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Ohio State Recognized by Heart Association as Fit-Friendly Worksite

Ohio State has been recognized as a Platinum-Level 2015 Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association (AHA) for helping employees eat better and move more.

An American Heart Association Platinum-Level Fit Friendly Workplace. This workplace has been recognized by the American Heart Association for meeting criteria for employee wellness.

“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Ohio State. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said AJ Douglass, senior vice president of talent, culture and human resources. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.”

Ohio State achieved this recognition for its wellness culture. For example, the university houses a variety of indoor fitness facilities, promotes free on-campus biometric screenings and offers the YP4H incentive points program, and 97 percent of benefits-enrolled faculty and staff complete an annual personal health assessment through the website.

The university earned the gold-level designation in 2010 and 2011. Since 2012, the university has earned platinum-level recognition.

AHA’s Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it’s helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on the workplace, visit

2015 Benefits Reminders and Updates

The Ohio State University is pleased to provide access to affordable, high-quality health care benefits. In order to get the most from the benefits you elected for 2015, please review the following reminders and updates.

Annual preventive care is an important part of maintaining good health

Ohio State medical, dental and vision plans offer preventive care covered at 100 percent when receiving care in-network. For more information about your health benefits, visit

Weight Watchers benefit is back and better than ever

Ohio State faculty and staff medical plans cover 50 percent of the Weight Watchers monthly program fee. As of March 1, coverage includes Weight Watchers online. For more information, visit

2015 YP4H Incentive Program

The sooner you complete your biometric screening and PHA, the sooner you can begin earning rewards and connect to valuable healthy lifestyle resources. Earn a medical plan premium credit, plan choice and up to $125 in gift cards by participating in the YP4H program. For more information, visit

Coverage for Over-the-Counter (OTC) Nexium 24HR

Nexium® 24HR is medication for the treatment of frequent heartburn. Beginning March 1, your pharmacy plan covers Nexium® 24HR with a $5 retail or $15 home delivery copayment. In order to obtain this over-the-counter benefit, have your physician write a prescription for Nexium® 24HR and send it to Express Scripts Home Delivery for a 90-day supply or take it to the pharmacy counter of your network retail pharmacy for a 30-day supply. For more details, contact the OSU Health Plan at 614-292-4700.

Faculty and Staff Benefits

The Ohio State University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs, and more
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – contribute through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis for health care and/or dependent care
  • Retirement – while employed at Ohio State, your retirement contributions must be invested with one of the state retirement plans
  • Life Insurance – a variety of options are available to protect faculty and staff, and their dependents
  • Education – Ohio State offers tuition assistance for eligible faculty and staff and their dependents
  • Disability – Integrated Absence Management and Vocational Services, long-term disability, short-term disability, workers' compensation, and more


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