Programs & Workshops

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

Summer 2019


  • Start a Wellness Challenge!

    This summer, start a wellness challenge in your department, with your family, or participate individually. Choose from 8 Healthy IU challenge templates, including a walking challenge, active minutes challenge, nutrition challenge, and more!

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  • Mindful Parenting Workshop

    Tuesday, July 9
    Noon-1:30 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT

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    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 program at Indiana University. Mari has a degree in Psychology, with a 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.

  • Pregnancy and Perinatal Mood Disorders

    Thursday, May 16
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    During and after pregnancy, the body experiences many changes. Some changes may include depression, anxiety, or other perinatal mood disorders (PMDs). This webinar explores why PMDs may occur and how to recognize their signs and symptoms. Attendees will learn how to prevent, address, and navigate through these disorders — as well as support a partner who may be challenged with them.

    Program Facilitator: Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, CLC International Trainer for Postpartum Support International 

Recognizing Substance Use and Abuse Series

  • The Path from Substance Use to Addiction

    Thursday, June 6
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    This interactive webinar will explore the path from substance use to addiction and the impact substance use has on users’ judgement, health and wellness, productivity, and more. Attendees will learn drug characteristics, common names, signs of individual use, and the effects drugs of abuse have on their users as well as the community.

    About the Presenter
    Jim Ryser, MA, LMHC, LCAC, is the Program Director of the Chronic Pain and Chemical Dependence Programs at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. Jim decided almost immediately that his experience from the pain of over 50 surgeries might have value, so he left music to pursue his education. In this session, Jim shares his long term knowledge and expertise in the addiction field and how it impacts our workplaces.  In the more recent past he had served Attorney General Greg Zoeller as an advisor for the AG's Prescription Drug Task Force. He is active with the DEA helping to reduce pill mills in the state of Indiana. His pain rehabilitation program focuses on helping his patient population learn to manage pain without mood altering medications, with a focus on the 12 steps. He has spoken nationally about the perils of addiction and chronic pain both clinically and as an entertainer, with a focus on recovery as a lifestyle.

  • Identifying Behavioral Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

    Thursday, June 13
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    This webinar will explore, in detail, behavioral signs and symptoms of substance abuse. Attendees will also learn important tips for supporting loved ones who may be challenged with substance abuse, what to know when seeking help, and what to do when contacting IU Employee Assistance Program for support.

    About the Presenter
    Susan S. Day, ACSW, LCSW, LCAC, EAS-C is the Manager of the Indiana University Employee Assistance Program where she leads an experienced clinical counseling team and oversees the programming for IU Health, Indiana University, and a variety of other Indiana companies.  Susan has served in clinical and leadership roles for thirty years in both hospital and mental health settings.  She has experience in the employee assistance field, hospice, home care, hospital social work and addictions work.  She is a graduate of the IU School of Social Work for both her bachelor and master’s degrees.  She is licensed as a clinical social worker and addiction counselor. Born and raised in Indiana, Susan is a Hoosier inside and out.  Susan enjoys travel, cooking, the outdoors and time spent with friends and family. 

  • A Prescription for Parents

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

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    A Prescription for Parents is a CVS Pharmacist-led discussion about the growing opioid epidemic and the devastating effect it can have on families.  It combines powerful testimonies from parents who have lost children to opioid overdose with information regarding commonly abused medications, warning signs, and tools for taking a proactive approach to educating the young people in your life about prescription drug abuse.  Together with One Choice Changes Everything, the corresponding presentation tailored for middle and high school students, CVS pharmacists hope that the information within these presentations and ensuing discussions will help eliminate the stigma surrounding addiction and decrease the number of lives lost each year to overdose.

    About the Presenter
    Caitie O’Dougherty, PharmD, is a native of Westfield, IN. Caitie received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Butler University in 2007.  During her time at Butler, she enlisted in the Army Reserves where she spent six years serving as a Human Resources Specialist.  After spending some time in the corporate workforce, Caitie decided her passion lied elsewhere and returned to Butler in pursuit of her PharmD.  She has spent her entire pharmacy career thus far with CVS Health and enjoys the frontlines atmosphere of community practice.  In addition to substance use and other mental health disorders, Caitie’s other professional interests include improving health literacy and pharmacogenomics.  Outside of pharmacy, Caitie stays busy running Glassroom26, a small glass-etching company she started with her best friend, and spends as much time as she can watching Chicago Blackhawks hockey and playing D&D with her nine year old son.


  • 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.

  • IUPUI Fresh Produce Market

    Third Thursday of Each Month*
    (*Check full schedule here as some dates may vary)
    10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Campus Center 1st Floor, in front of The Market

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    Bring a friend and grab some fresh produce at-cost (no price markups!) at the IUPUI Fresh Produce Market! The market offers a variety of local fruits and veggies that change with the season.

  • 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

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    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.

    Tobacco Cessation and Biobehavioral Group through the Dental School at IUPUI

    The Tobacco Cessation and Biobehavioral Group is dedicated to reducing the harm to health caused by tobacco use. In addition, to providing tobacco education, treatment, and advocacy to students, patients, and providers, the TCBG aims to provide quality multidisciplinary research on emerging tobacco products along with their oral effects and dependence.

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  • 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

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    EAP is offered through Human Resources.

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