Employee Wellness Programs

Health and wellness programs are offered to all KSU faculty and staff! These programs vary each semester and cover a variety of topics including nutrition, weight management, stress management and physical activity. A few programs offered in the past include: 10K A Day Walking Program, Colorful Choices, 12 Days Of Fitness, Weight 4 Me, Spring Into Motion, Walktober, National Get Fit Don't Sit Day, USG HealthTrails Online Well-being programs, and National Employee Health and Fitness Day. Program details are promoted through the KSU Inform email to all employees. Be on the lookout for the next program offered! For more information, please email.

Current Programs

  • Registration is open for the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Office Picnic. We have Kennesaw State University already signed up. We hope you will join us for an evening of fun, fitness and camaraderie. This is for everyone from walkers to joggers to competitive runners! You may even volunteer at our USG tent or participate in Tai Chi!

    Please come to one of the informational sessions (as your work schedule permits) or email me if you would like to carpool & are unable to attend the meeting.

    • 12:30pm-1:30pm in Clendenin Building Room CL1009 - Thursday, August 31st
      4:30 pm-5:30 pm in Town Point Room TP2220 -Tuesday, September 5th
      I will be emailing out a meeting summary Tuesday evening for those of you unable to attend either days above.

    * http://www.kpcorporaterunwalk.com/registration/registration-form/

    * Click Join A Corporate Team and search University System of Georgia

    * fill out your information

    * Complete registration

    * CODE: USG

    Who: KSU employees, retirees & family - the first 1,000 USG employees to register will pay a subsidized cost of $12 (price includes race fee, team shirt and dinner).

    All participants must come to the team tent to pick up race number and team shirt. Team shirts will NOT be available for pick up prior to the day of the event and will NOT be provided to participants that do not attend. **

    Additional family members can participate at a personal expense of $32 per person if registered by 11:59pm on August 7th. *Price increases to $37.00 after August 7, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

    What: 5k (3.1 mile) Run / Walk & Office Picnic

    Where: Georgia World Congress Center - Building C, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA US 30313

    When: Thursday, September 7th at 7:00pm

    Why: Click here to view 3 reasons

    *For questions please e-mail the Team Captain Dessi Tzankova dtzankov@kennesaw.edu

  • Whether your goal is to lose weight, have more energy or manage the stress in your life, this  Get Active Atlanta! Training Program is designed to give you access to the support you need, including:

    NEW! Personalized Online Chat Training! Twice a week join our online chat sessions to receive training information and tips from our Training Director. This is part of the FREE 8-Week Training Program, are for all levels of runners and walkers. Get YOUR questions answered!

    • Thursday, August 31 – Noon – 1 PM
      NEW! Facebook Group! A Training Group will be available on Facebook for all trainees to interact with others, and ask questions about training!
      Free 5K 8 week training programs for runners and walkers by Olympian Jeff Galloway (July 10 – September 7, 2017)
      Runner and Walker 2017 Schedule – Click here to download now!
      Experienced Runner 2017 Schedule – Click here to download now!
      Run/Walk – determining a training pace and run/walk ratio
      Jeff Galloway Training Program (training runs/walks leading up to the race) Choose from Saturday mornings at 7AM (Phidippides Ansley), Wednesday evenings at 6:15 PM (Phidippides Sandy Springs) or Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM (Phidippides Ansley). All levels welcome, including beginning runners and walkers.  Join us!  Participants in these training sessions will receive 15% off at Phidippides (excluding some items) before/after the Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday sessions.Attend at least six of the eight sessions and receive a Get Active Training shirt!July 12 – Phidippides Sandy Springs – 6:15pm
      July 13 –Phidippides Ansley – 6:30pm
      July 15 – Phidippides Ansley – 8:00am
      Weekly fitness and training tips and recipes from Jeff Galloway and Kaiser Permanente
      Boot Camp – Led by celebrity fitness trainer Tammie Leady, Boot Camp will be at 7AM on July 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26. Participants must bring their KP Run/Walk event email confirmation, photo ID and the completed waiver to their first boot camp session in order to be able to participate.Download Boot Camp Information & Waiver Here –
    •  http://www.kpcorporaterunwalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/KPCRW-Boot-Camp-2017-.pdf
      LA FITNESS Complimentary 2 week work out pass – Complimentary 2 week pass to be a better you today! Non-members only, at least 18 years old. One pass per person, per six months. Some restrictions apply. The 2 Week pass is in your confirmation email after registration.
  • ​Welcome to Fall 2017 HealthTrails, brought to you by the USG Well-being program and Financial IQ Challenge brought to you by TIAA.

