Programs & Workshops

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

Spring/Summer 2018

  • Back to Our Roots: Plant Eating Challenge

    Online Nutrition Challenge
    For All IU Employees and Their Spouses
    April 2-22

    Register now »

    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!

    Plant-based foods include:

    • Vegetables
    • Fruits
    • Grains
    • Nuts & Seeds
    • Beans & Legumes
    • Herbs & Spices


  • Support Students, Support Your Health through Health Coaching

    Mandatory Orientation
    Friday, June 1, 2018
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Summerville Room

    After orientation, meet with a student health coach for 5 sessions between June 4-July 27; date/time/location of your choice

    Register now »

    Find the support you need and make the changes you want through this one-on-one health coaching program. This coaching program is for full-time faculty and staff who want to find creative ways to bring positive lifestyle habits into their lives at home and in the workplace.

    Work with a nursing student coach who can support you in many ways including:

    • Providing support toward behaviors YOU want to make including: improving sleep, complying with medication as prescribed, eating well, moving more, and/or stressing less
    • Clarifying your goals and offering guidance and accountability
    • Learning about campus wellness resources

    Coaches are IUPUC Nursing Students who have enrolled in B235. They are learning how to “coach” clients. Coaches work with participants for 30 minutes per week for 5 weeks. Coaches and participants arrange the five session meetings during a mutually agreed upon schedule between June 4 and July 27. The student’s grade depends on participation, please ensure your schedule will allow for the time commitment prior to registering. A Fitbit Flex is available for program participants.

  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (Online)

    Wednesdays, June 6-September 26
    12:30-1:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT

    Register now »

    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


  • Mindful Parenting (Online)

    Wednesdays, May 9-June 27
    Noon-1:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m.-Noon CT

    Register now »

    Parenting can be one of the best (and most demanding!) jobs we'll ever have. In "Mindful Parenting," 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 online class is great for parents looking for mindful solutions to:

    • slow down in hectic situations,
    • set kids (and parents) up for success,
    • and overall reduce the stress and anxiety that can sometimes overwhelm both parents and kids.
  • Personalized Nutrition Counseling

    Tuesday, April 17
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Bippen Room
    Sessions usually last about an hour

    Schedule today by e-mailing

    What's a carb? How can I lose weight and still enjoy what I eat? Is my diet giving me all the nutrients I need?

    If you have questions about foods, we have the answer! Our wonderful registered dietitian (RD) can help you eat healthier with a one-on-one meeting in a judgment-free zone! Sessions include personalized nutrition education on any topic of interest, such as weight loss, heart-healthy eating, vegetarian/vegan diets, or whatever you're curious about. One-on-one nutritional counseling is free for full-time employees and their spouses by appointment.

  • Choose Your Challenge

    Now through September 1, 2018

    Learn more »

    This summer, start your own wellness challenge in your department, or participate individually. Choose from the following Healthy IU challenge templates:

    • Wellness BINGO
    • Safety Scavenger Hunt
    • Daily Workstation Movements 
    • Sleep
    • Active Minutes 
    • Walking 

    Those who complete a challenge and fill out an evaluation survey will receive a Healthy IU drawstring bag as an incentive.

  • Ivy Tech Fitness Center Available to IUPUC Faculty and Staff

    Ivy Tech Fitness Center Available to IUPUC Faculty and Staff

    IUPUC employees are welcome to use the Ivy Tech fitness center at no cost. To use the fitness center follow the Ivy Tech guidelines noted below:

    1. Sign the waiver- available at the fitness center
    2. Sign in and out each time you use the fitness center
    3. Carry your employee ID with you while using fitness center

    The Fitness Center is Poling Hall (Columbus Main building) room 330, down the long 300 Hallway (see map below).

    Many thanks to Ivy Tech!

    ivy tech map fitness center

    Click here for a larger map.


  • 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)

    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 »

    IU EAP is offered through Human Resources.

  • Weight Talk Program

    Eligibility: Full-time academic and staff employees and spouses who are enrolled in an IU-sponsored medical plan

    The Weight Talk Program helps participants learn the skills to achieve and maintain a healthy weight for life. The program lasts six months. Program participants will be part of a private, online community in which they:

    • Complete e-lessons of topics ranging from navigating difficult situations and mastering the art of eating well to rebounding from lapses.
    • Track progress (a computer-linked pedometer is provided which allows you to upload data)
    • Interact and share with others (members only) online

    Learn more about Weight Talk »

    Weight Talk is offered through Human Resources.

Meet our team »

Previous Workshop Handouts & Recordings »