Programs & Workshops

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

Spring 2018

  • Climb IU

    An Online Challenge to Move More Throughout the Day!
    For IU Employees and Spouses
    January 22, 2018 - February 9, 2018

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    Climb IU is an online challenge to encourage IU employees and their spouses to move more throughout the day! Moving throughout the day re-energizes our minds and bodies, and it’s important to our health. For this challenge, create a team or fly solo as you work toward your movement goals. This year’s incentive for those who register is a Climb IU t-shirt (while supplies last).

    Taking the stairs can be fun and convenient, and it's one of many ways to accomplish workday movement! For Climb IU, there are two options for participation:

    • Participate by climbing stairs: Those who will participate in Climb IU by taking the stairs will count every 12 stairs climbed as a flight.
    • Participate by active minutes: Those who will participate in Climb IU by active minutes will count every 3 minutes of physical activity (stretching, walking, moving as able) as a flight. 


  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (Online)

    Wednesdays, February 7-May 30
    11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (Central Time)

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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

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  • Mid-Day Mindfulness Drop-In

    Fridays, Jan 19-Apr 27
    Noon-12:30 p.m. (CT)
    Raintree Hall, Room 201

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    You are warmly welcome to participate in weekly 30-minute mindfulness 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. 

    By registering for this class, you are signing up to receive reminders about class offerings. There is no requirement to attend class. 

    Week 1: January 19: “Be In The Present Moment: Mindful Breathing”

    Week 2: January 26: “Becoming More Self-Aware: Body Scan”

    Week 3: February 2: “Creating Flow and Tranquility: Use of Mandalas 1”

    Week 4: February 9: “Restore Energy & Regain Focus: Mindful Yoga 1 & Body Movement”

    Week 5: February 16: “Restore Energy & Regain Focus: Mindful Yoga 2 & Body Movement”

    Week 6: February 23: “Create Peace: Visual Imagery”

    Week 7: March 2: “Decrease Physical & Mental Tension: Progressive Muscle Relaxation”

    Week 8: March 9: “Creating Flow and Tranquility: Use of Mandalas 2”

    Week 9: March 16: “Inner Peace & Stillness: Sitting Meditation”

    Week 10: March 23: “Strengthening Appreciation: Practicing Gratitude”

    No session on March 30th**

    Week 11: April 6: “Savor & Enjoy: Mindful Eating”

    Week 12: April 13: “Decrease Anxiety and Stress: Incorporating Various Mindful Techniques”

    Week 13: April 20: “Creating Space for Stillness: Body Mat Breathing and Stretching”

    Week 14: April 27: “Creating Flow and Tranquility: Use of Mandalas 3”

  • Weight Watchers Community Meeting Vouchers

    To allow timely delivery of program materials, registration for Weight Watchers closes January 11. If you are unable to register for Weight Watchers, you might be interested in similar lifestyle programs such as: Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (Online), Weight Talk, & Personalized Nutrition Counseling

    Eligibility: For this offering, participants must be full-time IU faculty/staff or spouses on an IU-sponsored medical plan. 

    Mandatory Orientation:
    Wednesday, January 24
    11:00 a.m.-Noon (Central Time)


    Thursday, January 25
    11:00 a.m.-Noon (Central Time)

    NOTE: The value of Weight Watchers Vouchers ($156) is considered taxable income and will be reported on box one of the IU employee's W-2.

    Weight Watchers is a proven program, led by an expert with small group support. Attend meetings off-campus at a time and location convenient for you

    What happens in a meeting?

    A confidential weigh-in
    A great way to check in on your progress!

    Talk as much or as little as you like
    You’ll get inspired by listening to others, even if you don’t say a word.

    Inspirational topics
    Stay energized with thought provoking topics and ideas. 

    Peer powered
    You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn and how much you can get. 

    Meet with a weight-loss mentor
    Each meeting is led by a living breathing Weight Watchers success story - so you’ll get help from someone who’s been there.

  • MoneySmarts: Paying Off Debt Lunch & Learn (Online)

    Tuesday, February 20
    11:00 a.m.-Noon (Central Time)

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    Are you a member of the “I Have Debt” club and are looking to get out of it as soon as possible? Or are you concerned about your credit and trying to determine ways you can improve it? The Office of Financial Literacy has some great ideas on what you can do to improve your debt and credit situation. They’ll even talk about it in a way that won’t put you to sleep!   

  • Personalized Nutrition Counseling

    Thursday, April 5
    9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (CT)
    Anderson Library Conference Ctr ALCC-110
    Sessions usually last about an hour

    Schedule today by e-mailing 

    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.


  • 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.

  • 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 »

    IU 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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