Upcoming programs by WorkLife include first-time offerings

March 28, 2011

WorkLife Programs classes coming up in the next few weeks will focus on chronic conditions, caring for dependents, stress management, nutrition and many other topics.

Offerings denoted with an asterisk are new.

Prevention/chronic conditions

-- Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Thursdays, March 31-May 5. 3:30-5:30 p.m. WorkLife Programs (PWF), 1402 W. State St.
Chronic disease can disrupt the routine of life and have an effect on emotions. WorkLife Programs will partner with Area IV Agency to offer a highly participative and supportive program for anyone with 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 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.

-- Cancer and Nutrition*
April 6. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Freehafer Hall, Rooms 2-1 and 2-2.
According to the American Cancer Society, obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers, including colon, post-menopausal breast, endometrial, kidney, and cancer of the esophagus. Come find out how to choose and prepare the foods already shown by research to be protective against a diagnosis of cancer. The class is designed to involve discussion, including participants' questions for the presenter.

Help with stress

-- FUN-damentals of Stress Management
March 30. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318.
PLAY: the four-letter word that seriously decreases stress. Discover how humor can and does increase productivity and morale in the workplace. The class is designed to be interactive, and participants are encouraged to bring questions for the expert.

-- Foam Rolling
March 30. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 302.
Foam rollers offer many of the same benefits as a sports massage, but without the big price tag. By using your own body weight and a cylindrical foam roller you will perform a self-massage or myofascial release, break up trigger points, and soothe tight muscle fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues. Please wear tennis shoes and bring a yoga mat, beach towel, or blanket.

-- Mindfulness Meditation*
April 6. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Beering Hall, Room 2275.
To decrease stress, improve mood, and boost immune function, participants will learn mindful meditation techniques and learn to be fully aware of what is going on in the present moment.

Caring for dependents

-- Raising Healthy Eaters*
March 29. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 313.
The Norman Rockwell picture of family life is every member serenely enjoying a home-cooked meal together. But reality intrudes in the form of hectic schedules, picky eaters, and conflicting nutritional needs. How can parents best help their children learn to choose and enjoy the nutritious foods so essential for health and growth? The class will explore how children become competent eaters and also offer ideas for putting a quick, healthy meal on the table.


-- Sugar and Sugar Substitutes
April 5. Noon-1 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318.
The amount of sugar in your favorite foods and beverages might shock you, but it's information you need, especially given the fact that 20 percent of our daily calories come from beverages. Participants also will learn how several well-known sugar substitutes were discovered while getting information about their availability and safety, including the new Stevia extract, Truvia. Samples of various sweeteners will be provided.

To register for these or other offerings, go to www.purdue.edu/worklife and log in with your career account and password, or call WorkLife Programs at 49-45461.

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