Join COP Wellness for Upcoming Winter Hikes!

The College of Pharmacy Wellness Team will once again be facilitating group hikes in conjunction with Franklin County Metro Parks events. Our first hike will be this Saturday, and we hope you will join us!

Weather – please refer to the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks website and social media to check on the status of hikes due to inclement weather. If it is not canceled, always do what is best for you and your personal safety.
Metro Parks Winter Hike 
Saturday, January 19, 2019
10 am (meet at 9:30 at Panera)
Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 400 W Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215
1 or 2 miles
Meeting spot – We will meet at Panera, 684 S High St, Columbus, OH 43206 at 9:30 a.m. and carpool over.
Join colleagues as we meet up at the Metro Park’s Winter Hikes for 2019! Food and hot drink is served after every hike. Led by Maggie Sturm and Anna Felmer.
Leashed pets are welcome to walk with you at this hike.

Metro Parks Winter Hike 
Sunday, January 27, 2019
2 pm (Meet at 1:30 at Huber Village Park)
Inniswood Metro Park, 940 S Hempstead Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
2 miles
Meeting spot – We will meet at Huber Village Park, Huber Village Park, Westerville, OH 43081, at 1:30 pm and carpool over to the park.
Join colleagues as we meet up at the Metro Park’s Winter Hikes for 2019! Food and hot drink is served after every hike. Led by Liz Trolli.
No pets.

Metro Parks Winter Hike 
Saturday, February 9, 2019
10 am (meet at 9:30 at Panera)
Highbanks Metro Park, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035
2.5 or 5 miles
Meeting spot – We will meet at Panera, 8823 Owenfield Dr, Powell, OH 43065, at 9:30 a.m. and carpool over.
Join colleagues as we meet up at the Metro Park’s Winter Hikes for 2019! Food and hot drink is served after every hike. Led by Joy Scott.
No pets.

January Foodie Friday – Black Eyed Peas

This month’s Foodie Friday was black eyed peas. Long believed to bring good luck when eaten in the new year, these legumes are also healthy! They are full of great nutrients like magnesium, calcium, and iron and are a great source for fiber. Additionally, black eyed peas are really inexpensive and can go in just about any kind of dish.

Did you enjoy Foodie Friday? Check out the recipe below! This is great on its own or could be great on tacos or as a salsa for chips.

Black Eyed Peas Salad


  • 2 cans of black eyed peas, drained
  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 of a medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced (you can use pickled if out of season)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 4 Tbs lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado, diced


  1. combine the first ten ingredients and mix well.
  2. Dice the avocado and gently fold into the mixture
  3. Chill at least 30 minutes

Safety Reminders from the CBO

Theft Prevention

The most frequent campus crime is theft. It’s very important for faculty and staff to lock their office doors, even if you are just “going down the hall for a second”. We continually see thefts from offices and labs where doors were left open, or even shut but not locked. Please make sure to help the college protect its and your valuable assets. For those with ground level windows, please make sure they are closed and locked when you are not in your office or lab. Please make sure to contact the college Dean’s Office immediately upon any theft. Also, please remember if you see something suspicious, say something! University Police non-emergency contact is 614-292-2121 and please also contact the Dean’s Office.

Personal Safety Tips

  • Do not leave tempting valuables visible inside of your parked car.
  • Record serial numbers and descriptions of valuable property.
  • Do not put your address or attach your BuckID to your key ring.
  • Always lock your car.
  • Use well-lighted pathways at night.
  • Request a Safe Ride if you need safe transportation across campus at night.  For more information –
  • Sign up for Buckeye Alerts if you are not receiving them –

Join the New Years Make It or Break It healthy lifestyle behavior pilot program

Participate in the Buckeye Wellness New Year’s Make It or Break It healthy behavior pilot intervention. This eight week program will include weekly text and email messages designed to help you improve your levels of physical activity, healthy eating and mental well-being. The program beings January 22. If you are interested in participating and are ready for a healthier lifestyle, visit

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

The beginning of the year is a great time to hit a “reset” button, but it can also be overwhelming. Here are some tips to start 2019 off right:

  1. 4 Ways to be Happier in 2019 (NY Times)
  2. How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick (American Psychological Association)
  3. 6 science-backed tips to stay happy all season (The Today Show)
  4. Tips for Making Resolutions Work (MD Linx)

No matter your goal, you can do it! Have ideas you’d like to see? Let us know by emailing

We have lots of great events coming up in the next few weeks like Metro Park Winter Hikes, Foodie Friday, Chair Massages, and Yoga. Check out the Upcoming Events Page!

Your College of Pharmacy Wellness Team

Seasons of Grief: Adult Support Group

Designed for adults who are dealing with the loss of a loved one to cancer, other chronic illnesses or natural causes, the four-week support group provides members with the opportunity to connect with others who are grieving and learn healthy responses to various aspects of grief. Group members receive a free book on grief for grief education and self-reflection activities. This group is designed for adults experiencing loss between three and 13 months earlier.

Program dates: Wednesdays (1/19), (1/23), (2/13) and (2/27). Attendance is expected at all sessions.


Updates from HR

OSU Health Plan discontinues NurseLine

Effective January 1, 2019, the OSU Health Plan will no longer offer the services of a 24/7 NurseLine. Faculty and staff members of OSU Health Plan should direct medical-related questions to their Primary Care Physician’s office (or after-hours line). For urgent matters, faculty and staff should seek care at a local convenient care or urgent care facility. On-campus care also is available at University Health Connection 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the OSU Health Plan website.

Reminder about Dependent Care FSA

Employees who made an election to participate in a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for the 2019 plan year will receive an email this week clarifying what a Dependent Care FSA is and how it can be used. It is the final opportunity for employees to make a change, if needed, before the IRS deadline of December 31, 2018. Each year, a small number of employees mistakenly elect a Dependent Care FSA expecting reimbursement for health care expenses. A Dependent Care FSA cannot be used to pay for a dependent’s health care expenses. A Dependent Care FSA is used to pay for child care, adult day care or similar expenses. Please contact HR Customer Service,, by Monday, December 31, 2018, if you did not intend to sign up for a Dependent Care FSA.

FREE faculty and staff access to RPAC December 16-22

Student Life Recreational Sports is offering FREE access to all Rec Sports facilities December 16-22, for all university faculty and staff!

To activate your pass, please visit our membership portal at

Login with your lastname.# and associated password by clicking the red “Sign In With OSU Name.#” box on the login screen.

Once logged in, click on the Memberships button from the home screen and add the Faculty/Staff Free Week membership to your cart for $0.

You will receive an e-mail summary and your Buck ID will be active to swipe into all of Rec Sports’ facilities during Free Week.

You can also stop by the RPAC Welcome Center where the staff can activate your card for Free Week.

If you have issues logging into your account please e-mail

Dealing with Holiday Stress

Holiday Stress
Friday, December 7, 2018
10:30-11 am (directly after the staff meeting)
250 Parks Hall

Join Lisa Borelli, a Licensed Independent Social Worker from the Ohio State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), for a session on dealing with holiday stress, some tips to practice mindfulness, and information on the EAP program.