Wellness is a way of living that nurtures your overall well-being to enhance your quality of life. WellWT is West Texas A&M University's official employee wellness program designed to encourage employees to live healthier lifestyles, to support a healthy workplace, and to create a culture of wellness on campus.


Upcoming events:

1. Walk Across Texas! Begins October 7th!

Get your team together and email to get set up!

2. Financial Lunch and Learn November 7th from 12:30-1:15 Room TBD

Please RSVP by September 25th to

Recurring events during the Fall 2019 Semester:

1. Check out our campus walking map, mapped out with distances to help you reach your walking goals.

2. Monthly on-campus massage -**FREE FOR FACULTY & STAFF, Starting in September!

3. Self-Defense Classes for Female Faculty and Staff: Starting September 27th with Master Tammy Stamps. This is the Intermediate Self-Defense Course; Limited to 10 women. Email Master Stamps for more information. Waiver Required.

4. Pilates Classes offered each Wednesday from 12:30-1:15PM with Dr. Trisha Brown. Prior signup requested. No VHAC Membership required. Waiver Required

5. Zumba Classes offered each Thursday from 4:30-5:30PM with Carmella Nodine in the Mirror Room at the VHAC. No VHAC Membership required. Waiver Required.

6. Airrosti On-site evaluations! Each quarter we will welcome Airrosti to campus for a lunch and learn and on-site injury evaluations. We are currently working with Airrosti to establish an onsite clinic. Stay tuned for more details to come.

7. Did you know that Fitbit offers a discount to all TAMUS employees? Eligible employees may purchase up to two discounted fitness trackers using our customized storefront found at input your UIN number, and receive discounts on up to 2 Fitbit devices until July 1, 2020!Purchases made through the discount storefront include 45-day money back guarantee, 1 year limited warranty, and FREE SHIPPING (5-7 business days)!

Please let us know if there is anything else you would like to see!

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

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On Campus Services

  1. Wellness Release Time (only for non-faculty)

Procedure Statement

The West Texas A&M University Wellness Release Time program is designed to enhance the well-being of employees. It is a voluntary program consisting of university-sponsored wellness activities and wellness education opportunities during the workday.

The objective of the Wellness Program is to provide a supportive environment that encourages employees to adopt healthy behaviors and positive lifestyle changes, improve job performance, increase work satisfaction, and reduce health care/insurance costs.

Reason for Procedure

This procedure outlines the parameters of the Wellness Release Time program and describes the application and monitoring process.

Procedures and Responsibilities

  1. General

1.1 The Wellness Release Time program provides full-time, benefits-eligible employees 30 minutes during normal work hours up to three (3) times a week of release time for participation in wellness activities at WTAMU. If possible, this time should coordinate with employee's arrival time, lunch time, or end-of-workday.

1.2 Employees participating in the Wellness Release Time program should have had a physician physical within the past 12 months.

1.3 Wellness Release Time is paid time which does not have to be made up, cannot be accrued, and does not need to be documented on timesheets.

1.4 Each academic year of participation, employees must secure approval from their immediate supervisor and their respective Dean/department head prior to using Wellness Release Time. This form must be completed and sent to Human Resources/ Nancy Hampton every year.

1.5 Immediate supervisors and Deans/department heads are expected to make reasonable efforts to accommodate requests for participation in the Wellness Release Time program. Participation may be disapproved for cause if the operation of the department will be negatively impacted by the absence. If an application is denied, the supervisor or Dean/department head must indicate the reason(s) for denial.

1.6 The supervisor is responsible for monitoring compliance with the release time program procedure and may request verification of hours from employee where available. If the approved request results in a modified work schedule, compliance with Flexible Work Arrangements for Non-Faculty Employees is required.

1.7 Abuse of the privilege to participate in the Wellness Release Time program will subject the employee to revocation of the privilege and/or disciplinary action.

2. Self Defense for Faculty and Staff--WOMEN ONLY

Off Campus Services

  1. Employee Assistance Program for multiple areas: general employee assistance (ComPsych)- for employees needing to address areas of mental health issues, health and wellness navigation, behavioral health programs, general work-life issues, organizational support, and phone counseling is provided by this outsource.

    FREE for employees

    For more information contact:

  2. Naturally Slim weight loss program:

Why Naturally Slim?

Naturally Slim, offered by ACAP Health, in addition to a partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, is unique in that it submits claims for program participation to our health plan. These claims are coded as preventive obesity counseling and are covered at 100% per ACA guidelines for preventive care. The plan pays only for those classes the member actually completes. In addition to impressive biometric improvements, they also show excellent long-term results (over 77% of participants retain the weight loss).

Who can participate?

