Employees & Wellness

Photo of employees walking on the suspended track.Work might be a large part of your daily life, but at Harper, we understand that work is not the only part of your life. For many of us, much of our daily time is spent at work. According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that about 1/3 of our lives, or about 90,000 hours, are spent at work.

We know that other parts of your life don’t stop moving when you walk into work. Harper College recognizes that in order to be successful at work it is imperative that you take time to focus on your overall wellness. Harper Wellness is committed to providing staff and faculty with a variety of opportunities to engage in programs and activities to help boost the well-being of all employees both inside and outside of work. We encourage employees to take advantage of the various wellness opportunities and information that are available.


Leap, lift, spin, stretch, jump and dance your way into the new decade with a 12 Class Group Exercise Pass. The twelve passes must be used between January 6 and February 29. Non-Member Harper Employee price: $30. Community Non-Member price: $60. Passes can be purchased at the welcome desk at the Health and Recreation Center. Note: must be 18 years or older. Learn more

Blue Cross Blue Shield Newsletters: BlueCross Blue Shield of Illinois produces a monthly newsletter regarding important health and wellness information. The newsletter provides readers with tips and information that can be beneficial for improving overall wellness and reducing risks. In addition, the newsletters can help you better understand how to utilize all of the services your benefits offer. You can access the most current newsletters below.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Membership Wellness Discounts: Blue Cross Blue Shield members have access to a wide variety of health and wellness discounts including gym memberships, fitness equipment, nutrition and meal services, personal care and many other products and services. Check your eligibility and gain access to hundreds of discounts.

Delta Dental Newsletters: Information, tips and resources about how to keep you and your family healthy as it relates to oral health.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The purpose of our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by Workplace Solutions, is to support our staff as they go about the business of providing the highest level of instruction and service to our students, community and to ourselves.

Studies have shown that individuals can spend up to 14–16 hours trying to locate the best resources to meet their personal needs. This can include resources related to Family and Caregiving, Emotional Well-being, Health and Wellness and Legal/Financial. Harper College offers a benefit designed to give employees back the gift of time.

In order to log into the Workplace Solutions website to better understand the various benefits available to Harper employees, please visit the WorkplaceSolutions website. To log into the website for the Employee Services page, you will need to enter in the access code: Harper

Workplace Solutions newsletters:
Workplace Solutions also produces a monthly newsletter called, Wellness Matters. The newsletters feature many free wellness webinars and other materials that are available to Harper Employees. You can access the most current newsletters below.

Employee Wellness Benefits package:
For additional information about Harper Benefits, please log into the Harper Intranet Portal (HIP) and visit the Benefits page.

Spring 2020

A Health and Recreation Center membership is not required for employees in order to participate in these select FREE group exercise classes (see schedule below). 

Please bring and swipe your Harper ID card each time you visit the Health and Recreation Center for the group exercise class! Allow a few extra minutes before your first class to complete the additional steps of signing the waiver and adding your photo to the system. That’s it! You can make this a fun team building moment with your colleagues or just simply use it as a way to get your own personal fitness on each week.

Total Body: Friday, January 24 from 12:15pm – 1:00pm, M1010
Pilates Mat: Wednesday, January 29 from 4:45pm – 5:35pm, M2501
Strength: Tuesday, February 4 from 11:30am – 12:15pm, M1010
Spin: Thursday, February 13 from 11:30am – 12:15pm, M1008
Zumba: Monday, February 17 from 4:45pm – 5:35pm, M1010
Yoga: Tuesday, February 25 from 4:00pm – 4:50pm, M2501
Core Mat: Wednesday, March 4 from 12:15pm – 1:00pm, M2501
Pilates w/ Props: Thursday, March 12 from 5:00pm – 5:50pm, M1010
HIIT: Wednesday, March 18 from 6:30pm – 7:20pm, M1010

*The schedule runs through March 22, 2020. A new list of free employee group exercise classes will be posted after March 22, 2020.

As part of Harper College’s new Personal Training certificate program, Harper College launched a program that offers faculty/staff the opportunity to benefit from personal training services provided by students enrolled in the Personal Training Practicum. 

The pilot program is being offered for the Spring 2020 semester*. There are a limited number of slots available on a first come, first served basis.

Harper Fit – Personal Training Program Description: 

Personal training sessions offered twice per week for 14 weeks.

Services provided by Harper College students enrolled in the Personal Training Practicum and supervised by Kinesiology faculty, who are certified personal trainers. 

Training sessions include assessment, consultation and 26 50-minute training sessions.

Cost: $200 for Health and Recreation Center members; $300 for nonmembers
Dates: January 27 - May 8, 2020
Times: Tuesday/Thursday, 8 - 9 a.m. or noon - 1 p.m.
Where: Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center, Building M 
Application: https://harpercollege.formstack.com/forms/personal_training_practicum

Application and Registration Process

  • This program is only available for Harper faculty and staff. 
  • Availability is on a first come, first served basis and depends on student enrollment and schedules. 
  • When applying, you must select a preferred training time slot. Please pick a time slot that won’t conflict with your normal work schedule; otherwise, you will need supervisor approval to participate. 
  • Training slots are limited and not guaranteed.
  • You will be notified by email regarding your program registration status. Training slots cannot be changed. 
  • You must respond to the notification within 72 hours by completing and submitting the “Harper Fit – Personal Training Agreement Form” included in the notification. 
  • Within this 72-hour period, you must submit payment in full at the Health and Recreation Center welcome desk. If you do not pay for the program within the 72-hour time frame, you will forfeit your place in the queue. 
  • The Harper Fit – Personal Training Program is priced as a single package at $200 for Health and Recreation Center members and $300 for nonmembers. Note: Membership must be active during the entire program.

Thank you for supporting our students’ efforts to complete their Personal Training Certification. Questions? Contact Jonathan Loos, Kinesiology & Health Education.