Physical wellness is more than the absence of illness.

It is about maintaining a healthy and thriving lifestyle. Adopting healthy sleep habits, getting routine medical exams and immunizations, maintaining a balanced diet, and exercising regularly are a few examples of how to live a healthy life. Physical wellness also means avoiding risky behaviors like smoking and drugs. VCU offers a variety of physical wellness resources to help you make good choices and find healthy activities that fit your life and level of mobility.


CommonHealth is administered by the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management to provide health and wellness programs to state employees and their covered family members as well as wage employees and retirees. Programs are presented in a variety of formats to make it easy to participate. 

VCU Recreational Sports
As a member of the Recreational Sports program, faculty and staff enjoy quality fitness spaces and excellent programs at very reasonable rates. Faculty and staff who have never had a Rec Sports membership are eligible for a one-month trial membership. Daily self- sponsorship is also available. Rec Sports and HR have collaborated on a Work Well quarterly employee newsletter that will be sent by e-mail three times a year. To subscribe, click here.

Fitness discounts for VCU employees
For area fitness discounts, check out the employee discount codes or state employee fitness discounts.

Active Health
VCU employees with state health insurance are eligible to participate in programs including Healthy Beginnings (if you are expecting a baby), Healthy Insights (if you have a long-term condition), and Health Lifestyles (if you are invested in your health). Incentive Programs for some long-term health conditions where needed drugs or supplies may be provided at no cost. Click here for more information.

Walking on campus
Walking briskly has many physical benefits. Outdoor walking routes are available for both the Monroe Park and MCV Campus. Check them out here and take a walk at lunch! 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best actions you can take to stay healthy. With that in mind, COVA Care, COVA Connect and COVA HDHP health plans provide free flu shots (covered by the prescription drug benefit of your health plan). Click here for the dates of the on-campus immunization clinics.

Women's wellness series
VCU's Massey Cancer Center offers a Women and Wellness Forum Series that includes hands-on outreach experiences, professional advocacy, and other regular events. 

Weight Watchers
VCU offers on-campus Weight Watchers meetings weekly with special pricing for employees.

Helpful tips for physical wellness:

  • Attend a group exercise class

  • Take a walk during your lunch break

  • Go to the gym at least three days/week for two weeks

  • Attend a VCU work/life event

  • Bike 20 minutes two days/week for two weeks