Flu Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that are predicted to cause the most illness during the flu season.

Better Me holds flu clinics annually, and the vaccines are administered by a Wegmans pharmacist.  Participation in these clinics is voluntary.  Flu vaccinations are available FREE OF CHARGE to all regular full time and extended part-time faculty and staff. 

2015 Flu Clinic Dates:

9/29/15   1:00pm - 4:00pm Student Alumni Union Fireside Lounge
9/30/15 1:00pm - 4:00pm Facilities Management (99) 1260
10/1/15 1:00pm - 4:00pm Student Alumni Union Fireside Lounge
Wellness Checks

Annually, RIT will host health screenings on campus to help employees “know their numbers”, and get engaged in healthy lifestyle activities.

The health screening includes a brief health questionnaire, blood draw, and blood pressure check.  Typically, faculty and staff earn a monetary incentive just for participating. Results include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Blood glucose

Health screenings take place in November, please see below for specific dates and locations. Appointments start as early as 7:00 am.  Participants are expected to fast (no food or non-water beverages for 12 hours before your appointment).





7:00am – 12:00pm

Global Village 2290


7:00am – 12:00pm

SAU 1829


7:00am – 12:00pm

Student Dev. Center 55-1300


7:00am – 12:00pm

Campus Center 2610/2650


7:00am – 12:00pm

FMS 99-1260


7:00am – 12:00pm

Fireside Lounge


7:00am – 12:00pm

Fireside Lounge


7:00am – 12:00pm

Fireside Lounge


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Every year Better Me Wellness helps organize an RIT team for the American Cancer Societies Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. If you are interested in joining the team or would like more information, please contact Keith O'Connor at

Better Me Wellness is organizing a drawing for faculty/ staff/ alumni/ students/ family members that register for the RIT Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team (Tiger Strides 2015) before 10:00am on Sunday October 18 (the official date and start time of the event).  Prizes include RIT men’s and women’s hockey tickets, and pink t-shirts.  The drawing will take place on Monday October 19 at 3:00pm.  The names and emails for qualified drawing participants will be acquired from the ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ website on the ‘Tiger Strides 2015’ team roster (validating registration).  Drawing participants do not need to participate in the walk to be eligible for a prize.  Each drawing participant can only win one prize and can’t exchange his or her prize for a chance at a different prize.  Winners will be notified via email on Tuesday October 20.  Winners can pick up prizes at the Better Me office located on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology (1 Lomb Memorial Dr) in Building 400 | Room 2290.  Winners have until Friday December 11 to pick up prizes.​

Participants will be associated with a number (from 1 to ‘# of total registrants’) based the alphabetical order of his/ her last name.  A random number generator online will determine the winner of each prize (  Repeat numbers will be re-generated. 

Hockey tickets can’t be exchanged for future games. 

Cooking Classes

Better Me, in collaboration with Dining Services, offers healthy cooking classes that focus on teaching you how to prepare easy and delicious meals and snacks.   These meals focus on using vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, fish, dairy, protein and beneficial fats.  During these classes we share tips for saving time and cutting costs while having fun making tasty, healthy food that you and your family will love!

All classes are cooking demonstrations with a tasting of each recipe.  Classes are limited and pre-registration is required.

The Good Food Collective – Fall Share Program, Oct. 5, 2015 - Nov. 26, 2015

The Good Food Collective is a seasonal food share program that provides individuals and families with access to the area’s best local, sustainable, fruits and vegetables. The Good Food Collective connects RIT faculty and staff to dozens of local organic farms in the Western New York Region.  

What’s a pre-boxed food share?  "A collection of delicious, local, sustainable foods distributed on a weekly basis to you."  Each week the shares will be delivered to the Global Village Wellness Center on Wednesday afternoons around 3 PM.  Employees have until 6:00 PM to pick up their produce. For any questions, please call The Good Food Collective directly at 315- 524-3570.  Don't delay - get your good food today!

To order visit The Good Food Collective website, select your share type(s), size, and get in on the GOOD food!


JP Morgan Corporate Challenge – May 2016

The JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge is an annual series of 3.5-mile (5.63 km) road footraces owned and operated by JPMorgan Chase, with an intended focus on promoting "fitness in the workplace".  Teams are organized by company or organization, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation makes charitable donations proportional to the number of participants.  This event is held at RIT each May.

Starting sometime April 2016, Better Me will be offering three different classes to help train participants for the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge.

Please email to register for the training classes.  In your email, please include your name, email, and the level of class you would like to participate in. 

JP Morgan Corporate Challenge - Beginner “Walking Only” Program

April 2016 - May 2016

Designed for event participants who have no desire to run but wish to prepare to walk the Corporate Challenge. This program is for perfect for beginner exercisers and advanced walkers. Benefits include:

  • postural correction
  • core strengthening
  • flexibility education
  • balance training
  • stride coaching for walking or jogging
JP Morgan Corporate Challenge - Intermediate “Learn to Run” Program

April 2016 - May 2016

Designed for event participants who have a solid fitness background and are preparing for their first 5K.  This program is perfect for current exercisers who don’t yet run, or new runners who are unsure how to prepare for a 5k event. Benefits include:

  • progressive running plan to specifically prepare for a 3.5 mile run/jog
  • running or jogging technical instruction
  • core strengthening
  • flexibility education
JP Morgan Corporate Challenge - Advanced Running Program

April 2016 - May 2016

Designed for event participants who have experience running the 3.5 miles distance. This program is perfect for people interested in improving running form and improving race time.  Benefits include:

  • technical training specific to running
  • core and flexibility training
  • timed progressive running plan to aid in personal race improvement
Holiday Challenge

Celebrate a healthier you during the holiday season by taking charge of your health and weight. Most Americans gain an average of one pound during the holidays. While this might not seem like much, they usually don’t lose it, and over time it adds up.  This 6 week program includes weekly weigh-ins and incentives for physical activities.