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Work/Life Programs

Colgate believes in maintaining a healthy work force, both physically and mentally, and recognizes the importance of maintaining and promoting the health and well-being of its employees.

Faculty and staff work out at Trudy Fitness Center

Athletic Facilities

Facility memberships are available through a payment and ID system for Colgate employees and their immediate family.  A facility membership card or a Colgate ID is required for the use of the Fitness Center, Lineberry Pool, Huntington Gym Courts, Sanford Field House Tennis Courts, and Sanford Field House Track.  Colgate employees can use facilities during open hours by producing their Colgate ID. To view the facilities and hours, click here.

Chenango Nursery School  

Colgate provides scholarships or subsidies for employees whose children attend Chenango Nursery School (CNS). The goal of the scholarship fund is to help make CNS affordable for more Colgate employees. There is some flexibility in the established guidelines based on individual circumstances. There are also other outside sources of funding that may be available to employees. For more information on CNS or on financial aid, contact Denise Dinski at 315-824-1810. All inquiries and applications are completely confidential. Visit the Chenango Nursery School website here.

CPR Anytime

“CPR Anytime for Family and Friends” is a nationally approved course that is sponsored by human resources.  The student health center staff instructs this 50-minute course that reviews CPR for adults and children, care for choking emergencies, and a discussion on risk reduction for cardiovascular diseases and other health problems. The CPR Anytime courses are normally offered in March.

CU Well Employee Wellness

Colgate has partnered with Viverae, an innovative wellness program provider, to help employees lead a healthier lifestyle in a fun and engaging way. Viverae’s offers periodic on-site biometric screenings, wellness coaches, and a variety of health tools, nutrition and physical activity trackers, and education resources through their secure website. For additional information on CU Well program, please click here.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is designed to help with problems related to substance abuse, marital and family issues, financial or legal concerns, and job stress and other personal problems.

The EAP provides confidential, short-term, solution-focused counseling (usually 4 – 6 sessions) for employees and families. For longer-term counseling needs, a referral is made to appropriate resources within the community. Your needs are matched with the most appropriate and most cost-effective resources and are coordinated with your health insurance coverage.

Family Services Associates (FSA) is Colgate’s EAP provider. FSA is the largest integrated out-patient provider of mental health and substance abuse services in Onondaga County with offices in Liverpool, Syracuse, and DeWitt. Colgate employees and their families may be seen at any of the above locations or at their satellite location in Hamilton at 58B Utica Street. Please call 315-451-2161 for a free, confidential appointment.

Excellus BlueCross and Blue Shield

Excellus BlueCross and BlueShield members can access tools to assist them in locating a doctor or hospital, learn how generic prescriptions can save you money, research health topics, compare hospitals, take a health assessment. and more by clicking here.

Flu Shot Clinics

Flu Shot Clinics are sponsored by human resources and offered each fall. The student health center staff provide flu shots to staff, faculty, retirees, significant others, and employees’ children who are 13 years of age or older. Getting a flu shot is an excellent way of protecting our employees and their family members from getting the flu.

Focus on Fitness

The Focus on Fitness program sponsored by human resources and the Trudy Fitness Center offers wellness classes to our employees and their spouses/partners during the lunch hour and after work. This program is designed to encourage a healthier lifestyle through regular exercise. Click here to view the schedule and for registration information.

Health Advocate

As the nation’s leading independent health care advocacy and assistance company, Health Advocate can help employees and their families save time and money by providing expert and personalized information and helping navigate the health care and insurance systems. One-on-one assistance can be provided to resolve health care issues ranging from finding doctors and specialists to untangling medical bills and clarifying insurance coverage.

Learn At Lunch

The Learn at Lunch series offers noontime educational sessions on health and wellness. Our first session featured Dr. Miller, director of student health services, speaking on “Give it a Shot. Vaccines for Children and Adults; Are They Safe?”  Others included a panel discussion on eldercare issues entitled “Eldercare, Peace of Mind for You and Your Family,” and “Breast Cancer Awareness.”

Wellness and Benefits Fair

A Wellness and Benefits Fair organized by human resources is typically held every other fall. This is an opportunity for employees to meet the university's benefit representatives, to learn more about the benefits provided by Colgate, and to have their questions answered.

Shaw Wellness Initiative

The Shaw Wellness Institute encourages the establishment of healthy, purposeful, and balanced lifestyles within the Colgate community. By providing information through interesting and creative means, we help develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that become the foundation for a lifetime of healthy behaviors. For information on the Wellness Institute click here