Programs & Workshops

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

Fall 2018

Physical Activity

  • Sustain & Move IU! Challenge

    Getting Active for Our Health & the Environment
    For all IU employees and spouses
    October 8-26

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    Many activities that are good for us are also good for the environment! That’s why Healthy IU and Sustain IU are partnering for the 3-week “Sustain and Move IU!” Challenge. Walking, bicycling, and using public transportation or carpooling help us stay active and lower our carbon footprint.

    Sustain & Move IU! is a challenge that can be taken anywhere — at home, work, or play. Each week, participants will select 2 activities to try, such as taking a nature walk, carpooling to lunch, or bicycling with family. (Click here to view all the weekly options.)

    Join us as we explore how walking, bicycling, carpooling, and taking mass transit can improve our health and the environment, too!

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  • Ready to Move

    Mandatory Orientation:
    Tuesday, September 18
    Noon-12:30 p.m.
    IMU Walnut Room

    Meet w/ student coaches for 8 sessions between September 25-November 13
    Date/time/location your choice

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    Work with a student coach who can help you:

    • Set movement goals.
    • Learn to utilize campus wellness resources.
    • Get to know your activity style.
    • Log movement using an activity tracker (Fitbit Flex provided by Healthy IU. *See note below.)
    • Receive instruction on work place movements at your desk.

    The goal is help you become informed with what you can do to get more movement in during your day.
    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. The value of the Fitbit ($59.95) is considered taxable income and will be reported on box one of your W-2.

  • Back to Basics: An Introduction to Fitness Equipment

    Wednesdays, October 10-November 14
    1:25 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

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    Work with a student coach who can help you:

    • Be more comfortable in a fitness setting.
    • Learn how to use cardio equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, etc.)
    • Learn how to use resistance equipment and have confidence in your ability to work out on your own.

    Students-in-training will instruct participants in safe and effective warm up, cardio, and strength training. 

    IU employees who register for this program allow students to meet their academic requirements in the course K319, Individual Physical Activity/Exercise Instruction.

  • Group Movement: Balance & Flexibility

    Mandatory Orientation:
    Thursday, September 27
    Noon-12:30 p.m.
    SPH, WIC/Gym 296

    Thursdays, October 4-November 15
    Noon-12:30 p.m.
    IUBSPH, WIC Gym 296

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    Take a noontime walk to the SPH and join us for some feel-good movements!

    • Engage with students and learn from students as they learn from you!
    • Learn basics of balance and flexibility movements you can perform at work & home.
    • Wear your work attire. Workout clothes are not required.

    Meet once a week for 30 minutes for a total of 8 sessions.

    IU employees that register for this program allow students to meet their academic requirements in the course K492 Research in Kinesiology.

  • Beginner Bowling

    Three opportunities to choose from!

    Session 1
    Friday, September 28
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    IMU Bowling Alley
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    Session 2
    Friday, October 26
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    IMU Bowling Alley
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    Session 3
    Friday, November 30
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    IMU Bowling Alley
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    Looking for an activity that you can participate in throughout your lifetime? An activity that gets you moving while having fun? Look no further . . . Bowling is the sport you have been searching for!

    Hosted by IMU Bowling & Billiards, this event will teach you some of the basic skills of bowling and give you a chance to learn more about the on-campus recreational opportunities offered at IU.

    All those who attend will receive a free bowling game pass for a future visit!

Mind/Body Well-Being

  • Personal Resiliency Training

    3-Part Series

    • Friday, September 14, 9:00 a.m.-Noon
    • Friday, September 28, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    • Friday, October 12, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

    IMU State Room East/Georgian Room

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    This experiential training offers evidence-based strategies to improve psychological health, vitality, and effectiveness at home and at work.

    Engaging session activities will focus on promoting self-awareness, identifying and pursuing valued goals and actions, and enhancing mindfulness and compassion for self and others. Each session includes short mindfulness practices, guided self-reflection, opportunity to interact with other participants, mini-lectures, and personal values development.

    Instructor: Linda F Brown, PhD, HSPP. Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist who is certified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the Center For Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has been teaching Mindful Way To Stress Reduction and leading guided meditation for the Healthy IU program since 2012. 

  • Mindful Way to Stress Reduction

    Wednesday, September 12
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Hodge Hall, Room 3016/3022

    Wednesdays, September 19-October 31
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Hodge Hall, Room 3016/3022

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    A growing body of research has shown that mindfulness meditation practice improves concentration and focus and may lead to greater well-being, less reactivity to stress, and fewer symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, and sleep disturbance.

    IU staff and faculty who attended this class have said:

    • “The class is absolutely wonderful—and for me, life-changing.”
    • “I can find inner peace through the techniques learned in this class that brings me a renewed sense of energy!”
    • “This course has helped me realize what is most important and foremost in my life. All the other things are very small in comparison.”
    • “I am so grateful for this opportunity—expert guidance, supportive work environment, a walk to the Union each week. What I am learning extends way beyond my work at IU; this class is giving me the tools I need to be a calmer, more focused and aware wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend—a calmer, more focused and aware me.”

    This program focuses on:

    • Recognizing and addressing stressful situations effectively “on the spot”
    • Managing chronic stress
    • Improving focus and communication
    • Enhancing mind-body wellness

    Employees are invited to the orientation, which is the first class, to assess if this class meets their needs. The class is free to employees committed to attending the weekly sessions. The class is an adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, the program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center For Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts.

    Facilitator: Linda F Brown, PhD, HSPP

  • Mid-Day Mindfulness Practice

    12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.

