Fall 2014: Wellness update for employees

by Michelle Saport  |   

Below is an update regarding on-campus recreation and fitness facilities available to UAA employees. With the opening of the Alaska Airlines Center, employees now have a West Campus option (Wells Fargo Sports Complex) and an East Campus option (Alaska Airlines Center).

Here is some useful information to plan a fitness break in your day.

Walk/run tracks Both the track at Wells Fargo Sports Complex and the Alaska Airlines Center are free for use during open building hours, though the Wells Fargo Sports Complex track is closed over the weekend (Friday at 5 p.m. through Monday at 6:30 a.m.).

Alaska Airlines Center The faculty and staff pass for $55 allows the member use of the Alaska Airlines Center recreational weight room* area at the northwest end of the hallway during open facility hours (Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.).

Alaska Airlines Center amenities include showers and daily lockers for use while working out. Must have own towel and lock for the locker.

*The auxiliary gym is separate and not for general use. It will be open in the evenings for student use for intramural sports, Residence Life and other organized programming. To orientate yourself: If you are traveling south to north, the auxiliary gym will be on your left before going to the fitness area that would also be on your left before exiting the building.

Wells Fargo Sports Complex Building hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Click through to view the recreation schedule for the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Wells Fargo Sports Complex amenities include showers and daily-use lockers for use while working out. Must have own towels and lock for the locker.

UAA staff survey coming soon on Healthy Roads and wellness UAA Governance leaders are considering a survey of all UAA employees to get a handle on their use and opinion of the wellness program, Healthy Roads, and their ideas for how a wellness program could best serve them.

This does not signal that there will be an immediate change in our wellness program. But it does signal that we want to know how it is working for you. What is working, what do you like? Do you have ideas to bring forward that might shape the future of a wellness program? What parts or most valuable? Least valuable?

We will prepare questions and take them to the next UAA Assembly meeting for feedback. When ready, we'll prepare a Qualtrics survey for all UAA employees. Stay tuned. We expect this to go out to you in November, and to be a useful tool in understanding how UAA employees most want a wellness program to work.

It is important to remember that Healthy Roads is a third-party vendor handling our health information. This creates an important privacy buffer between employee and employer regarding our personal health information. That's important to remember when considering how a wellness program can work at UAA.

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