Programs & Workshops

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

Spring 2020

Physical Activity

  • Climb IU — Stair-Climbing and Active-Minutes Challenge

    February 3-21

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    Climb IU is IU’s online stair-climbing and active-minutes challenge. The intent of Climb IU is to move more in short bouts throughout the work day. For tracking, participants will count stairs climbed or active minutes achieved during work hours. The challenge is open to all IU employees and their spouses. There is an option to be on a team or participate individually, and all participants will set their own self-paced goal. Those who register are eligible to receive the participation incentive—a pair of Healthy IU socks—while supplies last.

  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

    Wednesdays, February 5-May 20
    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:
    Thursday, February 13
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    IMU Dogwood Room

    Meet w/ student coaches for 8 sessions between February 20-April 16
    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

    Wednesdays, March 25-April 29
    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.

  • Beginner Bowling Series

    Wednesdays, February 5-March 4
    6:00-7:30 p.m.
    IMU Bowling Alley
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    If you have never bowled before or just need some extra tips to improve your game, this is the class for you. This course is designed to teach the history, rules, and 4-step approach of bowling. Each session will include lots of time to actively practice skills and concepts with the guidance of a certified instructor. Socks are required. Bowling shoes will be provided.

    Instructor: Jesse White is the Assistant Manager for the IMU Bowling Alley and has received his Bronze level bowling instruction certification.

  • Yoga

    Tuesdays, March 24-April 28
    4:30-5:10 p.m.
    IMU State Room East

    This class is now full, but you can 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, January 28-March 3
    12:30-1:10 p.m.
    Poplars W100

    This class is now full, but you can 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.

Peace of Mind

  • Personal Resiliency Training

    3-Part Series

    • Friday, April 3, 9:00 a.m.-Noon
    • Friday, April 17, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    • Friday, May 1, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

    Location: Smith Research Center, Conference Room 151E

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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

    Friday, January 24
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Poplars W100

    Fridays, January 31-March 13
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Poplars W100

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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.

    2020 LOCATIONS:

    • January 16: Maple
    • January 23: Hoosier
    • January 30: Hoosier
    • February 6: Hoosier
    • February 13: Hoosier
    • February 20: Hoosier
    • February 27: Hoosier
    • March 5: Hoosier
    • March 12: Hoosier
    • March 19: skipping for Spring Break
    • March 26: Hoosier
    • April 2: Charter Room
    • April 9: Hoosier
    • April 23: Hoosier
    • April 30: Hoosier
    • May 7: Maple
  • Gratitude Group Program (6-Week Series)

    Two opportunities to choose from!

    Monday Sessions
    Mondays, March 9-April 20 (skipping week of March 16 for Spring Break)
    11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Center for Human Growth, School of Education (Garden Level)
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    Friday Sessions
    March 6-April 17 (skipping week of March 16 for Spring Break)
    11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Center for Human Growth, School of Education (Garden Level)
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    Gratitude is positively associated with better physical health, improved relationships, and greater life satisfaction. Although most people believe that it’s important to be grateful, practicing gratitude consistently is considerably harder for many of us. The Gratitude Group Program was developed by Dr. Joel Wong, an IU professor of counseling psychology, to address the how of gratitude — practical strategies to cultivate gratitude in our lives. Group activities include brief lectures, experiential activities, group sharing, and journaling. Homework includes daily gratitude journaling. 

    Guidelines for participation:

    • Open to full-time IU staff members.
    • Commit to attending all 6 group sessions.
    • A half-hour individual orientation meeting with a group facilitator is required before the group program begins (during the week of February 24). 
    • Each group session will be video recorded for facilitator feedback purposes.
    • By enrolling, you will be included in an IRB approved research study.
    • Participation requires daily access to an iPhone or Android smartphone because group members will be using an app to list things that they are grateful for.

    Facilitated by: Graduate students from the counseling, counseling psychology, and school psychology programs with faculty supervision

  • Art Therapy Open Studio

    Note: The Open Studios listed below are now full. However, groups of faculty and staff members from Indiana University can request wellness experiences to be led in the museum by their art therapist, Lauren. Groups are about an hour in length and can focus on topics such as general wellness, communication and interpersonal relationships through art-making exercises and/or in-gallery experiences. Interested groups should contact Lauren Daugherty, to schedule their wellness experience.

