Programs & Workshops

IU offers programs and workshops to help you live your best you.

Fall 2020

Peace of Mind

  • Creative Self-Care Challenge: Art, Music, and Writing for Well-Being

    3-week online challenge
    For all IU employees and spouses
    Participate anytime August 1-December 7, 2020

    Learn more and register!

    Our creative pursuits can be effective in helping us express emotions, reaffirm what's important to us, and enhance well-being. "Creative Self-Care" is an online, university-wide challenge that encourages creative experiences in art, music, and writing as tools to promote self-care and mental/emotional well-being. 

    Each week of the challenge, participants will choose one or more of the 14 creative experiences offered — including exercises in art viewing and making, music, and writing. These experiences have been recommended or created by IU experts to benefit individual self-care and well-being. 

    Full-time employees and their spouses who register for the challenge are eligible to receive a set of Healthy IU mini colored pencils (first-come, first-served, while supplies last) to help them with their creative pursuits.

  • Mindful Parenting Series

    Thursday, October 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    Do you find yourself yelling at your kids, threatening them, or flying off the handle on a regular basis? Do you have every intention to have a great day as a family, but quickly find yourself losing your patience with your kids over the smallest things? In order to create calmness and peace in your home, you must first have the knowledge, skills, and ability to cultivate it within.

    This class offers clear, beginner-level guidance for developing your own daily meditation practice using breath awareness and focused attention meditation exercises. Each class offers basic instruction in the techniques of meditation in order to cultivate a sense of peace within that can be transmitted to your kids and family.

    We all have the best intentions for raising our children, but often lack the skills to be effective parents. Attending Nellie's workshop was one of the best investments I've made for the benefit of my family. Not only do I now understand specific developmental needs of my children, but she also presented practical tools for my personal growth and development as a father." — Chris Lair, father of Tommy, 3 and Lucy, 2.

    Session Topics

    • October 1: Why Mindful Parenting
    • October 15: Meditation and Mindfulness
    • October 22: Moving from Reactive to Responsive
    • October 29: Cultivating Empathy/Perspective-Taking

    Program Facilitator: Nellie Springston

  • Fine Tuning Your Finances: The Emergency Fund

    Wednesday, October 28
    2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00-2:00 p.m. (CT)

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    No matter if your financial situation has been greatly affected or not affected at all in this past year, it has never been more clear that an emergency fund has to be an essential part of your financial life. If you want to learn more about having an adequate emergency fund, come learn from the Office of Financial Wellness & Education on how you can build it through strategies of effective budgeting and debt repayment.

    Facilitator: Phil Schuman, Office of Financial Wellness & Education

  • Midday Mindfulness Practice

    Thursdays, August 27-December 3
    12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
    Live online at

    You are warmly welcome to participate in weekly 30-minute guided meditation practices live online. This is offered on a drop-in basis; you are invited to attend whenever it fits your needs and/or circumstances—no advance notice required. We hope you will benefit from this 30-minute span of stillness in the midst of your workday. Participants are muted during the session; we encourage you to have cameras on to create a sense of community.

    Facilitator: Linda F Brown, PhD, HSPP

Physical Activity & Nutrition

  • Ready to Move IU

    Mandatory Orientation:
    Tuesday, September 15
    3:15-4:30 p.m.

    Meet w/ student coaches for 8 sessions between September 15-November 5
    Time: 30-minute sessions
    Location: Online or over the phone. Dates/times your choice.

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    Helping you reach your movement and well-being goals! Work with a student coach who can help you:

    • Create a personalized movement plan.
    • Create movement goals for overall wellness.
    • Learn to utilize campus wellness resources.
    • Find activities that work for you.
    • Discover creative ways to move and sit less at work.
    • Log movement using an activity tracker (Fitbit Flex provided by Healthy IU* or your own device).

    Ready to Move is focused on coaching you to be well. School of Public Health graduate and undergraduate student coaches work with participants for 30 minutes, once per week for 8 sessions. Meeting times are arranged with your student coaches. Student grade is dependent on employee engagement. Please ensure you can meet with your student coach 8 times throughout the program.

    *Please note: Only full-time employees and/or spouses covered under an IU sponsored medical plan are eligible. 

