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Physical health and wellness

As part of our ongoing commitment to the health and wellness of employees, the University offers a variety of programs to promote a healthy lifestyle. From here you can assess resources both at the University and in the community to improve your health.

Ramsey Center

Center for Physical Activity & Health


Tobacco cessation

General wellness

LGBTQ community

NewWalking routes of ¼ mile, ½ mile, and mile lengths have been identified on North, Central and South Campus.  The Office of Work/Life Balance and the University Architects have identified these routes so employees can choose the distance they want to cover  – so put on your walking shoes and take a power walk at lunch!

Ramsey Center for Physical Activity

The Ramsey Center provides recreational facilities where there are countless opportunities and resources available to help you improve your health and wellness.

Free fitness classes for UGA Ramsey Center members and Walk Georgia members:

The Ramsey Center, in collaboration with Walk Georgia, an organization dedicated to helping people increase their activity levels, provides free fitness classes exclusively to UGA faculty and staff who are members of the Ramsey Student Center and Walk Georgia. Becoming a member of Walk Georgia is free. Register at or sign-up at the one of the classes offered here at the Ramsey Center. Class options include bootcamp, circuits and yoga.


Memberships are available to faculty, staff, and UGA retirees as well their spouses for $15 per month. Membership for a member's dependent children under the age of 18 are available for $5 per month and dependent children age 18-24 for $15 per month. Younger children are permitted to use the facility on weekends during the academic year and daily during the summer but they must also have a membership and be directly supervised by an adult member. Locker rentals (which include a towel service) are available for a monthly fee ($6.00 for half size, $8.00 for full size). Ongoing memberships are available for faculty and staff through payroll deduction or can be paid in monthly increments in the Recreational Sports main office.

Recreational Campus Outreach Services will send a Nationally Certified Group Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer to run a custom program (yoga, kickboxing, boot camp, etc.) at a campus location that is convenient for you!

Polar Bodyage Fitness Assessment:

The assessment is a one-time hour and a half appointment that tests your muscular endurance and strength, flexibility, cardiorespiratory health, and body composition to assess your “body age."  A personal trainer will consult with you after the assessment to help you figure out ways that you can lower that age. The assessment is $45 for faculty/staff. Register at the Cashier’s Desk in the main office of the Ramsey Student Center.

Personal Training Session:

If you are new to the gym or if you need some advice on the best workout plan for you, you can schedule a session with a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer who will design an individualized program for you for $60.00. Register at the Cashier’s Desk in the Main Office of the Ramsey Student Center.

Parking at the Ramsey Student Center

An annual parking pass valid for 90 minutes per visit in the E04 East Campus Deck is available to faculty/staff Ramsey Center members from Parking Services for $35.00.

Free parking is available

E04 East Campus Deck with valid UGACard or UGA parking permit Monday-Friday 4:00 pm–7:00 am, all day Saturday and Sunday
E03 Monday-Friday 5:00 pm-7:00 am, all day Saturday and Sunday
E09 Monday-Friday 6:00 pm-7:00 am, all day Saturday and Sunday
Rec Sports Complex (IM Fields Deck) Monday-Friday 4:00 pm-7:00 am, all day Saturday and Sunday
E05 during intersession

Ramsey Outdoor Recreation Center has resources to help you enjoy outdoor hobbies like camping, backpacking, kayaking, snorkeling, climbing, and other outdoor adventures.  You can rent the latest in adventure equipment at reasonable fees and check out books, maps, brochures, magazines, and videos to aid you in planning your excursion. Get a list of available rental items.

Ramsey Outdoor Recreation Center also takes guided trips all over the Southeast. These trips are open to all faculty/staff and community members in addition to students and are suitable for all levels of experience. Get a complete schedule of upcoming trips .

Center for Physical Activity and Health

The Center for Physical Activity and Health is located within the Ramsey Center and offers individual and small group exercise sessions where participants get individualized attention from a student trainer. Faculty, staff, and retirees can join the center for $35/month. Contact the Director, Ellen Evans, at, 706-542-4395.

