You may never have thought about your total well-being as standing on four pillars, but it does. And all those facets of your life—physical, emotional, social, and financial—have to be as strong as possible to support you.
In this quarter of 2023—July through September—JHU Healthy at Hopkins is focusing on the physical aspects of well-being. The new offerings and existing programs highlighted below can help you on your physical fitness journey.
Remember the Future of Work survey that you took in the fall? One of the most-requested well-being enhancements for being in the office was more on-site fitness classes. And now they're back in a new way: Classes can come to you.
Department coordinators can request eight-week fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, and core strengthening. Requests for the 30- to 60-minute classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and depend on instructor availability. A minimum of 10 participants is required, and departments may open the class to others at their site if space allows.
To get started, go to the Benefits & Worklife Departmental Workshops and Webinars webpage, click on On-Site Fitness 8-Week Series, request a class, and reserve an on-site space large enough to host your group.
Other physical well-being offerings
Burnalong. The virtual well-being platform offers JHU employees thousands of free classes that can be taken from anywhere, and up to four of your family members or friends are eligible to take them, too. In alignment with this quarter's theme, Burnalong has curated a physical well-being playlist just for JHU.
WW. If weight management and improved nutrition are on your to-do list, remember that Johns Hopkins has a partnership with WeightWatchers that gives you discounted prices (as low as $9.75 a month) to help you reach your goals.
On-site gyms. Depending on where you work or live, you may be near a Johns Hopkins facility that has all the equipment and top-notch instructors you could want.
In East Baltimore, you have access to the Denton A. Cooley Center and 9th Floor Fitness, as well as the JHMI Outdoor Pool. You can work out on your own or take classes as varied as Circuit Training, Bags & Ropes, and Baby Bump Boomer Boogie. Virtual classes are offered, too. You can pay for gym membership directly or through payroll deduction; pool membership is separate.
On the Homewood campus, membership at the Ralph S. O'Conner Center for Recreation and Well-Being includes access to the fitness center, weight room, climbing wall, pool, basketball courts, and more; fees for personal training, swim lessons, and other services are additional. You can pay with a major credit card or through payroll deduction.
Staff at Johns Hopkins at Keswick can use the facility's free, newly revamped exercise room.
Discounts at off-site gyms. Your free access to the members-only LifeMart platform gives you discounts at a number of fitness facilities—and for fitness gear and virtual classes, too.
And don't forget that prevention is vital to achieving optimal physical health. The Work Stride: Cancer Prevention, Navigation, and Support program is always available to all employees as a resource for cancer screening tools and prevention. In honor of UV Safety month, Work Stride will present a Sun & Skin Cancer Awareness webinar at noon on July 20. And you can learn more about skin cancer here.
For more information on the many benefits and resources available to support you holistically in your wellness journey, visit the JHU Healthy at Hopkins website. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.