Wellness is not just the absence of illness — it’s an approach to health that considers the impact of daily choices and activities on our physical, mental and social well-being with a goal of helping people develop and maintain habits that improve their quality of life.

An effective wellness program should be flexible enough to address influencing factors, such as healthy eating, active living and physical activity, emotional well-being, weight management, good sleep habits, mindfulness and social support.

An additional aspect of wellness is resiliency, and it’s an area where Ohio State has committed significant research and program development. Simply defined, resiliency is a person’s ability to “bounce back” from adversity, and it’s what helps people adapt, accept change and move forward with determination.

More than a nice gesture

Promoting wellness and resiliency can be a gamechanger for your entire organization, and certainly for each individual employee or student.

If you’re not sure which programs to select, we can start with an engagement survey to help you identify areas of opportunity and prioritize next steps to improve health and decrease stress, anxiety and burnout.

Health risk assessment and education

An effective wellness program helps people identify physical and mental health risks and develop strategies to reduce them. To this end, Ohio State offers a broad range of health screening and education initiatives in every medical discipline.

Whether you want on-site or virtual programming or readily available options in the community, we can develop wellness plans that match your goals, including:

  • Biometrics – health screenings, including BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and A1C (blood sugar)
  • Health risk assessments – to help evaluate long-term risks related to injury, chronic conditions or serious disease
  • Health coaching – support for individuals or groups wanting to establish or maintain healthier habits
  • Health education webinars and onsite presentations – addressing any physical, behavioral or mental health topic, including popular subjects like stress reduction, nutrition, weight loss, better sleep, conflict resolution and fitness

Featured programs

As an academic medical center, Ohio State has an active research program that drives continual innovation in the areas of wellness and resiliency. The result is proprietary programs that target specific physical and mental health risk factors that you can offer to groups or individuals.

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Mindfulness in Motion

Mindfulness in Motion is one of our most popular programs with an easy-to-use app for on-the-go reminders and recordings by behavioral health specialists. It is available for both iOS and Android users. 

To improve outlook and reduce stress and anxiety, participants learn how to control breathing, eating, bodily sensations, thoughts, emotions, communication and physical movement.

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Exercise is Medicine

The Exercise is Medicine program provides the motivation and long-term support needed to make physical activity and exercise an established part of any person’s daily routine — regardless of their current physical abilities or health.

A young woman receiving counseling for stress

Stress, Trauma And Resilience (STAR) Program

The Stress, Trauma And Resilience (STAR) program offers evidence-based therapy and education for people who have survived trauma and the people who support them, including educators and bosses.

Ohio State's mobile community care coaches

Mobile Coaches

Bring health care on-site with our state-of-the-art mobile units:

  • Community Care Coach – a 38-foot primary care and Ob/Gyn unit that’s wheelchair-accessible with two exam rooms, a waiting room and a point-of-care testing lab. Services include primary care vaccines, physical exams and blood tests
  • The James Mobile Education Kitchen – providing on-site preparation and ideas for enjoying healthy, cancer-preventive foods at home
  • The James Mobile Mammography Unit – offering the latest digital mammography technology and accredited by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
  • The College of Dentistry Dental Health Outreach Mobile Experience (HOME) Coach – a pediatric mobile dental clinic that travels to area schools

Health Athlete

The Health Athlete program helps individuals discover their purpose and implement healthier behaviors that improve their physical energy and mental focus at work and home. Depending on their field, some participants may earn Continuing Education (CE) credits.

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MindStrong/ MindBodyStrong

The MindStrong/MindBodyStrong program is backed by over 20 research studies. These seven-week courses provide preventive techniques and proven lifestyle behavior modification methods to lower depression, anxiety and stress.

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