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Campus Wellbeing Services
Employee Wellness Newsletter
February 2019 Edition

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich

Spring is around the corner! Let Campus Wellbeing Service lift you out of your winter doldrums! We have a number of invigorating activities coming up within the next month. To celebrate National Nutrition Month, our annual health challenge will focus on fruit and vegetable consumption. Carrying on with this theme, our March webinar will feature practical ways to prepare healthy meals during the week. To learn about these and more read on.

In this issue you will find:
Register now! The Color My Plate health challenge starts March 4

Bring on the fruits and veggies! It’s time for the Color My Plate fruit and veggie health challenge! This four week self-paced activity will help you eat more fruits and vegetables – and have fun in the process! We know that fruits and vegetables are true super foods. The health benefits are tremendous. But many people have a hard time eating enough. Challenge participants will get help from Campus Wellbeing Services in the form of tips, motivational emails, newsletters … and prizes! Our new team option makes participating even more fun.

Here are the details:

  • What is it: A free self-paced program, where we help you eat more fruits and veggies.
  • Who can join: Any employee
  • When: Four weeks, from Monday, March 4 – Sunday, March 31
  • Cost: It’s free!
  • How: Participants keep track of how many cups of fruits and vegetables they eat daily. They enter this information into our online tracking system. Each time you meet the weekly goal you get entered into our prize drawing.
  • Register: Open now! Go here to register and view the challenge guidelines.

New team option! This year you can sign up with a team of three to five people. You still track your own fruit and veggie servings, but our system automatically keeps track of your team. Both individuals and teams can win prizes!

Eat more fruits and veggies, have fun and get healthier! Join the Color My Plate Challenge today!

Unlock your kitchen toolbox with our March webinar

March is National Nutrition Month. That means focusing on ways to eat healthier. But creating healthy, satisfying, and delicious meals in the midst of a busy work week can seem like a daunting task. Furthermore, inconsistent advice and highly publicized new diets can make it challenging to even know where to begin! March’s Expert Webinar: “Unlocking Your Kitchen Toolbox: Tips to plan, prep, and build balanced meals throughout the work week” takes it back to basics. This free session takes place Tuesday, March 12 at noon.

Participants will:

  • Review the components of a balanced plate.
  • Learn how to prepare simple weekly food prep items.
  • Discover how to use your weekly food prep to build different types of meals throughout the week really fast.

Our featured expert is Erin Davis, a doctoral student in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and Didactic Program in Dietetics.

Our webinars make learning easy – simply log onto your computer and join us. The session is free, but you must register.

To register.

Get ready to walk! Mid-day walks resume Thursday, March 28

Get ready to walk! Our mid-day walks resume Thursday, March 28. These walks are a great way to get some physical activity during the week, meet your co-workers, and reenergize for the remainder of your work day. All fitness levels are welcome.

Here are the specifics:

  • Days: Eight Thursdays, starting March 28
  • Time: 12:10 pm – 12:50 pm
  • Place: Meet at Anniversary Plaza (behind Illini Union). The walk destination varies each week.
  • Cost: Free
  • To Register

Please note, all participants must complete and turn in a brief health history and release form (located on the registration site).

For more information, call 265-3955 or email

Develop your staff with Wellness-to-Go programs

“Good health IS good business.” – Paul Dreschler, Chairman, Bibby Line Group

Providing wellness education for your employees is a great way to help them develop not only personally but professionally too. Promoting health and wellbeing in your department can result in happier and more productive employees. Campus Wellbeing Services can bring wellness programs right to your unit or department. Sessions are free (a few have a small materials charge), and can be scheduled at your convenience. Get more information here. To schedule a session, contact us at or (217) 265-9355.

More campus wellness opportunities

Here’s a sampling of the wellness happenings you will find on campus this spring. For more information about these and many more campus wellness activities check out our wellness calendar.

Campus Recreation instructional cooking classes: Want to discover how to cook Italian, Middle Eastern, or Thai cuisine? Learn about sustainable eating or how to prepare superfoods? Join a Campus Recreation cooking class. These hands-on sessions are open to anyone, not just Campus Recreation members. To learn more, or to register.

Mindful meditation at Spurlock Museum: Spring classes meet Fridays at 11:30 am starting March 29, and go through May 3. The thirty-minute sessions are free. No registration is required. For more information.

Yoga at the (Krannert Art) Museum: This lunchtime yoga series meets Fridays at noon through May 12. Sessions are free, and open to the public. Participants learn seated and standing poses, breath awareness, and relaxation techniques. Bring your own yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Classes are limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information.

Weight Watchers at Work: This weekly program meets in Bevier Hall Thursdays at 12:15 pm. For more information or contact Barb Vandeventer at

Hikes at Allerton: Allerton Park is featuring a new moon hikes series this winter. This is great way to get some physical activity, commune with nature and experience true darkness away from the city lights during the new moon. For more information.