    Tuesday, January 28
    Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Eskenazi Museum of Art, Art-Making Studio, 2nd Floor
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    Tuesday, February 25
    Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Eskenazi Museum of Art, Art-Making Studio, 2nd Floor
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    Tuesday, March 31
    Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Eskenazi Museum of Art, Art-Making Studio, 2nd Floor
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    Tuesday, April 28
    Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Eskenazi Museum of Art, Art-Making Studio, 2nd Floor
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    Join the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s art therapist, Lauren Daugherty, once a month during the academic year for 90 minutes of self-directed art-making! This group is a safe space where individuals can process experiences within their IU departments and their personal lives. Art will be used as a method for self-expression, personal growth, and stress relief. All skill levels and individuals welcome. No art experience necessary. These are a drop-in events. You will be required to register, but can come and go as you please. Please feel free to bring a lunch with you or purchase your lunch from the museum café.

  • Mindfulness Meditations (Online)

    Tuesdays, January 28-March 3
    12:30-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-Noon (CT)
    Online at

    No registration required. Download an Outlook Calendar reminder »

    You are warmly welcome to participate in weekly 30-minute guided meditation practice from wherever you are. This is offered on a drop-in basis. We hope you will benefit from this 30-minute span of stillness in the midst of your workday.

    Please note if you are in a shared workspace, earbuds or headphones are recommended to participate, or please identify a quiet space you can use ahead of time to fully benefit.

    Facilitator: Nancy Lethem, MA, RYT, is a Mindfulness Instructor. Her work incorporates practices that contribute to well-being with stress reduction, energy, and resilience — cultivating wisdom and skill for responding to life’s gifts and challenges.

Work + Life

Mental Well-Being Series: Self-Regulating Stress

  • Art-Based Approaches to Self-Care

    Tuesday, March 3
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    In this webinar, participants will explore the connections between art making and mindfulness. Art-based experiences individuals can utilize at home or in the workplace to combat feelings of stress, burnout, and anxiety will be demonstrated. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about museum art therapy and wellness, as a profession.

    Program Facilitator: Lauren Daughtery, MAT

    Lauren Daugherty is the Arts-Based Wellness Experiences Manager and art therapist at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at IU Bloomington. In this role, she leads art therapy and wellness groups for individuals of all ages from Indiana University and the greater Bloomington community. These experiences utilize in-gallery and art-making experiences to promote health and well-being. She received her master’s in art therapy from Herron School of Art + Design at IUPUI and has experience leading art therapy and wellness groups for individuals with disabilities and those with mental and behavioral health concerns.

  • Work-Life Balance: Stop the Obsession

    Tuesday, February 11
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    Work-life balance is becoming an increasingly more popular topic of discussion by employers, employees, and job applicants alike. During this session, we will discuss the concept of work-life balance, how it can be damaging to one’s personal and professional life, and consider alternative approaches to thinking about these issues, including reflective practice and experimentation.

    Program Facilitators: 

    Megan M. Palmer, PhD, MS

    Megan M. Palmer, PhD, is associate dean of the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Dr. Palmer is also vice chair for education and faculty development and associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the IU School of Medicine. Further, Megan is an associate professor of higher education in the IU School of Education – Indianapolis. In her associate dean position, Megan supports faculty in teaching, promotion and tenure, orientation, work–life integration, and other aspects of faculty life.

    Emily C. Walvoord, MD

    As the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for the IU School of Medicine (IUSM), Dr. Walvoord oversees the enhanced statewide delivery and continuous improvement in the areas of academic advising and career mentoring, wellness, and development of a new student success program, among other services, at all nine campuses. Prior to moving into her student affairs role, Dr. Walvoord was an assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development and an associate program director for the pediatric residency program at IUSM.

