Healthy IU Upcoming Programs

Healthy IU programs are free for all IU employees, their spouses on an IU-sponsored medical plan, and IU retirees. Select your campus to find all Summer 2022 programs available.

What's Happening: Summer 2022

Physical Well-Being

  • Race to the Finish: Online Physical Activity Challenge

    June 6-June 26, 2022

    Eligibility: Full-time (75% FTE or greater) appointed Academic and Staff employees and their spouses & adult dependents age 18+ enrolled in an IU-sponsored medical plan are eligible to access the challenge through Castlight

    Enroll through Castlight!
    Enroll in the challenge through Castlight! Click on the "Race to the Finish" tile in the "Your Activities" Section.

    Castlight is a confidential digital healthcare navigator available to Indiana University employees at no cost. If you have not already set up your Castlight account, register for Castlight now. (IU employees can log in to Castlight using SSO.)  

    About the Challenge
    Get ready to Race to the Finish! Healthy IU is excited to offer this new team-based physical activity challenge as a pilot program through Castlight. Participating is fun and easy! You team up with your coworkers to track your physical activity—such as steps, swimming, gardening, or biking—by logging in to Castlight or linking your favorite fitness tracker. The more activity your team logs, the further you’ll move through the stages and the closer you’ll get to the finish!  

    Learn more at the Race to the Finish webpage.

    Share this flyer with your coworkers to help them sign up! 

  • How to Make Healthy Changes: 4-Part Series

    Wednesdays, June 1-June 22
    11:30 a.m.-Noon (ET) / 10:30-11:00 a.m. (CT)

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    Is there a healthy change you'd like to make in your life, but you're not sure where to start or how to keep it going? This 4-part series is for you! Led by IU School of Public Health's Dr. Vanessa Kercher, these high-energy, half-hour discussions will provide essential tips and tricks for motivation, behavior change, and habit creation. Participants can choose to register for one or more of the following sessions:

    • Wednesday, June 1: Get Out of Your Own Way! Lead Your Wellbeing
    • Wednesday, June 8: Physical Activity Plan: To Schedule or Not to Schedule?
    • Wednesday, June 15: Behavior Change Setbacks: Why Is It So Hard?
    • Wednesday, June 22: Make It Stick! Using Commitment Devices for Behavior Change


    Get Out of Your Own Way! Lead Your Wellbeing
    For anyone who struggles to be physically active, works too much, or finds themselves saying, “I just don’t have the motivation” to reach a wellness goal, it’s time for you to get out of your own way. This 30-minute webinar will provide attendees with knowledge, tips, and strategies to help you take charge of your life to best support your physical and mental well-being. More specifically, attendees will tap into what fuels our motivation (and what does not!), how to check-in with our motivation, and support it while facing challenges head on.

    Attendees will be able to:

    • Understand two important theories that help support personal motivation.
    • Check-in with your motivation on a regular basis to identify what’s standing in your way.

    Physical Activity Plan: To Schedule or Not to Schedule?
    Are you intentional about planning your physical activity? If you, like so many of us, find yourself struggling to stick a routine you can either start, continue to do, and/or complete, then it’s time to check in with what you do to support your movement behaviors. Please join this 30-minute webinar where you will learn how to create your own Physical Activity Ritual plan—whether that be in short bursts during the workday, or in an intentional workout session at the gym or at home. Make movement a part of your life by establishing a routine and/or ritual that fits your daily reality and unique lifestyle. This webinar will provide you with some essential tips and tricks to get you started on a physical activity routine that excites you! 

    Attendees will be able to:

    • Learn about the importance of creating a physical activity routine to stick with it.
    • Identify ways to fit in physical activity that best fits unique, personal schedules.

    Behavior Change Setbacks: Why Is It So Hard?
    This 30-minute webinar will discuss all that stands in the way of being your best self—physically or mentally. We will briefly discuss common barriers and strategies to overcome them by focusing on the all-or-nothing principle, self-talk, and perfectionism tendencies. By the end of this short webinar, we hope you can walk away with your own action-items to kick those barriers to the curb!

