Programs & Workshops

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

Spring 2019


  • Sleep Great IU! Challenge

    February 4-March 3
    For IU employees and their spouses

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    Getting enough sleep can improve just about every aspect of your life! Besides giving you that wonderful, well-rested feeling, sleep is important for learning, problem solving, managing stress, and regulating mood. It also promotes a healthy immune system and helps prevent chronic conditions like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

    But did you know? More than a third of Americans aren't getting enough sleep. 

    If you would like to practice simple habits that can help you sleep well and feel more energized throughout the day, join the online "Sleep Great IU!" Challenge!

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  • Reset Your Rhythm: How Meal Timing and Light Exposure Affect Sleep and Health

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

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    Every cell in your body is regulated by your internal 24-hour clock, or circadian rhythm. In this presentation, we’ll examine how the timing of food intake and light exposure regulates the circadian rhythm. We’ll explore the causes of circadian rhythm disruption and discuss specific strategies you can use to improve your sleep and overall health by modifying eating times and light exposure throughout the day.


  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

    Wednesdays, February 13-June 5
    12:30-1:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    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

Mind & Body

  • Personal Resiliency Training

    Three Mondays:
    Participants attend all 3 Monday Sessions

    • Monday, March 18: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Monday, March 25: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
    • Monday, April 8: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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

    Register now »

    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 certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher and MBSR teacher trainer through the Center for Mindfulness in Health Care, Medicine, and Society at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine and an adjunct Assistant Professor in the IU School of Nursing’s Department of Community and Health Systems. Her research focus is integrating mindfulness and acceptance behavioral interventions in improving well-being in those living with a diagnosis of cancer, their families and healthcare providers.

  • Mid-Day Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions

    2 Options Available:

    Healthy IU

    Fridays, March 29-April 19
    Noon-12:30 p.m.
    University Library, UL2115J 

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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.

    Learn more

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  • Cancer Survivors' Care – Fear of Recurrence: Strategies for Adaptive Coping

    Thursday, April 18
    12:30-1:30 p.m. 

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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 Johns, PSYD, ABBP, IUSM Assistant Professor of Medicine 

    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.

Physical Activity

  • Ready to Move

    **Due to frigid winter temperature, the January 30 orientation has been rescheduled. Updated info below.**

    Mandatory Orientation:
    Tuesday, February 5
    Noon-1:00 p.m.
    Campus Center Room 406

    Meet w/ student coaches for 8, 30-minute sessions between February 6-April 3
    Date/time/location your choice

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    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 to help you become informed with what you can do to get more movement in your day.
    IUPUI School of Health and Human Sciences 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/or spouses covered under an IU sponsored medical plan are eligible. The value of the Fitbit ($59.95) is considered taxable income and will be reported on box one of your W-2.

  • Chair Yoga

    Tuesdays, January 29-March 5
    12:30-1:10 p.m.
    Lockefield Village Room 4401

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    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.

  • Indoor Walking at NIFS and IUPUI Fitness Center

    Walk at NIFS or the IUPUI Fitness Center!

    November 26, 2018-March 8, 2019

    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)

    IUPUI Fintess Center
    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. 

    The IUPUI Fitness Center is located next to Barnes and Noble in the Campus Center. (Questions? Contact Campus Recreation: 317-274-2824)


  • Parenting Series: Making Words Matter with Kids

    Thursdays, February 7-28, March 7, & April 4
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

    Imagine how much easier parenting could be with practical strategies that actually work! In this online series, learn practical, evidence-based behavioral and communication strategies that will bring about quick results in your home. Participants will explore 6 key skills including effective instruction delivery, re-connection, child-directed play, and functional mindfulness.

    Program Facilitator: Beth A. Trammell, Ph.D, HSSP-IUE Associate Professor, Psychology

    Dr. Beth Trammell is an experienced clinician who has worked with kids and families for over 14 years in a variety of settings. She has extensive experience in working with severe emotional-behavioral disorders, including children with autism spectrum disorders. She has spent countless hours in research and practice to develop a series of skills that are meant to increase connection with kids quickly, increase compliance with adult-requests, and decrease the frustration that sometimes goes with parenting children! She is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at Indiana University East where she is the Director of the Collaborative Masters in Mental Health Counseling Program. She teaches clinical coursework in behavior disorders of childhood and adolescence, development, personality, and psychopathology.

  • Mindful Parenting Workshop

    Tuesday, April 23
    Noon-1:30 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT

    This class is full. Sign up for the waitlist »

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


  • 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, 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

    Learn more about IU EAP »

    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

    Learn more about Weight Talk »

    Weight Talk is offered through Human Resources.

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