  • Navigating Work + Life: Boundary Management

    Thursday, February 20
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    Technology that allows for continuous connectivity to work and the demands of family life have increased. The rise of work + life integration challenges our ability to maintain boundaries between work and personal life, resulting in undue stress. This webinar will discuss simple strategies participants can put in place to maintain healthy boundaries and reduce stress.

    Program Facilitators: Jackie Bezy, MPH, CHES, Health and Wellness Coordinator & Health Educator, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and Marielena R. Burt, MSW, IU Work + Life Intern 

  • GRIT: How to Bounce Back from Adversity, Challenges, and Failure

    Tuesday, February 25
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    Most of us would like to be a little grittier to achieve our goals, but cultivating the passion and perseverance to bounce back from adversity and failure is a skill we're rarely taught. In this workshop you'll learn: Why is GRIT important? What are the five characteristics of GRIT? Strategies to increase your GRIT to work through adversity, challenge, and failure.

    Program Facilitator:

    Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, JD, MEd

    Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the department of Business Law and Management at the IU Kelley School of Business-Indianapolis. She has extensive consulting experience in the areas of professional development, team dynamics and cultural competency. Charlotte is a Certified Facilitator and Administrator: Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), Cultural Intelligence (CQ), and Intercultural Conflict Inventory.

  • The Attentive Bite: How to Transition from Mindless to Mindful Eating

    Thursday, March 5
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    Join Healthy IU Registered Dietitian Steven Lalevich as he shares techniques for mindful eating and tips on food choices that have been shown to reduce stress and increase well-being.

    Program Facilitator: Steven Lalevich, RD

Additional Work+Life Webinars

  • The Developing Brain: Cultivating Resiliency in Children

    Thursday, March 26
    12:30-2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (CT)

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    Due to recent advances in technology, we can see what’s happening in a child’s brain in response to his or her environment, and now know that parental interactions play a large role in childhood cognitive development. Learn how psychologists are using this information to develop effective parenting strategies that cultivate the portion of the brain that is responsible for functions such as self-regulation, executive functioning, empathy, working memory, and life-long learning abilities. Through communication and connection strategies, we can carve the neural pathways to cultivate resilient, competent children.

    Program Facilitator:  Nellie Springston, M.Ed.

    Nellie Springston, a proud Indiana University undergraduate alum, finished first in her class with a M.Ed. School Counseling & Psychology from the University of Louisville, then spent years working in Psychology research learning about trauma, stress and the brain in military soldiers suffering from PTSD. Her passion was always to work with children, so she made her way back to a school setting as a behavior interventionist where she trained school staff to use preventative approaches with students to minimize negative behaviors. Nellie used mindfulness techniques with her most troubled students, and saw incredible results. She founded Calma: Calm & Loving Minds Achieve to provide parents and educators the tools they need to practice mindfulness in home and school settings.

  • Cancer Survivors’ Care—Fear of Cancer Recurrence: Strategies for Adaptive Coping

    Thursday, April 9
    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 A. Johns, PsyD, HSPP, ABPP, Assistant Professor of Medicine, IUSM

    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.


  • Self-Defense Classes

    Monday, February 10
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU State Room East
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    Wednesday, February 19
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    IMU State Room East
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    Wednesday, February 26
    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.

  • WW — Weight Watchers Reimagined

    IU is excited to offer WW as a covered benefit, year-round, at no cost to you! “Digital” and “Digital + Workshops” options are available.

    Who can participate?

    The following individuals are eligible to participate in WW:

    • All benefit-eligible Academic and Staff employees; and
    • Spouses covered on an IU medical plan

    Visit to learn more and register!

    Looking for Workshops at Work?

    If you're interested in joining a current at-work group, or starting one, find more information here.

    What is WW?

    A science-based approach that works
    WW has helped millions lose weight with the latest nutritional and behavior change science. And, members lost 10% more weight on WW Freestyle than the the prior program!

    Smart tools in the palm of your hand
    Just tap the WW app for simple tracking, a barcode scanner, loads of recipes, 24/7 support...and more great weight loss tools to help you succeed!

    The power of community
    Share your journey and swap tips for success in our Workshops and on Connect, our members-only social platform.

    Enrollment Questions? Read the FAQs or contact

  • 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

    Click here for more information

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