Physical Wellness Resources


Physical Wellness

Proper nutrition, exercise and disease prevention all add up to a healthier you!

Physical Wellness

Walking Challenge

Get involved with a little healthy competition. This walking challenge will encourage you and your coworkers to get up and get moving! Participants and teams track and record their daily steps throughout the challenge and compete against other teams from UF and UF Health. The winning teams will have their team name added to the trophy and get to house the trophy until the next challenge winners are announced. The walking challenge takes place every spring and fall.

Nutrition Information

Visit the nutrition page on the GatorCare website to Ask a Dietitian and get nutrition information like healthy recipes.

12 Tweaks to a Healthier You Resources

12 Tweaks was a program run in 2017 that encouraged a new small and sustainable habit each month for the entire year. Check out the habits related to physical wellness including Meal Prep 101, Serving Size Surprise, Sleep, Crosstrain, Morning Mile and Focus on Fruits and Veggies.

Lake Wauberg

Canoes, climbing wall, mountain bikes, sailboats, wakeboarding, waterskiing and more with a Gator 1 card that designates you as faculty, staff, spouse, partner, retired, UAA, UFF or Shands employee whose card includes a hologram and a UFID number; guests accepted at some locations.

Living with Hearing Loss Class

Offered on a periodic basis by the UF Health Speech and Hearing Center, the UF Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and the Gainesville chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of Florida; please call (352) 294-5151 or email for more information on the Living with Hearing Loss Class.


The class is appropriate for all levels and is designed to provide each student with the appropriate modifications. Led by Isabel Garcia-Rose. Visit the GatorCare Wellness Calendar for the most up-to-date class schedule.


Free Zumba for all UF and UF Health employees. Visit the GatorCare Wellness Calendar for the most up-to-date class schedule.

Smoking Cessation Program

Resources available through your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Tobacco Free Florida, including group and one-on-one support and free or reduced cost nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, gum, and/or lozenges. GatorCare members have additional free resources. For more information, visit our Tobacco page.

Gator Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Sign up to get a weekly delivery of fresh, seasonal produce from an area farmer; pick-up location available on campus.


HealthStreet provides health assessments, HIV testing and birth control counseling as well as information on local resources and UF research opportunities.

Employee Health Services

Not just for students, the UF Student Health Care Center also offers a variety of fee-based health care services for employees, including immunizations, travel counseling, laboratory services and pharmacy services. *Available to UF employees only

Arts in Medicine Wellness Classes

Wellness classes are offered weekly, free of charge. Classes are appropriate for individuals of any skill level, and drop-ins are welcome. Classes include meditation, Qigong and yoga.

Workout of the Week

Not sure where to start with a workout routine? UF Health Fitness and Wellness brings you a new workout each week during the first quarter of 2018 (January through March). Workouts will be sent to the wellness listserv during the quarter and will be cataloged on the GatorCare website.  Each workout will vary and limited equipment may be required. Click the link above to check out the workouts for this quarter.

Campus Walking Maps

Take a quick 6-minute break or a full on 30-minute walk with our UF and UF Health campus walking maps.

Resistance Band Workouts

Get strong with these 5 minute upper body, lower body, and total body workouts. Use our printable handouts as a guide and check out our video demonstrations to perfect your form.

Body Composition Screenings

Provide information on weight, BMI, body fat or body composition, and hydration. After the screening, meet with a health educator to discuss your results and determine ways to improve your numbers. Contact the GatorCare Wellness Coordinator Brittany Evans at to schedule a screening for your department or make an appointment to stop by the GatorCare office in the 1329 Building to get screened.

Free Yoga for Faculty and Staff

Yoga is offered every Tuesday from 12:15-1pm at Ustler Hall, in the atrium on the second floor. The class is appropriate for all levels and is led by Kim Holton.

Yoga is also offered every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 at the Cancer & Genetics Research Complex, Room 451. Sign up for the Yoga email list for updates on yoga classes offered for faculty and staff.

Outdoor Intramural Sports Leagues and Special Events

Ultimate Frisbee, softball, soccer, kickball, team tennis, sand volleyball, dodgeball, flag football and more on a competitive and recreational level.
Please note that UF RecSports membership is required for indoor intramurals.

Campus Pools

Access Broward, Florida, Graham and O’Connell Center pools; guests accepted at some locations.

UF Health Shands Fitness and Wellness Center

Medical fitness and personal training available. 30-minute small group training class available. Learn more on the UF Health Shands Fitness and Wellness Center Website.

UF Recreational Sports

Membership provides access to recreation and fitness facilities, group fitness classes, fitness assessment center and indoor intramurals; premium services include massage therapy, personal training and small group training.

Flu Shots

Provided at no cost to UF Health employees and UF students in the fall of each year. NOTE: UF employees may obtain a no-cost flu shot at the annual UF Benefits Fair only.