Employee Well-Being

Employee well-being is a key component to creating thriving workplaces.  Americans working full time spend more than one third of their day, Monday – Friday, at work.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, prioritizing wellness in the workplace has been proven to improve productivity, lower stress, and reduce risk for chronic disease.  Wellness also contributes to higher energy levels, lower turnover rates, and improved morale.  Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) indicated that every $1 spent on a mentally healthier workplace yields $2.3 dollars in benefit to the institution (2014). 

Health Initiatives offers a variety of programs and services that target topics including stress, nutrition, and professional well-being.  More information can be found on the pages below:

Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk

Take part in the "World's Largest Office Party!" The Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk is taking place on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. Come celebrate health and fitness with local Atlanta corporations, organizations, and your co-workers! Everyone is welcome. The event includes the race, an interactive zone, and lots of camaraderie. See the link below for more information about the race and how you can register. 

Fit for Fall

The University System of Georgia (USG) is launching a challenge called Fit for Fall! Fit for Fall is a competition between co-workers to attain the most points through physical activity, nutrition, or lifestyle choices. Health Initiatives and HR are going to have a kickoff event on Friday, Sept 21 from 1-3 p.m. at the Campanile. To register for the challenge, see the link below!

HR's BeWell Series

From managing common conditions like asthma and diabetes to handling the day-to-day pressures of the workplace, healthy living can be a challenge. Be Well, Tech’s benefits education and wellness series will equip employees with the tools they need to make smart wellness choices for themselves and their families. 

USG Well-Being Credit

USG Well-Being Credit: The University System of Georgia (USG) prioritizes healthy living by providing tools that make it easy to incorporate healthy habits into your daily life.  Those who participate in this service can receive up to $100 in a well-being credit. 

Well-Being Activators

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Every department should have a champion of well-being. Well-Being Activators encourages healthy beahviors around the office and ensure that their teams know about everything health and well-being related happening on campus. Learn more about the Well-Being Activators and how you can get involved here.

Employee Assistance Program

Georgia Tech has contracted with Espyr to provide employees and their family members with a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP). All healthcare benefits eligible employees and their families have access to the program. Services are free and confidential, within the bounds of the law. The EAP is available 24/7/365 and provides both work life and counseling services.

Pet Therapy

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Pet therapy is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal. Pet therapy helps individuals recover and cope with health concerns and daily stressors stemming from work, school, and/or relationships. Health Initiatives' pet therapy program is a service for all members of the Georgia Tech community. Find out when the next pet therapy event is here. 

Money Mondays

Money Mondays are monthly financial education workshops with a WebEx format which will be broadcast to the entire USG. These workshops provide guidance to employees who may be stressed about economic conditions, market fluctuations, and their personal finances, education about benefits in the context of personal financial planning including saving, investing, debt management, and more! 

Certified Healthy

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Certified Healthy Departments are recognized as Georgia Tech leaders for going “above and beyond” to make health and well-being a priority. â€‹Check our what campus departments were certified in 2018 and find out how your department can become certified.

Digital Coaching

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Choose between lifestyle topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, or money management.  You determine the healthy, inspiring steps that appeal to you and work at your preferred pace, unlocking new levels of healthy habits as you go.  

Presentations & Programs


Health Initiatives can provide your department pre-planned presentations on health and well-being as well as facilitates custom workshops related to well-being to meet the specific needs of your department. Of our pre-planned programs, we recommend: Dream of GT, Eating on a Budget, Setting Goals for Success, Nutrition 101, and Surviving to Thriving: An Introduction to General Well-Being.

JOOL Health

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JOOL Health is a mobile app that helps you to prioritize and focus on what matters to you most. The app gives you the motivation and reinforcement to keep you on track from the first day through targeted tips, guidance, and support geared toward what you’re focused on.

Fit to Thrive


This 5-week series is designed to show you how to incorporate the dimensions of well-being - personal, emotional, spiritual, physical, and professional - into your daily lives so that you can flourish and be fulfilled. Individuals will learn and practice skills related to nutrition, physical activity, mindfulness, and stress management which will ultimately lead them to a thriving lifestyle.

Mindfulness Class

Join this weekly class that provides guided meditation and discussion of the benefits of the continued practice. Mindfulness leads to a better understanding of oneself, greater emotional balance, and resilience.

Please join other employees as we read and discuss the book Mindfulness Meditation: Your Guide to Achieving a Life of Peace by Reducing Stress and Anxiety through Mindfulness Meditation by Daniel K. Barton. Through our discussion, we will explore effective and simple ways to become calmer, more centered, and more relaxed. The book provides “practical techniques to create a state of deep relaxation and deal with anxiety.”
Each week, we will discuss a different chapter, share experiences, and learn step-by-step exercises and techniques that we can incorporate into our daily professional and personal lives to promote well-being. Please purchase your own individual copy of the book and read the first chapter by the August 29th meeting.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Tiffiny Hughes-Troutman.


Meeting schedule and locations: Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. from 8/29/18 - 10/24/18 (with the exception of 9/5/18)

  • August 29 – Student Center Room 301
  • September 12 - Student Center Room 301
  • September 19 - Student Center Room 301
  • September 26 – Student Center Room 301
  • October 3 - Student Center Room 301
  • October 10 - Student Center Room 301
  • October 17 – Student Center Cypress Room
  • October 24 - Student Center Room 30