Programs & Workshops

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

Spring 2021

Physical Wellbeing

  • Move More IU Challenge

    3-week online challenge
    March 1-19, 2021
    A free program open to all IU employees and their spouses, IU students, and community members

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    Challenge yourself to add more movement throughout your day!

    Being physically active during the work or school day helps our minds and bodies feel great! And a little bit (even just a couple minutes here and there throughout the day) really goes a long way.

    Sign up for Move More IU to:

    • Receive e-mails with work/school day movement tips, exercises to try, and encouragement
    • Experiment with adding short (1-15 minute) bouts of physical activity to the work/school day
    • Log work/school day active minutes achieved or number of times moved in an online tracker

    Learn more

  • Ask the Experts: Sleep Q&A

    Thursday, March 11
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Have questions about sleep? Our IU sleep experts have answers. Join us for a live Q&A via Zoom. Submit your questions when you register or during the live chat. Our sleep expert panelists are:

    Yelena Chernyak, PhD, DBSM, HSPP
    Board Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
    Chief Psychologist - Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, IU Neurosciences Center
    Director – Behavioral Sleep Medicine, IU Neurosciences Center
    Director – Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship
    Indiana University School of Medicine/IU Health Physicians

    Shalini (Shalu) Manchanda, MD
    Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Director, Indiana University Health Sleep Disorders Center
    Adjunct Professor Clinical Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

    Julie Otte, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Associate Professor
    Assistant Dean of Evaluation
    Indiana University School of Nursing

  • Cooking with Katie

    Join IU Student Health Center Registered Dietitian Katie Shepherd on a live culinary adventure via Zoom! A recipe and ingredient list will be emailed to participants in advance for those who would like to cook along. 

    Chicken Taco Bowls
    Tuesday, March 2
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)
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    In this session, you can cook with Katie to make chicken taco bowls with mango salsa!

    Mason Jar Tuna Salad
    Tuesday, April 6
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)
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    In this session, you can cook with Katie to make mason jar tuna salad, a perfect meal prep concept for your busy week!

  • Beginner Bowling

    Friday, April 16
    1:30-2:30 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.

    Please wear or bring socks. Bowling shoes will be provided. All COVID protocols are being followed to provide a safe environment. Please contact Ryan Clemons if you have questions or concerns at

  • Nutrition Nuggets

    Wednesdays, February 10-May 5
    12:30-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Join Registered Dietitian Steven Lalevich on Wednesdays for a nutrition conversation via Zoom. Each week, we’ll explore a nutrition topic and open up the dialogue for Q&A. No need to attend every session; join us when you can.

  • WW Experience

    Thursday, January 28
    1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET) / Noon-1:00 p.m. (CT)

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    You are invited to a webinar about the WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) Experience for IU Employees.

    During this webinar, WW experts will walk you through how the WW program works, benefits and features for members, and special pricing for IU employees.

    IU covers 100% of the cost of WW programs for employees. To learn more, visit  

  • Rec Sports at Home

    The nationally certified team of fitness professionals with Campus Recreational Sports in Bloomington has provided a variety of health, fitness, and activity resources for the entire Indiana University community.  Resources include workouts for all levels of fitness and experience, virtual sessions, quick tips, and an “Ask the Trainer” resource.

    Check it out

Connecting with Others and Ourselves

  • Mindful Way to Stress Reduction

    2 Options Available, Please Select 1

    Wednesdays, February 24-April 7
    February 24 is an Orientation
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)
    Facilitator: Leslie Flowers
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    Fridays, February 19-April 9
    February 19 is an Orientation
    10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (ET) / 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (CT)
    Facilitator: Linda F Brown, PhD, HSPP
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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.

  • Mid-Day Mindfulness

    2 Options Available!

    12:30-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:30-Noon (CT)
    Live online at
    Facilitator: Leslie Flowers
    (Offered by the IU School of Dentistry and open to all!)

    Thursdays, January 21-May 6, 2021
    12:15–12:45 p.m. (ET) / 11:15–11:45 a.m. (CT)
    Live online at
    Facilitator: Linda F Brown, PhD, HSPP

    You are warmly welcome to participate in weekly 30-minute guided meditation practices live online. 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. Participants are muted during the session; we encourage you to have cameras on to create a sense of community.

  • Mindful Parenting Series Part 2: How to Parent Peacefully

    Thursdays, March 4-March 25
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    Due to advances in technology, we can now see what is happening in a child’s developing brain in response to his or her environment, including different parenting styles. The research is clear that the language and approaches a parent uses are incredibly important for not only optimal brain development, but long-term success and well-being. Join Nellie Springston, M.Ed., Founder of Calma (Calm & Loving Minds Achieve) as she shares research-based language and parenting strategies that focus on connection and communication in order to raise competent, capable kids.

    Session Topics

    • March 4th: Why it's important to cultivate connection and communication in today's society
    • March 11th: Connection
    • March 18th: Communication
    • March 25th: Cultivating courage, capability, curiosity, and resilience

    Program Facilitator: Nellie Springston, M.Ed., Founder, CALMA: Calming and Loving Minds Achieve

    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.

  • Gratitude Group Program (6-Week Series)

    Fridays, February 5-March 19 (no class Feb 19)
    3:00-4:30 p.m.

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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 employees.
    • Commit to attending all 6 group sessions.
    • Commit to weekly gratitude journaling homework.

