work] was seeing how happy my kids were! They really enjoyed the entire day. As we left the bio lab my son turned to me and said, 'this is the best day of my life'; he's never said that to me before so this is really special. Thank you for everything!"

"The more knowledge/education I have on saving, the more likely I am to be proactive and ask the right questions to feel like I am making the best decisions - rather than get lost by the jargon and feel like I'm being taken advantage/make poor decisions when dealing with a financial representative" [after the Go Save seminars].

"[Go Write is a] great way to support mental health in addition to physical health, and I was pleased to see an opportunity to support journal-writing, an activity I enjoy."

"For someone that is new to the university, [Presido 10] was a great way to meet other USF staff and to do it at a fun event. The T-shirts were awesome too and I liked the fact that you let us register a guest as well."

"USF is a heart-healthy campus, and I think [the Go Move Challenge is] a great opportunity for us to do something together that’s good for us individually and collectively."

"My favorite part of [Young Minds at Work] was the entire day; any time I spend with my son is special, but being able to bring him to work and make amazing memories at USF is priceless. I will now see him while I walk around campus, and we will continue reminiscing about our day and look forward to it again next year!"

"Running the Presidio 10k with GoUSF was a blast! I met new people as I trained for it. The race course is really beautiful. We ran over the golden gate bridge. I didn't break any world records but I felt good about my time. Afterward, I celebrated with co-workers and felt an incredible sense of accomplishment. This makes me feel excited to get in even better shape."

"It's really nice for my kids to see where I go each day and to connect with colleagues to meet their families; It was amazing to see the large number of volunteers who came together to help make the [Young Minds at Work] day a success for our children. I also got to connect with colleagues, meet new people, and see two labs that I had never visited before myself!"