    Join fellow KSU coworkers this Thursday, September 28th 12 – 1 p.m. in KSU Center Room 462 for a Lunch N' Learn Kickoff to build camaraderie, excitement and learn more about the challenge. Please note healthy snacks and bottled water will be provided. Please feel free to bring your lunch too! Click here to sign up, space is limited.

    Registration opened Monday, September 18; you may begin recording Monday, October 2. All teams must be formed by Monday, October 23. 

    The competition will end Sunday, November 12, but you may update activity until the scores freeze on Wednesday, November 15.

    This 6-week journey through global destinations, your HealthTrails goal is to earn 300+ virtual miles by recording steps, gratitude, and participation in the financial IQ challenge.

    Fall 2017 HealthTrails Web Address: https://usgwellbeing.healthtrails.com

    How to register: Your unique ID is a combination of your first name, birth month, birth year, last name (John121950Smith).


    • Mobile app feature
    • Trail Talk (wall feature)
    • Trail Mates (buddy feature)
    • Individual Leaderboard
    • Campus Leaderboard
    • Tip Test mileage (correct tip quiz answer): 1 mile

    Device Integration

    • FitBit
    • Garmin
    • Movband
    • Yoo
    • Up to 53 different devices

    Health Behaviors


    • Goal: 6,000/day, 5 days/week
    • Max: 25,000/day, 7 days/week
    • Aim for at least 6,000 steps or more a day for the greatest health benefits, including lowering your risk for many chronic conditions. You may record as many steps as you’d like, but to encourage consistency a maximum of 25,000 steps a day will count toward your movement on the trail.


    • Goal: 1/day, 4 days/week
    • Max: 1/day, 7 days/week
    • Cultivating gratitude increases happiness and life satisfaction; among other benefits, it also strengthens relationships, boosts the immune system, and helps you sleep better. Aim to express gratitude daily by writing a few things you’re thankful for in a journal, sending a note of thanks, or communicating appreciation to someone in person. You can record as many expressions of gratitude as you’d like, but to encourage consistency, a maximum of 1 a day will count toward your movement on the trail.

    Financial IQ Challenge

    • 1/week
    • There are 15 quizzes in the challenge and a maximum of 1 quiz per week will count towards your movement on the trail. Play the Challenge every day to test your Financial IQ. Five winners will be chosen from each institution, at random, at the end of the challenge. You’re automatically entered for a chance to win TIAA promotional gear each time you play a session. Each day, 5 new questions will be added to the Challenge.

    The USG Well-being program in partnership with TIAA will be providing weekly Financial 30 WebEx.



    USG Well-being Summer 2017 HealthTrails 8-Week Online Challenge

    Join the University System of Georgia (USG) this summer, for the 8 week HealthTrails Challenge against the other USG institutions! The HealthTrails Challenge offers a fun way to log  healthy habits like: steps, sleep and self-compassion.

    Please click here to view the how-to register video

    Please click here to view an Overview of the HealthTrails Phone App video

    Please click here to view a video on How to Track your Health Behaviors 

    HealthTrails Online Well-Being Program Drop- In Info Meetings




    Who:  KSU employees are able to compete. Click here to read more about HealthTrails and register

    What: Health Trails 8-week Online or App Well-Being Challenge

    Where: Virtually travel individually or with a team (optional) through one of 8 trails you select online. 

    When: Challenge is 56 days long: Monday, June 19, 2017 - Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Why: To have fun on the trail with fellow KSU employees and learn - while improving mood, stress, and energy level. Begin recording your health habits. Along the way, you’ll earn virtual miles to mark your progress.

