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Campus Wellbeing Services
Employee Wellness Newsletter
August 2018 Edition

Fall is a great time to work on your wellness. This fall we are offering several of your favorite activities. In addition, we have added some exciting new options like Dare to Dream (life planning) and Mindfulness Meditation. Click on the menu items below to find your interest areas, and learn more about late summer/ early fall wellness.

In this issue you will find
Mid-Day walks return Monday, September 17

Walkers rejoice! Our mid-day walk program is returning for nine weeks this fall. Please note the new day - we will walk on Mondays. All fitness levels are welcome.

  • Days: Mondays, from September 17 till November 19 (Note: there will be no walk the week of October 8)
  • Time: 12:10 pm – 12:50 pm
  • Place: Meet behind the Illini Union. Walks will vary each week.
  • Cost: Free
  • To register: Registration is required. Go to
  • Health and release forms: Please note that you will need to complete a short medical form (PARQ), and sign a release form.
Learn to relax online! Relaxation technique webinar series begins September 18

Learn to relax from the comfort of your workstation! Campus Wellbeing Services will offer our Relaxation Techniques series via webinar this fall. Each month, participants will learn and practice a different technique:

  • September 18: Introduction to the relaxation response and relaxing breath
  • October 16: Passive muscle relaxation
  • November 13: Progressive muscle relaxation
  • December 11: Guided imagery and visualization

All sessions run on Tuesdays, from noon – 12:45 pm. You can register for individual sessions, but we encourage you to take all of them for the most benefit.

The series is free but you must register at

Mindfulness meditation classes start October 10

Last year, our iThrive research participants were able to take a special mindfulness program. This class was so popular that we are now offering it for all employees. This six-week program will gently guide people towards a regular mindful meditation habit. The facilitator is Kristina Reese. Kristina is the Studio Manager for Hatha Yoga and Fitness, holds multiple certifications, and has been leading yoga and mindfulness meditation programs for several years.

Please note this class is an ongoing series. Participants will build their skills by attending as many sessions as possible. This program differs from the drop-in meditation sessions offered at the Spurlock Museum, Student Meditation Organization and other programs on campus.

Class size is limited. Sign up today to secure your spot!

Spread the word about wellness! Become an Illinois Wellbeing Ambassador!

Are you passionate about wellness? Would you like to help bring wellness programs to your co-workers? If so, become an Illinois Wellness Ambassador!

Campus Wellbeing Services is excited to announce that we are starting a Wellbeing Ambassador program this fall. Ambassadors: 1) bring information about wellness opportunities to their units; 2) give feedback about services their units would like to see; 3) help organize wellbeing events for their units; and 4) network with ambassadors from other units.

To learn how to become a well-being ambassador, or to apply to be a wellbeing ambassador visit our Unit / Ambassador Tools page, or contact us at

Freedom from Smoking begins October 16

Our employee tobacco cessation program returns on Tuesday, October 16. Freedom from Smoking is open to employees and their significant others. This unique program is based on proven addiction and behavior change models, and offers a structured, systematic personalized approach to quitting. Participants learn a wide variety of evidence-based cessation techniques, and address the physical, mental, and social aspects of their addiction.

When and where

  • Location: Room 108 Bevier Hall
  • Dates: Seven Tuesdays, starting October 16 (Note: there are two meetings during Week Four)
  • Times: 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
  • Cost: $25 (This is a materials fee. Employees who attend at least six sessions will be reimbursed.)
  • Register at

For more information contact Campus Wellbeing Services at or 265-9355.

New Program! Dare to Dream!

Calling all dreamers! Are you looking for a way to live your life to the fullest? Would you like to explore how to realize your life goals and make your dreams a reality? Take our new Dare to Dream class! Dare to Dream offers a unique approach to life planning. This six-week program provides an opportunity for participants to actively visualize where they would like their personal and professional lives go, and creatively strategize how to move towards realizing their dreams. Sessions are fun and interactive. Group support, honest introspection and creative expression are encouraged. This class will be led by Tiffany Macke. Ms. Macke is a Community Development Educator for UI Extension. She has led dreaming classes in Clark, Crawford and Edgar counties. We are very pleased to have her offer this unique program for our employees.

  • Days: Six Wednesdays, starting October 10
  • Time: 5:15 pm – 6 pm
  • Place: Bevier Hall, Room 108
  • Cost: Free

Registration: Registration is required. Class size is limited. Go to

New healthy recipes available

Not sure what to do with all of that zucchini in your garden? Looking for creative ways to prepare peaches?  We just posted new recipes to our online recipe box. New recipes include garlic rosemary flatbread, walnut encrusted tilapia, and fresh corn pancakes with lime drizzle and more. This new “crop” of recipes includes some vegan options. We even have a new healthy chocolate cookie recipe! Visit our recipe box to see all the new additions.

Build work team cohesiveness with Wellness-to-Go

Many units and departments have brought programs such as stress management and time management to their employees over the last few years. But, did you know that we also offer some lighter activities through our Wellness-to-Go program? These sessions not only teach valuable wellness skills, but also allow employees to get to know each other in a stress free atmosphere.

Some of our lighter Wellness-to-Go sessions include:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Color me Calm
  • Paint your way to wellness

Most of our sessions are free, although a few, such as Paint your Way to Wellness, have a materials charge. We bring our programs to your location at your convenience. For more information, contact us at or visit the Wellness-to-Go section of our website.

Bike Share is coming to campus!

Ever wondered if you could borrow a bike to get to a meeting or run and errand during your lunch break? Ever dreamed of getting a little exercise on a bike while on campus? Well, your wish is about to become reality!

A dockless bike share program will begin sometime during fall 2018. This program is being operated by the cities of Champaign and Urbana, but bicycles will be available for use on campus. There will be locations around the campus and in the cities where bikes will be available for anyone to use at any time (24/7). Bicycles are GPS-tracked, self-locking, and accessed via smartphones. Prices to use bicycles will vary from 50 cents to two dollars per hour. Facilities and Services staff can help answer questions about the program. For more information Contact Lily Wilcock, Active Transportation Coordinator, at  or visit these sites:

Dockless Bicycle Sharing FAQs

Dockless Bicycle Sharing Fact Sheet PDF

Watch for details about this exciting new program soon!

More campus wellness opportunities

So far in this edition of the employee wellness newsletter we have highlighted some upcoming the activities sponsored by Campus Wellbeing Services. But, did you know that many other campus units provide wellness programs? Read on for a sample of what is going on around campus this fall.

Mosquito protection

Even though summer is waning, the risk of mosquito bites is still high. We have had a particularly hot and humid summer, which creates an excellent breeding environment for mosquitoes. Besides being uncomfortable, mosquito bites can lead to diseases such as Zika and West Nile virus. Read on to learn how to best protect yourself.