This email is to invite you to participate in a Research Study titled The State of Health and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors in Big 10 Health Sciences Faculty and Students. The Study has been approved by the Ohio State University Institutional Review Board.


Purpose of this Study

The purpose of this study is to assess the health and healthy lifestyle behaviors of Big 10 health sciences faculty and students. The study will also compare healthy lifestyle behaviors and the health of Big 10 faculty and students across health sciences’ professions.

Your voluntary participation is requested. Your survey answers will be anonymous and voluntary. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. The consent form and survey are in the link below. Once you have carefully read the consent form, clicking “next” means you agree to participate in the research study and you will open the survey.

Contacts and Questions:

For questions, concerns, or complaints about the study, or you feel you have been harmed as a result of study participation, you may contact Dr. Jacqueline Hoying at

For questions about your rights as a participant in this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact the Office of Responsible Research Practices at 1-800-678-6251 or

Thank you for your consideration of this important research!

If you would like to participate, please follow this link:

Biometric Screenings Coming to the College of Pharmacy September 6

It is important that you Know Your Numbers.  By knowing your height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL, and blood sugar (either glucose or A1C) values, you can make changes to improve your health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses.   Completing a verified biometric screening is one of two requirements needed to earn premium credit.  Spouses on an OSU health plan are also eligible.  A verified biometric screening can be completed in one of three ways:

1.      On-Campus Screening Event

o   On September 6th,  the OSU Health Plan’s RN Health Promotion Specialist(s) will be in our department to complete complimentary biometric screenings*. These values will automatically load to your YP4H/Virgin Pulse account on the “Stats” page and you will receive credit for completing a 2019 verified biometric screening. See below for screening registration details.


2.      OSU or Central Ohio Primary Care (COPC) Provider Visit

Your values obtained during an annual exam with an OSU or Central Ohio Primary Care (COPC) provider are received by the OSU Health Plan (OSUHP).  Once all values are received (height, weight, blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL and a blood sugar value: glucose or A1c), OSUHP will provide verification to Virgin Pulse that you have completed a biometric screening.


3.      Non OSU or non COPC provider

If you see a provider outside of the OSU or COPC network, you may need to have your values submitted by your provider.  Please have your provider complete and submit a Provider Fax Form to the OSU Health Plan to verify that you have completed a biometric screening with him or her.


Screening Registration Details:

If you would like to register for the upcoming biometric health screening event in our department, follow the steps below:

1.      Visit and click the “Schedule a Screening” button in the middle of the page.

2.      Log in with your Ohio State name.# and password.

3.      Highlight “Biometric Health Screening” and find the “appointment code” box.

4.      In the “Appointment Code” box type in COP19   Do NOT copy and paste as this doesn’t always work to activate the code.

5.      Click “Find Appointments or Classes”- This will show only the appointments available for this screening event.

6.      Continue to schedule the appointment.  If you experience any difficulty, please contact Customer Service at 292-4700 with your Appointment Code.

Once you obtain your required health values complete the Personal Health & Well-being Assessment (PHA).  The PHA is an online self-evaluation of your overall wellness and only takes about 15 minutes to complete.  After completing the PHA, Virgin Pulse will offer specific programs to you and customize your YP4H experience based on your goals.  Visit and log in to Virgin Pulse to complete your PHA.

By annually completing the PHA and a verified biometric screening, enrolled employees can reduce the cost of their medical contributions by $20 per month or by $30 per month if they and their enrolled spouse both complete the PHA with verified biometrics. Click here for more information about rewards.

Please remember that participating in Your Plan for Health (YP4H) is completely voluntary. We understand that your health history is very personal — protecting your information and keeping it private is of utmost importance to us. While participating in YP4H, the personal information that you provide, whether online or in person, is only available to you and those whom you authorize to access it. Beyond the team at the OSU Health Plan, your nurse, health coach, or your own PCP, no other Ohio State personnel will see or have access to your results.

When your Verified Biometric Screening has been processed, it will be reflected as complete in your “REWARDS” tab with a green checkmark and date.  You need a complete PHA and verified biometric screening to earn Premium Credit.


When you see both green checkmarks you have earned your Premium Credit. Log in to Virgin Pulse and select “REWARDS” to view your status.

*If you believe all of your values have been obtained by your provider and it is not being reflected in your Virgin Pulse account, please contact the Ohio State Health Plan for assistance


**As a reminder, you are only eligible for one on campus screening per calendar year.   If you are unsure of when your last screening took place, please log in to and click on the “Biometric Health Data” tab to view your history.

Free stroke risk assessments

A stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Do you know your risk? May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Screenings will be offered every Wednesday in May 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Brain and Spine Hospital lobby, 300 W. 10th Ave. Screenings also at Bistro O-H! at University Hospital East, 181 Taylor Ave., May 23 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and the Martha Morehouse Pavilion lobby, 2050 Kenny Road May 16 and May 23 10 a.m.-2 p.m. No appointment necessary.

Take an online stroke risk assessment at the link below.

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Volunteers sought for the National Summit on Building Cultures of Well-being

Volunteers April 30 and May 1 for the National Summit on Building Cultures of Well-Being

We are looking for faculty, staff, and students interested in the topic of well-being to support our efforts as a volunteer at our National Summit for Building Healthy Academic Communities on April 30 and May 1. This would be a great opportunity to participate in a national interdisciplinary conference focused on well-being as it pertains to academic institutions.

Volunteer shifts are 3 hours in length and include training ahead of the event, free parking, meal during your shift(s), and the opportunity to attend the remainder of the day(s) that you volunteer.

Please share with your friends and colleagues, and consider signing up today!

Interested volunteers can sign up here:

If you have any questions, please and we’ll be back in touch!

Join the Hawaiian Islands Challenge!

Blood Drive in the College of Pharmacy

Blood Drive
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Room 104 Parks Hall
500 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Friday March 29 – 10 am – 4 pm
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: buckeyes.

2019 State of Health and Wellness address

The 2019 State of Health and Wellness address will be held March 28 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Ohio Union. Join university leadership including Bernadette Melnyk, chief wellness officer and vice president for health promotion, for lunch and updates on wellness across Ohio State. Or register to stream the address live online. In-person seating is limited.

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Adjust better to sleep during Daylight Savings

Adjust better to sleep during daylight savings

With the time change upon us, waking up can be more difficult. It is still dark out, so your body thinks it is time to sleep. Try going to bed 20 minutes earlier to help your circadian rhythm — your internal clock — adjust. Stick with your usual bedtime routine or create a relaxing one to help you wind down. It should take only a few days to adjust. This wellness tip brought to you by Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Melnyk.

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