Programs & Workshops

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

Fall 2021


  • Back to Our Roots: Plant Eating Challenge

    A Nutrition Challenge for the IU Community
    September 20-October 11

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    Incentive: Full-time IU employees and their spouses on an IU-sponsored medical plan are eligible to receive a Healthy IU lunch bag when they register.

    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!

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  • Nutrition Nuggets

    Wednesdays, September 1-December 15
    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.

  • Cooking with Katie: Easy Chickpea Curry

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

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    Join IU Student Health Center registered dietitian, Katie Shepherd, on a live culinary adventure via Zoom! In this session, Katie will show you how to prepare an easy chickpea curry that will be sure to wake up your taste buds. The recipe includes lots of plants to help you achieve your Back to Our Roots challenge goals!

Physical Well-being

  • Ready to Move IU

    Mandatory Orientation
    Thursday, September 23
    3:15-4:30 p.m.

    Meet w/ student coaches for 8 sessions over 8 weeks between September 23-November 18
    Time: First session: 45-60 minutes; All other sessions: 30-minutes
    Location: Online or over the phone. Dates/times your choice.

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    Ready to move is all about helping you reach your movement and well-being goals! Work with a student coach who can help you:

    • Create a personalized movement plan.
    • Develop movement goals for overall wellness.
    • Learn to utilize campus wellness resources.
    • Find enjoyable activities that work for you.
    • Discover creative ways to move and sit less at work.
    • Log movement using an activity tracker (Fitbit provided by Healthy IU* or choose to use your own device).
    Ready to Move is focused on coaching you to be well. By participating in Ready to Move you are also supporting students personal and professional growth in applying learned skills, techniques, and coaching strategies with you. School of Public Health graduate and undergraduate student coaches work with participants for 30 minutes, once per week for 8 sessions. Meeting times are arranged with your student coaches. Student practical experience, growth, and 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.
  • Improving Your Numbers

    Tuesdays, October 5-October 26
    12:00-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Do you have health screening numbers outside the normal range? Join Registered Dietitian Steven Lalevich to learn about nutrition and lifestyle strategies to improve your numbers and lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes. This online group program consists of four weekly sessions.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: It's More than Just Noise in the Bedroom

    Friday, October 15
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Join IU sleep expert, Shalini (Shalu) Manchanda, MD, for a discussion about obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). You'll learn about risk factors, diagnosis, the importance of treatment, options for treatment, and more. 

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

  • Healthy Back Series

    Mondays, September 13-October 18
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Having issues with your back? This 6-week series will help you learn all about how to care for your back. We will cover common injuries and causes of back pain, proper ergonomic set up of your workstation, and how to safely lift and perform other everyday activities. We will focus on safe and effective core stability, strengthening, and stretching exercises, with mini practical movement assignments each week. Join us for a healthier back and enhanced well-being!

    Instructor: Mary Yoke, PhD, FACSM, MA, MM in partnership with IU Employee Health and Safety (EHS)

  • What to Know about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Wednesday, September 29
    1:30-3:30 p.m. (ET) / 12:30-2:30 p.m. (CT)

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    What is carpal tunnel syndrome and what can you do about it? In this session, we will discuss the main causes of this repetitive stress disorder, wrist anatomy, symptoms, and how you can modify your work environment to prevent the problem. We will also cover strategies and exercises that can help relieve the mechanical stresses that can cause pain, tingling, or numbness in your wrist, hand, or fingers. You will leave empowered with new knowledge and practices to enhance your well-being!

    Instructor: Mary Yoke, PhD, FACSM, MA, MM; IUB School of Public Health and IUPUI School of Health and Human Sciences

Mental/Emotional Well-being

  • Mindful Way to Stress Reduction

    Wednesdays, September 8-October 27
    September 8 is an Orientation
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (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 session, 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.

