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New for 2022! Discover Whole-being practices for a healthy mind and body.Click here to register for 12 weeks of wellness programming!   

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Independence Blue Cross and Prasada and are offering a 12 week well-being program: Discover Whole-being practices for a healthy mind and body.   This program includes live virtual workshops, self guided lessons and On Demand videos.  Each day you will discover simple things you can do to feel better while learning strategies and skills to support your mental, physical and emotional health

Click here to enter Wellbeats!  Wellbeats in the University's new wellness portal.

This includes:

  • 1,000+ high-quality workouts including yoga, HIIT, strength training, walking and running, barre, Pilates, and cycling
  • 30+ health and wellness programs to help you reach your goals
  • Nutrition education and healthy recipes
  • Mindfulness and meditations
  • Stretching and recovery
  • 1-5 minute office breaks
  • And SO much more!

The best part? Wellbeats is for everyone - play classes for all ages, levels, abilities, and interests right at your fingertips anytime, anywhere.


We are in the process of re-vitalizing the NOVAfit! program for the upcoming 2022-2023 benefit plan year.  For the remainder of the 2021-2022 plan year,  if you are a new hire as of 11/01/2021 and wish to receive the wellness health insurance rate, or additional HSA contribution if enrolled in the CDHP plan, you must complete the physician affidavit form.   If your information is from within the past 6 months, this form will carry you through the 2022-23 benefit plan year.   We will also be adding additional programming throughout the remainder of the year. We encourage you to enroll in the Health Advocate portal,  as well as the IBC portal for some additional well being tools.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the benefits team at

The NOVAfit! portal is under construction and will not be available at this time.

While participation is completely voluntary, we strongly encourage everyone to participate and take advantage of the benefits the program has to offer. If you do not enroll in the medical plan, we still encourage you to register your Health Advocate account as they offer some great services and programs.  Together, we can work towards making Villanova a healthier community.

We will be having an onsite biometric screening event.  The biometric screenings will be held in Dougherty Hall, East Lounge from 9-5, March 28 to April 1.  If you wish to receive the wellness rate effective 6/1/2022, you must either attend the on campus event for a biometric screening or go to your primary care physician and have them complete a physician affidavit form

You can schedule an appointment through the Health Advocate site. .

The Health Advocate website can also be found here

Independence Blue Cross offers more than just your medical plan benefits. Members of the Villanova University group medical plans have access to many wellness resources and benefits through IBC as well. These include a fitness reimbursement, nutrition counseling, tobacco cessation programs and so much more.

Villanova Resources

Villanova hopes to forge a partnership with you for healthy living by providing you with the resources that you need. These resources include free fitness centers and classes, discounted personal training, intramural activities and access to nutritional information.

On-Campus Nova Care Rehabilitation

NovaCare Rehabilitation has partnered with Villanova University to provide on-campus physical therapy services to the entire campus community.  All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to take advantage of this convenience. Rehabilitation services are provided in the athletic training suite, located in the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse. 

NovaCare Rehabilitation accepts most major health care plans including those offered to Villanova University employees.  To schedule an appointment or to answer your rehabilitation questions, contact the clinical team at (610) 688-7776 or

Corporate Membership with the Freedom Valley YMCA

Villanova University has partnered with the Freedom Valley YMCA to provide a corporate discount for faculty, staff and their families. Through this membership, individuals will have access to 19 Philadelphia Freedom YMCA locations. This special offer provides faculty, staff and their families a 10% discount off their monthly membership fee and waives any joiner fees. To take advantage of this program, you will need to contact one of the Freedom Valley locations and provide proof of employment with Villanova University. This discount applies to new members as well as existing members. Finally, depending on your household income, you may be eligible for an income based rate structure.

To find out futher details regarding this program and all that the YMCA has to offer, please view the below brochures:

Discounted Gym Memberships with GlobalFit

The GlobalFit Gym Network

Through GlobalFit, you and your family have below-retail access to gyms nationwide:

  • 24 Hour Fitness, Bally, Curves, and Anytime Fitness, plus 1000s more regional chains and local favorites
  • GlobalFit's Lowest-Price Guarantee – if any participating gym offers a lower price in writing, GlobalFit will beat that rate by 5%.*
  • Free Guest Passes to try most gyms before deciding

GlobalFit offers a range of membership options.

Get Started Today!

Contact GlobalFit online or at 800-294-1500 to find participating gyms near you. And be sure to ask about GlobalFit's money-saving special offers.

Unlimited Barre3 Sessions

Villanova has partnered with the barre3 studio in Rosemont to offer a $99/month membership for unlimited barre3 classes.

What is barre3? Barre3 is for everyone. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to exercise. Instead, we empower each individual to modify postures and develop body awareness for lasting results. Our signature approach to teaching gives clients a rewarding endorphin high and a deep muscle burn—without pain in areas of the body prone to injury.

The studio is located upstairs from Gullifty's and Mom's Organic Market in the Rosemont Square Shopping Center. Please call or email the studio for more information: 484-383-3302 or

Philadelphia Sports Clubs

Staff and employees are able to take advantage of a fitness partnership that allows access to all PSC locations!

New members have their joining fee waived, and each new member also receives a complimentary 45 minute assessment. Group classes, towel service and discounts for your spouse/partner make this a deal you won't want to miss! Best of all, this partnership is month to month, so you can cancel at any time!

To enroll, contact Claudio Guzzo through email: or by phone: 917-877-1429.

Philly Dance Fitness

Villanova has partnered with Philly Dance Fitness to offer exclusive discounts to faculty and staff members.

  • 10 classes for only $90 - this is a 10% discount on our 10 class package 
  • 10% off a 6 or 12-month membership 
  • 15% off a drop-in class, valid on up to 3 drop-in classes

To enroll, contact Dana Pomerantz at

Philly Dance Fitness is an award-winning, independently owned company offering the greatest variety of adult dance fitness classes with four locations in the metro Philadelphia area. Find more information and classes schedules at

Resources available to Villanova faculty and staff include tobacco cessation classes either on-campus through the Office of Health Promotion or through the Health Advocate, the PA Quitline and medication through Express Scripts, our pharmacy benefit manager. 

Please review the University Tobacco Policy which states that tobacco use is permitted outside campus buildings provided the person is at least 25 feet from an entrance or exit, air intake duct or window. 

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes.

Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. The American Cancer Society can tell you about the steps you can take to quit smoking and provide the resources and support that can increase your chances of quitting successfully. To learn about the available tools, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

"Quitting wasn't really that straightforward. I first quit in 1985 after being diagnosed with a medical condition. My doctor advised me to quit smoking as the condition may have been caused by the reaction of nicotine with medication. I did as he suggested. One year later I gave birth to my daughter, Jen. A few months after that I started smoking again. When Jen was about 1 1/2 (1988) she toddled over to the back screen door and watched me as I smoked a cigarette outside. She watched me with curiosity. That was when I quit again. I haven't smoked since then."

Luisa Cywinski, Falvery Library


Make your next step a healthy step with the IBX Healthy Steps pedometer app.

  • Track the distance, length and speed of your workouts
  • Follow the path of favorite walks and runs
  • Track how many calories you burned
  • Share your workout status with friends using Facebook, Twitter or SMS messages

Download today through Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross Healthy Steps Videos

Are you looking for some creative ways to workout in the Philadelphia area? Check out the short videos below.

IBX Healthy Steps – Get Out, Get Fit with Kimberly Garrison: