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Campus Wellbeing Services
Employee Wellness Newsletter
January 2019 Edition

“You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do. – Dr. Seuss

Happy New Year! At this time of year when we think of fresh starts, consider how you can improve your health, and enhance the quality of your life. It’s also a great time to explore how Campus Wellbeing Services can help you along the way. We have assembled a wide array of wellness programs for spring: these are featured in this issue.  Also, in this issue we highlight other campus wellness opportunities.

In this issue you will find:
Help spread wellness on campus – become an Illinois Wellbeing Ambassador!

Our 2019 Illinois Wellbeing Ambassador meetings will start soon, and we are looking for more department/unit representatives. Illinois Wellbeing Ambassadors serve as point people between Campus Wellbeing Services and work units across campus. Some of the things Ambassadors do include: 1) bring information about wellness opportunities to their units; 2) give feedback about services their units would like to see; help organize wellbeing events for their units; and 4) network with ambassadors from other units.

To learn how to become a well-being ambassador visit our Unit/Ambassador Tools page.

Get fiscally fit in 2019 with Prudential Pathways

Is getting your finances in order among your 2019 resolutions? If so, take our Prudential Pathways financial wellness series. This five week series will help you find your own path to financial wellness. The program is free, and open to employees and their significant others. To learn more about what this program offers and how to register, click here.

New program: Well-Doodle!

Ever doodled in your spare time? Want to learn how to create art from your doodles? Join our new Well-Doodle class, and relax, have fun, and tap into your creative side. You will nurture your inner artist, unleash your imagination, and fulfill your need for self-expression and community! This new wellness offering will meet for four Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, starting February 7. Read on to learn what Well-Doodle is all about!

Lose weight in 2019 the Healthy Weigh!

Our popular weight management program returns this February. This eight week program provides a foundation of reliable information and life management skills needed to lose and maintain weight loss. Healthy Weigh is open to employees, significant others, retirees and graduate students. Classes will meet Tuesdays at 5:15 pm, starting February 19. Read on to learn more about this unique program.

Mindful meditation classes start February 13

Reduce your stress and improve your overall health with our mindful meditation class. This program will gently guide you towards a regular mindful meditation habit. All ability levels are welcome. The facilitator is Kristina Reese. Kristina is the Studio Manager for Hatha Yoga and Fitness. She is a certified yoga instructor, and has been leading yoga and mindfulness meditation programs for several years.

This seven week series will meet Wednesdays at 12:10 – 12:50 pm starting February 13, in the 5th floor conference room of the Illini Bookstore Building.  There is a $25 fee for this class.

Class size is limited so that all participants can get enough attention. Sign up today to secure your spot!

2019 wellness webinar series

Have you made New Year’s Resolutions? Are you looking for some help in keeping them? Sign up for our 2019 Wellness Experts Webinar series. Each month, a campus or community expert will facilitate a discussion about a different health area. You will gather important information, gain insight in how to change your habits, and have your specific questions answered. Our spring semester sessions are listed below.

These sessions are free, and scheduled to be as convenient as possible. All sessions meet on the second Tuesday of the month from 12 noon – 12:50 pm.

  • Tuesday, February 12: Tobacco and nicotine cessation: Michele Guerra, Director Campus Wellbeing Services
  • Tuesday, March 12: Healthy eating: How to craft a healthy meal: Erin Davis, College of ACES
  • Tuesday, April 9: Emotional wellbeing: Sue Keller, Employee Assistance Counselor, Faculty Staff Assistance Services

To register, click here.

Coming soon: our 2019 employee wellness challenge!

We are excitedly planning our 2019 employee wellness challenge. This will be the seventh year we have offered employees a self-paced program to improve your health and wellbeing. These challenges have been tremendously popular, with good reason. These events allow employees to start or develop healthy habits. They are fun, and can be done at your convenience.

We will be rolling out our 2019 challenge soon - watch for details and registration in a few weeks! Email us at if you would like to be placed on the interest list for the challenge.

New recipes on our website!

We’ve got new recipes for you! We just posted several delectable recipes to warm your souls and body during the cold of winter. Examples: Chai hot chocolate, quinoa oat porridge, creamy squash soup with shredded apples, warm kale and beet salad, and more. To check out our newest recipes, plus dozens of previously submitted items go to our online recipe box.

More campus wellness opportunities

Got cabin fever? There’s no need to stay cooped up in your office or house. Campus winter wellness opportunities abound! Click here to discover what’s happening on campus this winter.