Upcoming offerings from WorkLife Programs include old favorites, new programs

March 31, 2011

WorkLife Programs classes coming up in the next few weeks will focus on chronic conditions, 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.

-- Dining with Diabetes
Mondays, April 11-May 16. 4:30 6:30 p.m. Stone Hall, Room 232.
In the program, WorkLife Programs and Purdue Extension will combine for a positive and proactive team approach to help manage diabetes. The six-week series will provide weekly interactive food preparation demonstrations, tastings, and opportunities to participate in self-management skills and techniques.
Sessions will include information about snacks, carbohydrates and sweeteners, fats and sodium, and vitamins and fiber, along with food preparation of snacks, desserts, main dishes and side dishes. Another session is planned for glucometers and diabetes medication updates. Each participant will receive a binder with information and recipes.

Help with stress

-- 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.

-- A Good Night’s Sleep
April 11. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Freehafer Hall, Rooms 1-1 and 1-2.
What's counting sheep got to do with the eight hours of sleep you've always heard you need? This course will teach participants about the stages of sleep, how it works, and what it does for the body. Most importantly, participants will get tips to improve the quality of their sleep.

-- Laughing Your Way to Lower Stress *
April 13. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Beering Hall, Room 2275.
Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Fun, free, and easy to use -- see how you can get your daily dose of healthy fun.

Nutrition and weight management

-- 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.

-- Weight Watchers at Work
Tuesdays, April 12-June 28. Noon-1 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 310.
For those looking either 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 only eligible for two of these incentive rounds in their lifetime.

-- Cooking with Herbs and Spices *
April 14. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Krannert Hall, Room G002.
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.

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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