UGA Golf Course, 2600 Riverbend Road, offers discounted greens fees for UGA faculty and staff and a free golf clinic in the spring and fall.  There is a ladies golf league that meets on Monday nights at 5:30 p.m., as well as a faculty/staff golf league on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m.  On Saturday mornings you can join the “Dawgfight” group for a round of golf in mid to late morning.  Call (706) 369-5739 or 1-800-9-DOG-TEE or email for more information about these programs.

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a non-profit weight loss support group that  helps members reach weight-loss goals by providing them with the tools, information, support, and accountability they need to be successful.  There is a TOPS group on campus that meets every Tuesday, 12:00 – 12:45, with weigh in at 11:30. The cost is $32 per year to join.  If you have questions or would like to join, please send an email to

Walk Georgia is a free web-based fitness program designed to encourage activity and accountability by providing free fitness tracking, information, and resources. You can track your activity levels and then compare them to others in Athens or you can create your own group and challenge your coworkers! The Walk Georgia Website also offers a resource page that includes recipes, fitness tips, and lesson plans for educating others about healthy living.

Young Women’s Christian Organization, YWCO, 562 Research Drive, Athens, 706-354-7880, offers individual membership discount for UGA employees.

Young Men’s Christian Association, YMCA,915 Hawthorne Avenue, 706-543-6596.

Other Fitness Centers in the Athens area


UGA’s ASPIRE Clinic offers free nutritional counseling about many nutritional and health concerns like:

  • reading and interpreting food labels
  • creating meal plans…for one, two, or ten!
  • meal preparation ideas and strategies
  • learning about healthy foods
  • benefits of eating well
  • eating nutritiously on a smaller budget
  • food assistance programs
  • over/under eating concerns
  • food & family
  • maintaining or losing weight
  • improving general health through nutritious eating

Nutrition Teaching Kitchen at The University Health Center
offers healthy cooking classes that are open to employees during the winter and summer breaks.  Check the Training and Development course calendar under the “Cooking” Category, for dates and times of current classes.

UGA Extension Service, offers unbiased, research-based information on food topics such as nutrition and health, food safety, preparation, and preservation.

St. Mary’s Hospital offers clinical nutrition services

Tobacco Cessation

UGA College of Pharmacy offers a free 6-week tobacco cessation program.

Georgia Quit Line: 1-877-270-STOP (7867)  offers telephone and web-based counseling services at no cost to Georgians. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays.  A free, 4-week supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapies is available while supplies last during the year.

University System of Georgia (USG) Workplace Wellness program offers free one year access to the premium version of the online Freedom From Smoking (FFS) program.

The American Cancer Society offers a Guide to Quitting Smoking.

General Wellness

Blue Cross Blue Shield Comprehensive Care, HMO, and Consumer Choice USG health plan members have access to LiveHealth Online, where they can get online access to board-certified doctors 24/7. Doctors using LiveHealth Online can provide medical care for common conditions like the flu, colds, pink eye, and more. The cost of a LiveHealth Online visit is only $15 (for Comprehensive Care & HMO enrollees) or $49 (for Consumer Choice enrollees). Subscribers can also see a licensed therapist or psychologist. Depending on your coverage, the cost may be similar to what you would pay for an office visit, considering your benefits, copay or coinsurance.

Blue Cross Blue Shield members have access to a 24/7 NurseLine at 1-888-724-2583. Calls are free and confidential.

Kaiser Permanente members have access to a collection of tools, tips, and information on health topics, as well as free services, programs, and classes.

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center has a Health Library containing over 4,000 health and wellness articles covering more than 1,500 medical topics.

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, Diabetes Education Programs and Support is recognized by the American Diabetes Association, and offers a multidisciplinary approach to diabetes care that includes registered nurses and dietitians who work together to create unique care plans focused on each patient's needs.

LGBTQ Community

GLOBES, is a diverse organization of faculty, staff, and administrators whose mission is to advocate for, develop, and nurture UGA’s LGBTQ communities. In partnership with its allies, including students, alumni/ae, and local community members, members of GLOBES strive to educate, to improve the climate on all UGA campuses, and to foster progressive change as they visibly work for social justice, equity, and queer rights at UGA and beyond.

Athens Pride,, is a non-profit organization that promotes community, fellowship, and support around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues in the greater Athens, GA area.  This purpose is furthered through advocacy, outreach, education, communication, and event sponsorship.

Revised 04.11.17