Calendar of Events


Wellness Workshop:  "Yoga 101"   Friday, August 9 12:00-12:45pm at the SRC  Interested in learning proper technique for yoga poses? Join Carrie Lutz for a yoga pose breakdown to advance – or begin – your practice. To register, email

Learn to Play Pickleball   July 10 and July 29 at the Student Recreation Center.  Stop in anytime between 4:30-6:00 pm.  Learn the game and play with faculty and staff.  Wear court shoes and bring your employee ID to enter the SRC.  If you do not have a membership to the SRC, you can purchase a daily pass for $8.  Questions?  Contact Amy at 

Walking Wednesdays Are you ready to walk for 20-30 minutes during the work day?  Meet at "A Chorus of Trumpets" at 7:30am and 12:15pm on Wednesdays. (During inclement weather, we'll walk to the SRC).  Wear comfortable shoes and bring water.  Register with to receive the weekly route.  STARTING JUNE 5, MEET AMY FOR A WALK AT 7:30AM TO BEAT THE HEAT.  

Freshstart Smoking Cessation program. (an American Cancer Society program) Enroll in this free four week program to make a successful quit attempt.  Work one-on-one with the Employee Wellness Coordinator.  We can set times and dates according to your schedule.  To register email and indicate “Freshstart” in the subject line. 

Lighten Up Blue weight loss group  Join other employees who are wanting to improve their health by reducing their weight.  We will learn about healthy meal plans, portion sizes, exercise programs and goal setting. We will weigh-in before class each week. Register at and indicate “Lighten Up Blue” in the subject line.


Wellness Workshop:  Tour the ISU Community Garden Learn the health benefits of gardening, tour the gardens and get involved this growing season!  Tuesday, July 9 11:30am - 12:15pm at 219 North 11th Street   To register, email

Learn to Play Pickleball   June 20 and June 27 at the Student Recreation Center.  Stop in anytime between 11:30am-1:30pm.  Learn the game and play with faculty and staff.  Wear court shoes and bring your employee ID to enter the SRC.  If you do not have a membership to the SRC, you can purchase a daily pass for $8.  Questions?  Contact Amy at

Half Marathon Employee Training Groups.  Are you interested in walking or running the September Crossroads Half Marathon race?  Attend the information session Thursday, May 2 from 4:30-5:00pm in HMSU 321.  Learn how to register for the race and meet other employees to form training groups. 

Wellness Workshop "Preventing and treating Injuries in exercising adults" Thursday, June 13, 11:30am  235 SCHW Sycamore Center for Health and Wellness (567 N 5th Street)  Stay active this summer!  Dr. Jimmie Storms and Dr. Justin Applegate, Physical Therapists at ISU PT & Sports Rehabilitation Clinic, will share their knowledge to help us prevent and treat common injuries that occur.

Wellness Workshop "Managing Stress and Anxiety" 1:30-2:00pm  Thursday, May 30 in HMSU 321 Raymond Contreras, Physican Assistant and Assistant Professor, will help employees identify signs and adpot coping skills to manage stress and depression.  Amy Demchak, Employee Wellness Coordinator will provide information on EAP services.  

May Wellness challnege   Take the month-long challenge to reduce stress, promote creativity and make a little space in your day for healthy habits.  Click here for a copy of the challenge calendar. 

Wellness Workshop "Office Ergonomics"   1:30-2:00pm Monday, April 22 in HMSU 321. Small changes to our office environment and work habits can improve our health.  Join Priya Bakshi, Asst Professor of Occupational Therapy for a brief presentation, Q&A and demonstrations. 

Sleep Soundly  2:30-3:00pm Friday, March 15  Stop by the lobby of Rankin Hall to take a short sleep survey and pick up tips on ways to sleep more soundly.  The first 20 employees who stop by will be gifted a blanket.  No need to register.

Wellness Workshop "Under Pressure:  Blood pressure and heart health" February 28 at 11:30am in the Library Events Area.  Kim Rhodes, NP Union Occupational Health, will present how we can care for our heart health.  Stay and have your blood pressure checked after the presentation.  

Wellness Workshop "Motivation for Healthy Behavior Changes"  12:00-12:30pm March 8 at CHHS room A 125   Are you having trouble meeting those New Year's Resolutions?  Motivational Interviewing may help!  Doctor of Physical Therapy students, under faculty supervision of Dr. Howell Tapley, will offer free sessions to help you improve your health behaviors.  

Lose-a-Pound Give-a-Pound challenge! Pledge to donate one pound of food to the Sycamore Pantry for each pound you lose between February 11 and March 8.  You may record your own weight loss or participate in an individual weigh in at the Employee Wellness Office February 11 and March 8.  Register for the challenge by emailing Amy at

The Daily Mile Campus Challenge Kick off our first challenge of 2019 on Jan 14.  We will challenge ourselves to walk one mile during the work day.  Between 8:00am-4:30pm, (or your work shift) log 2,000 steps.  Invite other members of your department to join you and make it a friendly competition.  When you register, you will receive a tracking sheet and 0.5 and 1.0 mile campus walking routes.  Register at and indicate “The Daily Mile” in the subject line. 

Employee Open House at the Student Recreation Center Employees are invited to visit the SRC and participate in an interactive tour.  Participants will be entered into a drawing for five group training sessions.  Plan to come to the SRC during one of four open house sessions.  Tues Jan 8 from 12:00-12:30 or 2:00-2:30pm or Monday, Jan 14 from 10:00-10:30 or 12:00-12:30pm.  Earn an extra entry into the drawing if you register and attend.  Register by emailing

No-gain November Fridays November 2, 9 and 16, 2018    12:15-12:45pm Cunningham Memorial Library Conference room 028  Learn ways to maintain your weight during the busy holiday season.  We will discuss food choices, substitutions, exercise and stress management.  Optional weigh-in before class. Register with Amy Demchak at