WorkLife offerings to focus on prevention, nutrition and family relationships

October 3, 2011

Checking out the WorkLife Programs classes coming up in the next few weeks, then registering and attending, can lead to some valuable information for one's total well-being. 


Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Thursdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 10. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Freehafer Hall, Room 1-1.
Chronic disease can disrupt the routine of life and have an impact on emotions. WorkLife Programs is happy to partner with Area IV Agency to offer a highly participative and supportive program for those who have chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, pulmonary disease, fibromyalgia or any other chronic condition. Participants will meet for six weeks, using two-hour sessions each week to help fortify their abilities in self-management skills. Topics include techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; and how to evaluate new treatments. Each participant will receive a copy of a workbook along with a relaxation CD.


Weight Watchers at Work
Tuesdays, Oct. 4-Dec. 20. Noon-1 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 320.
Thursdays, Oct. 13-Jan. 19. Noon-1 p.m. Physics Building, Room 298.
Tuesdays, Oct. 18-Jan. 17. 11 a.m.-noon, Physical Facilities Service Building, Room 1179.
Whether you are looking to achieve significant, long-term weight loss or just trying to shed a few pounds, Weight Watchers at Work can help you effect a lifestyle change to assist you with your goal. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is over 25, WorkLife Programs will pay for half of the $144 class fee if you attend 11 of 12 meetings. You may receive this incentive twice in your lifetime.

Cooking With Herbs and Spices
Oct. 11. 4:10-4:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 320.

Per serving size, herbs and spices contain some of the most potent antioxidants of any foods. Not only do they add protective nutrients at practically no calorie cost, but they also enrich our foods with an array of flavors and colors. To learn more about how to slip more herbs and spices into your cooking, check out this class, which will focus on easy meals to prepare for singles and families.

Nutrition and the Life Cycle
Oct. 25, 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318.

An individual's need for specific nutrients changes over the life span and can vary according to gender, activity level and growth. On top of that, certain health conditions and chronic disease can also alter nutritional requirements. Come learn how energy and nutrient needs change over the course of a lifetime and how you can be proactive to reduce your health risks as you age.


Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Oct. 12. 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.


Parent Roundtable: Living With Your Teenager
Oct. 5. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 218C.
Judith A. Myers-Walls, professor emerita in Child Development and Family Studies, will facilitate a discussion on coping skills for parents living with a teenager. Also, tips on supportive measures and encouragement for your child during the tempestuous teen years will be provided.

Roundtable: Co-Dependency: What Is It?
Oct. 6. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union, Room 103
People use the term co-dependent all the time without a real understanding of what it means. Join our discussion about this popular relationship label. Learn to examine your relationships and gain the skills to identify when your behavior is overly involved with someone else's life.

Middle Stage Alzheimer's Disease for Caregivers
Oct. 11, 18, 25. 6-8 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 204.

In this series, caregivers will learn symptoms and care needs associated with middle stage Alzheimer's and learn about relationship changes that occur. Ways to maximize safety, prepare for emergencies and access respite care, effective ways to provide personal care and manage challenging behaviors will be discussed.

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.

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