  • Attitude of Gratitude

    Friday, November 12
    10:30-11:30 a.m. (ET) / 9:30-10:30 a.m. (CT)

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    Gratitude is the practice of affirming gifts and positivity in the world coupled with the recognition from which these resources stem. The practice offers physiological, psychological and social benefits improving on our bodies, minds and relationships. In this seminar, we’ll discuss the many benefits of gratitude and provide simple and manageable ways that offer significant results to cultivate gratitude in our everyday life.

    This webinar is provided by SupportLinc, IU's Employee Assistance Program.

  • Mid-Day Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions

    2 Options Available!

    12:30-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:30-Noon (CT)
    Live online at
    Facilitator: Leslie Flowers

    These sessions practice the relaxation tools of conscious breathing, meditation, and chair yoga. Offered by the IU School of Dentistry and open to all!

    Thursdays, August 26-December 2 (skipping November 25)
    12:15-12:45 p.m. (ET) / 11:15–11:45 a.m. (CT)
    Live online at 
    Facilitator: Linda F. Brown, PhD, HSPP
    Click here to add these sessions to your Outlook calendar.

    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 to relax and refocus 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. 

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  • Mindful Parenting: How to Practice Mindfulness with Kids and Teens

    Thursdays, September 23-October 14
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ET) / 10:30-11:30 a.m. (CT)

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    Learn simple, age-appropriate every day ways to practice being mindful with your children. Mindfulness is the ability to notice what is happening in the present moment, and practicing mindfulness with kids helps develop skills of emotional and behavioral self-regulation and increases focused attention. Join Nellie Springston, M.Ed. Founder of Calma (Calm & Loving Minds Achieve) as she shares research-based strategies with you to practice with your kids.

    The first two sessions of this series will focus on elementary-aged children. The last two sessions will focus on teens. 

    Program Facilitator: Nellie Springston, M.Ed.

  • Small Worries to BIG Anxiety: Supporting Teens Through Big and Small Challenges

    2-Part Series

    • Tuesday, September 7, 12:15 p.m. (ET)
    • Tuesday, September 14, 12:15 p.m. (ET)

    Location: Online 

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    Whether your teen experiences just a little bit of fear or a lot of big anxiety, it can feel overwhelming to know what to do to help. This 2-session series will share practical tips on how to help your teen with all types of worry and anxiety, with specific emphasis on how to talk through those anxious moments.

    Program Facilitator: Beth Trammell, Ph.D., HSPP

  • Depression and Loss through The Teen Lens: Parenting Strategies for Better Tomorrows

    3-Part Series

    • Tuesday, October 5, 12:15-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:15 a.m.-Noon (CT)
    • Tuesday, October 19, 12:15-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:15 a.m.-Noon (CT)
    • Tuesday, November 2, 12:15-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:15 a.m.-Noon (CT)

    Location: Online 

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    This past year has been one that has been filled with lots of loss, especially for many of our teens. For some, this may be the first experience with grief, which can seem really hard to navigate. This three-part series will share parenting strategies to help better understand the lens of teen grief, what is looks like, and how to help. We will explore specific signs for depression and suicide and when further intervention is needed. Join us to learn all about teen depression, loss, and grief.

    This 3-session workshop is a complement to the Small Worries to BIG Anxiety: Supporting Through Big and Small Changes workshop.

    Program Facilitator: Beth Trammell, Ph.D., HSPP


  • 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)

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  • 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

  • Virtual One-on-One Nutrition Counseling

    Offered throughout the year
    Sessions last approx. 1 hour
    E-mail 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.

  • Diabetes Management

    IU-sponsored medical plan members with Type 1 or 2 diabetes have access to a diabetes management program. This voluntary program utilizes advanced technology from Livongo to help participants manage their diabetes and reduce out-of-pocket costs. Benefits of the program include access to no-cost tools, expert support, advanced monitoring with a connected Livongo glucometer, unlimited test strips/lancets, and more. All program costs are covered by the university. Program provided through IU Benefits.

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  • 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.

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