Programs & Workshops

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

Fall 2017

Mind-Body Wellness

  • Common Good: 4-Week Online Practice

    October 16-November 10

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    Participate in Common Good to strengthen relationships, boost happiness, and brighten your world! This 4-week online practice will help participants tap into their powerful skills of:

    • Gratitude
    • Purpose
    • Effective Communication
    • and Self-Compassion

    Studies show a strong connection between these skills and our mental and physical well-being at work and home. Each week, participants will be introduced to a research-based practice that will help deepen these skills and your well-being.

    All IU employees, and their spouses, are invited to join us on this journey! Practicing is always better together, so consider inviting your spouse and co-workers to register, too!

  • Mindful Way to Stress Reduction

    Monday, September 11, 2017
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU State Room West

    Mondays, September 18-November 13
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU (rooms may vary by week)

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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.

    2017-2018 LOCATIONS:

    • November 9: Hoosier
    • November 16: Hoosier
    • November 23: Skipping for Thanksgiving Break
    • November 30: Hoosier
    • December 7: State Room West
    • December 14: Hoosier
    • December 21-January 18: Skipping for Winter Break
    • January 25: Hoosier
    • February 1: Hoosier
    • February 8: Hoosier
    • February 15: Hoosier
    • February 22: Hoosier
    • March 1: Hoosier
    • March 8: Hoosier
    • March 15: Skipping for Spring Break
    • March 22: Hoosier
    • March 29: Hoosier
    • April 5: Hoosier
    • April 12: Hoosier
    • April 19: Maple
    • April 26: Hoosier
    • May 3: Maple
    • May 10: Hoosier
    • May 17: Hoosier
    • May 24: Hoosier
  • How to Connect, Not Just Converse, with Others

    Tuesday, October 10
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Franklin Hall — Media School, The Commons

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    Successful conversation is the starting point of all relationships. Although by calling conversation “small talk,” we actually perpetuate the notion that it is trivial and unimportant. Further, it is the cornerstone of civility, as it enables contact, which discourages mistreatment of others. Many people think being able to make successful conversation is an innate talent. It is, in fact, an acquired skill. There is a structure and there are rules of engagement. Once individuals know the basic structure and rules for making successful conversation, connecting with others can become less intimidating. 

    About the Presenter
    Bernardo J. Carducci (Ph.D., Kansas State University, 1981) is a retired professor of psychology at Indiana University Southeast, where he taught classes on personality psychology and introductory psychology for 37 years. He is the director of the Indiana University Southeast Shyness Research Institute ( 

  • Want to Get Healthy? Get Outside!

    Thursday, September 21
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU Walnut Room

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    Feeling stressed, worried, anxious, or tired? Get outside! For years we’ve focused on the physical benefits of outdoor recreation, but there are a lot of other paybacks for a little time in the great outdoors. 

    Hosted by IU Outdoor Adventures (IUOA), this presentation will provide you with the science behind the many health benefits of the great outdoors, while also providing you with ample information on outdoor opportunities right here, in and around Bloomington. 

    Free bouldering pass at IUOA’s bouldering wall for all who attend!

  • Personal Resiliency Training (3-Part Series)

    3-Part Series
    Friday, September 15, 9:00 a.m.-Noon
    Friday, September 29, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    Friday, October 13, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
    IMU State Room East

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    Offered in partnership through Healthy IU and Organizational Development.

    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.

    Facilitator: Linda F. Brown, Phd, HSPP, is a clinical health psychologist in private practice who specializes in mindfulness-based therapies. She teaches Mindful Way to Stress Reduction for Healthy IU and is part of a research team at the Center for Health Services Research at Regenstrief Institute, Inc. in Indianapolis. The team's research focus is evaluating integrative mindfulness and acceptance behavioral interventions to improve well-being in those living with a diagnosis of cancer, their families, and healthcare providers.  

Lifestyle & Physical Fitness

  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (formerly Diabetes Prevention Program)

    Wednesdays, Aug 30-Dec 13
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    CIB, Multipurpose B

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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 the latest research and resources on your journey to preventing Type 2, this program is for you!

    In this program, you will learn small strategies that make a big difference 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 This program is offered by Campus Recreational Sports and supported by Healthy IU.

  • Group Movement: Balance & Flexibility

    Mandatory Orientation:
    Thursday, September 21
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU, Dogwood Room

    Thursdays, September 28-November 16
    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! Meet once a week for 30 minutes for a total of 8 sessions.

    • 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.

    IU employees that register for this program allow students to meet their academic requirements in the course K217, Group Physical Activity/Exercise Instruction.

  • Intro to Fitness Equipment

    Mandatory Orientation:
    Monday, September 18
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU, Walnut Room

    Mondays, September 25-November 13
    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 K218, Individual Physical Activity/Exercise Instruction.

  • Ready to Move

    Mandatory Orientation:
    Tuesday, September 12
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    IMU Oak Room

    Meet w/ student coaches for 8 sessions between Sept 18-Nov 9
    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 their 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.

  • Beginner Self-Defense

    Fall 2017: 3 Dates/Times Available
    • Tuesday, September 12, Noon-1:00 p.m., DeVault Alumni Center
    • Thursday, October 12, Noon-1:00 p.m., Poplars W100
    • Wednesday, November 15, Noon-1:00 p.m., IMU Georgian Room
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    Join us for this interactive self-defense class! Learn how you can protect yourself and others around you. This class will focus on mindset, situational awareness, as well as how to avoid being a victim by using physical tactics to defend yourself if attacked. Please wear comfortable shoes for practice.

    Offered by the IU Bloomington Police Department

  • Walk to Wellness (Holiday Edition!)

    Special Holiday Edition!

    Tuesdays, November 7-December 12
    No Class November 21
    12:15-1:00 p.m.
    School of Public Health

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    Are you looking for FREE ongoing support toward a healthy lifestyle, and to stay active through the holidays? Walk to Wellness is a chance for you to meet and connect with individuals who share similar health goals, learn important tips focused on healthy nutrition, physical activity, and healthy behaviors, and engage in regular physical activity.

    Each week you’ll have the opportunity to:

    • Weigh in
    • Learn important health and wellness tips
    • Walk with a partner, a group or on your own

    Register today, and walk toward your wellness goals!

    Please note: Due to special facility circumstances, spouses are not eligible for this class. This program is offered by Campus Recreational Sports and supported by Healthy IU.


  • 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

    What's a carb? How can I lose weight and still enjoy what I eat? Is my diet giving me all the nutrients I need? If you have questions about foods, we have the answer. Our wonderful registered dietitian (RD) can help you eat healthier with a one-on-one meeting in a judgment-free zone! Sessions include personalized nutrition education on any topic of interest, such as weight loss, heart-healthy eating, vegetarian/vegan diets, or whatever you're curious about. One-on-one nutritional counseling is free for full-time employees and their spouses by appointment. E-mail or call 812-855-4948 (5-4948 if from a campus phone).

  • 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.

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

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

    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

    Learn more about IU EAP »

    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

    Click here to view available dates/times and to register

    Free CPR Training classes are offered twice a month.

    Each class takes place from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 1430 Willis Drive, Bloomington, IN (Free parking)

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