New wellness management program Pivio available to Pitt faculty, staff

For those seeking new approaches to wellness and avoiding increasingly common chronic health concerns like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, excess weight and high blood pressure, Pitt is offering a new, no-cost wellness opportunity starting this summer.

“Pivio, the Complete Health Improvement Program,” is described as a “proven lifestyle education program” that focuses on plant-based eating, physical activity, stress reduction, mindfulness training and positive psychology. The program is designed to help individuals make positive health changes that lead to reduced medication use, weight loss and improved cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

All full- and part-time regular faculty and staff with UPMC Health Plan coverage that meet certain health criteria are eligible for the program. Before starting, interested participants will meet with a UPMC Health Coach for a review. There is no cost to participate.

A virtual information session for those interested will take place from noon-1 p.m. June 8 or noon-1 p.m. June 16. Register through MyHealth Online via Pitt Passport (select the menu/hamburger button, then “Better Health and Wellness,” then choose “Wellness Event Registration”) or by emailing

Pivio classes consist of 18 remote sessions throughout 12 weeks. There will be two classes offered starting July 11 and Aug. 8:

  • Class 1: July 11 through, Sept. 29, noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; sign-up deadline is June 20

  • Class 2 — Aug. 8 through Oct. 27, 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; Sign-up deadline is July 18

Space is limited for the program, so reserving a spot soon is encouraged. For questions or enrollment information, email

— Shannon O. Wells