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Wellness Wednesday

Join your Student Affairs colleagues online every Wednesday from Noon-1:00 PM for body, mind, and spiritual restorative activities. Check out the offerings below. New topics will be added as they are identified. Sessions will be recorded (when possible) and placed on this webpage for future viewing.

If you cannot join us, please be sure to find time in your schedule, whenever that may be, to make your wellbeing a top priority. Setting aside as little as an hour a week can go a long way in helping to reduce the stresses and anxiety we face as Student Affairs professionals.

Instructions: To join a session, simply click the Join Session link to open the Zoom meeting or get more information about accessing the session.

11/4Food Nutrition Demonstration

Chef Carrie Anderson,
University Housing

Download Recipes (PDF)

- Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl (serves 1)
- Pumpkin Nut Milk
- Orange and Bleu Salad (serves 6 as a side, 4 as a main)

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11/11Conscious CreditAndrea Pellegrini, Student Money Management Center;
Camaya Wallace-Bechard (Illinois Extension); and
Natalie Daniels, AFC (DePaul University)
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11/18LIVE Zumba SessionMelanie Ceballos, Campus RecreationLiveView Video Archive
11/25Make a Gratitude Wreath

Campus Recreation

Download Supply List (PDF)

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12/2Zoom Fatigue

Karla Belzer, Illinois Extension
Cheri Burcham, Illinois Extension

Download the Zoomed Out Resources (PDF)

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12/9Meal Planning: Stress Less at Mealtimes

McKinley Health Center

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12/16YogaKrannert Art MuseumLiveView Virtual Edition Archives
2/3Someday is Today: Live Your Bucket List

Chelsey Byers, Illinois Extension
Karla Belzer, Illinois Extension

Download the Bucket List Workbook (PDF)

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2/10MindfulnessMagali Lapunzina
UIUC School of Architecture
Barcelona, Spain
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2/17Being Mindful in a Busy World

Cheri Burcham, Tessa Hobbs-Curley

Download the Mindfulness Handout (PDF)

Downlaod the Mindfulness Apps Handout (PDF)

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2/24Saving Money on Food

Student Money Management Center, University of Illinois Extension, Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University, and Illinois Division of Financial & Professional Regulation.


Download the presentation slides.

3/3Take Care of Your Brain (Brain Health) 

Molly Hofer, Chelsey Byers, and Karla Belzer
Illinois Extension


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3/10Investing BasicsStudent Money Management Center, University of Illinois Extension, Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University, and Illinois Division of Financial & Professional Regulation.Webinar

Download the presentation slides and resource links.

3/17Mindfullness & StressMagali Lapunzina
UIUC School of Architecture
Barcelona, Spain

Wellbeing Resources for Employees:

12 Self- and Team-Care Tips for Individuals and Teams

  1. End the day together on the phone for 30 minutes to talk about the day and each other’s lives just to keep connected.
  2. Get together more often than you used to ensure people stay connected.
  3. Help your teammates remember what your “why” is and plan for the future by setting mini milestones towards a post-COVID light at the end of the tunnel to help keep spirits and moral going.
  4. Send gift cards to people to show your appreciation.
  5. Participate in a sport like tennis and golf…both allow you to easily social distance!
  6. Make meetings better – play music before the meeting, add in fun polls, and more. See ILC for recommendations on making Zoom calls better.
  7. Make “me” time a priority – participate in morning workouts, meditation, and gratitude exercises.
  8. Take a “staycation” or mini vacation – travel to places within a drivable distance to enjoy social distanced activities.
  9. Send written notes and emails to uplift and thank your team as well as celebrate work anniversaries.
  10. Conduct “happy hour socials over ZOOM/games over ZOOM.”
  11. Try to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
  12. Theme your meetings – have everyone wear apparel from their favorite sports team or a fun hat, or bring their pet to the meeting, or show up representing decade-specific garb.