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A Wellness Journey

Laker Thrive Series

Health and wellness initiative for employees

The Laker Thrive Series is a new health and wellness initiative designed for all SUNY Oswego employees. This series offers a range of enriching activities aimed at promoting well-being and fostering community.

What to Know

  • All activities are free to all employees: Please note some events have a limited number of spots available.
  • Eligibility: Every employee is welcome! Whether you're part-time, adjunct, temporary, non-state, from Auxiliary Services, Research Foundation, WRVO, or any other department, the Laker Thrive Series is open to you.
  • Rewards for Participation: Engage in at least 3 activities and complete the associated Google form to earn a stylish t-shirt or a water bottle.
  • Easy Tracking: Participation is made simple with electronic tracking. Whether it's scanning a QR code or clicking on a link, we've ensured a seamless experience for all participants.
  • The Grand Prize: For our most enthusiastic participants, those who engage in 10 or more activities and complete the Google form will have the chance to win:
    • A free membership to the Fitness Center and Lee Hall (5 available)
    • A pair of tickets to an Athletic Event (10 pairs, totaling 20 tickets)
    • Tickets to an Arts/Theater performance (5 pairs, totaling 10 tickets)

Towards better health and wellness!

team outdoor activity

Friday FunDay 

Come to Swetman Gym and play with fellow Oswego employees. Come and go as you please. Bring your whole department out to try activities such as: 

  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Pickleball
  • Basketball 
  • Other fun lawn games

Fridays, September 8—December 8, 12:00-1:30pm


Couch to Pumpkin Run 

Interested in running a 5k and not sure where to start? Sign-up for this couch to 5k weekly email newsletter to learn how to prepare. Then, join us for the Great Pumpkin Run on Saturday, October, 21st.

Join the mailing list

September 5—October 21

Walk the Lake Ontario Shoreline Challenge

Walk from Niagara Falls to the Thousand Islands during this 6-week virtual walking challenge. Track your weekly steps and submit your progress for fun prizes.

September 11—October 15

Discover Wellness: Find a Healthier You

This 5-week virtual wellness program empowers participants to make simple healthy behavior changes. Earn free prizes, build relationships, and learn about wellness. 15 people/cohort.

October 16—November 17

Library Lunchtime Yarn Crafting

Join us for a friendly yarn-crafting meetup. Bring your projects and supplies to the library and meet up with your fellow crafters as we knit, crochet, embroider, darn, weave, and more. You can show off a project, get inspiration, and maybe swap a few tips while enjoying the comradery of crafting together.

2nd Tuesday of each month, 12-1pm, Penfield 215

parent support group

Parent Support Group 

This group is designed to provide a supportive environment for parents. Each week, we will discuss parenting challenges, provide support to group members, and cover requested topics. Participants can identify topics of interest when registering. Meet in the CSC Group Room in Mary Walker Health Center. Maximum of 15 participants. 

Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm

Parent Support Group sign-up form

How to talk to your kids about substances

Navigating conversations about substance use with your child is essential, but it can be challenging. In this workshop, we aim to equip parents with the tools and strategies necessary to have meaningful and effective discussions with their children about substance use. Participants will receive a medication lockbox. Maximum of 10 participants. 

One-time session, October 30, 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Talk to your Kids sign-up form

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) use and sleep

Participants will gain insight into the relationship between alcohol, drugs, and sleep. They will be empowered to make informed choices to protect and enhance their sleep quality, ultimately leading to improved overall well-being and a healthier lifestyle. Each participant will receive a blanket. Maximum of 10 participants.

November 13, 12:00–12:45 pm 

Fentanyl Test Strips (FTS) and Naloxone Training

This training provides information on how to recognize an opioid overdose, administer naloxone, and care for the individual until emergency services arrive. Individuals who complete the training program will receive a naloxone kit. Two classes available. Maximum of 15 participants per class.

Session 1: September 19, 3:30-4:30 pm
Session 2: October 23, 3:30-4:30 pm

CPR/AED and First Aid

Get certified in CPR/AED and first aid through the American Red Cross. The course will include two hours of in-person training and up to two hours of online training. American Red Cross training is good for two years. Maximum of 10 participants.

November, Dates TBA