CommonHealth and Wellness

Tap Into the Power of Mindfulness with the VCU Artfulness Initiative

Mindfulness can be described as a mental state achieved through nonjudgmental awareness and acknowledgment of thoughts and physical/feelings in the present. VCU faculty and staff experience pressures at work, from family responsibilities or from financial stress. Seeking mindfulness through therapeutic arts practices and paradigms has the potential to maximize health benefits. Click here for free online sessions that pair mindfulness teachings with art activities.

Having a Baby?  Have a long-term condition?  Want to stop smoking? VCU employees have many opportunities to stay healthy on and off the job.  Click here to learn more about the benefits through Active Health available to employees with state health insurance including Healthy Beginnings (if you are expecting a baby), Healthy Insights (if you have a long-term condition) Healthy Lifestyles (if you care about your health) and Incentive Programs for some long-term health conditions where needed drugs or supplies may be provided at no cost.


CommonHealth is administered by the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM). This initiative provides health and wellness programs to state employees, including VCU faculty and staff and their covered family members over the age of 18 living in their homes. Wage employees and retirees are also eligible for participation.

Programs cover a wide range of health and wellness subjects and are presented in a variety of formats - including onsite programs and video presentations - that make it easy to participate. The programs are educational and fun, and they help employees stay fit and healthy. Employees do not need to be enrolled in the state health benefits program to participate in CommonHealth programs and services.

Current CommonHealth Program

Focus on Fiber
Amazing things happen to our bodies when we eat enough fiber. Let’s get to the bottom of our questions, sort myth from fact, and explore the many health perks of fiber. You’ll be on your way to upping your fiber game. On-campus sessions will be held on January 23 in the Lindsey House and on January 26 in McGuire Hall Annex. Click here to register.

Rose O'Toole, VCU's Regional CommonHealth Ambassador, is available to present this subject or other wellness topics at a staff meeting or special event. For more information, email