Eligible members are employees and retirees covered on the A&M Care, J Plan or 65+ Plan. In the first pilot phase, participation will be limited to the primary policy holder (employee or retiree). After evaluation, we will consider expanding to other eligible dependents.

In order to qualify, a member must have some risk factors related to Metabolic Syndrome. For the purposes of our pilot, this is normally means BMI over 30 or BMI over 25 plus an additional risk factor. This information is collected through a Naturally Slim application process.

How does it work?

After being accepted into the program, participants watch a series of weekly videos through an internet browser instructing them on the Naturally Slim program principles. This includes 10 weekly sessions in the main program, 7 sessions that serve as post-program reinforcement, and 6 additional maintenance sessions. Videos must be watched in order and are available for a limited amount of time.

What's the implementation plan?

We are rolling this out in groups with four different start dates this coming spring. This is being done to better regulate the numbers in any particular group. While any group will be open to any TAMUS employee/retiree, we will market to particular groups on a rolling basis. Marketing communications will come directly from Naturally Slim.

Tell me more about Naturally Slim.

Short video introducing the newest version of Naturally Slim

WTAMU Dates:

Apply- Jan 15-26, 2018
Enrollment period: March 27- April 7, 2018
Acceptance notification: April 14, 2018
Program starts: April 24, 2018
(Spouses can participate, too, if they are enrolled in the A&M Care plan).

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  1. 2nd MD- 2nd MD offers direct access to the world's best doctors via video or phone, delivering expert 2ndopinions within just 3 days. 2nd.MD's revolutionary services provide members with resources to make better decisions and gain peace of mind. When facing a new diagnosis, possible surgery, or change in medication, access to specialists from top institutions, such as Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General, and Johns Hopkins, can make a world of difference in discovering the best possible treatment options. 2nd.MD delivers a concierge level of care from expert recommendations, records retrieval and consultation coordination to detailed expert notes and follow-up. 70% of expert second opinions lead to a change in treatment plan, resulting in the cancellation in 1 out of 9 surgical procedures. Who can use this new service?2nd.MD is available to eligible members, including all employees, retirees and their covered dependents enrolled in the A&M Care, J Plan and 65+ Plans.

    Do the A&M Care plans require a second opinion?

    No, the A&M Care plans do not require a second opinion. Use of 2nd MD is completely optional and there is no cost to members.
  2. - Well on Target- a resource consisting of online tools and information to help you make informed health care decisions. From the Well on Target home page, you can:
    • Take a Health Assessment and receive $50 credit toward your annual deductible
    • Ask a Nurse Trainer, Dietitian, of Life Coach: Members can interact online with a Blue Care Advisor on non-emergency, health-related questions or send questions about fitness, nutrition, or managing stress
    • Use the Interactive Symptom Checker
    • Explore topics in the Health Information and Care Center
    • Access Member Care Profile
    • Read the latest health news, search for specific health topics or explore the prescription drug index

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**NEW - Apple Health integration

Members who have an Apple® device can now link Apple Health to the Well onTarget mobile app to track activity. A one-time pop-up notification of the Apple Health integration appears for members upon logging in to the Well onTarget portal. This feature is also being promoted in the member dashboard announcement section of the Well onTarget member portal. Members can learn how to sync devices, read FAQs and watch a video.

· Members can connect Apple Health with the AlwaysOn® mobile app and sync new devices including the Apple Watch®, iPhone® 5S or later (those with a built-in pedometer) and Runtastic.

· The Apple Health app requires iOS 8 or later.

· Members receive Blue PointsSM for connecting Apple Health. They will earn daily points for tracking activity.

5. Annual Wellness Exams - avoid an addition to health premium cost by getting an annual wellness exam. The results are protected under federal HIPAA regulations and may help your medical provider in diagnosing and treating health conditions that may become serious or acute if left untreated.

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6. Blue365®- Blue365® is a discount program included in Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance plans to help medical members live healthier lifestyles. Members can save money on health and wellness products and services that are not usually covered by their medical insurance. In fact, HCSC members saved more than $6.8 million in discount offers in 2015.*

Once a member registers on the Blue365 website, they'll start receiving weekly "Featured Deals" - offers available for a short period of time.

In addition, Blue365 has a range of ongoing deals from top national and local retailers including:

· Reebok and SKECHERS®

· Snap Fitness®

· Jenny Craig®, Seattle Sutton's® and Nutrisystem®

· Davis VisionSM

· Dental SolutionsSM

· TruHearing® and BeltoneTM

· WellnessCodes, which offers a collection of health and wellness products such as fitness devices, healthy mom and baby products, and many more

Members can register and see additional Blue365 discounts by going to their state-specific Blue365 website:

Be sure to also earn shopping reward points for your physical activity by syncing your tracking device to your BCBS WellOnTarget at Points redeemable for apple electronics, sporting goods, Fitbits, and more!