    Summer 2017 HealthTrails

    Program length: 8 weeks; 56 days

    Program goal: 400 virtual miles

    Registration start date/launch (first date participants can register): Monday, June 5

    Participant start date (first date participants record progress): Monday, June 19

    Registration end date: Monday, July 17

    Last day of the program: Sunday, August 13

    Social/Additional Features

    Mobile app feature

    Trail Talk (wall feature)

    Trail Mates (buddy feature)

    Individual Leaderboard

    Tip Test mileage (3 miles for a correct tip quiz answer)

    Campus Leaderboard

    Device Integration







    Team Competition

    Enrollment start date (first date to create/join teams): Monday, June 5

    Enrollment end date (last date to create/join teams): Monday, July 17

    Competition start date: Monday, June 19

    Length of competition: 8 weeks; 56 days

    Team size: 4-10

    Freeze team scores date (3 days after competition ends); Wednesday, August 16 at 11:59 PM CST

    Healthy Habit Tracking Guideline

    1. Steps

    Goal: 6,000/day, 4 days/week

    Max counted toward trail: 25,000 steps/day, 7 days/week

    Description: Aim for 10,000 steps or more a day for the greatest health benefits, including lowering your risk for many chronic conditions. You may record as many steps as you’d like, but to encourage consistency a maximum of 25,000 steps a day will count toward your movement on the trail.

    2. Sleep

    Goal: 6-8 hours, 5 days/week

    Max counted toward trail: 1/day, 7 days/week

    Description: Most adults require 7-9 hours of sleep to recharge. Quality sleep not only helps you feel revived when you wake, but it can also improve memory and recall, regulate appetite and the release of certain hormones, and protect/repair muscles as well as your immune system (1 sleep session of 7-9 hours a day will count toward your movement on the trail).

    3. Self-Compassion

    Goal: 1x/day/5 days

    Max counted toward trail: 2x/days 7/week

    Description: Practicing self-compassion — being kind and mindful with yourself — contributes to well-being and promotes successful behavior change. It’s also easier to be kind to others when you’re giving yourself the same treatment. Replace negative self-talk with thoughts like these: “It’s OK; you gave it your best shot.” “Everyone has a hard time with stuff like this.” “That was rough; you need a little space right now.” Making this a habit takes practice; start today with self-compassion meditations and exercises. Aim for 1 or more moments of self-compassion a day. You can record as many as you want, but to encourage consistency, a maximum of 2 moments a day will count toward your movement on the trail.


    Additional Important Information:

    Please click here to view the How-To Mobile Guide

    Please click here to view the HealthTrails Exercise Step Conversion

    Please click here to view S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting Guide How-to

    Please click here to for Interactive Tool: Create Your own S.M.A.R.T. Goal

    Fresh 'N' Fit Cuisine Partnership with KSU Use code: KSU20 during the challenge for 20% healthy delivered meals

    Mindfulness: Getting Started

    USG Well-Being Resources

     Please click here to view Interactive Build a Meal Tool

  • Kennesaw State University's Weight Watchers "At Work Program", offers convenient, on-site weekly meetings with a certified Weight Watcher's leader. The leader comes to KSU to provide experienced guidance at weekly meetings that fit perfectly into the busy workday. Employees benefit from the proven advantage of group support for successful weight loss with co-workers who understand the workplace environment best. For more information about the Weight Watchers Approach please click here

    Susan Johnson, Weight Watcher Leader
    Ellen Helstowski, Weight Watcher Representative

    Fee/Registration Details
    Those interested in joining should stop in to a meeting for more info. Although, the series may be in session, you may join anytime during the series and the cost will be pro-rated.

    Please Note: Pricing subject to change by Weight Watchers depending on promotions etc.

    17 week Series for $186 per person (15% off this price at OPEN HOUSE for $156)
    Best value pricing $10.94 average weekly price
    Minimum of 15 paying participants per meeting
    Includes 19 weeks eTools
    Payment Options/Method:Split payments via check are accepted on Week One (only). Either 3 checks for $62. each or 2 checks for $93.
    Payment can be made by cash, check and most major credit cards.

    Kennesaw Campus Current Series Days/Times:
    Wednesdays from 12-1pm through February 14th, 2018

    Join us February 14th for our Spring 2018 Kennesaw Campus Open House 12pm-1pm! Register for the 17 week series by February 14th for a 15% discount. (flyer attached)

    Weight Watchers Kennesaw Campus Fall 2017 17-Week Series Schedule

    Weight Watchers Kennesaw Campus Spring 2018 17-Week Series Schedule

    Interested in participating on the Marietta Campus in 2018?

    Please contact Dessi Tzankova, dtzankov@kennesaw.edu

  • You can commit to quit! Please call 470-578-6394 to inquire about upcoming classes offered on campus!

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