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How to stay active this summer, earn wellness points

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Completing a walk or race is one way to stay active and earn wellness points in the summer months. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

Wellness is a year-round activity, but warmer weather makes it easier to get outside and get active. As we approach the warmer months, plan some outdoor activities. The temperatures have remained low for a long time. Those daydreams about sunny, summerlike days will soon come to fruition. May is a perfect time to make plans to earn your wellness points.

Hopefully you are well on your way to earning $300 in the Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program. Perhaps you have scheduled your annual checkups and screenings. Maybe you have already participated in some of our Flash Challenges. Even if you've been a little slow to get moving on the wellness program, there's still time.

For those faculty and staff members who work in the Loop Campus, the Loop Fitness Center is a great place to exercise or take a class all year round. The Ray is a great gym option for faculty and staff based in Lincoln Park.   

Ways to Get Active

Loop Fitness Center, Studio and Classes

The Fitness Center and Studio is free to use for all students, faculty and staff.  It's a great place to exercise before or after work. Learn more about the available classes.

Loop Fitness Center Hours:

Monday - Friday:  7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday:  Noon - 6 p.m.​

The Fitness Studio is closed Monday - Friday from noon to 2 p.m. for class. The center and studio also are closed on DePaul holidays.

The Ray

The Ray offers a number of fitness options including a jogging track, pool, personal training and many group fitness and specialty classes. The Ray offers reasonable membership rates for students, faculty and staff. Guest passes also are available if you just want to drop in for the day.

Ways to earn wellness points in the summer months

The Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program gives you more ways to earn points on your way to $300. Login to to learn about activities and log your accomplishments.

Healthy Brain Challenge:  June 4 - July 2. Complete a variety of activities that promote a healthy brain and log them at

Complete a race: We're getting into the race season in Chicago. Volunteer in one of the countless races around Chicagoland. It's a great way to earn points. You might even score a medal and t-shirt or finish the race.

Volunteer: You can volunteer in a wide variety of events and activities throughout the summer.

Complete a sporting event: With the blooming flowers, sports leagues are also sprouting up all over. Bond with friends, get out there and participate in a sporting event.

Participate in local activities: You can earn points by running or walking a race, hiking a trail. It's a great excuse to get out there.

Log your steps: You'll receive one point for every 10,000 steps per day, up to two points per day. You have an opportunity to earn a total of 15 points for logging steps during this campaign period.

Gym Access, Memberships, and Discounts

BCBS Fitness Program
Chicago Athletic Clubs - Chicago Athletic Clubs one month free coupon
Equinox Fitness Club
CorePower Yoga Studio (Complete the form for additional information)
Fitness Formula Clubs
Divvy Bikes