    You are warmly welcome to participate in weekly 30-minute guided meditation practices in the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU). 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.

    Click here for an IMU building map.

    2018 LOCATIONS:

    • August 23: Hoosier
    • August 30: Hoosier
    • September 6: Hoosier
    • September 13: Hoosier
    • September 20: Hoosier
    • September 27: Hoosier
    • October 4: Hoosier
    • October 11: Hoosier
    • October 18: Hoosier
    • October 25: Distinguished Alumni Room
    • November 1: TBD
    • November 8: Distinguished Alumni Room
    • November 15: Hoosier
    • November 22: Thanksgiving Break, no meeting
    • November 29: Hoosier
    • December 6: Hoosier

Lifestyle & Self-Care

  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (Online)

    Wednesdays, October 3, 2018 - January 23, 2019
    12:30-1:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT

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    One out of every three adults has pre-diabetes. Are you or your spouse at risk? Answer a few questions to find out here:

    "Prevent Type 2 Diabetes" is a proven program to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes. If you're looking for guidance and support with making small lifestyle changes to prevent Type 2 diabetes, this program is for you!

    In this program, you will learn strategies that fit YOUR life in an expert-led, confidential, small-group setting. Examples of sessions in this 16-week program:

    • Simple lifestyle changes resulting in a healthy you
    • Food choices that make you feel great
    • How to take charge of what’s around you
    • Group motivation and individual mentoring

    Every day is a chance to live your best you! Register for Prevent Type 2 Diabetes today!

    Note: This program is intended for those who are pre-diabetic. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, visit

  • Understanding Your Numbers

    Wednesday, October 24
    Noon-12:45 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (CT)

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    Did you recently have your free, annual health screening with $100 (before tax) incentive? Learn more about what your results mean for your health, and how you can create the lifestyle you want. This presentation will provide an overview on how to maintain or improve the following areas of your health:

    • Blood pressure
    • Glucose
    • Cholesterol
    • Triglycerides
    • Body Mass Index (BMI)

Work + Life

  • Breastfeeding in the Workplace

    Thursday, September 20
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    If you are a mother who is breastfeeding, it's important to know the options that are available to you at work. This session will provide helpful breastfeeding tips in the workplace, as well as information regarding IU breastfeeding support and benefits. 

    Presented by Tina Babbitt RN, MSN, IBCLC, RLC, Manager, IUH Breastfeeding Center; Renee Oswalt RNC-OB, BSN, LCCE, Childbirth Education Coordinator and Angela L. Reese, MSW, Work Life Coordinator

  • Breastfeeding Mothers: Planning for Your Return to Work

    Thursday, October 18
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Nursing moms often have many questions about how to continue breastfeeding when they return to work. 

    This webinar will discuss steps returning employees can take to prepare for a supportive breastfeeding environment. Areas that will be discussed include:

    • Positive impact of breastfeeding for baby, mom and employer
    • Time allowance for expressing milk
    • Identifying a private space
    • Alternate work scheduling

    Presented by Angela L. Reese, MSW, Work Life Coordinator

  • How to Support Your Breastfeeding Employees

    Thursday, November 1
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Did you know? Mothers are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. labor force. Approximately 70% of employed mothers with children younger than 3 years work full time. 

    This webinar will share with supervisors and management how they can support their employees who are breastfeeding. Areas that will be covered include:

    • Positive impact of breastfeeding for baby, mom and employer
    • Proper environment for expressing milk
    • Breastfeeding basics (time it takes, storage, etc.)
    • Alternate work scheduling

    Presented by Angela L. Reese, MSW, Work Life Coordinator


  • Bicycle & Commuter Safety: Lunch 'n Learn

    Wednesday, October 17
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Active transportation improves our health and the health of our communities. In this webinar, learn tips for making your active commute bicycling as safe and enjoyable as possible. Not a bicyclist? Tips will be provided on how drivers and bicyclists can safely share the road.

  • Self-Defense Classes

    Monday, September 17
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU Georgian Room
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    Monday, September 24
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU Georgian Room
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    Monday, October 1
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU Georgian Room
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    Join us for these interactive self-defense classes! Learn how you can protect yourself and others around you. These classes will focus on mindset and situational awareness. They will also explore how to avoid being a victim by using physical tactics to defend yourself if attacked. Please wear comfortable shoes for practice. 

    Note: Each class will expand on the one before it. If you have never taken a self-defense class before, it is highly recommended that you start with the Beginner class. In the Advanced class, students will be shown ways to defend themselves against an edged weapon.


  • One-on-one Nutritional 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.

  • 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

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    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.

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    Offered throughout the year

    The IU Employee Assistance Program is a voluntary program that provides professional, confidential counseling to help individuals bring their life into better balance, when day-to-day activities are interrupted by stress. Common reasons to use EAP services include:

    • Depression
    • Stress and anxiety
    • Conflict in the workplace
    • Drug and alcohol abuse
    • Family and marital problems
    • Grief and loss

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    EAP is offered through Human Resources.

  • Weight Talk Program

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

    The Weight Talk Program helps participants learn the skills to achieve and maintain a healthy weight for life. The program lasts six months. Program participants will be part of a private, online community in which they:

    • Complete e-lessons of topics ranging from navigating difficult situations and mastering the art of eating well to rebounding from lapses.
    • Track progress (a computer-linked pedometer is provided which allows you to upload data)
    • Interact and share with others (members only) online

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    Weight Talk is offered through Human Resources.

  • CPR Training

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

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