Programs & Workshops

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

Fall 2019


  • Money Mindset: Financial Wellness Challenge

    3-week online challenge
    Starts Semptember 9, 2019
    Free to participate

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    Join employees and their spouses across Indiana University for the Money Mindset Challenge! This challenge will help you:

    • Examine your spending habits
    • Learn about your personal financial values
    • And set a financial wellness goal to propel yourself forward!

    This challenge is brought to you by Healthy IU and IU MoneySmarts, and it's free to participate! As a participation incentive, eligible participants who sign up will receive a journal to use during the challenge (while supplies last). 

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Lifestyle and Physical Activity

  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

    Wednesdays, August 28-December 11
    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

  • Ready to Move

    Mandatory Orientation:
    Tuesday, September 17
    12:15-1:15 p.m.
    IMU Persimmon Room

    Meet w/ student coaches for 8 sessions between September 24-November 12
    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.*)
    • Receive instruction on work place movements at your desk.

    The goal is to help you become informed with what you can do to get more movement in your day.
    School of Public Health 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. 

  • Intro to Fitness

    Wednesday, October 16
    1:25-2:15 p.m.
    IMU, Dogwood Room

    Wednesdays, October 23-December 4 (skipping Thanksgiving break)
    1:25-2:15 p.m.
    School of Public Health, Intramural Center Gym 293 and 092

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    Work with a student coach who can help you:

    • Be more comfortable in a fitness setting
    • Learn how to use standard weight room and cardio equipment
    • Learn how to use body weight and small, portable equipment
    • Learn how to personalize your experience in a small group setting
    • Have confidence in your ability to work out on your own, either in a typical fitness setting or at home or on the job

    Students in training will instruct participants in safe and effective warm up, cardio, muscle conditioning, stretching, and balance moves.
    IU employees who register for this program allow students to meet their academic requirements in the course K319, Physical Activity/Exercise Leadership. Please make sure you can attend all sessions as the student’s course grade is dependent on your participation.

  • Bowling

    Two opportunities to choose from!

    Beginner Bowling
    Friday, September 27
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    IMU Bowling Alley
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    Intermediate Bowling
    Friday, October 11
    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 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!

  • How to Be a Savvy Consumer

    Wednesday, October 23
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Learn how to prepare great-tasting meals that are healthy — for you and your budget! Join Healthy IU’s registered dietitian, Steven Lalevich, to learn how to:

    • Decipher nutrition labels
    • Navigate the grocery store
    • Shop on a budget
    • And more!

Peace of Mind

  • Personal Resiliency Training

    3-Part Series

    • Friday, October 11, 9:00 a.m.-Noon
    • Friday, October 25, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    • Friday, November 8, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

    Location: Poplars W100

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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 11
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Global International Studies, Room 2067

    Wednesdays, September 18-October 30
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Global International Studies, Room 2067

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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.

    2019 LOCATIONS:

    • August 29: Hoosier
    • September 5: Hoosier
    • September 12: Hoosier
    • September 19: Hoosier
    • September 26: Persimmon
    • October 3: Hoosier
    • October 10: Hoosier
    • October 17: Hoosier
    • October 24: Hoosier
    • October 31: Hoosier
    • November 7: No session
    • November 14: Hoosier
    • November 21: Hoosier
    • November 28: skipping for Thanksgiving Break
    • December 5: Hoosier (last session of semester; sessions will resume in January)
  • Mental Health Matters

    Wednesday, September 18
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    What is the difference between mental health and mental wellness?  Do you know how to distinguish between the two? Is mental health affecting your life at work, home or play? Do you know how to maintain a life of mental wellness? This webinar will teach you why mental health matters and how to distinguish between it and mental wellness.  You will also learn how to recognize signs of when your mental wellness is in jeopardy and how to maintain mental wellness through practiced behaviors, monitoring thoughts and adjusting your actions.