    Orientation details: A half-hour individual orientation meeting with a group facilitator is required before the group program begins (will be scheduled during the weeks of Jan 25 and February 1)

    Facilitated by: Kuo Deng and another counselor; School of Education, Center for Human Growth; Graduate students from the counseling and counseling psychology with faculty supervision

  • Looking at and Talking about Works of Art

    Noon-12:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:00-11:30 a.m. (CT)

    Join Lauren Daugherty, art therapist at the Eskenazi Museum of Art, to look at and talk about 1-2 works of art from the museum’s collection. No previous art experience necessary. Just be prepared to have some fun!

    Register for a session by clicking a date below.

  • The Book of Joy: Healthy IU Work + Life Virtual Book Club

    Thursday, February 4
    1:30-2:30 p.m. (ET) / 12:30-1:30 p.m. (CT)

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    Last year was difficult and challenging for all. Although we are optimistic, we do not know what 2021 will bring. Now more than ever, it is important to maintain positivity, personal well-being, and continue to support each other.

    For our first virtual book club, we will be reading The Book of Joy. In this book, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu look back on their lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? They share stories about how they have been tested by adversity, yet have still found happiness.

    Attend this kickoff meeting to learn more about the Virtual Book Club and how to participate.

    Facilitators: Gina Plummer, Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Healthy IU; Tasha Rihm, Work Life Intern & Social Work Graduate Student, Healthy IU Work + Life

Racial Dialogue Series

  • Tough Conversations: De-escalation Training

    2-Part Series
    Thursday, January 28 & Thursday, February 4
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. - Noon (CT)

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    De-escalation Training is 2, 2-hour sessions that focus on building skills to become effective at de-escalating and defusing emotional and stressful situations. These sessions focus on understanding and managing your response to stress, understanding and managing the stress of others, and learning effective de-escalation strategies.

    Program Facilitator: Tiffany Lemons, MPA, Senior Organization Development Consultant, IU Human Resources

    Tiffany Lemons has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and leadership development. She has worked in both the nonprofit sector and the higher education sector. Through this work she has developed skills and expertise in a myriad of areas including conflict resolution, de-escalation, team building, assessing and developing organizational cultures, and leadership.

  • Intergroup Dialogue: Having Difficult Conversations about Race & Other Identities

    4-Part Series
    Wednesdays, February 10-March 3
    1:00-3:00 p.m. (ET) / Noon-2:00 p.m. (CT)

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) provides a unique forum to explore issues related to social identities. IGD engages in conversations focused on creating understanding. It works through the conflicts and differences that exist based on social identities. This sustained dialogue process involving four carefully structured progression steps allows participants to discuss important, yet uncomfortable, issues in a safe, supportive environment.

    The four-part course is structured to help participants learn, practice, and leave knowing how to have difficult conversations with local partners, communities, and within personal relationships.

    Program Facilitators: Daniel Griffith, Director, Intergroup Dialogue Programs and Conflict Resolution, IUPUI; Angela Reese, Healthy IU Work Life Consultant; Tasha Rihm, Healthy IU Work Life Intern

Financial Wellbeing

  • "How on Earth Do I Pay for College?"

    Wednesday, March 10
    2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00-2:00 p.m. (CT)

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    There are a lot of ways to fund college for yourself or a family member. It can be incredibly stressful trying to figure out the strategy. What are the various options and which ones make the most sense for you? Join The Office of Financial Wellness & Education to learn more on the dos and don’ts of funding college.

    Facilitator: Phil Schuman, Office of Financial Wellness & Education


  • SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program (EAP), administered by CuraLinc Healthcare, is a confidential resource that provides 24/7 access to professional counseling and referrals. SupportLinc’s licensed counselors can provide short-term assistance with issues such as:

    • grief and loss
    • substance abuse
    • marriage and relationship problems
    • depression
    • work-related pressures
    • stress and anxiety

    Eligibility: Services are provided at no cost to all employees, IU Residents, Graduate Appointees, Fellowship Recipients, and their household members. 

    Services include:

    • Unlimited 24/7/365 telephonic counseling with a professionally licensed counselor
    • Up to six face-to-face counseling sessions per issue, per year at no cost (sessions are held in-person or over secure video)
    • Access to comprehensive content and tools through SupportLinc’s website and eConnect® mobile app (Case sensitive username: iu)

    Learn more about EAP »


  • 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!

    What options are available?

    WW provides science-based tools through nutrition education, social support, and healthy lifestyle habits like physical activity and stress management. WW delivers programming in two ways to fit your lifestyle:

    • OPTION 1 — Digital Only (e-Tools): an easy-to-use app and website to track your food, movement, and weight goals; barcode scanner, restaurant items, and over 5,000 recipes; and expert chat available 24/7.
    • OPTION 2 — Workshops + Digital: offers access to workshops in the community (check WW Studio locations) and online, with guidance from a trained WW Coach and motivation from members who are on the same path. Additionally, this option provides access to all the digital tools.

    Attend a Private Virtual Workshop Exclusively for You and Your IU Colleagues

    IU employees have the option to attend weekly Virtual Workshops with familiar faces. Gather your fellow WW members and join a Coach for your healthy dose of guidance, inspiration, and support.

    To view the schedule and details, join IU’s Connect group by clicking here.

    Important: You must click the link from a mobile device to be directed to the Connect group.

    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

  • Diabetes Management

    Testing and tracking your blood glucose levels is a crucial component of successful diabetes management, but it can sometimes be a costly and time-consuming manual process. Now, there’s a better way.

    IU’s prescription benefit includes the CVS Caremark Transform Diabetes Care (TDC) program. The voluntary program combines advanced technology from Livongo with tools and support from CVS Caremark to help IU plan members live the life they want. All program costs are covered by the university under the CVS Caremark prescription benefit.

    Learn more »

  • 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.

  • One-on-one Nutrition 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.

  • CPR Training

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

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