Wellness Participation Policy

Since 1984 Illinois State University has offered a Wellness Participation Policy because the Institution values it’s staff and faculty. Employees may request up to 90 minutes per week to participate in activities that improve their well-being. For further details read the policy link below.

Wellness Participation Policy at ISU



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.



Lifestyle Enhancement Program

Fall Session is August 16 – December 27  |  Spring Session is January 4 – May 15  |  Summer Session is May 16 – August 14

Balanced Bellies and Backs

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.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays  |  Noon – 1:00 p.m.  | via Zoom
  • Wednesdays  |  Noon – 1:00 p.m.  |  via Zoom

T’ai Chi

Traditional Chen Style T’ai Chi involves forms 1 through 12 during the fall semester and 13 through 24 during the spring semester as well as qigong training. T’ai Chi is often referred to as moving meditation.

Instructor: Lilly Meiner, Certified Instructor

Wednesdays  |  5:15 – 6;15 p.m.  |  Metcalf 139


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.

Lifestyle Enhancement Registration Form



Koru Mindfulness Classes

In our Koru mindfulness classes, 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.  Each class is four sessions.  The course is free, but registration is required.


Koru 2.0 Mindfulness Class (4 weeks)

Class #1
Wednesdays:  October 13, 20, 27, and November 3  |  Noon – 1:00 p.m.  |  via Zoom

Class #2
Thursdays:  October 14, 21, 28, and November 4  |  3:30 – 4:45 p.m.  |  via Zoom

Register here for the Koru 2.0 Classes

New Online Registration Instructions

If you have problems registering for the classes,  have questions, or if you are unable to attend via Zoom, please contact Jim Almeda at jralmed@ilstu.edu



Massage on Campus

Health Promotion and Wellness partners with a licensed massage therapist to offer massage on campus each week.  To access this service appointments are required and payment is expected at the time of service. Cost is $30 for 30 minutes.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays  |  Noon – 3:00 p.m.  |  153 McCormick Hall  |  $30 for 30 minutes  |  Pay Massage Therapist directly

Register here for Massage

New Registration System Instructions.

Please contact Michelle Starkey with any questions.



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.

Classes will be held via zoom or in a classroom.   For classes held via zoom, Trish will send a zoom link to those who have registered closer to the date of the class.

Breastfeeding 101:

Tuesday, December 14  |  Noon – 1:00 p.m.  |  186 McCormick Hall

Register here for Breastfeeding 101

New Registration System Instructions.

Please contact Michelle Starkey with any questions.


Returning to Work or School:

Tuesday, November 9  |  Noon – 1:00 p.m.  |  186 McCormick Hall

Register here for Returning to Work or School

New Registration System Instructions.

Please contact Michelle Starkey with any questions.



Family Bowling

Bowling at the Illinois State Bowling and Billiards Center is held during the fall and spring semester. This family activity is free of charge.  Families may register for one lane and one-time slot with a maximum number of five individuals per lane.  Time slots are  60-minute increments between the hours of noon and 6:00 p.m. on the scheduled date.

Saturdays:  November 6  |  February 5  |  March 5

Register here for Family Bowling Events

New Registration System Instructions.

Please contact Michelle Starkey with any questions.



Family Swim & Climb Events

Saturdays  |  November 13  |  10:00 a.m. – Noon  |  Student Fitness Center

Sundays  |  October 24 and December 5  |  Noon – 2:00 p.m.  |  Student Fitness Center

We are excited to offer Family Climbs along with Family Swims held in the Student Fitness Center pool and their rock wall on the Saturdays and Sundays.  Lifeguards are on duty and all parents/guardians must remain in the pool area. Families are encouraged to bring their own flotation devices. Please note, in order to participate, children must securely fit in Campus Recreation’s harness or bring a harness Campus Recreation staff must approve. Also, children under the age of 12 and adults not fully vaccinated must wear a mask while climbing and on the desk of the pool.  Masks may be removed upon entering the pool.  Parents/guardians are required to remain in the area while children climb. This is a free event.

Register here for the Family Swim & Climb Events

New Registration System Instructions.

Please contact Michelle Starkey with any questions.



Live Well with Eight at State

A free incentive-based programs supporting Illinois State University students, staff, and faculty.  The EIGHT at STATE initiative emphasizes a holistic approach to well-being through the focus on the eight dimensions of wellness:  emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and vocational.  To learn more or join the program visit:




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.

Fridays beginning September 3 through December 10 |  Noon – 12:30 p.m.  |  186 McCormick Hall and/or via Zoom

Drop-in Meditation Zoom Link