Healthy IU offers several wellness opportunities for staff and faculty
Jan. 25, 2017
Physical activity during the day is critical for a healthy mind, body and spirit. However, making that a priority when you have a full-time desk job can be difficult.
Healthy IU partners with Campus Recreational Sports to offer mid-day movement programs designed to give full-time IU staff and faculty an opportunity to step away from the office and get moving.
"Our main goal is to make the physical activity component easy for staff and faculty," said Andy Fry, the assistant director of fitness/wellness for Campus Recreational Sports. "We want to give those who are relatively inactive throughout the day an opportunity to get up and move."
These workshops are offered each semester during the lunch hour and typically meet once a week for 40 to 50 minutes. The idea is for participants to leave their desk at noon and be back by 1 p.m.
Among the programs offered is tai chi, a low-impact martial art meant to reduce stress and increase range of movement. This class is especially good for those who have arthritis or a similar condition that restricts their body movement, Fry said.
"Tai chi allows participants to gain mindfulness of their body, balance and mind," he said. "The best part is when they come in with what we like to call 'an empty cup.' By the end, they are all doing the movements."
Don’t think tai chi is your cup of tea? The following programs and workshops offered through Healthy IU and other program partners are also available this semester:
- Diabetes Prevention Program
- Mid-Day Mindfulness Practice
- Mindful Way to Stress Reduction
- Walk to Wellness
- Group Movement: Balance, Flexibility and Strength
And don't forget about these year-round perks full-time IU staff and faculty receive:
- One-time free nutritional counseling session
- Quit for Life Program
- Employee Assistance Program
- Weight Talk Program
- CPR Training
In addition to the Healthy IU programs, Campus Recreational Sports also strategically schedules physical activity sessions during the noon hour for faculty and staff convenience. The following sessions are open to those with a recreational sports membership and are offered from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in room 171 in the School of Public Health:
- Strength/core sessions, Monday/Wednesday
- Cardio sessions, Tuesday/Thursday
- Zumba, Friday
"It’s so common to not make yourself, your health and your well-being a priority," Fry said. "When we can encourage faculty and staff to take a short amount of time for themselves, they are a better version of themselves. They feel more energized and can focus more after taking that 40 to 50 minute break away from their desk."