  • Healthy Back Series

    Wednesdays, September 16-October 21
    3:30-4:30 p.m. (ET) / 2:30-3:30 p.m. (CT)

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    Having issues with your back? This 6-week series will help you learn all about how to care for your back. We will cover common injuries and causes of back pain, proper ergonomic set up of your workstation, and how to safely lift and perform other everyday activities. We will focus on safe and effective core stability, strengthening, and stretching exercises, with mini practical movement assignments each week. Join us for a healthier back and enhanced well-being!

    Instructor: Mary Yoke, PhD, FACSM, MA, MM in partnership with Tamila Garbuz and Michelle Whited from IU Employee Health and Safety (EHS).

    Weekly topics

    • Week 1: Intro to back health, including common injuries and causes of back pain
    • Week 2: Office ergonomics
    • Week 3: The problem with everyday activities: sitting, standing, sleeping, lifting, and some exercises
    • Week 4: Training your core for stability and mobility
    • Week 5: Feel-good moves for your back
    • Week 6: Training your muscles for life
  • Nutrition Nuggets

    Wednesdays, August 26-December 16
    Noon-12:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:00-11:30 a.m. (CT)

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    Join Registered Dietitian Steven Lalevich on Wednesdays for a nutrition conversation via Zoom. Each week, we’ll explore a nutrition topic and open up the dialogue for Q&A. No need to attend every session; join us when you can.

  • The Mediterranean Diet

    Tuesday, October 13
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Whole plant foods, olive oil, seafood, and wine are key characteristics of the Mediterranean diet. Join Registered Dietitian Steven Lalevich to explore the benefits of these foods and how the Mediterranean diet can improve your health and reduce your risk of chronic diseases.

  • Rec Sports at Home

    The nationally certified team of fitness professionals with Campus Recreational Sports in Bloomington has provided a variety of health, fitness, and activity resources for the entire Indiana University community.  Resources include workouts for all levels of fitness and experience, virtual sessions, quick tips, and an “Ask the Trainer” resource.

    Check it out

Webinar Series: Navigating Work + Life During Public Health Crises

  • Compassion Fatigue

    Tuesday, September 15
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    For many of us, our day to day jobs are not only physically demanding, but mentally exhausting as well. This seminar will help you to understand what compassion fatigue is, learn to identify the signs and symptoms and provide you with practical, real-life strategies to help you combat the negative effects of compassion fatigue in your everyday life. 

  • Change Management for Leaders

    Thursday, September 24
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    This seminar is designed to familiarize participants with the elements of change. The goal is to help leaders manage the change process and understand the importance of their role in the process. We will provide an overview of each element and define each as it relates to the leaders’ role in change management. Participants will have the opportunity to share examples from their own experience for each of the elements.

  • Preventing Burnout

    Tuesday, October 6
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    At one time or another, almost everyone reports feeling “burned out.” But what does “burnout” really mean? What are the signs of burnout? And if you are experiencing burnout, what can you do about it?  In this seminar, participants will learn to identify the root causes of burnout, understand the negative consequences of leaving burnout unaddressed, and learn effective strategies for preventing and overcoming burnout. By learning how to take charge and make changes, participants will be empowered to overcome burnout and create greater balance in their busy lives.

  • Mental Health First Aid for Employees

    Tuesday, October 13
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    Do you know what to do if a family member, friend, or co-worker isn’t acting or behaving as they normally would? Would you know what to say to them? Every year, 1 in 4 Americans experiences a mental health issue. Despite these issues being real and common, many of us are unsure how to support a family member, friend, or coworker that we suspect is suffering with a mental illness. Just as you may learn CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, it’s important to understand basic mental health first aid strategies. In this seminar, you’ll learn an easy-to-remember approach to aid others who maybe struggling with a mental health issue.


  • SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program (EAP), administered by CuraLinc Healthcare, is a confidential resource that provides 24/7 access to professional counseling and referrals. SupportLinc’s licensed counselors can provide short-term assistance with issues such as:

    • grief and loss
    • substance abuse
    • marriage and relationship problems
    • depression
    • work-related pressures
    • stress and anxiety

    Eligibility: Services are provided at no cost to all employees, IU Residents, Graduate Appointees, Fellowship Recipients, and their household members. 

