Healthy@Home, Well@Work

Creating healthy habits is challenging but research shows that embarking on the journey can be much more successful (and fun!) when you’ve got a buddy. This quarter focuses on using social networks to create and maintain healthy behaviors. Healthy@Home brings you resources to foster a healthy home and find support in your friends and family, while Well@Work provides outlets to get connected with your fellow coworkers to make the workplace a supportive environment.


  • Compilation of summer events and resources for the whole family
  • Hydration Challenge: Begins July 14, teams due July 10, team challenge that encourages water consumption
  • Building a Healthy Home Challenge: Opens August 24, one week challenge, prize drawing for a robot vacuum cleaner and FitBit
  • Fall walking challenge and Couch 2 5k coming soon


Building a Healthy Home Challenge

Challenge opens August 24 and closes September 8

Participate in the one-week Healthy Home Challenge, sponsored by GatorCare as part of the Healthy@Home, Well@Work quarter, for a chance to win a FitBit, robot vacuum cleaner, or a set of portion plates. Print the challenge checklist and get started! The challenge will be open for two weeks but the checklist must be completed within seven consecutive days. Get points each day for participating in healthy behaviors such as using smaller plates or bowls, getting exercise after work, limiting TV time, and more! In order to be eligible for the prize drawing, you must obtain at least 130 points over the course of the seven days and submit your checklist by September 8. Questions? Contact GatorCare Health Educator Holly Davis at

To receive up to 2 additional points each day, check out this summer reading list.

Get Help 24-7

Does your child have a fever? Did you get tangled up in a patch of poison ivy? Looking for help regarding a recent diagnosis?Florida Blue and GatorCare members can call a 24-hour nurse hotline to ask basic health questions and address concerns such as symptoms, medications and side effects, reliable home treatments, when to go to your doctor, when to go to the emergency room, and more. Telephonic health coaching is also available through this line, as well as referral into a number of disease management programs. To access, call 1-877-789-2583. If you are an AvMed member, you may participate in a similar program, Avmed’s Nurse on Call. To access, call 1.888.866.5432.

Get Quit

Whether you are looking to quit tobacco or trying to help a friend or family member quit, Tobacco Free Florida can help. Each year, primarily because of exposure to secondhand smoke, more than 46,000 nonsmoking Americans die of heart disease and an estimated 3,000 die of lung cancer. Find three ways to quit at Tobacco Free Florida, along with resources to help someone choose to quit, stay tobacco free, and overcome relapse. Visit the iQuit with AHEC Calendar to find a free group class in your county (including many right here on campus) for additional support and up to four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy including patches, gum or lozenges.

Community Connections

Use this compilation of resources to get the whole family moving! Check out the local pools, parks, adult sports leagues, teen summer programs, farmer’s markets and more!

Kid’s Corner

  • Summer is a great time to take care of the doctor appointments and vaccinations your family needs before the busy school year starts back up. Use this guide to get updated on vaccination schedules, find a pediatrician, and more!
  • Ready to splish splash with the family this summer? Use this handout for water safety tips.
  • Did you know that children are more likely to gain weight over the summer? Review this compilation of resources to prevent summer weight gain.
  • Looking for local camps and programs to keep your kids busy? Check out this collection of summer offerings.

Beat the Heat, Treat the Burn

Stay cool! Refer to this guide for preventing and treating sunburn.

Summer Reading

Check out this list of helpful articles that relate to family health, including parenting, disaster preparedness, elder care and more!


4 Week Hydration Challenge

Challenge begins July 14; Team registration due by July 10

Compete as a team in this 30-day hydration challenge. Each team member tracks his or her water intake and team averages are taken at the end of each week. Will your team sink or swim? Registration due by July 10. Review this overview for more information about the challenge. To register your team, email Caleigh Bean at with your team name and team member emails. Teams should be no larger than 15 members.

Get up and go! Walk @ Work

Schedule a group walk and send an invite to five co-workers. Encourage each person to send it on to five other co-workers. How many people can you get on your walk? Send your biggest group walk picture to for a chance to win bragging rights and a feature on the GatorCare® website. If you have access to the Bridge, join the Get up and go! Walk@Work group.

Get Connected

Always wanted to join a book club? Looking for social support? Join one of the existing networking groups include Gator Connections, designed to help UF faculty and staff connect through informal get-togethers, or a group on the Bridge, such as the Get up and go! Walk @ Work group. To join Gator Connections, email Tony Andenoro at or Hannah Carter at fall, UF HRS will introduce Gator Interest Groups to help UF and UF Health employees identify kindred spirits with similar interests. Have an idea for a group you’d like to start? Email it to hrs-wellness@ad.ufl. edu.

Bring Wellness to Your Next Staff Meeting

Include the Intro to Wellness presentation at your next meeting or event. This 10-minute presentation reviews the wellness opportunities available to employees and how to stay current on upcoming activities. Contact your GatoreCare® Wellness Manager Morgan Papworth at to schedule.

Wellness Wednesdays

Join us the first Wednesday of each month for a wellness presentation. Attend in person or stream live from your computer. Can’t make it? All Wellness Wednesday presentations are recorded and posted to the Media Library at To receive updates about upcoming presentations, join the Wellness Email List by emailing with the following message: “subscribe WELLNESS-L yourfirstname yourlastname” example: subscribe WELLNESS-L john smith

Get up and go! Fall Couch 2 5k

Receive the resources and support to complete a 5k. Attend weekly trainings with a running coach to prepare and network with other employees. At the end of training, all participants will compete in a 5k together. More information coming soon…

Fall Walking Challenge

The Spring Walking Challenge was such a hit that we’ve brought it back for another round. Form a team and compete against the best of the best in this 4-week challenge. More information coming soon…

Food Truck Rally

Enjoy Gainesville’s finest food trucks and spend some quality time with your fellow employees. Participate in corn hole, Frisbee and more! The rally will be hosted at CH2M Hill. More information coming soon…

Annual Flu Shot

UF Health employees: Protect your patients… Protect yourself.
October 30 is the deadline for UF Health Shands employees to receive
their flu vaccine or wear a mask through March 31, 2016. Mark your
calendar to get your 2015-16 flu vaccine and watch for announcements
in August on the Flu Central website on the Bridge. The UF Student
Health Care Center also administers flu shots and UF employees can
receive a free flu shot at the annual UF Benefits Fair in October. Visit their
website for more information and outreach flu shot clinic dates coming
this September and October.