Programs & Workshops

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

Fall 2017

  • Common Good: 4-Week Online Practice

    October 16-November 10

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    Participate in Common Good to strengthen relationships, boost happiness, and brighten your world! This 4-week online practice will help participants tap into their powerful skills of:

    • Gratitude
    • Purpose
    • Effective Communication
    • and Self-Compassion

    Studies show a strong connection between these skills and our mental and physical well-being at work and home. Each week, participants will be introduced to a research-based practice that will help deepen these skills and your well-being.

    All IU employees, and their spouses, are invited to join us on this journey! Practicing is always better together, so consider inviting your spouse and co-workers to register, too!

  • Mindful Way to Stress Reduction

    Wednesday, September 6
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    HITS Building Room HS2070

    September 13-November 15
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    HITS Building Room HS2070

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    Are you ready to deepen your appreciation of the present moment? This class is for anyone who would like to explore and practice the concept of mindfulness.

    This 10-session program focuses on:

    • Cultivating a mindfulness practice
    • Recognizing and addressing stressful situations effectively “on the spot”
    • Improving focus and communication
    • Enhancing mind-body wellness

    Employees are invited to the orientation to assess if this class meets their needs. Employees are encouraged to commit to attending each of the 10 sessions.

  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (formerly Diabetes Prevention Program)

    Wednesdays, September 13-December 20
    12:30- 1:30 p.m.

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    According to the CDC, 1 out of every 3 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 the latest research and resources on your journey to preventing Type 2, this program is for you!

    In this program, you will learn small strategies that make a big difference 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

  • Tai Chi for Health

    Thursdays, September 14-November 16
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Law School Library #355-2

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    Tai Chi for Health focuses on the mindful, slower-paced movements and breathing of Tai Chi — one of the most effective exercises for the health of mind and body. The movements have been shown to:

    • 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 to class.

  • Chair Yoga

    Thursdays, September 14-November 9
    12:10-12:50 p.m.
    Lockefield Village, LV4401

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    Get the benefits of yoga without bringing your mat! This expert-led class explores yoga poses with use of a chair. It's 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.

  • Ready to Move

    Mandatory Orientation:
    Wednesday, September 20
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Campus Center 309

    Meet w/ student coaches for 8 sessions between Sept 21-Nov 9
    Date/time/location your choice

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    Work with a student coach who can help you:

    • Set movement goals.
    • Learn to utilize campus wellness resources.
    • Get to know your activity style.
    • Log movement using an activity tracker (Fitbit Flex provided by Healthy IU. *See note below.)
    • Receive instruction on work place movements at your desk.

    The goal is help you become informed with what you can do to get more movement in during your day.
    IUPUI PETM 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 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 their spouses covered under an IU sponsored medical plan are eligible. The value of the Fitbit ($79.99) is considered taxable income and will be reported on box one of your W-2.

  • Mid-Day Mindfulness Practice

    2 Options Available:

    Healthy IU

    Fridays, October 6-November 10
    (No session October 27 – please attend the Health and Benefits Fair)
    Noon-12:30 p.m.
    University Library, UL2115 Suite

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    You are warmly welcome to participate in weekly 30-minute guided meditation practices. 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.

    IU School of Dentistry (ongoing)

    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 School of Dentistry Building is still under construction, so it can be difficult to find our meeting room. Please note that after entering the Dental School’s West Patient Entrance (the only entrance available at this time), the stairwell to our meeting room in the basement is in the most northeast corner of the building, just past of the offices of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.

    Sessions facilitated by Leslie Flowers and Dr. Vanchit John.

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    Click here for building map

  • How to Connect, Not Just Converse, with Others

    Tuesday, October 10
    Noon-1:00 p.m.

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    Successful conversation is the starting point of all relationships. Although by calling conversation “small talk,” we actually perpetuate the notion that it is trivial and unimportant. Further, it is the cornerstone of civility, as it enables contact, which discourages mistreatment of others. Many people think being able to make successful conversation is an innate talent. It is, in fact, an acquired skill. There is a structure and there are rules of engagement. Once individuals know the basic structure and rules for making successful conversation, connecting with others can become less intimidating. 

    About the Presenter
    Bernardo J. Carducci (Ph.D., Kansas State University, 1981) is a retired professor of psychology at Indiana University Southeast, where he taught classes on personality psychology and introductory psychology for 37 years. He is the director of the Indiana University Southeast Shyness Research Institute ( 

  • Personal Resiliency Training

    Three Wednesdays:
    Participants attend all 3 Wednesday Sessions

    • November 15: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • November 29: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
    • December 13: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

    Located in the Regenstrief Building, 2nd floor classroom (RF-209/210)

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    This experiential training offers evidence-based strategies to improve psychological health, vitality, and effectiveness at home and at work. 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.

    Co-Facilitator: Shelley Johns, PsyD, ABPP
    Dr. Johns is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in IU School of Medicine's Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and a board-certified clinical health psychologist. She is an appointed research scientist in the Center for Health Services Research at Regenstrief Institute, Inc. Her patient-oriented research primarily focuses on testing integrative mind-body interventions to reduce cancer-related fatigue and associated symptoms for post-treatment cancer survivors and improving adaptive coping and quality of life for adults with advanced-stage cancer and their family caregivers.

    Co-Facilitator: Kathleen Beck-Coon, MD
    Dr. Beck-Coon is a board-certified physician long interested in integrative health and well-being. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor in IU School of Nursing’s Department of Community and Health Systems where she has taught Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. Her research focus is evaluating integrative mindfulness and acceptance behavioral interventions to improve well-being in those living with a diagnosis of cancer, their families and healthcare providers.

  • Self-Defense Class

    Fall 2017
    Dates/Times TBD
    On Campus

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    Learn about the IUPUI Police Department's program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques.


  • One-on-one Nutritional Counseling

    Offered throughout the year
    Sessions last approx. 1 hour
    E-mail or call 812-855-4948 to schedule an appointment

    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. E-mail or call 812-855-4948 (5-4948 if from a campus phone).

  • IUPUI Fresh Produce Market

    Third Thursday of Each Month*
    (*Check full schedule here as some dates may vary)
    11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Campus Center, 1st Floor Food Court

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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! Chef Roger always has something cooking for lunch at the market, too, made with ingredients available for purchase that day. Stop by to see what the meal of the day will be!

  • 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)

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

    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.

  • 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

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    Weight Talk is offered through Human Resources.

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