    Services include:

    • Unlimited 24/7/365 telephonic counseling with a professionally licensed counselor
    • Up to six face-to-face counseling sessions per issue, per year at no cost (sessions are held in-person or over secure video)
    • Access to comprehensive content and tools through SupportLinc’s website and eConnect® mobile app (Case sensitive username: iu)

    Learn more about EAP »


  • WW — Weight Watchers Reimagined

    IU is excited to offer WW as a covered benefit, year-round, at no cost to you! “Digital” and “Digital + Workshops” options are available.

    Who can participate?

    The following individuals are eligible to participate in WW:

    • All benefit-eligible Academic and Staff employees; and
    • Spouses covered on an IU medical plan

    Visit to learn more and register!

    What options are available?

    WW provides science-based tools through nutrition education, social support, and healthy lifestyle habits like physical activity and stress management. WW delivers programming in two ways to fit your lifestyle:

    • OPTION 1 — Digital Only (e-Tools): an easy-to-use app and website to track your food, movement, and weight goals; barcode scanner, restaurant items, and over 5,000 recipes; and expert chat available 24/7.
    • OPTION 2 — Workshops + Digital: offers access to workshops in the community (check WW Studio locations) and online, with guidance from a trained WW Coach and motivation from members who are on the same path. Additionally, this option provides access to all the digital tools.

    Attend a Private Virtual Workshop Exclusively for You and Your IU Colleagues

    IU employees have the option to attend weekly Virtual Workshops with familiar faces. Gather your fellow WW members and join a Coach for your healthy dose of guidance, inspiration, and support.

    To view the schedule and details, join IU’s Connect group by clicking here.

    Important: You must click the link from a mobile device to be directed to the Connect group.

    What is WW?

    A science-based approach that works
    WW has helped millions lose weight with the latest nutritional and behavior change science. And, members lost 10% more weight on WW Freestyle than the the prior program!

    Smart tools in the palm of your hand
    Just tap the WW app for simple tracking, a barcode scanner, loads of recipes, 24/7 support...and more great weight loss tools to help you succeed!

    The power of community
    Share your journey and swap tips for success in our Workshops and on Connect, our members-only social platform.

    Enrollment Questions? Read the FAQs or contact

  • Diabetes Management

    Testing and tracking your blood glucose levels is a crucial component of successful diabetes management, but it can sometimes be a costly and time-consuming manual process. Now, there’s a better way.

    IU’s prescription benefit includes the CVS Caremark Transform Diabetes Care (TDC) program. The voluntary program combines advanced technology from Livongo with tools and support from CVS Caremark to help IU plan members live the life they want. All program costs are covered by the university under the CVS Caremark prescription benefit.

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  • Tobacco Cessation

    Quit for Life Program

    Eligibility: Full-time academic and staff employees and spouses who are enrolled in an IU-sponsored medical plan

    The Quit For Life Program offers an integrated mix of support tools to help stop using tobacco products. The program is telephone based and accessible across all IU campuses. Participants have access to:

    • Five coaching calls with a “Quit Coach” to work with and set and reach a quit date
    • Nicotine replacement therapy (as needed)
    • One year of follow-up phone and web assistance

    Learn more about Quit for Life »

    Tobacco Cessation Prescription Benefits

    Eligibility: Anyone enrolled in an IU-sponsored medical plan

    IU employee medical plans cover 100 percent of the cost of tobacco cessation prescription and over-the-counter tobacco replacement products. Coverage is limited to a 180-day supply per covered individual per year. Covered prescriptions drugs include Chantix, Zyban (bupropion), and Nicotrol. Over-the-counter products require a prescription in order to be covered under the employee’s medical plan.

    These tobacco cessation resources are offered through Human Resources.

  • One-on-one Nutrition Counseling

    Offered throughout the year
    Sessions last approx. 1 hour
    E-mail or call 812-855-4948 to schedule an appointment

    If you have questions about food, we have answers. Our wonderful registered dietitian (RD) can help you develop a plan to achieve your health goals. Sessions include personalized nutrition education on any topic of interest, including weight loss, heart-healthy eating, digestive health, and more. One-on-one nutritional counseling is available at no charge for full-time employees and their spouses by appointment.

  • CPR Training

    Offered through the Office of Insurance, Loss, Control, and Claims

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