CommonHealth and Wellness

Interested in wellness? Want to participate in university wellness programming? Volunteer to represent your department as a wellness ambassador. Contact Cindi Phares at or call 804-828-1521 to learn how to become a wellness ambassador.


Wellness resources

Work Well Newsletter
VCU Recreational Sports and HR have collaborated on Work Well, a quarterly employee wellness newsletter to encourage employees toward living a healthy lifestyle. It will be sent by e-mail three times a year to those who subscribe. Subscribe to the newsletter here.

Tap Into the Power of Mindfulness with the VCU Artfulness Initiative
Mindfulness can be described as a mental state achieved through nonjudgmental awareness and acknowledgment of thoughts and physical/feelings in the present. VCU faculty and staff experience pressures at work, from family responsibilities or from financial stress. Seeking mindfulness through therapeutic arts practices and paradigms has the potential to maximize health benefits. Check out free online sessions that pair mindfulness teachings with art activities.

Having a Baby?  Have a long-term condition?  Want to stop smoking?
VCU employees have many opportunities to stay healthy on and off the job. Learn more about the benefits through Active Health available to employees with state health insurance including Healthy Beginnings (if you are expecting a baby), Healthy Insights (if you have a long-term condition) Healthy Lifestyles (if you care about your health) and Incentive Programs for some long-term health conditions where needed drugs or supplies may be provided at no cost.

Outdoor walking routes (Monroe Park Campus)

Hollywood Cemetery (2.5 miles)
Start at Linden and Cary Street, head east on Cary Street. 2 blocks to Laurel St.  Turn right and follow to Albermarle Street, and turn right.  Turn left onto Cherry St. and enter Hollywood Cemetery, on right, follow the main road, Eastvale Avenue and continue to Midvale, bear right and follow to Waterview. Take a left on Waterview and follow along the river bank. Take a left on Lee Avenue, take a right onto Midvale and follow out of cemetery, take a right onto Albemarle, take a left onto Laurel St., and take a left onto Cary St. back to Linden.  

Fan Walk (3.0 miles)
Start at the corner of Franklin and Belvidere.  Travel west on Franklin to Stuart Circle (Franklin will turn into Monument Ave.). (.5 miles) Continue on Monument Ave. to the Boulevard (1.5 miles).  Turn around and walk back to Belvidere. 

Outdoor walking routes (MCV Campus)

Capital Walk (1.25 miles)
Start at 11th and Clay St., follow 11th St to Broad St.  Take a left on Broad St. to Governor St.; take a right on Governor and follow to Bank St. Take a right onto Bank St. to 9th St. Take a right on 9th St., cross over Broad St. and follow to Leigh St. Take a right on Leigh St. and right on 11th St., back to Clay St. 

Franklin Street Walk (2.0 miles)
Start at 11th and Clay St., follow 11th St. 1 block and take a right onto Marshall St., follow 2 blocks and take a left on 9th St., follow 9th St. to Franklin. Take a right on Franklin and follow Franklin to N. Adams St. (10 blocks).  Take a right onto N. Adams St., go 3 blocks to Marshall St., take a right on Marshall and follow to 11th St., turn left on 11th St. back to Clay St.

Tredegar Street Walk (3 miles)
Start at 11th and Clay St., follow 11th St. to Broad St.  Take a left on Broad St. to Governor St., take a right on Governor and follow to Bank St. Take a right onto Bank St. to 9th St. Take a left onto 9th St. and follow to Cary St. Take a right on Cary St., follow to 5th St., take a left on 5th St. and head down the hill to Tredegar St., take a right on Tredegar and follow until you are under the Lee Bridge. Turn around and head back down Tredegar and take a left on 5th St.  Follow 5th St. all the way to Marshall St. Take a right on Marshall St. and follow back to 11th St., take a left on 11th St. and end at Clay St.


CommonHealth is administered by the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM). This initiative provides health and wellness programs to state employees, including VCU faculty and staff and their covered family members over the age of 18 living in their homes. Wage employees and retirees are also eligible for participation.

Programs cover a wide range of health and wellness subjects and are presented in a variety of formats - including onsite programs and video presentations - that make it easy to participate. The programs are educational and fun, and they help employees stay fit and healthy. Employees do not need to be enrolled in the state health benefits program to participate in CommonHealth programs and services.

Current CommonHealth Program

Put Your Best Food Forward

Our poor, overworked feet. In a single day, the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps. That works out to be 4 trips around the world over a lifetime. In addition, we mistreat them terribly – standing on them for hours; walking on hard, unyielding surfaces; and stuffing them into shoes that may be fashionable, but are often far from comfortable. It’s no wonder that 3 out of 4 adults eventually suffer from foot problems. Visit the CommonHealth site to find out how you can take care of your feet so you can put your Best Foot Forward!