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Well-being Innovator Program

Applications due Dec. 14
(Nov. 15, 2016) The DU wellness program is accepting applications to the new Well-being Innovator Program, formerly the Wellness Champion Network. We are searching for employees from all divisions and departments who are passionate about helping others and supporting the DU community's health initiatives. Learn more and apply; deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 14. Contact with questions.

Barre 3 class with katie

Thursdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 17, noon-12:45 p.m.—Driscoll Student Center suite 1864, room 145
(Oct. 18, 2016) This four-class program will make you longer, leaner, energized and truly balanced–mind, body, spirit. As a mix of Pilates and Yoga, this fun class will get your heart rate up while also increasing your flexibility. Open to all fitness levels and Katie is fantastic at making sure there are variations based on comfort level and injuries. No registration necessary. Bring a mat; limited mats will be provided.

Du club running

Tuesdays and Fridays, 5 p.m.—in front of Sturm Hall
(Oct. 18, 2016) DU Club Running is open to all students, faculty and staff. We officially meet twice a week, but many members meet in smaller groups to run on the off days as well. The club welcomes all abilities, from people who want to compete and go for gold to those who just want to stay in shape and run with others. The team will be doing the Scream Scram 5K in Washington Park, the Snowman Stampede 5-10 miler and the BolderBOULDER 10K. Come join us!

REFIT® with Kristin

Thursdays through Oct. 20, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Suite 1864 (Rm. #145, 2nd floor north, behind Jazzman's Café)
(Oct. 4, 2016) REFIT is a group dance fitness program that uses value-positive music, movement and messaging to build community and impact lives. The community-centered approach of REFIT focuses on building relationships through the shared experience of fitness, creating a safe space that encourages participants of all shapes and sizes to work out. Each class includes cardio, agility, strength, dance, toning, flexibility and stretching. The combination of these elements provides a total body workout in a fun social environment. REFIT is open to everybody and every BODY–come give it a try! Registration is not necessary. Bring a water bottle, something comfy to move in, and a friend. 

Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie

Tuesdays through Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center
(Oct. 4, 2016) You do not need to be a member of the gym to participate, but if you aren't you will need to sign in at the front desk as a yoga participant. Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Limited mats will be provided.

Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica

Tuesdays through Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center
(Oct. 4, 2016) You do not need to be a member of the gym to participate, but if you aren't you will need to sign in at the front desk as a yoga participant. Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Limited mats will be provided.

Congratulations to all Crimson Classic participants!

(Sept. 27, 2016) If you were among the roughly 800 DU community members who did the fourth annual Crimson Classic this year, we hope you feel good after experiencing this fun, healthy One DU tradition. Watch a video recapping the event and see if you're in it!

New and special yoga class

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 4-5 p.m.—location TBD
(Sept. 20, 2016) DU's Wellness Program presents a special class called Out of Our Minds Yoga, taught by faculty member Kate Willink. In this gentle yoga class, we will attend to the wisdom of the body and focus on promoting a sense of calm and well-being. Open to all levels; please bring a mat. Register via PioneerWeb—Employee—Training--Wellness. Can't make this class? There will be another on Thursday, Nov. 10 from noon-1 p.m. 

boost your zen is back

Thursdays, Sept. 22—Nov. 10, noon-12:45 p.m.—University Hall, room 306
(Sept. 6, 2016) Join Grace Estripeaut to learn about tools that will help you focus, remain present and combat the stressors of everyday life. Please register via PioneerWeb

Kaiser Permanente providing flu shots

Monday, Oct. 10, 3:30-7:30 p.m.—Mary Reed, Renaissance Room
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7-11 a.m.—Mary Reed, Renaissance Room
(Sept. 6, 2016) Kaiser Permanente nurses will be on site providing flu shots. Shots are free for KP members and cost $10 (cash only) for non-members. Please bring your KP member card. Appointments are not necessary. If you are unable to attend this clinic, but still wish to receive a flu shot, please contact your local KP clinic for dates and times.

tip of the week

(Aug. 30, 2016) Lots of questions are arising around dietary supplements, and with good reason. The FDA does not regulate this industry, so you want to be careful about who you receive supplements from. Here's what we know for sure: even if you are eating a very well-rounded healthy diet, you can still be deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. Many things can interfere with the metabolizing of these nutrients, such as stress, past and current medication use, as well as how our food is grown and transported. Ask your doctor for a vitamin panel and supplement where and when you need it. While the debates over supplements will continue, this article provides a nice overview.

tip of the week

(Aug. 23, 2016) Have you heard about the 80/20 diet? It's not a diet in the sense of weight loss or restriction. Rather, it's about the food that makes up our daily meals. Eat healthy (YOUR definition of healthy) 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time is for less-nutritious items, treats or splurges. You can break this up by day or by meal, whichever is easiest. Nothing is off limits and there are no BAD or GOOD foods. The best thing about this approach is that it's personal and you can adapt and improve it as you move along your nutrition journey. The only rule is to get clear on what items are in your 80 and in your 20 so you know where you stand. If you are looking for a simple guideline to help you be healthier, happier, have more energy and be more productive, try it out for a week.

this week's wellness tip

(Aug. 9, 2016) Wellness takes several forms, and this week, we focus on psychological well-being by sharing Tony Robbins' three tips for good mental health:
1. Take three minutes to be grateful (these can be really small things).
2. Take three minutes to give thanks for your body and the people you love.
3. Take three minutes to visualize three goals you want to accomplish today and see yourself completing them.
While you are thinking about the things you are grateful for, join the 100 days of happiness challenge in the well@du portal for 300 points!

Track your wellness activities via DU's new Wellmetrics portal

(Aug. 2, 2016) Benefited DU employees this week can check out the re-launched Wellmetrics portal, with fresh, new activities to sign up for and begin tracking. If you've used the portal before, your points reset to zero effective Aug. 2, which puts you on par with those new to the portal. Employees who want to qualify for the health insurance premium discount for next year (the plan year that starts July 1, 2017), have some specific requirements to meet; see the well@du website or the email you recently received for more details. Everyone using the portal can qualify for prize drawings to be held periodically throughout the coming months. Stay tuned!

Wellness tip of the week

(Aug. 2, 2016) As a new program begins with the Wellmetrics portal, we'd like to offer you some quick and easy-to-do tips to work wellness activities into your busy day. Many of us have jobs where we sit at a desk all day. As you work, get up every 90 minutes. Use a restroom farther away, fill up your water bottle, stretch, or better yet walk around the building. Research shows working longer than 90 minutes at a time decreases your productivity, clarity and imagination, and increases the possibility for mistakes. So you'll help your job and your health!

American Heart Association moves DU up to Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite status

(Feb. 23, 2016) The University of Denver was recognized as a Platinum Level recipient of the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program. This is the third year DU made the list, moving up from gold status the past two years. Worksites throughout the nation can be part of the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. More

DU among healthiest employers in Denver

(Feb. 23, 2016) The Denver Business Journal recently released its lists of 2016 Healthiest Employers. The University of Denver is among the top ten in the "large company" category (based on number of employees). The DBJ annually selects metro-area employers with a focus on employee worksite wellness. Finalists are selected on key considerations such as a tobacco-free workplace, health screenings and assessments and health education and initiatives.


(Jan. 12, 2016) Did you know that Kaiser members can take advantage of free wellness coaching? Make a change for better health and call a wellness coach today at 1-866-862-4295. More