Programs & Workshops

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

Fall 2020

Peace of Mind

  • Creative Self-Care Challenge: Art, Music, and Writing for Well-Being

    3-week online challenge
    For all IU employees and spouses
    Participate anytime August 1-December 7, 2020

    Learn more and register »

    Our creative pursuits can be effective in helping us express emotions, reaffirm what's important to us, and enhance well-being. "Creative Self-Care" is an online, university-wide challenge that encourages creative experiences in art, music, and writing as tools to promote self-care and mental/emotional well-being. 

    Each week of the challenge, participants will choose one or more of the 14 creative experiences offered — including exercises in art viewing and making, music, and writing. These experiences have been recommended or created by IU experts to benefit individual self-care and well-being. 

    Full-time employees and their spouses who register for the challenge are eligible to receive a set of Healthy IU mini colored pencils (first-come, first-served, while supplies last) to help them with their creative pursuits.



  • Mindful Way to Stress Reduction

    Wednesday, September 9
    Noon-1:00 p.m.

    Wednesdays, September 16-October 21
    Noon-1:00 p.m.

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

    This program focuses on:

    • Cultivating a mindfulness practice
    • Recognizing and responding to stress with awareness and compassion
    • 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 sessions.

  • Mindful Parenting Series

    Thursday, October 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    Do you find yourself yelling at your kids, threatening them, or flying off the handle on a regular basis? Do you have every intention to have a great day as a family, but quickly find yourself losing your patience with your kids over the smallest things? In order to create calmness and peace in your home, you must first have the knowledge, skills, and ability to cultivate it within.

    This class offers clear, beginner-level guidance for developing your own daily meditation practice using breath awareness and focused attention meditation exercises. Each class offers basic instruction in the techniques of meditation in order to cultivate a sense of peace within that can be transmitted to your kids and family.

    We all have the best intentions for raising our children, but often lack the skills to be effective parents. Attending Nellie's workshop was one of the best investments I've made for the benefit of my family. Not only do I now understand specific developmental needs of my children, but she also presented practical tools for my personal growth and development as a father." — Chris Lair, father of Tommy, 3 and Lucy, 2.

    Session Topics

    • Octoberr 1: Why Mindful Parenting
    • October 15: Meditation and Mindfulness
    • October 22: Moving from Reactive to Responsive
    • October 29: Cultivating Empathy/Perspective-Taking

    Program Facilitator: Nellie Springston

  • Fine Tuning Your Finances: The Emergency Fund

    Wednesday, October 28
    2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00-2:00 p.m. (CT)

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    No matter if your financial situation has been greatly affected or not affected at all in this past year, it has never been more clear that an emergency fund has to be an essential part of your financial life. If you want to learn more about having an adequate emergency fund, come learn from the Office of Financial Wellness & Education on how you can build it through strategies of effective budgeting and debt repayment.

    Facilitator: Phil Schuman, Office of Financial Wellness & Education

  • Mid-Day Mindfulness Online

    Offered by the IU School of Dentistry and Open to All


    Enjoy a mental health break with a mindful breathing practice and guided relaxation meditation on Mondays from 12:30-1 pm (ET) via Zoom.

    Feel free to invite your family to join in. If you would like an Outlook meeting invitation as a reminder, please let email

    Join from computer or mobile: 
    Meeting ID: 482 724 7576

    Join by Telephone
    One tap mobile (US): +13126266799,4827247576# or +16465588656,4827247576#

Physical Activity & Nutrition

  • Healthy Back Series

    Wednesdays, September 16-October 21
    3:30-4:30 p.m. (ET) / 2:30-3:30 p.m. (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 Tamila Garbuz and Michelle Whited from IU Employee Health and Safety (EHS).

    Weekly topics

    • Week 1: Intro to back health, including common injuries and causes of back pain
    • Week 2: Office ergonomics
    • Week 3: The problem with everyday activities: sitting, standing, sleeping, lifting, and some exercises
    • Week 4: Training your core for stability and mobility
    • Week 5: Feel-good moves for your back
    • Week 6: Training your muscles for life
  • Chair Yoga

    Thursdays, September 17-November 19
    12:30-1:10 p.m.
    Lockefield Village Room 4401 (Planning on meeting in-person, but will be held online if employees are not yet back on campus.)

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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.

  • Tai Chi for Health

    Tuesdays, September 15-December 8
    11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Will attempt to hold in-person, but will be online if necessary. 
    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.

  • Nutrition Nuggets

    Wednesdays, August 26-December 16
    Noon-12:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:00-11:30 a.m. (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.

  • The Mediterranean Diet

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

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    Whole plant foods, olive oil, seafood, and wine are key characteristics of the Mediterranean diet. Join Registered Dietitian Steven Lalevich to explore the benefits of these foods and how the Mediterranean diet can improve your health and reduce your risk of chronic diseases.

  • Rec Sports at Home

    The nationally certified team of fitness professionals with Campus Recreational Sports in Bloomington has provided a variety of health, fitness, and activity resources for the entire Indiana University community.  Resources include workouts for all levels of fitness and experience, virtual sessions, quick tips, and an “Ask the Trainer” resource.

    Check it out

Webinar Series: Navigating Work + Life During Public Health Crises

  • Compassion Fatigue

    Tuesday, September 15
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    For many of us, our day to day jobs are not only physically demanding, but mentally exhausting as well. This seminar will help you to understand what compassion fatigue is, learn to identify the signs and symptoms and provide you with practical, real-life strategies to help you combat the negative effects of compassion fatigue in your everyday life. 

  • Change Management for Leaders

    Thursday, September 24
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    This seminar is designed to familiarize participants with the elements of change. The goal is to help leaders manage the change process and understand the importance of their role in the process. We will provide an overview of each element and define each as it relates to the leaders’ role in change management. Participants will have the opportunity to share examples from their own experience for each of the elements.

  • Preventing Burnout

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

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    At one time or another, almost everyone reports feeling “burned out.” But what does “burnout” really mean? What are the signs of burnout? And if you are experiencing burnout, what can you do about it?  In this seminar, participants will learn to identify the root causes of burnout, understand the negative consequences of leaving burnout unaddressed, and learn effective strategies for preventing and overcoming burnout. By learning how to take charge and make changes, participants will be empowered to overcome burnout and create greater balance in their busy lives.

  • Mental Health First Aid for Employees

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

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    Do you know what to do if a family member, friend, or co-worker isn’t acting or behaving as they normally would? Would you know what to say to them? Every year, 1 in 4 Americans experiences a mental health issue. Despite these issues being real and common, many of us are unsure how to support a family member, friend, or coworker that we suspect is suffering with a mental illness. Just as you may learn CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, it’s important to understand basic mental health first aid strategies. In this seminar, you’ll learn an easy-to-remember approach to aid others who maybe struggling with a mental health issue.


  • 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)

    Learn more about EAP »

  • 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

  • Diabetes Management

    Testing and tracking your blood glucose levels is a crucial component of successful diabetes management, but it can sometimes be a costly and time-consuming manual process. Now, there’s a better way.

    IU’s prescription benefit includes the CVS Caremark Transform Diabetes Care (TDC) program. The voluntary program combines advanced technology from Livongo with tools and support from CVS Caremark to help IU plan members live the life they want. All program costs are covered by the university under the CVS Caremark prescription benefit.

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  • 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.

    Learn more »

  • 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.

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