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APSCUF Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Book Club and Workshop Series 2022-2023

Workshop Series Description and Sessions

Session One: Self-Care for Educators Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Kick-off Meeting. (September 9,  11: 30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  101 Stabley Library).  At this wellness initiative kick-off session, we will distribute self-care workbooks  and facilitate introductory activities to help participants intentionally plan for a healthy semester.    Zoom Link:

Session Two/Three: An Evening of Art and Wellness. (October 6,  5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Allenwood.)  Academic life is both rewarding and stressful. Self-care practices can help faculty members find more meaning in their work, be more productive, and cope better with the stresses that are sure to occur. This interactive session will combine dinner, discussion, and artistic expression. Program:  After a light dinner, Dr. Emily Lasinsky, will lead participants in a discussion of  current stressors related to their faculty role, and then review how creating art can a) provide the opportunity to express oneself freely, b) serve as a positive distraction and way to practice mindfulness, c) foster hope and resilience, and d) decrease overall stress.  Participants will consider how they deal with stress, be given materials to create their own paintings, and asked to creatively respond to the prompt: “Here are ways that practice self-care..."  Finally, participants will be invited to share their paintings.   Participants will receive art supplies, be served dinner prepared by IUP Hospitality studentshave the opportunity to share their positive methods of stress reduction, and plan for a healthier, happier semester.  

Session Four: Nutrition, Hydration, and You: Tips and Tricks for Incorporating Healthy Eating and Hydration into Your Busy Semester. (November 11, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  101 Stabley  Library).  Dr. Stephanie Taylor-Davis and IUP nutrition/dietetics students will lead this interactive session on easy and tasty ways to improve nutrition and hydration. Door prizes will include bento boxes and cookbooks. Zoom Link:

Session Five:    Creating  Boundaries  that Align with Your Values.  Session Five  (January 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Zoom )  Maintaining appropriate boundaries is essential to prevent faculty burnout. In this interactive workshop, Dr. Emily Lasinsky will discuss various types of boundaries and how stress may arise when boundaries and core values are in conflict. Participants will be invited to take part in a self-assessment exercise and then discuss barriers that exist to setting desired boundaries. Finally, strategies for adjusting boundaries to align with values will be shared. Zoom link:

Session Six. Growing Wellness: Self-Care Plan Action List Workshop (Date and Location TBD).  Gardening has been linked to improved health and well-being. In this session, information on the connection between gardening and health will be explored and participants will do a gardening activity that will result in a plant to take home. The session will culminate with a building a self-care toolkit activity.  Zoom Link: