Benefits and Wellness Fair returns to Rec Center

rec-15019_wellnessfair_axis-tv-graphicsThe entire campus community is invited to this year’s Benefits and Wellness Fair, hosted at the Rec Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 2.

“The Benefits and Wellness Fair has been going on for a long time,” Stephanie Willis, coordinator for wellness at the Rec Center, said. “It marks the start of open enrollment for employees, so it’s the one time of year that employees have a window where they can make changes to any of their benefits, like health insurance and retirement.”

Willis explained that each of Oakland University’s benefit providers will be in attendance, allowing employees an opportunity to speak one-on-one, ask question and get information from the provider’s representatives.

“Students also benefit from having our providers there because they might be on their parent’s insurance, so if they have questions about where their health insurance is accepted, they’re able to ask if our providers happen to be their carrier too,” Willis added.

Approximately 35 local businesses and organizations that offer wellness programs and services based on developing individual health and well-being will also be in attendance, including Trader Joe’s, as well as chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture and stress management groups.

Willis said there will be “something for everybody,” and although there will be less vendors than in year’s past, it gives faculty, staff and students interested in changing something in their lifestyle or gaining information an opportunity to speak with a variety of businesses and organizations.

The fair will take place in the main concourse area of the Rec Center from the Fitness Loft into Studio 919. There is no fee to attend and no pre-registration is required, but participants will have to register on-site just so overall attendance can be recorded.

Willis described the fair as a “one stop shop” where members of the campus community are able to get a wide range of information in one place.

“I’m really excited, I think it’s going to be a great turn out,” Willis said.

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