Programs & Workshops

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

Spring 2019


  • Sleep Great IU! Challenge

    February 4-March 3
    For IU employees and their spouses

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    Getting enough sleep can improve just about every aspect of your life! Besides giving you that wonderful, well-rested feeling, sleep is important for learning, problem solving, managing stress, and regulating mood. It also promotes a healthy immune system and helps prevent chronic conditions like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

    But did you know? More than a third of Americans aren't getting enough sleep. 

    If you would like to practice simple habits that can help you sleep well and feel more energized throughout the day, join the online "Sleep Great IU!" Challenge!

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  • Reset Your Rhythm: How Meal Timing and Light Exposure Affect Sleep and Health

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

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    Every cell in your body is regulated by your internal 24-hour clock, or circadian rhythm. In this presentation, we’ll examine how the timing of food intake and light exposure regulates the circadian rhythm. We’ll explore the causes of circadian rhythm disruption and discuss specific strategies you can use to improve your sleep and overall health by modifying eating times and light exposure throughout the day.


  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

    Wednesdays, February 13-June 5
    12:30-1:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    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

Mind & Body

  • Personal Resiliency Training

    3-Part Series

    • Friday, January 25, 9:00 a.m.-Noon
    • Friday, February 8, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    • Friday, February 22, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

    SPEA A225

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    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

    Tuesday, January 15
    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    IMU Frangipani Room

    Tuesdays, January 22-March 5
    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    IMU, Room locations vary, facilitator will advise

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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:

    • January 10: Hoosier
    • January 17: Redbud
    • January 24: Hoosier
    • January 31: Hoosier
    • February 7: Hoosier
    • February 14: Hoosier
    • February 21: Hoosier
    • February 28: Hoosier
    • March 7: Hoosier
    • March 14: Skipping, Spring Break
    • March 21: Hoosier
    • March 28: Hoosier
    • April 4: Maple
    • April 11: Hoosier
    • April 18: Hoosier
    • April 25: Hoosier
    • May 2: Redbud
  • Cancer Survivors' Care – Fear of Recurrence: Strategies for Adaptive Coping

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

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    Major advances have been made in cancer treatment resulting in more and more people surviving cancer every year. Once treatment ends, many cancer survivors struggle with lingering side effects (e.g., fatigue, pain, sleep disturbance) and understandable concerns about cancer recurrence. This session is designed to support IU faculty and staff who have been treated for cancer in coping adaptively with cancer-related challenges. 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.

    Program Facilitator:  Shelley Johns, PSYD, ABBP, IUSM Assistant Professor of Medicine 

    Dr. Johns conducts patient-oriented research testing behavioral interventions to: (1) reduce cancer-related fatigue and associated symptoms for post-treatment cancer survivors; and (2) improve adaptive coping and quality of life for adults with advanced-stage cancer and their family caregivers. As a clinician-scientist currently working as part of the Palliative Care Service at Eskenazi Health, Dr. Johns is deeply aware of the needs of adults with cancer and their family caregivers. Her heightened awareness of the limitations of existing evidence-based interventions in effectively addressing the needs of many patients has led to a number of research ideas for which Dr. Johns has secured funding. 

Physical Activity

  • Ready to Move

    Mandatory Orientation:
    Tuesday, January 29
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU Dogwood Room

    Meet w/ student coaches for 8 sessions between February 5-April 9
    Date/time/location your choice

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    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 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. 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, March 20-April 24
    1:25 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
    IUBSPH, Intramural Gym

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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.

  • Beginner Bowling

    Two opportunities to choose from!

    March Session
    Friday, March 1
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    IMU Bowling Alley
    This session is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    April Session
    Friday, April 5
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    IMU Bowling Alley
    Register now »

    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!

  • Yoga

    Thursdays, January 24-February 28
    12:10-12:50 p.m.
    School of Education, Wright Building Room 3115

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    These yoga sessions are designed with the beginner in mind. The intent of this program is to provide an introduction to foster your own continued practice. 

    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.

  • Tai Chi

    Tuesdays, March 19-April 23
    5;30-6:10 p.m.
    Poplars W100

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    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.


  • Parenting Series: Making Words Matter with Kids

    Thursdays, February 7-28, March 7, & April 4
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    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.

  • Mindful Parenting Workshop

    Tuesday, April 23
    Noon-1:30 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    Parenting can be one of the best (and most demanding!) jobs we'll ever have. In this workshop, we'll explore techniques that keep us in the present moment with our children, where we can offer our full attention, openness, and compassion.

    This workshop is great for parents looking for mindful solutions for slowing down in hectic situations, setting kids (and parents) up for success, and overall reducing the stress and anxiety that can sometimes overwhelm both parents and kids.

    About the Instructor
    Mari Rossi has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for parents and children since 2006, and this is her fifth year facilitating the Mindful Parenting course she developed. She teaches in-person at the University of Toronto, and an online version of her programme at Indiana University. Mari has a degree in Psychology, with an specialization in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health, and is currently a doctoral student in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at U of T. Between her academic pursuits and mindfulness teaching, Mari finds time for her most important work: parenting her seven year-old son and nine year-old daughter.


  • Self-Defense Classes

    Wednesday, February 27
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    School of Education, Wright Building Room 3275
    This session is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    Wednesday, March 27
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    School of Education, Wright Building Room 3275
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    Wednesday, April 24
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    School of Education, Wright Building Room 3275
    This session is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    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

    Learn more about IU EAP »

    EAP is offered through Human Resources.

  • CPR Training

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

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