WorkLife offerings to cover tobacco cessation, family and relationships, and more

February 27, 2012

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.


A Good Night's Sleep
Tuesday (Feb. 28). 4:10-4:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318.
What's counting sheep got to do with the eight hours of sleep you've always heard you need? This course will teach you about the stages of sleep, how it works, and what it does for your body. Most importantly, get tips to improve the quality of your sleep.

Making Sure You Are Secure
March 28. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 320.
Security is more than locking your front door at night. Get some expert tips on keeping yourself safe while traveling the information superhighway.


Counting on College Funding
March 1. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 214A.
Ready to think about paying for college? Here's a helpful look at the different college fund plans and how to choose what is right for you. Becky Spears, branch manager at Regions Bank, will present.


Quit Smart (six-session program)
March 6, 13, 27, 29, April 5, 19. 3:30-5 p.m., State Street Office Facility (SSOF), 1601 W. State Street, Room 105.
Quit Smart combines powerful treatments to help participants break free from tobacco. Participants attending this class will learn to ease off nicotine, use their mind to help, use a hypnosis CD, and decide whether to use medication to break the habit.


Building Bridges/Breaking Barriers
March 7. 12:10-12:50 p.m. State Street Office Facility.
Language can be the bridge or the barrier among individuals and teams. Discover some tips for enhanced communication and higher understanding in the multicultural workplace.

Parents Raising Safe Kids: Children and Violence
March 8. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318
Explore how children may be involved in violence (witness, victim or aggressor) and its affects and consequences in their lives. Learn how to minimize violence risk factors for your child.

What Keeps Your Communication From Being Effective in Intimate Relationships
March 15. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Haas Hall, Room 111.
What is and is not effective communication? How mindful are you of how you communicate and how you are perceived? This workshop will provide mindfulness tools for self-discovery and effective communication in intimate relationships.

The Caring Community
March 20. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 313.
Caring for an aging or disabled loved one? You're not alone. Discover a wealth of help and hope through the many organizations that cater to caregivers.

Managing Work and Caregiving
March 29. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 310.
This fun, engaging and informative workshop is designed to reduce caregiver burnout, provide information to caregivers and address specific needs for resource information.

Roundtable: Difficult Parents/Changing Roles
March 29. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union, Room 103.
Assisting elderly parents has emotional and psychological ups and downs. Come learn some new ways to cope and avoid harmful behavior patterns.


Deep Breathing and Guided Imagery
March 21. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 306.
Guided imagery is a technique to direct thoughts and suggestions that direct your imagination toward a relaxed, focused state. Participants will practice deep breathing and using their senses to connect their body and mind and respond as though what they are imagining is real.

Stress Relief and Reduction (9-week series)
Wednesdays, March 21-May 16. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Various locations; first class meets Stewart Center, Room 306.
During this interactive nine-week series, participants will learn how to deal with stressors and practice techniques to feel more energized. Participants will learn and practice deep breathing, guided imagery, yoga, meditation, qigong, progressive muscle relaxation, tai chi, aromatherapy, and stretching/low-impact aerobics.

Yoga for Relaxation
March 28. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 302.
This slow flow yoga class emphasizes opening and restorative postures. Through breath work, gentle movement, and deep holds, this all-levels practice is designed to restore the body and renew the spirit. Please wear tennis shoes and bring a yoga mat, beach towel, or blanket.


How to Prevent GI Distress
March 22. 4:10-4:50 p.m. State Street Office Facility.
Understanding how the digestive system works is the first step to preventing GI distress. Learn how healthy eating can help ease so many common disorders, such as heartburn, constipation, diverticulitis and IBS. The class will also discuss how to live successfully with chronic conditions such as lactose intolerance and an allergy to gluten.


Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Mondays, March 26-Apr. 30. 3-5 p.m. State Street Office Facility.
Chronic disease can disrupt the routine of life and have an impact on emotions. WorkLife Programs is  partnering 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 or fibromyalgia. Participants will meet for six weeks, utilizing 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 the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions workbook along with a relaxation CD. This program, workbook and CD were developed based on a five-year study by researchers at Stanford University. Two leaders who have been trained to facilitate this program will present.

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