February 12, 2024

VUMC provides employees with options for physical activity

At VUMC, we recognize that incorporating physical activity into our lives, whether for our overall general well-being or at the guidance of a provider to address a medical need, is very important.  To achieve this goal, VUMC offers a variety of convenient ways for all employees to access physical activity resources.

General physical fitness needs are those which we engage in to optimize our overall health and wellbeing.

Available general physical fitness resources do not need a provider referral to access and include the following options:

The Vanderbilt David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center (DWRWC) on the central Vanderbilt campus is available to all VUMC employees for a membership fee of $45/month.  Additionally, as part of our commitment to well-being, all employees have the opportunity to earn a quarterly $90 reimbursement on their membership fee by meeting the qualifications below:

  • Be enrolled in a VUMC Health Plan
  • Complete all three steps of the Go for the Gold program in the previous Go for the Gold year
  • Visit the DWRWC at least 30 days per quarter

More information about this Go for the Gold “Platinum” benefit is available on the Human Resources and Health Plus websites, and you can contact Health Plus at health.plus@vumc.org or 615-343-8943 for additional information.

Health Plus offers several programs for those looking for ways to be active outside of a gym membership. These programs are designed to easily fit physical activity into your daily routine.

  • Find motivation and friendly competition in one of our Step Challenges.
  • Join Health Plus Pacers, a community walking and running club focused on building a culture of connection around physical activity.
  • Participate in a virtual Mindful Stretch Break to decompress and recenter through guided stretching and breathing.
  • Connect with members of the Vanderbilt community who enjoy the same activities as you do, such as hiking, tennis, or golf, through VWell Connect.

The Vanderbilt Osher Center, nearby at 3401 West End Ave, offers movement classes including Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga for individuals as those wishing to incorporate mindful practices into their physical activity options. More information about these unique classes (including associated fees as well as additional therapeutic benefits) is available on the Vanderbilt Osher Center website.

For employees needing formal physical therapy or other therapeutic activities, a provider referral is required. VUMC has options available on or near the main campus as well as in the surrounding community to meet these provider-directed needs. 

  • The Vanderbilt Dayani Center, across from Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, offers a variety of physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation services to individuals in need of treatment for certain medical conditions. The facility includes a therapy pool, indoor track, cardio and strength equipment, and group classes.
  • For those who need a physical therapy resource closer to home or to an off-campus work location, VUMC offers Rehabilitation Therapy clinics in a variety of convenient locations such as One Hundred Oaks, Franklin, Brentwood, Belle Meade, and Hendersonville. For a full list of outpatient rehabilitation locations, visit the VUMC Adult Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Cardiac rehabilitation services are also available across Middle Tennessee through the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.