The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, located in Suite 187 McCormick of the Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall, serves as the campus resource for wellness and preventive health by leading health promotion action at Illinois State University. A vibrant and engaged workforce furthers a wellness-centered culture on campus. Registration is required to participate in the programs listed below. For more information, contact us by phone at 438-WELL (9355), email, or access the website at

LIVE WELL with Eight at State Incentive Program
LIVE WELL with Eight at State is a free incentive-based program designed to support healthy living in Illinois State University students, staff, and faculty. The Eight at State initiative emphasizes a holistic approach to well-being through the intentional focus on eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and vocational.

Engaging with the LIVE WELL program is simple— Join the program online at, take the wellness assessments, and begin to track your day to day activities that align with one or more of the eight dimensions of wellness. Over the course of the program LIVE WELL will host monthly challenges for participants and weekly messages designed to motivate and inform participants about ways to further develop personal wellness. Activities entered accrue points and participants become eligible for incentives. Individuals are empowered to engage with LIVE WELL at the level appropriate for them, and once 10 activities have been entered, they can choose a LIVE WELL T-shirt or stone coaster.

Ergonomic Reviews
Being proactive is key to healthy work environments. The primary purpose of the ergonomics program is to minimize discomfort and prevent injuries associated with repetitive movements and contraindicated postures. The ergonomic review is person-centered and aims to support an individual at their workspace.

Health Promotion and Wellness offers individual and group recommendations for the office environment.

Request an ergonomic assessment

Contact Nikki Brauer at (309) 438-8845 or for more information regarding ergonomic reviews.

Koru Basic Mindfulness
Tuesdays, October 13, 20, 27, and November 3 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. via Zoom

Koru 2.0 Mindfulness
Fridays, October 16, 23, 30, and November 6 from noon-1 p.m. via Zoom.

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the moment, and non-judgmentally. During this class, you will learn and practice various mindfulness and meditation techniques that can help improve sleep; reduce stress and anxiety; improve focus, academic performance, and eating behaviors; and contribute to a greater sense of well-being and happiness. This course meets once a week for four weeks and attendance at each session is recommended. To register, sign in to My Redbird Life with your ISU ULID and password. Contact Michelle Starkey at with questions.

Family Bowling Events
Saturdays, October 10 and November 7
Noon to 6 p.m. at the ISU Bowling and Billiards Center

Family bowling events at the Illinois State Bowling and Billiards Center will be held during the fall semester. These family events are free of charge. The event requires face coverings for all and will practice physical distancing.

Families may register for one lane and one time slot. The maximum number of family members allowed to participate will be five. Time slots are 60-minute increments between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. on the scheduled date.

Sign up through the Health Promotion and Wellness Redbird Life Events site.  (You must sign into Redbird Life with your ISU ULID and password to view these events).

Support for Nursing Mothers
Breastfeeding 101
Friday, November 20
1-2 p.m. via Zoom.

This session introduces participants to the benefits of breastfeeding for baby, mom, and the family as well as information on nursing techniques, the role of pumping, and information about Illinois breastfeeding laws and Illinois State University policy. This is a free class open to faculty, staff, and students, and their spouses/partners. Facilitated by a certified lactation consultant.

Returning to Work or School Session
Friday, October 16
1-2 p.m. via Zoom.

This session explores how to successfully return to school or work as a breastfeeding mom. This class covers on-campus lactation spaces, the importance of pumping schedules, and a guide to help conversations with your supervisor and colleagues. This is a free class open to students, faculty, staff, and spouses/partners. Facilitated by a certified lactation consultant.

Sign up to attend at the Health Promotion and Wellness Redbird Life site  (Log into Redbird Life with your ULID and Password to view these events). Contact Michelle Starkey at with questions.

Lifestyle Enhancement Program Fall Session
Balanced Bellies and Backs
August 18 – December 20, 2020
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:15-1 p.m. via Zoom.

Aimed at the care of a healthy spine, this class focuses on maintaining flexibility and strengthening the CORE.

Instructor:  Michelle Klunke, BA, certified instructor and has been teaching for Wellness at Illinois State since 2003.

Registration is required and a $30.00/ semester fee is associated to participate in this class. Fees will be processed online through the Health Promotion and Wellness uStore. Please pay for classes using the uStore link or through payroll deduction. Cash and personal checks are no longer accepted.

Fall Registration Form

Join the Zoom Meeting.

Nutrition Analysis
Health Promotion and Wellness offers free individual diet analysis and nutrition guidance for those striving to improve their lifestyle. Faculty, staff, and students can meet one-on-one with a Health Promotion and Wellness nutrition graduate assistant at no cost. Participants need to complete a 72-Hour Food Diary and a health questionnaire prior to their nutrition consult.

We also provide presentations for campus groups and organizations. Please contact our office at (309) 438-1882 to request these services.