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Fall into wellness this semester with Health Promotion and Wellness

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Free one on one nutrition consultations are just one of the many wellness services offered to employees

Make yourself a priority this fall with offerings from Health Promotion and Wellness. Fall semester employee programming includes family activities, massage, mindfulness classes, and more. Read on to learn more about what is coming up this fall.

Family Activities
Health Promotion and Wellness offers free family activities for employees and retirees. Fall offerings include Family Swims on various dates at the Student Fitness Center and Family Bowling on November 5 at the Bowling and Billiards Center. Activities are free, but registration is required.

Healthy You, Healthy Earth
Your environment plays a huge role in overall wellness. For more than 10 years, Health Promotion and Wellness and the Office of Sustainability have coordinated Healthy You, Healthy Earth wellness and sustainability fair. This year’s event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, in the Brown Ballroom. Attend presentations, visit with exhibitors, and recycle unwanted clothes and electronics! Healthy You, Healthy Earth is open to Illinois State students, faculty, and staff as well as the Bloomington-Normal community.

Lifestyle Enhancement Classes
Health Promotion and Wellness offers a variety of classes aimed to help employees stress less and reduce back discomfort. Classes include Noon and Tuesday Yoga, Balanced Bellies and Backs, T’ai Chi, Table Tennis, and more. Additional information and registration materials are available online.

Health Promotion and Wellness partners with Aches Away to bring massage to campus twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Massages are $15 for 15 minutes and consecutive appointments can be made to receive a longer massage. Participants pay the massage therapist directly at the time of service. View available appointments and register online.

Mindfulness Classes
Two employee Mindfulness Classes are being held this fall in September and late October. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the moment, and nonjudgmentally. During this workshop, you will learn and practice various mindfulness and meditation techniques that can help improve sleep; reduce stress and anxiety; improve focus, performance, and eating behaviors; and contribute to a greater sense of well-being and happiness. This class meets once a week for four weeks and each session is 60 minutes. Mindfulness classes are free, but registration is required.

SEVEN: Discover Wellness at Illinois State
Challenge yourself to make YOU a priority! Seven is a free program that focuses on the importance of the seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and vocational. Log wellness activities and earn points for prizes. Participants get a t-shirt for the first 100 points logged and gain entries into monthly prize drawings for every 100 points (i.e. 300 points = three entries). Participants also receive a special e-newsletter highlighting a dimension and campus wellness activities. Join today.

Spread the Red, Give the Red Homecoming Blood Drive
Monday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Activity Room, Bowling and Billiards Center
Kick Homecoming week off by doing something to help others! Appointments appreciated and lessen your wait. To make an appointment, go to

Support for Nursing Mothers
Learn more about Illinois breastfeeding laws, Illinois State University policy, and explore how to successfully return to school or work as a breastfeeding mom. This is a free class open to faculty, staff, and students. Non-pregnant partners welcome as well. Sessions are held from noon to 1 p.m. and are facilitated by Brandy Hansen, certified lactation consultant. Register online at Upcoming 2016 dates are Friday, August 5; Friday, September 30; and Friday, December 2.

Weight Watchers at Work
If weight-related goals are on your radar, consider joining this supportive and confidential group. Weight Watchers at Work meets on Tuesdays from Noon to 1 p.m. Please call (309) 438-WELL (9355) or email for more information.

Working Mothers Chat ‘n Chew
Join your fellow working moms for lunch and share tips, ask questions, and lend support in a confidential environment. This group meets on Fridays in the Private Dining Room of McAlister’s from noon to 1 p.m. Lunch is not provided, but feel free to bring it with you. Upcoming 2016 dates are August 26, September 23, October 14, November 18, and December 16. New this semester: each month will feature a topic and/or speaker on a variety of topic identified by participants. Registration is appreciated. View topics and register.

Additional Support Available from Health Promotion and Wellness
Health Promotion and Wellness is here to help! From free nutrition consults and ergonomic assessments to the SEVEN wellness incentive program, we have a variety of programs and services to help support your goals. Health Promotion and Wellness provides wellness information, services, events, and programming to students, faculty, staff, retirees, and the Illinois State community. People living, learning, and working in a healthy environment are more likely to reach their highest potential.

For more information, visit, call (309) 438-WELL (9355), email, or stop by 187 McCormick Hall.