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Welcome to NOVAfit! Villanova's Employee Health and Well-being Program! We believe in enhancing employees lives through a holistic health and wellness approach centered around the 5 pillars of Emotional, Financial, Physical, Social, and Spiritual Health. 

Individuals covered under the university's health plan can receive a premium discount if they attend the biometric screening event for our annual enrollment or if they have their physician fill out the Physician Affidavit Form

Healthy Holidays Challenge! 

The holiday season is the reason, to give yourself the gift of a healthy you! The Healthy Holidays Challenge for a 5-week program designed to help you achieve a better health and wellbeing. Each week will consist of a new challenge surrounding one of the NOVAfit! health and wellbeing pillars (physical, emotional, financial, social, and spiritual). Sign up and join us for a fun, friendly challenge with colleagues and let’s all have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!


            To join the Healthy Holidays Challenge sign up by November 18th

Challenge Dates:

            Begins: November 21, 2022

            Ends: December 23, 2022


            Each Monday, you will be emailed a newsletter focused on the challenge of the week. Here you will find helpful tips, recipes, motivational quotes and more!

            The second week on Monday, you will receive your next challenge along with your first survey. To qualify for the prizes at the end of the program, you must submit the survey by the following Thursday. Example: Week 1 runs November 21-25. Week 1 survey must be submitted by December 1. 

Weekly Preview:

Week 1: Let's Move

Week 2: Something New

Week 3: Water Rules

Week 4: Taste the Rainbow

Week 5: Gratitude and Reflection

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.

Any questions, feel free to reach out to Patrick Valentine, Well-being Program Specialist at  

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

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: