Wellness Coaching

Wellness Coaching offers a holistic approach to examining how personal wellness interacts with one’s values, goals, and inspirations. Based on positive psychology, wellness coaching focuses on the present and the future, using an individual’s own strengths to drive personal lifestyle changes guiding them toward a more well life.

The coaching relationship is a collaborative, and non-judgmental partnership that’s designed to keep individuals accountable for setting and reaching their wellness goals. Individuals are the expert in their own lives improving their coping skills, resilience, and levels of self-efficacy.

Wellness Coaching sessions are offered to students, staff, and faculty members who are interested in making positive shifts in their personal wellness. Sessions are free of charge, scheduled for 30-60 minutes in length, and carry a limit of six meetings. Contact Health Promotion and Wellness if you are considering changes to optimize your health and wellbeing.


Koru Basic Mindfulness Class

In our Koru mindfulness class, you will learn to practice various mindfulness and meditation techniques that can help to improve your sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, improve your focus on tasks at work or academically, lead to better eating behaviors, and contribute to a greater sense of well-being and happiness.  This class has four sessions and will be held on Zoom.  The course is free, but registration is required.

Wednesdays:  June 23, 30, July 7, and 14
Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Register here for the Koru Basic Mindfulness Class 

New Registration System Instructions.

Please contact Michelle Starkey with any questions.


Balanced Bellies and Backs – Lifestyle Enhancement Program

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

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

  • Balanced Bellies and Backs: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:15–1 p.m. via Zoom.

Registration is required and a 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.

Summer Registration Form

The program runs from May 14 through August 15, 2021.


Support for Nursing Mothers Classes

Learn more about Illinois breastfeeding laws, Illinois State University policy, and explore how to successfully return to campus as a breastfeeding mom facilitated by Trish Wierenga, a certified lactation consultant. These are free classes open to faculty, staff, spouses/partners, and students, but registration is required.

These classes will be held via zoom.  Trish will send a zoom link to those who have registered closer to the date of the class.

Breastfeeding 101:

Tuesday, June 8 from 12-1 p.m. via Zoom

Register here for Breastfeeding 101

New Registration System Instructions.

Please contact Michelle Starkey with any questions.


Returning to Work or School:

Tuesday, July 13, from 12-1 p.m. via Zoom

Register here for Returning to Work or School

New Registration System Instructions.

Please contact Michelle Starkey with any questions.


Nutrition Consults

Health Promotion and Wellness offer free individual diet analysis and nutrition guidance for those striving to improve their lifestyle. Faculty, staff, and students can meet one on one with 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.


Ergonomic Consultation

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 offer individual and group recommendations for the office environment.

Request an ergonomic assessment

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


Weekly Meditation Sessions

Whether you have experience with meditation or if this is something new, please join us for any of our meditation sessions.  Meditation can help improve sleep; reduce stress and anxiety; improve focus, academic and work performance, and eating behaviors; and contribute to a greater sense of well-being and happiness. Each session is about 20 minutes and will be held on Zoom.  No registration is required and you can start at any time.

Tuesdays at noon (beginning June 15 through July 27)  Zoom Link