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Health and Well-Being


  • Fitness Release Time (FRT) is a program designed for full-time benefits eligible staff that allows a maximum of three (1.5) hours a week for participating in an exercise program and/or fitness activity offered in the UHD Student Life Center. For further details on this program and an application, click the FRT link.


  • Fitness Programs are offered at Sports & Fitness to UHD staff, faculty, and students some of these programs are aerobics and strengthening classes which are offered at various times during the day. There are also specialty classes such as Aikido, Hip Hop, Karate, Latin Dance, Pi-Yo, Pilates, Tai Chi and Yoga. For a complete schedule of these classes, click here.


  • Health & Fitness Workshops and Certifications are offered through Sports & Fitness to UHD staff, faculty, and students. These are available throughout the semester and cover such topics as CPR/AED and First Aid Certifications, Nutrition Workshops and Exercise Workshops. Click on the link for a complete listing of the workshop topics and available certifications.


  • Intramural Sports are available through Sports & Fitness to UHD staff, faculty, and students. Sports include volleyball league, flag football league, bench press competition, badminton tournament, bowling tournament, soccer league, softball league, tennis tournament and basketball league.

  • Outdoor Adventure is 2 programs in conjunction with the University of Houston Central Campus and offers indoor climbing, equipment rental, group facilitation, and organized outdoor trips to UHD staff, faculty, and students.

  • Personal Trainers that are nationally certified are available through Sports & Fitness and are available to staff and faculty at a cost of $15 for a one hour session.

  • The Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic at the University of Houston Central Campus is a United Way Facility that offers services to infants, children and adults with speech, language and/or hearing impairments. These services include testing and treatment. The clinic also offers assistance with the fitting and sales of hearing aids.

  • Student Health Services provides medical information and limited healthcare services at no or low cost to UHD faculty and staff. For further information and hours of operation, please visit their website.


  • Tobacco Cessation Program is now being offered to state employees, retirees, their spouses and dependents through the DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. This program offers free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and free telephonic counseling. These services are being made available through a partnership of the DSHS Tobacco Prevention Program, the Statewide Wellness Coordinator and the Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) utilizing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars.

    Employees simply call the Quitline at 1-877-YES-QUIT for access to over-the-phone counseling as well as up to eight weeks of NRT (such as the patch, gum or lozenges). The free NRT will be available through December 2011. The Quitline counseling services will continue to be available past this date.

    Currently an estimated 45,000 state employees use tobacco products, and nearly 7 of every 10 of these employees want to quit. Quitline users will double their chance of quitting by utilizing the free counseling and NRT. According to the American Cancer Society, within 12 hours of quitting the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. Within nine months of quitting, shortness of breath and coughing decrease, and the lungs have repaired their ability to function. After just one year of not smoking, the risk of coronary heart disease decreases by half, compared to a smoker's risk according to a study in 2006 by the Center for Health Research at Keiser Permanente. Additionally, a smoker who quits will personally save at least $2,100 per year!

    This program offers a unique opportunity for state employees, retirees and their beneficiaries take advantage of expanded tobacco cessation services.

    Make the call today – 1-877-YES-QUIT.


  • UHD Bookstore is home to exclusive UHD clothing, new/used textbooks, school supplies, graduation regalia, magazines, snacks, and souvenirs. UHD employees receive a 15% discount on some purchases made at the bookstore upon presentation of a valid UHD ID card.


  • UHD Dining Services is located on the third floor and provides healthy dining options in a food court-like setting. They offer a large variety of dining options such as salads, daily specials, sushi, sandwiches, tacos, burritos, pizza, calzones, hamburgers, and French fries. Some of the brands you will find are Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, Home Zone, Béne, Salad Garden, Starbuck’s, Montague’s Deli, and Smoothie King.


  • UHD Police Department provides comprehensive police services 24/7. All police officers are licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. They enforce federal, state, and local laws in addition to penal provisions to the Texas Education Code as well as University regulations. Some of the services they offer are jump starts, unlocks, and police escort services for faculty, staff, and students.


  • The University Eye Institute at the University of Houston Central Campus offers services that range from complete vision exams to the medical and surgical management of eye disorders. Its nationally renowned vision professionals use advanced diagnostic instruments in over 80 exam rooms and 30 specialized testing areas. Faculty and staff receive fee reductions for primary examinations and optical materials.


  • University of Houston Health Center provides medical services to UHD faculty and staff. Some of these services include physician visits, walk-in clinic services, and pharmacy services. They also periodically offer free cholesterol and diabetes screenings, free HIV testing, and various other screenings . Please visit their website for additional information or call 713-743-5151.



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Last updated or reviewed on 2/13/15

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