WorkLife Programs offerings to focus on stress, weight

May 9, 2011

WorkLife Programs classes coming up in the next few weeks will focus on stress and weight management. 

Offerings denoted with an asterisk are new.

Help with stress

-- Aromatherapy*
May 11. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 314.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of plants to enhance psychological and physical well-being. Participants will be introduced to some of the "essential oils" widely believed to stimulate brain function and promote whole-body healing.

-- Progressive Muscle Relaxation*
May 18. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 202.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation incorporates a series of exercises in which you tense your muscles as you breathe in and relax them as you breathe out. Participants will be led through many exercises during this interactive session.

-- Stretching/Low-Impact Aerobics*
May 25. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 302.
Low-impact aerobic exercise consists of rhythmic movements involving large muscle groups. In this exercise, at least one foot is in constant contact with the floor, which makes it easy to do without putting much strain on the tissues. Following the aerobic section, participants will be taken through a series of stretches to enhance flexibility. Participants are asked to wear tennis shoes and bring a yoga mat, beach towel or blanket.

Nutrition and weight management

-- Quick and Healthy Meal Ideas
May 10. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318.
In a hurry? Need something easy to eat? Speed and ease don't have to equal high calories and fat. This session will cover quick and easy menu ideas, websites and fast food choices, as well as provide an opportunity to gain ideas from others.
-- Weight Watchers at Work
May 16-Aug. 15. Noon-1 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 320.
For those either looking to achieve significant, long-term weight loss or just trying to shed a few pounds, Weight Watchers at Work can help effect a lifestyle change to assist with that goal. If a participant's Body Mass Index (BMI) is over 25, WorkLife Programs will pay for half of the $144 class fee if participants attend 11 of 12 meetings. Participants are eligible for only two of these incentive rounds in their lifetime.
To register for these or other offerings, go to and log in with your career account and password, or call WorkLife Programs at 49-45461.
Information on stress and weight, as well as other topics, is available in WorkLife Programs' online resource center. Many books and brochures are available, including The Wisdom of Letting Go, Fitting in Fitness and Nutrition in the Fast Lane. A great collection of helpful websites is available, too, highlighting sites such as and

To use the resource center, visit and log in with career account and password. On the left navigation bar, click on Resource Center. Read the instructions provided, pick your resources, and complete an order.
Some items are sent directly via campus mail, some must be picked up at the WorkLife Programs office at 1402 W. State St., and others are available for immediate download. Mailed materials may be sent only via campus mail; therefore, spouses/same-sex domestic partners and retirees are not able to check out materials.

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