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Welcome to the Wellness Program!

Image of Wellness logoThe Office of Human Resources funds the Wellness Program, which is housed in the Department of Health & Sport Science in the School of Education & Health Sciences. Our students manage the Wellness Program for faculty and staff on campus.

The program promotes a healthy lifestyle through activity-based courses, lecture programs, individual fitness assessments and screening programs for specific health risks. Students have opportunities in program coordination and in service as wellness personal fitness trainers for program participants.

Each semester the Wellness Program provides a new schedule of classes, activities and screenings. Recent lunchtime topics included "Fitting in Fitness," "Keeping Your Heart Healthy," "Gluten Free Diet," and "Stress and Health." Special events held during the past semester included mobile mammogram screening, blood pressure and audiology screening, and body fat testing. Current summer activity classes are indoor cycling, yoga, co-ed aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, pilates, body sculpting, and water aerobics.

Many of the programs are free for university faculty and staff while others pay fees ranging from $10 to $25.


Check out the Summer 2014 Wellness Program brochure (pdf) >>

What is wellness?

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The condition of good physical, mental and emotional health, especially when maintained by an appropriate diet, exercise and other lifestyle modifications.  —The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary, 2007

The University of Dayton Faculty/Staff Wellness Program believes, “Wellness is a multidimensional state of being, describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.” (Corbin, C.B. & Pangrazi, R.P. (2001) Toward a uniform definition of wellness: A commentary. President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest, 3(15),1-8.)

Furthermore, we propose that wellness is a set of organized activities and systematic interventions, offered through corporations/worksites, managed care organizations and governmental/community agencies, whose primary purposes are to provide health education, identify modifiable health risks, and influence healthy behavior changes.” (Mulvihill, M. (2003) The definition and core practices of wellness. Journal of Employee Assistance, 33(3), 13-15.

The University of Dayton Wellness Program promotes a healthy lifestyle through activity-based courses, lecture programs, individual fitness assessments, and screening programs for specific health risks.

Check out the Fall 2013 Wellness Program brochure (pdf) >>

Join us for a truly healthful lunch!

Brown Bag Lectures, led by experts in the field of wellness, afford faculty, staff and students the opportunity to learn about a range of health- and wellness-related topics. Brown Bag Lectures will be held from 12:05 to 12:50 p.m.

Please check back in Fall 2014 for Brown Bag Lectures.

For additional information, contact Wellness GA Kim Smith at or 229-3662.

Check out our latest offerings!

Download print brochure (pdf) >>

Please be advised: All activity classes require a medical release and a class payment. Please send a copy of your current medical release and class payment, BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER ONLY, to Wellness at +1210. Online registration begins on Monday, April 21, at 8:00 a.m.

Summer 2014 Classes

Monday and Wednesday

Indoor Cycling

  • Dates: May 19 - June 18
  • Time: 7:05 - 7:50 a.m.
  • Location: RecPlex Studio Room A
  • Instructor: Candida Crasto
  • Fee: $15
Body Sculpting

  • Dates: May 19 - June 18
  • Time: 12:05 - 12:50 p.m.
  • Location: RecPlex Studio Room B
  • Instructor: Shayne Brown
  • Fee: $15

Tuesday and Thursday


  • Dates: May 20 - June 19
  • Time: 12:05 - 12:50 p.m.
  • Location: RecPlex Studio Room B
  • Instructor: Melissa Ledinsky
  • Fee: $15

  • Dates: May 20 - June 19
  • Time: 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: RecPlex Studio Room B
  • Instructor: Marcia Childs
  • Fee: $15
Muscular Strength & Endurance

  • Dates: May 20 - June 19
  • Time: 6:45 - 7:45 a.m.
  • Location: RecPlex Weight Room and Studio Room B
  • Instructor: Shayne Brown
  • Fee: $15

Wednesday and Friday


  • Dates: May 21 - June 20
  • Time: 12:05 - 12:50 p.m.
  • Location: RecPlex Studio C
  • Instructor: Melissa Ledinksy
  • Fee: $15

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Walking Club

  • Dates: May 19 - June 20
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: RecPlex Track
  • Instructor: Kim Smith
  • Fee: $15

Monday and Thursday

  • Dates: May 19 - June 19
  • Time: 12:05 - 12:50 p.m.
  • Location: Frericks Room 33
  • Instructor: Mike Wenker (UD rowing coach)
  • Fee: $15

Friday only

Additional Information

Please note that there will be no classes on the following date: Monday, May 26, Memorial Day.

