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  •  New Wellness Logo

    Rice University is excited to launch a new comprehensive wellness program and partnership with HealthFitness.  Our vision for the program is that Rice University models a visibly healthy culture that promotes and facilitates well-being as an integral part of the institution's identity and value proposition.    

    Rice's mission is to foster a healthy and supportive environment and provide access to convenient and high quality programs and services, aimed to enable faculty, staff, and their families to pursue physical, social and emotional well-being to inspire people to participate.  

    Online Challenge: Colorful Choices


    Sign up for this 6 week challenge via the Rice University - Health Fitness WebPortal  

    Registration begins February 1st through February 21st and the challenge begins Monday, February 15, 2016.  

    Colorful Choices is a six-week online challenge that will guide you on the benefits of consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables.  This challenge will provide nutritional education on fruits and vegetables and help you set goals to eat five servings each day!

    Participate in this fun challenge and you will have an opportunity to win a fitness tracker! 

     Mind Your Health Seminars

    Mark your calendar!  Through out the year, the following educational topics will be presented by Rosie Gonzalez, Wellness Manager

    Location: Wellbeing Center, classroom 160.  This is the classroom next to the Gibbs Recreation Center #28 on the  campus map 
     Time: 12 noon to 1pm
    • April 13, 2016: Managing Stress
    • April 20, 2016: Managing Stress - Presentation in Spanish
    • June 22, 2016: Sleep
    • October 26, 2016: The balancing Act
    • December 7, 2016: Walking

    Biometric Screenings

    Health Fitness will be on campus offering biometric screenings to all benefits eligible faculty and staff the following dates/times.  You must make an appointment if you wish to participate in the screenings.  Appointments can be made via the Rice University - Health Fitness WebPortal 




    Monday, March 21, 2015

     7 am to 11am

    Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

     7 am to 11am

    Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC  

    Thursday, March 24, 2016

     7 am to 11 am

    Farnsworth Pavilion, RMC  

    For accurate results, the biometric screening does require fasting.  Health Fitness recommends no food or drink for at least to 8 hours prior to the screening.  You may drink water and take all necessary medication.  

    You will receive your results with in 3-5 minutes after your blood has been drawn via a finger stick.  Certified health specialists are also available will go over your results in detail and provide health recommendations.  

    For additional questions on the screenings or fasting, please contact Rosie Gonzalez, Wellness Manager

    HealthFitness WebPortal

    Set up an account through our new webportal - this is new to Rice and offers a digital hub that is personalized to you as well as interactive tools and resources!  Here are some reasons why you should set-up your account:

    • Calculate your calorie needs and even find healthy recipes
    • Learn about a specific health conditions and medication
    • Participate in the Wellness Challenges
    • Take the Health Assessment to learn areas of improvement for yourself
    • Set fitness goals 
    • Sign-up for the Tip of the Day
    • Link your wireless device Fitbit, Nike+, Body Media, Fitbug, Jawbone UP, Omron and more!     

     When logging on for the first time, you must register and create a user ID and password.  Make sure to use all of the leading zeros of your E number when registering with the portal. For example:  E00012345 .  When you return to the portal from any Rice computer, you will be able to login using your Rice NetID and password.  When logging in from an non-Rice computer, you will use your created user ID and password.  

      Rice University - Health Fitness WebPortal   

    Contact Information

    Rosie Gonzalez

    Wellness Manager

    Phone:  713-348-3538

    Email:  rg43@rice.edu  

     Weight Watchers

    Rice will subsidize half of the cost of meetings for benefits-eligible faculty and staff for either the online Weight Watchers Program, or local community meetings (at this time, we no longer have enough participation to hold meetings on campus). The program is now on a month-to-month basis.

    To enroll, visit http://wellness.weightwatchers.com and use the following employer ID and password under the "New Registration" box:

    • Company ID = 28327
    • Company Passcode = fyPMoVnL

    Once you log in, you will enter your information exactly as it is listed with Rice (specifically, your name, birth date and "Unique ID" which is your employee ID (for example, "E00001234").

    For instructions on how to use the Weight Watchers portal, please call the Weight Watchers help desk at 1-866-204-2885 or at wellnesshelp@weightwatchers.com 

    The cost of the program is $39.95 per month (or $19.97 per month with the 50% subsidy).

    You may enter the program at any time (at a prorated cost) -- simply go to the portal above or one of the scheduled meetings for more information.  

    Other Healthy Links

    • Aetna's GlobalFit -- Aetna members receive discounts on membership at participating, independent health clubs.
    • Aetna Natural Products Information -- Aetna members can order health-related products through Vitamin Advantage or Natural Products.
    • Rice University's Recreation Center -- check out the Specialty Programs (popular among faculty & staff)!
    • Want to get walking? You have several options on our beautiful campus, walk the inner loop which is 1 mile or the outer loop which is about 3 miles! 
    • Join the American Heart Association's Start! program. Start! is the AHA's national movement to get Americans walking all year round, whether at home, at work or somewhere in between. Their focus is simple -- Walk more. Eat well. Live longer. Sign up for the free MyStart!Online page to Start! your journey today!

    The goal for the Rice Wellness Program is a healthier, happier faculty and staff - we hope you enjoy the program and look forward to a healthier you!


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