    Program Facilitator: Susan S. Day, ACSW, LCSW, LCAC, EAS-C

    Susan Day is the manager of the Indiana University Employee Assistance Program where she leads an experienced clinical counseling team and oversees the programming for IU Health, Indiana University, and a variety of other Indiana companies. Susan has served in clinical and leadership roles for thirty years in both hospital and mental health settings. She has experience in the employee assistance field, hospice, home care, hospital social work and addictions work. She is a graduate of the IU School of Social Work for both her bachelor and master’s degrees. She is licensed as a clinical social worker and addiction counselor. Born and raised in Indiana, Susan is a Hoosier inside and out. Susan enjoys travel, cooking, the outdoors and time spent with friends and family.

  • Managing Holiday Blues

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

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    The holiday season is a time to celebrate, give thanks, and spend time with friends and loved ones. However, it is also a time that triggers many feelings and concerns related to current stressors possibly resulting in an onset of Holiday Blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and Depression. This webinar will identify the signs and symptoms of these illnesses and discuss therapeutic treatment options. Restorative activities such as relaxation and focus, exercise, travel, and more will also be shared to assist participants with managing these illnesses. 

    Program Facilitator: Susan S. Day, ACSW, LCSW, LCAC, EAS-C

    Susan Day is the manager of the Indiana University Employee Assistance Program where she leads an experienced clinical counseling team and oversees the programming for IU Health, Indiana University, and a variety of other Indiana companies. Susan has served in clinical and leadership roles for thirty years in both hospital and mental health settings. She has experience in the employee assistance field, hospice, home care, hospital social work and addictions work. She is a graduate of the IU School of Social Work for both her bachelor and master’s degrees. She is licensed as a clinical social worker and addiction counselor. Born and raised in Indiana, Susan is a Hoosier inside and out. Susan enjoys travel, cooking, the outdoors and time spent with friends and family.

Work + Life

  • Parenting Series: Making Words Matter with Kids

    Tuesdays, October 1-October 22 & November 19
    12:30-2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (CT)

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    Imagine how much easier parenting could be with practical strategies that actually work! In this online series, learn practical, evidence-based behavioral and communication strategies that will bring about quick results in your home. Participants will explore 6 key skills including effective instruction delivery, re-connection, child-directed play, and functional mindfulness.

    Program Facilitator: Beth A. Trammell, Ph.D, HSSP-IUE Associate Professor, Psychology

    Dr. Beth Trammell is an experienced clinician who has worked with kids and families for over 14 years in a variety of settings. She has extensive experience in working with severe emotional-behavioral disorders, including children with autism spectrum disorders. She has spent countless hours in research and practice to develop a series of skills that are meant to increase connection with kids quickly, increase compliance with adult-requests, and decrease the frustration that sometimes goes with parenting children! She is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at Indiana University East where she is the Director of the Collaborative Masters in Mental Health Counseling Program. She teaches clinical coursework in behavior disorders of childhood and adolescence, development, personality, and psychopathology.

  • Aging and Caregiver Support Series

    2-Part Online Series:

    • Part 1: Thursday, September 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)
    • Part 2: Thursday, October 10, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    Wondering how to start the discussion with and begin planning to care for an elder loved one?  This two part webinar will answer common questions that arise among individuals that are aging or caring for an elderly loved one. Participants will learn keys to healthy aging and behaviors that assist with preventing common ailments afflicting the aging. Elements of advanced care planning, such as living arrangements, health care coverage (Medicaid, Medicare, etc.), living wills, and health care power of attorney will also be discussed.

    Program Facilitator: Jennifer Carnahan, MD, MPH, MA, IUSM Assistant Professor of Medicine and Research Scientist

    Dr. Jennifer Carnahan’s research is focused on transitions of care from the skilled nursing facility (SNF) setting to home for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This research interest has evolved since her time training as a physician in a unique, combined four-year internal medicine-geriatrics residency and fellowship program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She later used the lessons learned during her training as the chief resident for quality and patient safety. She embraced this role by teaching residents the importance of a smooth hospital discharge, how to avoid the pitfalls of an unsafe discharge, the relevance of cognition and home support environment for a successful hospital discharge, and how social determinants and concerns impact patients’ health in addition to their medical comorbidities.


  • Self-Defense Classes

    Wednesday, October 9
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU Georgian Room
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    Wednesday, October 16
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU State Room East
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    Wednesday, October 23
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU State Room East
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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

    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

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    EAP is offered through Human Resources.

  • CPR Training

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

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