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Campus Wellbeing Services
Employee Wellness Newsletter
January 2018 Edition

Our first newsletter issue of the year focuses on helping you get your new year off to a heathy start. Scroll down for news on upcoming wellness programs, and tips on how to live your best life in 2018.

In this issue you will find
New program: Well at Work – on the web!

Can you enhance your health while at work? The answer is yes! Campus Wellbeing Services is piloting a series of five web-learning sessions. Participants will discover practical ways to improve their wellness at work, and will learn about helpful campus resources. Read on to learn more.

Healthy Weigh starts Tuesday, February 6

Looking to lose weight? Start 2018 the Healthy Weigh! Our own weight management program provides participants with the tools they need to lose weight safely and effectively.  Our next eight-week program begins Tuesday, February 6. For more information read on.

Coming soon: The Take Ten for Stress Relief Wellness Challenge

We are bringing our employee wellness challenge back this March. We are excited to be able to offer this perennially popular program again. Our theme this year is Take Ten for Stress Relief. Currently we are finalizing the details of the program. Registration will begin mid-February. Watch for announcements in e-week, the HR Newsfeed and on our website in February. If you would like to be placed on the interest list contact us at We will contact you directly when we have program specifics and registration opens.

Weight Watchers on campus

Looking for a convenient weight management program during the noon hour? Weight Watchers has a weekly meeting on campus. Anyone on campus can attend. Click here for details.

Unplug and rewind at Allerton Park’s Digital Detox

Need a break or some “me time”? Attend Allerton Park Retreat Center’s Digital Detox January 27-28. This event will give attendees the opportunity to unplug and escape the distractions of everyday life.

The event features a buffet dinner, overnight accommodations, mindfulness workshop, massage therapy and a yoga class. You can also take advantage of your screen-free time in Allerton’s natural, relaxing setting. Browse through a book in the Library, go for a hike, play a board game, work on a puzzle, or just sit and enjoy the view.

Here are the details:

  • Date: January 27 - 28
  • Place: Allerton Park and Retreat Center, Monticello IL
  • Cost: $120 - $140 (Note: There is also $1 per minute cost for massage therapy)

Registration and more info: 217-333-3287

Check out our new recipes

We’ve just posted a slew of new recipes on our online recipe box. Some of the delightfully delicious (and healthy!) items include: sparkling New Year’s cider, gluten free pesto polenta, white chili, salmon spread and apple cinnamon bars. To view these and more click here.

Get financially fit this year

Did you know that the UI Extension offers a wide array of financial wellness programs and resources? This semester they will offer the following: Financial Planning for Young Adults course, savings challenge during America Saves Week, individual financial coaching through their Money Mentors program, and numerous workshops. They also maintain a wealth of useful information on their website. Read on to learn more about all of these resources.

It’s not too late to vaccinate

Flu season is upon us, but you can still get a flu shot. McKinley Health Center offers the flu vaccine to faculty, staff and students. No appointment is necessary. Simply go to the Center between 10 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. The cost is $32.

Perhaps you have heard reports that this year’s flu vaccine is not a perfect match to the flu strain people are getting. Health experts still suggest you get the vaccine. You may be able to avoid getting less common strains of the flu. And if you do get the flu, you will probably have a less severe version if you have been vaccinated.

Here are resources for more information:

Flu shots on campus:

2018 flu season:

Vaccine effectiveness:

Know your numbers – what are the new blood pressure guidelines?

Maintaining healthy blood pressure is essential to avoiding stroke and other debilitating illnesses as you age. High blood pressure damages blood vessels, and is one of the leading killers worldwide. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recently enacted new blood pressure guidelines. Read on to view the new guidelines, and learn how to maintain healthy blood pressure.

Winter campus wellness activities

Stay well this winter without leaving campus! Our campus offers a wide variety of wellness opportunities. Want to skate during your lunch hour? Check that. Learn how to make sushi? Got it. Start a meditation routine? That’s available too. Click here for a list of what’s happening this semester.