Wellness Offerings

Valencia Wellness Programs on Summer Hiatus for Rebranding

wellness-reevaluated-groveA message from Mary Beth Clifton, Director, Total Rewards, Workforce Planning

After careful consideration, Valencia’s on-site exercise classes will take a hiatus this summer. While Valencia’s wellness program includes many great offerings, participation rates are actually very low across the College.

Our vision is to reevaluate and rebrand wellness at Valencia and offer a more holistic program that will encompass, not just our existing wellness scope, but a broader definition of employee well-being, including physical, emotional and financial wellness for our increasingly diverse workforce.

We are mindful of current employees utilizing the existing classes, and recently offered a two-week free trial membership  in The Juice to any of the 20 Central Florida YMCA locations. These types of options will be considered as a wellness alternative if they work well for employees whose schedules and work assignments preclude their participation in campus-based wellness activities. (The offer expired Friday, April 25, 2014). Also, don’t forget that Valencia’s on-site gyms are still available to you.

Please be assured that Valencia remains devoted to the health and wellbeing of its employees and their families and committed to providing and fostering an environment where employees can participate in a variety of activities that enrich both their personal and professional lives.

Thank you for your patience as we reevaluate and redesign our programs to ensure options that are inclusive, equitable and accessible.

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Youngman, manager of employee support, at lyoungman@valenciacollege.edu or extension 8116.

10 Comments

  • Guest said:

    While a free two-week membership to try out the Y is a nice offer, it is not a viable substitute for on-campus wellness offerings since, after those two weeks expire, we will have to pay a $50/month gym membership. Also, please keep in mind that some campuses (Osceola) do not have an on-site gym, so our only option is on-site wellness classes or to find independent wellness offerings. I wonder if HR plans to survey faculty for their input into the revamped Wellness offerings? It would seem to me that doing so would be a valuable step in the "rebranding" process.

    AMWed, 30 Apr 2014 09:08:28 +0000Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:08:28 +0000am14,9:08 am

  • Guest said:

    It's disappointing that the classes can't continue during the rebranding process. Those of us who participate in personal training, yoga, and zumba will miss those opportunities this summer. While I understand that studying the strategic direction of a program is a vital part of any sustainable program, it's difficult to see why the services need to stop during "rebranding." For many of us, the classes are part of our overall fitness routine, which we know increases productivity, overall wellness, and quality of work/life.

    AMWed, 30 Apr 2014 09:54:57 +0000Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:54:57 +0000am14,9:54 am

  • Guest said:

    Bring Zumba back!! Please!

    AMWed, 30 Apr 2014 11:12:30 +0000Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:12:30 +0000am14,11:12 am

  • Diane Orsini said:

    I'm not sure how you concluded that the participation was low: I personally had to sit out two semesters of personal training because the classes were full.

    This is just bad faith.

    AMWed, 14 May 2014 08:29:54 +0000Wed, 14 May 2014 08:29:54 +0000am14,8:29 am

  • Guess said:

    Yoga classes at West Campus were never low

    AMWed, 28 May 2014 09:30:54 +0000Wed, 28 May 2014 09:30:54 +0000am14,9:30 am

  • Guest said:

    Soooooooo . . . now that the summer is over is the hiatus over too?!? Please bring back the training classes! For those of us who dedicate our days to Valencia and our nights to our families, that was all we had. It has totally destroyed my fitness routine to not be able to attend those training classes during my work day each week.

    PMTue, 26 Aug 2014 17:37:56 +0000Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:37:56 +0000pm14,5:37 pm

  • Amy Bosley said:

    Hi Guest!
    Thanks for checking back in with us on the on-campus fitness and personal training. We will not have on-site fitness or personal training this fall. Our wellness program is comprised of a wide variety of programming of which personal training and on-site wellness classes were a component. These two pieces were costly to administer – both in terms of cost per user and staff costs to run these programs. I made the decision to reevaluate our program to ensure that we were spending our dollars in ways that impacted the highest number of individuals with the best results possible.

    I regret that this change has had a personal impact on your fitness routine. It's tough to make changes to these types of programs that are so personal and important to individuals. I didn't make the decision lightly – I understand how important personal fitness routines are – and I also want to ensure that all of our programs make the best use of our limited resources.

    As I mentioned earlier today in another response to a post in The Grove, we anticipate announcing a new offering in our wellness program in mid-fall that will provide broad access to physical wellness programs and activities for a wider range of interested employees. In the meantime, please keep in mind that eligible employees can use on-site fitness centers and register for credit fitness classes through the use of SPD funds.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me at x8255 or abosley@valenciacollege.edu of you have other questions or concerns.

    PMWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:49:48 +0000Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:49:48 +0000pm14,1:49 pm

  • Guest said:

    Please bring back the on-site wellness classes, especially yoga and zumba. As we begin this new academic year, the loss of these classes is terribly disappointing. I miss the health benefits, the energy, the shared enthusiasm among colleagues (some of whom I would never have even met had it not been for these classes), and the general state of well-being and happiness engendered by these programs. These classes were a win-win for Valencia, and many of us regret this void in our lives. Attending a class at the YMCA or working out alone in the fitness center are not adequate substitutes. If attendance seemed to be low, perhaps better communication, meaningful incentives, and creative "marketing" could have raised the numbers.

    AMTue, 02 Sep 2014 10:46:42 +0000Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:46:42 +0000am14,10:46 am

  • Joy said:

    I agree with Guest. I really miss the on-site fitness classes. I do not have a "Y" close to where I live. Having to battle rush hour traffic to even get to a "Y" is not going to happen. It was much easier to keep on track, with my fitness training, when I could leave work and just walk over to attend a Zumba or other fitness class. I enjoy working out to music and do not enjoy using equipment. Please bring the on-site classes back……

    AMWed, 10 Sep 2014 08:18:09 +0000Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:18:09 +0000am14,8:18 am

  • Lynda Wilson said:

    What we used to have was free classes. Now we have to pay, and drive somewhere! The yoga classes were so helpful. I always slept better at night afterwards. If the reminders for yoga and zumba could go out over email, the classes would all be full! This is quite a let-down.

    PMThu, 11 Sep 2014 19:15:18 +0000Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:15:18 +0000pm14,7:15 pm

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