    Attendees will be able to:

    • Discuss barriers and how they challenge us as humans.
    • Identify strategies for overcoming physical activity barriers.
    • Check in with personal awareness (self-talk, perfectionism, emotions, and reflection)

    Make It Stick! Using Commitment Devices for Behavior Change
    Do you have big plans to be healthier, exercise more, or eat better, only to find your future self does not always follow the plan you made? When it comes to being healthy, we know what to do—and even want to do it—yet we still have trouble actually doing it! Why? This 30-minute webinar will provide attendees with tips, tricks, and strategies to stick to our health behaviors by utilizing commitment devices. More specifically, we will discuss the spectrum of commitment devices, practical approaches to utilize commitment devices in your life, and the value of such devices in supporting our health behaviors. By the end of this short webinar, we hope you can commit to whatever health behavior you’ve been wanting to stick to!

    Attendees will be able to:

    • Learn about different types of commitment devices and provide examples.
    • Identify commitment devices to adopt into your life.
    • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of commitment devices.

Mental Well-Being

  • Experiencing Life with a Mental Health Condition

    Tuesday, May 24
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Millions of Americans are living with a mental health diagnosis and working against the challenges of societal stigmas. What can we do to create a more welcoming, inclusive, and compassionate environment for our friends and colleagues experiencing a mental health issue? In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, join Healthy IU Work + Life as we aim to decrease stigma, biases, and assumptions and raise awareness about mental health in the workplace. Hear IU employees’ personal stories, and their experiences navigating mental health at work and at home. IU Human Resources Employee Relations will share information on resources and support.

  • Building a Resilient Team Amid Uncertainty: Addressing Anxiety at Work

    Thursday, June 30
    1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (ET) / Noon-3:00 p.m. (CT)

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    Thursday, July 21
    1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (ET) / Noon-3:00 p.m. (CT)

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    This virtual training shares strategies and resources for building an emotionally safe workplace and a resilient team. Leaders will learn how to spot rising anxiety levels among their team members; ease the concerns of employees who are overwhelmed or worried about the future and engage in effective conversations about emotions in uncertain times. This training will also illustrate how team members at all levels can work together to build an environment that fosters camaraderie, productivity, and calm.

    Testimonials: "This topic is one I think all of our leaders need to be trained on! It is critical for today's workforce and especially coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic."

    "Anxiety is something we all experience. There is no one who shouldn't take the course."

    "The skills I learned were very helpful and I think all employees whether in leadership or not could benefit from this."

    Note: This professional development opportunity is one 3-hour virtual session and requires the purchase of the book, Anxiety at Work. The book purchase, ranging from $15-$20 (tax and shipping included), will be charged to your department.

    Facilitators: Angela L. Reese, MSW, LSW, Work Life Analyst, Healthy IU, and Catherine Matthews, JD, Ph.D., Sr. Consultant, Talent and Organization Development, IU Human Resources

  • Suicide Awareness

    Tuesday, July 19
    Noon-1:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m.-Noon (CT)

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    Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, alcohol and substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence and social isolation. The purpose of this training is to raise awareness of suicide and other serious emotional health concerns, and provide important information about getting help for someone who may be thinking about suicide.

    This is offered by Supportlinc, IU's Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Work + Life

  • Working with Children at Home

    Wednesday, June 1
    1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET) / Noon-1:00 p.m. (CT)

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    In today’s world, we are all being asked to do more while still focusing on our children’s needs and wants. This seminar will cover best practices for younger and older children to have routines and structure in this uncertain time. It offers suggestions on how to be most productive while also trying to enjoy family time.

    This is offered by SupportLinc, IU's Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

  • Reviewing Resources and Benefits for Geriatric Care Planning

    Wednesday, July 27
    12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT)

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    The landscape of senior care can be a daunting one. What options are out there, and how can you understand which is the best for your family? This webinar will outline the primary features of in-home care, Assisted Living Communities, and Skilled Nursing Facilities. It will also offer guidance as to the many IU benefits available to faculty and staff caring for elderly loved ones.

    This is presented by + LifeCare.

Health & Safety

  • Skin Cancer Prevention 101

    Friday, June 17
    11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (ET) / 10:30-11:45 a.m. (CT)

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    Join a panel of experts to learn the basics about skin cancer and actionable steps to ensure your best health. This session will cover risk factors, trends in Indiana, prevention tips, signs and symptoms, how and when t screened, and when to seek treatment. Also, IU Human Resources Benefits will provide information about your IU-covered preventive cancer benefits and resources.


    • Mary Robertson, MPH, Director, Indiana Cancer Consortium
    • William A. Wooden, M.D., FACS, Professor of Surgery, IU School of Medicine; member, Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Danielle Abplanalp, Manager Healthcare, IU Human Resources, Benefits