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UPPS 04.04.32 - Texas State Employee Wellness Program

Texas State Employee Wellness Program

UPPS No. 04.04.32
Issue No. 6
Effective Date: 5/29/2018
Next Review Date: 3/01/2028 (E10Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Asst. Vice President for Human Resources


    1. This policy outlines the opportunity for Texas State University employees to participate in voluntary wellness-related activities utilizing educational and recreational facilities on the Texas State campus. The purpose of the program is to improve employees’ personal health and wellness leading to improved job performance, increased work satisfaction, and reduced health care and insurance costs.

    2. Chapter 664 of the Government Code authorizes state agencies to use funds and facilities for state employee health, fitness, and education programs.


    1. The university encourages faculty and staff to participate in the Texas State Employee Wellness Program through both WellCats and appropriate non-WellCats activities.

      1. WellCats is a component of the Texas State Wellness Program that provides specific, structured individual and group wellness activities. To participate in WellCats activities, employees must first register for the program through the online registration process accessible through the Work Life Program in the Office of Human Resources website.

      2. Non-WellCats activities are other appropriate individual or group wellness activities outside of the WellCats component. No formal registration is required for these activities.

    2. Paid Wellness Leave

      With supervisor approval, regular employees are eligible for up to 30 minutes per day of paid leave to participate in the following activities:

      1. Physical Exercise – individual activity such as walking or jogging on campus, group training classes offered through WellCats, participation at the Student Recreation Center, or swimming at the Aqua Sports Center;

      2. Health Risk Appraisals;

      3. Wellness Screenings;

      4. Fitness Testing;

      5. Cooking Classes and One-on-One Nutrition Consultation;

      6. Health Behavior Change Coaching;

      7. Smoking Cessation Classes; and

      8. WellCats Champions Program Activities.

      Any exceptions to this provision must be approved by the employee’s divisional vice president.

    3. Requesting and Recording Wellness Leave

      Wellness Leave must be requested in advance and specify the location and type of activity. Supervisors are encouraged to make a reasonable effort to accommodate an employee’s request.

      Wellness Leave must be recorded in the university’s timekeeping system using the timekeeping procedures outlined in UPPS No. 04.04.30, University Leave Policy.


    1. The university offers many educational opportunities on a variety of wellness-related topics. Attendance at workshops offered through Human Resources Professional Development, and the Employee Wellness Fair are considered work time with supervisor approval.

    1. Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:

      Position Date
      Assistant Vice President for Human Resources March 1 E10Y
      Chair, Staff Council March 1 E10Y
      Chair, Faculty Senate March 1 E10Y

    This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    Assistant Vice President for Human Resources; senior reviewer of this UPPS

    Vice President for Finance and Support Services