For additional information, contact Wellness GA Kim Smith at or 229-3662.

What else can you do?

The Wellness Program hosts and collaborates on several special events throughout the year. Be sure to check back regularly! Past events include mobile mammogram screening, blood pressure screening, glaucoma screening, audiology screening, and body fat testing with the Bod Pod. 

Download print brochure (pdf) >>


  • Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Times to be determined by appointment.
  • Location:  College Park Center (Room 220C)
  • Registration:  Appointments are necessary. Call Robyn Powers at 229-4225 to register.
  • Fee:  $30.00 for UD faculty, staff, and students; $50 for all others; payment by cash or check only
% Body Fat Testing

America's height and weight charts are not the most accurate way to determine your ideal body weight. To establish a realistic weight goal, your percent body fat needs to be determined. Your percent body fat will be determined by the use of the Bod Pod! The Bod Pod measures one's percentage of body fat via air displacement. This procedure is fast, easy, and accurate. The process takes approximately 30 minutes.

Check out our slideshow >>

For additional information, contact Wellness GA Kim Smith at or 229-3662.

Please check back for additional special events.

Who can participate?

All full- and part-time faculty and staff members as well as retirees of the University of Dayton are eligible to participate in all Wellness Program offerings. Spouses and immediate family members may also register for Wellness Program activities, but they will be accommodated according to availability of space.

Additional program requirements include RecPlex Membership for select activities and medical release forms.

RecPlex Membership

In order to participate in Wellness Program personal training, a membership to the RecPlex must be purchased. Please contact Teresa Galvin at 229-2731 for membership prices and payment options.

Medical Release Forms

MEDICAL RELEASE from your physician, on your physician's letterhead, is REQUIRED for everyone registered for the Wellness Program activity classes. A current medical release is required for the first day of class. This medical release is considered valid one year from its issuance. Please note that you will not be permitted to participate without a medical release. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this.

The question is frequently raised whether a medical examination is advisable before commencing a training program. Certainly anyone who is doubtful about his state of health should consult a physician. In principle, however, there is less risk in activity than in continuous inactivity. In a nutshell, our opinion is that it is more advisable to pass a careful medical examination if one intends to be sedentary in order to establish whether one's state of health is good enough to stand the inactivity! (Astrand, Per-Olof and Kaare Rodahl. Textbook of Work Physiology. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1970, p. 608.)

Earn more than good health for your participation!

Need more incentive to participate in the Wellness Program and get fit? Earn points for attendance, and win special awards!

You can earn one point every time that you attend a Wellness Program activity class, brown bag lecture, or special event. Points can be accumulated throughout the year to be used toward attendance awards. The 2012 attendance cycle just concluded, but check back to see when the 2013-2014 awards cycle will begin!

Attendance Awards

  • 15 points: short-sleeved T-shirt
  • 20 points: tote bag
  • 25 points: wicked fabric Wellness shirts
  • 50 points: sweatshirt or polo shirt
  • 100 points: windbreaker

Want to participate? Have questions? Let us know!

Registration for Spring Semester 2014 Wellness Activity Classes is CLOSED.

Wellness Program
Frericks Center, Room 53
University of Dayton
200 College Park Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1210

Wellness Program Staff 

Image of Dr. LaubachDr. Lloyd L. Laubach 
Director, Wellness Program
Frericks Center, Room 40H
Kimberly Smith
Graduate Assistant, Wellness Program
Frericks Center, Room 53