Employee Wellness Leave Program | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Wellness Leave

The Wellness Leave program offers eight (8) hours of additional leave time per fiscal year to eligible employees who complete wellness requirements!  

To be awarded Wellness Leave Hours, employees must:

    1. Receive a physical examination from a health care provider,
    2. Complete the Health Risk Assessment through BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, and
    3. Participate in two eligible wellness events ↓.  

After completing these steps, the employee will be awarded eight (8) hours of Wellness Leave by submitting the Wellness Leave Certification Form and required documentation to HSCWellness@ttuhsc.edu or their campus Human Resources Office.  

Wellness Leave Hours will be awarded to the employee using the Wellness Get Fit (WEF) leave category. WEF hours will be available for use on the first of the month following submission of all required documentation.  

WEF hour awards are limited to 8 hours per fiscal year. Eligible employees will have the option to submit requests for either the Wellness Leave Program which offers 8 hours of WEF leave or the Get Fit Challenge which offers 4 hours of WEF leave. WEF time off must be scheduled in advance and approved by the employee’s supervisor.

Please note: Awarded WEF hours must be used within the fiscal year and will expire on August 31st. WEF hours are not paid out upon separation of employment.

Wellness Events

The following webinars and activities are approved as eligible wellness events for TTUHSC’s Wellness Leave program. A certificate of attendance is required to be submitted along with the Wellness Leave Certification form for the event to be counted for leave awards.   

January 2023 - Get Fit Challenge Kick-Off

Get Fit Texas Challenge

Monday, January 23, 2023 through Sunday, April 2, 2023

Get Fit Texas is a 10 week fitness challenge open to all Texas state employees. Participants aim to achieve 150 minutes of physical activity per week in at least six out of 10 weeks. This is the minimum achievement required to complete the Challenge. Participants are encouraged to reach 150 minutes in all 10 weeks (and maintain this level of activity after the Challenge)! 


Upcoming ERS Themes
  • February 2023 Healthy Hearts, Healthy Relationships
  • Future Months: TBA. Check back soon for updates.

December 2022 - Gratitude and Your Health

Gratitude: Science & Practical Application
Thursday, Dec. 8, 10–11 a.m.

November 2022 - Healthy Holiday Mindset

Healthy Holiday Mindset with Lacy Wolff & Jewell Smith
Thursday, Nov. 10, 10–11 a.m.

October 2022 - Self-Care

All approved Wellness Events for October were part of the Virtual Wellness Fair hosted by ERS.

Adapt & Thrive with Todd Whitthorne
Monday, Oct. 17, 10–11 a.m.

Behavioral Neuroscience of Adaptability: Changing Habits with Russell Frohardt, Ph.D.
Monday, Oct. 17, noon–1 p.m.

How to Thrive Financially! With Jarrod Winckompleck
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 10–11 a.m.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is a Wellness Topic
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10–11 a.m.

Talking about Mental Health in the Workplace with Dana Haulotte
Wednesday, Oct. 19, noon–1 p.m.

Exercise is Medicine: Q&A with Tim Church, MD, MPH, Ph.D.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 10–11 a.m.

Eat Real Food: Adapting to Whole Foods & Eating to Thrive!
Thursday, Oct. 20, noon–1 p.m.

Gut Feeling – GI Health Influences Mental Health
Friday, Oct. 21, 10–11 a.m.

Health Dividends from Investing in Others
Friday, Oct. 21, noon–1 p.m.

September 2022 - Building Better Brain Health

Mindfulness and Your Brain
Thursday, Sept. 22, 10–11 a.m.

Sleep Well! Understanding Sleep & Your Brain
Thursday, Sept. 29, 10–11 a.m.


Please note: ERS provides a certificate of completion by email for individuals attending the live webinars. Individuals may have the opportunity to view prior webinars but a certificate of attendance will not be provided for reviewing past recorded events.  


We're here to help. Reach out to HSCWellness@ttuhsc.edu for more information about the Wellness Leave program.