Programs & Workshops

IU 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

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    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


  • Personal Resiliency Training

    Three Mondays:
    Participants attend all 3 Monday Sessions

    • Monday, June 11: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Monday, June 25: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
    • Monday, July 9: 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.

  • Chair Yoga

    Thursdays, May 17-June 21
    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 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.

  • 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

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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

  • Mindful Parenting (Online)

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

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    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.

  • Choose Your Challenge

    Now through September 1, 2018

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    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.


  • 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)

    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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