Week of Wellness (WoW) is a local celebration of health and well-being resources available to University of Iowa Faculty and Staff.

In alignment with the liveWELL mission – to inspire a culture of well-being and campus excellence, providing employees with the opportunity to thrive – our “Week of Wellness” is a local outreach and engagement program for our UI staff to learn about their wellness benefits, attend well-being presentations (virtually and in-person, as conditions allow), participate in challenges, and socially connect with colleagues to discuss well-being topics. The Week of Wellness helps develop a sense of camaraderie and connection within your organization and helps to build our culture of well-being.

Programming for the Week of Wellness is a collaboration with liveWELL and the local organization wellness team  (HR representatives and  Wellness Ambassadors.) Those who attend or participate, and have completed their PHA, are eligible for prize drawings throughout their Week of Wellness.  Week of Wellness events and program options include:

  • Presentations on mindfulness, resilience, stress management, ergonomics, and financial wellness
  • Social connection time, “coffee klatches”, discussing well-being topics physical activity and healthy meal planning
  • Physical activity opportunities – with a Yoga at your Desk class and Laughter Yoga
  • Fun challenges - Healthy Recipe Challenge, Physical Activity Challenge, Purpose Challenge
  • A  “Test Your Knowledge” quiz about liveWELL benefits. 


2020 Office of VP of Research and State Hygienic Lab Week of Wellness

“December’s Week of Wellness offered a daily bright spot and an opportunity to connect with others within the OVPR-SHL orgs; some that we already knew and others new to us. The various events were chosen by a survey of org colleagues and included healthy idea options for physical activity, eating well, and a glimpse into the activities that make life meaningful for our colleagues. It was wrapped up at the end of the week with a laughter yoga session. A great activity for us all!” -Cheryl Ridgeway, Research Support Coordinator, OVPR

2020 College of Nursing Virtual Week of Wellness

Physical Activity Challenge Entry

"Biking to work is a win-win situation. It provides physical activity for me as well as helping the environment. We are fortunate to live in a community that provides bicycle lanes for rider safety." -Scott Miller

Ready for a Week of Wellness?

To find out more about your organization’s plans for a Week of Wellness please contact your HR Representative, livewell@uiowa.edu, or your area Wellness Ambassador.  If your area does not have a Wellness Ambassador, please consider volunteering in this fulfilling role.