The ACHA National Faculty Staff Health Assessment launches January 18-19
The invitation will arrive in your email and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your feedback informs programs and services offered through Health Promotion and Wellness. We appreciate your taking the time to complete this survey and feel free refer questions to Nikki Brauer,

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 for the following sessions below, sign in to My Redbird Life with your ISU ULID and password. Contact Michelle Starkey with questions.

Koru Basic
Class 1: Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. via Zoom
Class 2: Fridays, February 26, March 5, 12, and 19 from noon-1 p.m. via Zoom

Koru 2.0 Mindfulness
Class 1: Thursdays, March 18, 25, April 1, and 8 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. via Zoom.
Class 2: Fridays, April 9, 16, 23, and 30 from noon-1 p.m.

Other continuing activities promoting mindfulness include:

Wellness Coaching
Wellness coaching offers guidance with meeting personal wellness goals and lifestyle changes. Based on positive psychology, wellness coaching uses a holistic approach to examine how personal wellness interacts with an individual’s values, goals, and inspirations.

Open to ISU staff, faculty and students interested in making positive changes to their personal wellness. Individual sessions are held for 30-60 minutes each and meet via zoom. Contact Health Promotion and Wellness ( if you are considering Wellness Coaching as a way to optimize your health and wellbeing.

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.

January Challenge: Log at least five activities in the Spiritual Wellness dimension to win a Spiritual Wellness pin and a sleep travel kit!

Every January presents an opportunity for a fresh start. Whatever your New Year’s resolutions may be, your spiritual wellness is crucial in supporting your goals and your overall well-being. This month, we challenge you to engage deeper with Spiritual Wellness, possibly making it a personal resolution for the month, and perhaps for the year.

Spiritual wellness is essentially being connected to something bigger than ourselves. Optimal spiritual wellness is when our core values and beliefs tie us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and empower us to act according to those beliefs.

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