Programs & Workshops

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

Spring/Summer 2018

  • Back to Our Roots: Plant Eating Challenge

    Online Nutrition Challenge
    For All IU Employees and Their Spouses
    April 2-22

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    It's time to thrive! Back to Our Roots is a 3-week challenge to add a wide variety of plant-based foods to your meals and snacks. The goal is for participants to explore new plant-based foods and enjoy more of their old favorites.

    During the challenge, participants will log the different kinds of plant-based foods they eat in their Personal Online Tracker. They'll also receive helpful nutrition tips and information from Healthy IU. Back to Our Roots is not about depriving or cutting out any foods that you currently enjoy. Just make sure you leave room for all the plants you'll be trying!

    Plant-based foods include:

    • Vegetables
    • Fruits
    • Grains
    • Nuts & Seeds
    • Beans & Legumes
    • Herbs & Spices


  • Tai Chi

    Wednesdays, May 23-June 27
    12:10-12:50 p.m.
    Global International Studies Building, Room GA 3134

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    Campus Recreational Sports and Healthy IU are excited to offer a six-week Tai Chi for Health program! Tai Chi is a safe, low-impact martial art that has been proven to contribute to one’s overall health through improved relaxation, increased functional movement, improved balance, and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression. No prior Tai Chi experience is required.

    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.

  • Personal Resiliency Training

    3-Part Series

    • Monday, June 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Monday, July 9, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
    • Monday, July 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

    IMU 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. 

    Offered in partnership through Healthy IU and Organizational Development.

  • Beginner Self-Defense

    Tuesday, June 5
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Franklin Hall Room 310

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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.

  • Intermediate Self-Defense

    Thursday, July 12
    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 expand on the Beginner Self-Defense Class. We'll start with a brief review. New physical tactics will be introduced on how to defend yourself if attacked. It is highly recommended you complete the Beginner Self-Defense Class prior to registering for this Intermediate session. Please wear comfortable shoes for practice.

  • Yoga

    Wednesdays, May 16-June 20
    12:10-12:50 p.m.
    Alumni Center

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    All fitness levels are encouraged to participate and no previous yoga experience is required to attend. These yoga sessions will be designed with the beginner in mind but more experienced participants are still encouraged to attend as well. Throughout these sessions, there will be poses that require you to be in standing, seated and lying down postures, all of which will be broken down and cued at an appropriate tempo and pace.

    What to Bring: Mats will be provided, but you can bring your own mat or towel if you’d like.

    ATTENDANCE POLICY: Due to the high demand of this session, the following attendance policy is in place.

    If a registered participant misses two consecutive sessions in a row, they will be removed from the roster and their spot will be given to the next person on the waitlist. Also, if a registered participant does not show up before 5 minutes prior to the session start time, their spot may be given to anyone on the waitlist who is present at that time for that respective session.

    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.

  • 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:

    • March 29: Hoosier
    • April 5: Hoosier
    • April 12: Hoosier
    • April 19: Maple
    • April 26: Hoosier
    • May 3: Maple
    • May 10: Dogwood Room
    • May 17: Hoosier
    • May 24: Hoosier
    • May 31: Hoosier
    • June 7: Bryan Room
    • June 14: Bryan Room
    • June 21: Hoosier
    • June 28: Hoosier

    Class will resume August 23rd.

  • Choose Your Challenge

    Now through September 1, 2018

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    This summer, start your own wellness challenge in your department, or participate individually. Choose from the following Healthy IU challenge templates:

    • Wellness BINGO
    • Safety Scavenger Hunt
    • Daily Workstation Movements 
    • Sleep
    • Active Minutes 
    • Walking 

    Those who complete a challenge and fill out an evaluation survey will receive a Healthy IU drawstring bag as an incentive.


  • 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

    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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