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The University at Buffalo values the physical and emotional health and well-being of our faculty and staff and strives to promote a healthy work environment. We know that being healthy and taking care of yourself in the best way possible makes your work life more productive and satisfying.

UB is committed to promoting the health and wellness of our UB family. We understand how important it is to provide the tools and resources our faculty and staff need to maintain good health and wellness. From our world-class fitness facilities, class offerings and health services, to our research and community service efforts in the area of wellness, we are helping to promote healthy living on campus and in the community.

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The University at Buffalo is a finalist for this year's Healthy Workplace Award, sponsored by Independent Health and Buffalo Business First's as part of the Healthiest Employers in WNY competition!
The University at Buffalo has been honored by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress with their Seal of Distinction.



UBreathe Free - Smoking Cessation

The University at Buffalo (UB) is committed to providing a healthy, comfortable, and safe
smoke-free environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The University at Buffalo (UB) supports an environment where its students, employees, and visitors are not exposed to secondhand smoke. Therefore, smoking is prohibited on all University-managed property, both indoors and outdoors. Click here to go to the UBreathe Free website.

Preventive Screenings

One of the most important ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle in addition to remaining physically active and eating right is to get regular preventive screenings routinely as outlined in this chart or as prescribed by your doctor. For more information about what type of screenings are important for your particular health maintenance, see your doctor and ask the right questions. It just might save your life.

Leaves for Screenings

Screenings for breast cancer and prostate cancer are an important way to ensure good health. At UB, we want to make sure you take care of yourself by getting regular health screenings, and we make it easier for you to find time to get important screenings for breast cancer and prostate cancer by providing up to four hours of leave per year for eligible faculty and staff. For more information on these leave options and eligibility, click here.

Free Cancer Screenings

Cancer Screening Services of Erie County provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and education to uninsured women. The Partnership also provides free colon cancer screening to all men and women over 50. Partners for Prevention is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health as part of the Centers for Disease Control's Early Detection Initiative. The Erie County Grant is held by the Erie County Department of Health in collaboration with the American Cancer Society and Sisters of Charity Hospital. The administrative office of Partners for Prevention is Located at the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge at 197 Summer Street, Buffalo, NY.   Click here to learn more!

Wellness at UB

Fitness, Intramurals, and Recreation Facilities and Services
The University at Buffalo offers some of the finest recreational facilities available in colleges and universities today. We also provide a variety of fitness classes that our faculty and staff can participate in. Our Recreation & Intramural Department offers a wide variety of Intramural activities for our faculty and staff to participate in as well.


Good nutrition is key to a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet includes eating a variety of foods from the basic food groups: protein, such as meat, eggs, and legumes; dairy; fruits and vegetables; grains, such as breads and pasta; and fats and Saladsweets. As simple as this sounds, it's not always easy to get the nutrition you need. You may eat more of your favorite foods from only one food group, and as a result, avoid others. Or perhaps you opt for convenience over quality when you are hungry.

A healthy diet requires some planning and purpose and an effort to include a variety of foods in your meals. If you look closely at how you eat, you might find you aren't getting enough nutrients because you don't get the recommended number of servings from each food group. Although there is some debate about the best formula for a health diet, most experts agree that the most important elements of healthful eating are:

  • To eat a daily diet that helps you either lose weight or keep your weight in the range that is considered "healthy" or "ideal" for your height and sex
  • To choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and moderate in total fat intake
  • To eat foods high in fiber
  • To reduce the number of calories in your diet that come from processed sugars
  • To choose and prepare foods with less salt
  • Watch intake of sugar, alcohol, saturated fat and trans fat
  • To drink the daily recommended amount of water: 8 to 10 cups (64 to 80 ounces) of water a day
  • If you drink alcoholic beverages, drink them in moderation (no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men)


American Dietetic Association Helpful tips and information that promote good health and nutrition Nutrition articles, dietary guidelines, food pyramid information, and tools to determine calories and nutrients in foods
Medline Plus
From the National Institute of Health
Nutrition tips and information on various food groups
The Vegetarian Resource Group Support and resources for vegetarians, including recipes and restaurant information
United States Department of Agriculture Get a customized eating plan that is right for you based on the elements of the food pyramid
Free Dieting.Com Find out how many calories you really need in a day with this useful tool
Healthy Options Buffalo Nutritional information about menu options at Western New York area restaurants, a calorie counter and tips for making healthy choices when dining out.



FitnessThere are 1,440 minutes in every day. Schedule 30 of them for physical activity!

Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems.

Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. Examples include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling. Stretching and weight training can also strengthen your body and improve your fitness level.

The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you've been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.

Alumni ArenaThe University has world class facilities on the North and South Campuses for use by faculty and staff with the exception of the Alumni Arena general fitness center. Faculty/staff members must present their UB ID card to gain access into the facilities during the following complimentary hours: M - F from 6:00 am - 8:30 am and 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. Any faculty and staff that would like to use the facilities outside of these hours will need to purchase a recreation permit. For the low price of $159 annually, faculty and staff can have access to the University’s facilities during the gym’s extensive hours. The newly remodeled fitness centers on both the North and South Campus feature cardio equipment with TV screens so you can catch up on the news, sports or your favorite show while working out. Visit the Recreation and Intramural website for more information.

The University will be expanding their fitness offerings and programming to promote wellness in the near future. Keep checking back for updates as we try to get U.B. on the Move!

Check out these resources that promote physical fitness and health

Healthier U.S. Gov Suggestions and tips for developing a fitness plan that fits your life
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Learn the components of physical fitness and get resources for getting fit and being physically active to promote good health
American Heart Association Useful tips for exercise success, information for physical activity for children and older adults, and tools for determining body mass index and calorie use

Health and Wellness Information and Resources

What is wellness?  Wellness is much more than "health."  Wellness is the quest to improve our quality of life; our physical health and natural healing ability; the peace-of-mind achieved by knowing you're following a proven path to becoming healthy and happy.  It may also be optimizing your body's natural healing ability and overcoming a challenging health condition.  Wellness may be the integration of traditional Western medicine and natural holistic treatments.  Wellness may be the balance of physical, mental, spiritual and relationship health.

Learn more with these resources that support wellness and health:

Wellness.Com Your source for health and wellness information where you will find help locating a provider, wellness articles and tips, and research tools on a variety of health topics
New York State Department of Health  Keep up to date on New York's health news with featured articles and updates on legislative news on health and wellness issues and initiatives 
American Cancer Society Find helpful facts, support and resources for dealing with cancer
Mayo Clinic Find information, tools and resources for living a healthier life
WebMD A wide range of information on health conditions, treatments, disease prevention, and ways to get and stay healthy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Prevention and wellness information and tips, consumer health guides, and useful web tools, including a drug interaction checker
New York State Smoker's Quitsite Find out how to stop smoking and get helpful facts and tools to help you quit


Runner's World for Women Women's guide to running, training and race information, and tips for motivation
Breast Cancer Center Help and support for women with metastatic breast cancer 
Reproductive Health Resources on reproductive health, family planning, prevention and health strategies, and a variety of women's health issues impacting reproduction


Phoenix 5-the Prostate Cancer Information Link  Helpful information on prevention, causes, symptoms and treatment of prostate cancer 
       Prostate Cancer Foundation Learn more about research and health information and support for prostate cancer

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