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.


  • Walk Indoors at NIFS or Jaguar Campus Recreation

    December 1, 2019-March 13, 2020

    Grab a friend and go for a walk!

    IUPUI employees and their spouses are welcome to use the NIFS walking track for free. Sign up at membership on your first visit to receive your free pass. 

    The National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) Fitness Center is located at 250 University Boulevard (Questions? Contact NIFS Member Services:; 317-274-3432)

    Jaguar Campus Recreation
    IUPUI employees only are welcome to use the cardio equipment Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, Noon-10:00 p.m. Must present Crimson Card and sign in. 

    Jaguar Campus Recreation is located in Campus Center Room 156. (Questions? Contact Campus Recreation:; 317-274-2824)


  • 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

  • Student Wellness Coaching Experience

    Wednesday, February 12
    Noon-12:30 p.m.

    Student Coaching Sessions
    Meet with student coach at least 6 times during the Spring 2020 semester
    30-60 minute sessions
    Dates/times/locations your choice

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    Support students and support your well-being! Work with a School of Health & Human Sciences student coach who can help you:

    • Explore and refine your personal values
    • Create a wellness vision statement
    • Set SMART goals for any dimension of wellness (physical, emotional, social, occupational, financial, etc) 

    In this pilot program from Healthy IU, IU faculty and staff are paired with a student studying coaching in the School of Health & Human Sciences. Participants will meet with their student coach 6 times throughout the fall semester to discuss and work on values-based goals and actions for any dimension of wellness.

    **Note: Student grade depends upon being able to meet a total of 6 times throughout the semester, so please make sure your schedule will allow for that before you register.


  • 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.

  • Tai Chi for Health

    Tuesdays, January 21-April 14 (no class on February 25 and March 17)
    11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Law School Library, Room 355-2 (3rd floor, participants must enter through the library)
    View a map of the building

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    Join others who enjoy Tai Chi as you reap the benefits of this mind/body activity: 

    • Improve muscular strength, stability, and overall health
    • Release tension in stiff joints and muscles
    • Boost mental well-being through relaxation

    Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes/socks for Tai Chi.

  • Intro to Tai Chi

    Monday, January 27
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Campus Center 309

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    Are you curious about what it's like to participate in Tai Chi? Join us for this introductory session to learn more about the benefits of Tai Chi, try some of the movements, and ask any questions you have! Those who attend this session and would like to continue with Healthy IU's "Tai Chi for Health" 10-week series will be welcome to do so.

  • Chair Yoga

    Thursdays, January 30-April 16
    12:30-1:10 p.m.
    Lockefield Village Room 4401 (March 12 class in LV 2201; skipping Spring Break week March 19)

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    Get the benefits of yoga without bringing your mat! This expert-led class explores yoga poses with the use of a chair. This class is great for both beginners and those with yoga experience.

    Come to Chair Yoga for:

    • A mindfulness and relaxation break
    • Yoga poses you can take with you to your personal workspace
    • Calming breathing techniques

    What to wear: Loose fitting clothes you can move and stretch in. Participants might want to wear pants or longer dresses/skirts.

  • Mid-Day Mindfulness (In-Person)

    Offered by the IU School of Dentistry and Open to All

    Every Monday
    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    School of Dentistry Building, Room B31

    No registration required

    Open to all students, faculty, and staff! Practice mindful breathing, relaxation, and guided mindfulness meditation. The room opens at noon, and you are welcome to arrive early and eat your lunch in community. Please finish your lunch before we begin at 12:30 p.m.

    Location information: The only public entrance to the dental school is on Barnhill through the Fritts Clinic entrance. Walk straight back, through the waiting/registration area, through the glass connector hallway. At the end of the hallway you will make make 3 rights – right into the old building, another right down the hallway toward Michigan Street, then right down the hallway toward Barnhill where the administrative offices are (essentially you are making a horseshoe back toward the direction of Barnhill). When you get to the end of the administrative hallway, go down the stairs and we meet in Room B31, first room on the right after you make a quick left turn at the bottom of the stairs. When all else fails, ask a student to show you!

    Sessions facilitated by Leslie Flowers and Dr. Vanchit John.

    Learn more

    Click here for building map

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.


  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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, Outtakes (1st Floor)

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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

    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.

    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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