Center for Healthy Living introduces new workshops and Steps to Health Challenge

April 8, 2013  

The Center for Healthy Living is now offering programs on a variety of topics designed to educate employees and improve their overall health. In addition to workshops, a four-week walking program is open for registration, offering plentiful health benefits and the possibility to receive a free pedometer and a gift card.


All workshops will be at the Center for Healthy Living (CHL), located in the Purdue West Shopping Center at 1400 W. State St. Parking is available on site, and a permit is not needed. CityBus offers a number of bus routes to the center. For information on bus routes, go to

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Your Healthy Back
April 18, 12:10-12:50 p.m., CHL Conference Room 137
Presenter: Mary Jo Tilford, RN health coach
Do you wake up with a sore back in the morning? Or do you find that you experience back strain while sitting at your desk or while working in the field? Learn the causes of low back pain and injuries, plus tips for self-management and proper posture, and techniques for prevention.

Aging Wellness
April 29, 12:10-12:50 p.m., CHL Conference Room 137
Presenter: Jodi Briggs, RN health coach
Robert Browning once said, "Grow old with me. The best is yet to be." Through a positive outlook and taking steps to protect one's overall health, getting older doesn't have to mean more aches and pains. Learn steps to improve your aging wellness, including information on nutrition for longevity, physical activity, preventive screenings, safety practices and more.

Seasonal Allergies
May 9, 12:10-12:50 p.m., CHL Conference Room 137
Presenter: Amber Simons, wellness coordinator
The changing of the seasons can be beautiful this time of year. It can also be miserable and frustrating for allergy sufferers. Learn about causes, symptoms, treatment options and prevention strategies.

Stress and Work-Life Balance
May 22, 12:10-12:50 p.m., CHL Conference Room 137
Presenter: Cheryl Laszynski, RN health coach
Does your life feel out of balance? Are you being pulled in too many directions, and the stress is starting to build? Learn to recognize the sources of stress, our body and mind reactions to stress, and strategies for balancing our work and home life demands. The discussion will include resources on the pathophysiology of laughter, coping techniques and relaxation techniques.

Building a Better Lunch
June 5, 12:10-12:50 p.m., CHL Conference Room 137
Presenter: Rosemary Benjamin, registered dietitian
Do you feel like you're in a lunchtime routine rut? Are you grabbing items at the last minute from your cabinets or pulling through the closest drive-thru? Hear about nutrition from the ground up, calorie balancing and the MyPyramid tool. Learn criteria for building a better lunch, techniques on portion control and tools for healthier dining out.

Physical Activity for Optimal Health
June 18, 12:10-12:50 p.m., CHL Conference Room 137
Presenter: Suzanne Rossiter, RN health coach
Need to find some extra motivation to jump-start your physical activity? Don't know where to begin? Learn the benefits of various types of physical activity and learn strategies for cardio, strength building and stretching. The discussion will include guidance on how to get started, goal setting and safety techniques to practice.

To register for any of the workshops, call Amber Simons, wellness coordinator, at 49-46475. Limited seats are available.


Walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active. It's inexpensive, and you can walk almost anywhere and at any time. Walking may give you more energy and stamina, lift your mood, tone your muscles, strengthen your bones, increase the number of calories your body uses, and lower your risk of health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.

Join this four-week, online program that gives you the motivation to walk every day, reduce stress and get healthier. You'll be asked to wear a pedometer, track your daily steps and log those steps on the Center for Healthy Living employee portal. The first 100 participants to register will receive a free pedometer. Participants who consistently log their steps during the four-week challenge will be entered into a random drawing to win a $25 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. Two winners will be selected.

Registration will be open April 8-21 (i.e., starting today), and the challenge will begin April 22. Register for the step challenge in one of two ways:

* Visit and sign in with your Purdue career account user name and password. Once you have logged in, click on "Messages" in the top navigation bar. Click the "New Message" button, enter Steps to Health Challenge in the Subject line and then enter your phone number and campus address in the Comment/Reply box. Click the "Post Message" button. Once your email is received, additional instructions and a free pedometer (if you're one of the first 100 registrants) will be sent to you through campus mail.

* Call Amber Simons, wellness coordinator, at 49-46475.

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