Physical Well-Being Programs

Active&Fit Direct Gym Membership Program

GW employees are eligible for discounted gym memberships from the Active&Fit Direct™ program. Gain access to a network of 12,200+ standard fitness centers and/or 5,700+ premium gym options cross the U.S. at a discounted rate with no long-term contracts. Use the zip code search on the Active&Fit Direct website to see which fitness centers participate in your area.

To access more information about the Active&Fit Direct program as well as see discount promotions available to GW employees, please login to your myGW. In the left navigation menu, under the tools tab, select My Benefits at GW, then select Active & Fit Direct Discount Program. Once this link is opened, you will be brought to the internal page where GW employee specific program information is listed. For any questions, please contact [email protected].

Watch the 7.5.23 Active & Fit Direct Lunch and Learn Recording here.

The Fitness Equation

GW Employees receive discounts at The Fitness Equation located in South Riding, VA and at One Loudoun in Ashburn. All GWU Employees, Faculty, Staff, and Students get up to 20% off the monthly dues and at minimum 50% off the standard Join Fee unless a better promotion is offered on the Join Fee. Term memberships start as a 12, 24, or 36 month term that go month to month at the end of the term. There are many flexibilities in the memberships including the ability to freeze, transfer or cancel within the initial term for personal reasons, move, medical, travel, or freeze or cancel after the initial term.  There is also a member referral fee program.


GW employees are invited to join under the Equinox High-Performance Living Program. Member benefits include a $0 Initiation, reduced monthly dues at any Equinox location, one complimentary Equifit fitness assessment, one complimentary Personal Training session, one complimentary private Pilates session, and access to the Equinox+ digital app, with on-demand classes like Equinox-exclusive MetCon3, Stacked and Precision Run, as well as Soul Cycle and Headstrong meditation. Click here to get started.

Capital Bikeshare

GW faculty and staff are eligible for a discounted Capital Bikeshare annual membership of only $25. Enjoy all the perks of Capital Bikeshare membership for less than 50 cents a week!

Quit for Life

The Quit For Life® program, brought to you by the American Cancer Society® and Alere Wellbeing, is the nation’s leading tobacco cessation program and available to GW employees, eligible dependents and students. 

Real Appeal

Real Appeal is a weight-loss support program offered through both the GW HSP and GW PPO. (You must be a UHC plan participant to join Real Appeal and meet eligibility requirements*.) This virtual program uses live online coaching and highly interactive weekly internet videos to drive small behavior changes week by week over the course of an entire year. After registering, you will complete a health assessment and select a time to begin your online group sessions. You will receive a Success Kit which includes a food and weight scale, balanced portion plate and a link to our FitnessOnDemand library of workout videos. *Real Appeal is designed to support members who have a body mass index (BMI) at 23  or greater. 

UHC Maternity Support Program

Whether you’re thinking about having a baby or have one on the way you are covered under a GW health plan. You are eligible (and encouraged) to participate in the UHC Maternity Support Program at no cost.  Maternity Support is designed to work for all mothers, no matter what your pregnancy journey looks like. You may be eligible to work with a maternity nurse or complete the program through our 24/7 online maternity courses. Upon completing the program, you may also earn financial incentives for participating in the program.