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“Spring” into health with these 10 UI offerings to take advantage of this semester

The month of January is about to be in the books (we can’t believe it’s almost over either!), and some of you had made New Year’s resolutions to be healthier. How is that working out for you?

Whether you started off strong and have slowly faded back into your old habits, or want to start now, UI Student Health and Wellness and UI Recreational Services offer students a variety of free classes, workshops, fairs, and demonstrations to help make you healthier!

1. 5 Weeks to Wellness


Program starts February 3rd!

Are you in need of a little motivation to kick start your healthy habits? 5 Weeks to Wellness is a 5-week challenge that focuses on exercise, nutrition, and well-being.

By sending you weekly goals, expert tips, and providing you with a scorecard to monitor what you’ve been doing—it acts as your own personal motivator for healthier ways.

The program begins Monday, February 3rd and will end on Sunday, March 9th. Be sure to register soon!

To register, visit the Student Health and Wellness page before February 3rd. For more information about the challenge, contact Heidi Bohall.

2.Cooking Demonstration


Happening on Wednesday, Feb. 19

Face it… not all of us are chefs. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t cook. How about an added bonus of cooking healthy foods? UI Health and Wellness is hosting a free cooking demonstration on February 19th given by dietitian, JoAnn Daehler-Miller, at 7pm in the CRWC .

According to JoAnn, cooking programs or programs featuring food are a common and effective method dietitians use to teach healthier eating. The program is being offered as part of 5 Weeks to Wellness.

JoAnn will also be touring the campus beginning at PBB on February 3rd during the lunch hour with food samples and information about healthier eating. You can find her later in the week on February 6th at Mayflower at 5:00 p.m., and in March at Burge and Hillcrest Marketplaces.

3. Health Ninjas


Health Ninjas are students who actively influence their peers and the greater campus community to make healthier decisions. The Ninjas meet regularly to discuss health topics relevant to students, and then present that information to residence halls or in health fairs. In order to be a Health Ninja, you must be nominated by a peer. So, if you have any friends who you believe is a great example for healthy living, then you can nominate them!

“I am much more aware of the influence of how effective peer interactions can be,” says Megan Beardmore, a current Health Ninja. “I’ve affected many of my friends, most of whom are now my workout buddies!”

To nominate, email with:

  • Your nomination’s name
  • Their UI student email address
  • 50 words or less describing why your friend deserves to be a Health Ninja

4. Intuitive Eating Workshop

Beginning in February and April

Student Health & Wellness offers Intuitive Eating workshops for students, that are taught by certified Intuitive Eating Counselors. It is a workshop that provides education, activities, practice, and support that all help you create a better relationship with your mind, body, and food.

The four-week workshops are free for students, and will be held at the CRWC. The sessions are:

If these times do not work for you, you can always fill out a program request form and email Heidi with any other questions you have.

5. Health Fair

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Happening March 5th

The UI Student Health Fair will take place on March 5th this semester at 2:30 pm. At the CRWC you will find all sorts of exhibits and activities dealing with your personal health. There will be free cholesterol testing, massages, nutrition & physical activity information, screenings, healthy spring break tips, and more!

There will even be prizes and lots of giveaways, so you would be silly not to attend! This is a great way for students to learn even more about healthy habits and programs around campus.

6. Fitness Assessments

Happening March 10th

Have you ever wondered just how fit you are? Well, you’re in luck! UI Student Health and Wellness is hosting free fitness assessments on Monday, March 10th at 4:30 p.m. Some things that will be assessed are your resting heart rate, muscular endurance and strength, and your flexibility.

There are no appointments necessary, so just show up to the CRWC and head just past the climbing wall.

7. Fitness Programs at CRWC + Fieldhouse


Awesome Intervals, Studio Cycle, Zumba, Cardio Plus, and Dance Fit… just to name a few. Recreational Services offer dozens of fitness programs daily at the CRWC and Fieldhouse. Bring your friend or go alone! These classes will surely get your heart rate up, and your healthy juices flowing.

Take advantage of the programs offered to you while being a student at UI. All you need to do is show up early to class and add your name to a list at the front desk of where the class is being held. Then, you’re good to go!

8. Educational Programs

If you are in an organization or group and you would like to learn more about a certain aspect of health, Student Health and Wellness can provide you with workshops and presentations on many different health topics.

Categories of educational programs include stress management, physical activity, sexual health, nutrition, alcohol and tobacco, and general health.

The program is free, and all you need to do is fill out the program request form and direct any questions you have to Trisha Welter.

9. Weight Management Clinic

If you struggle with weight or are concerned with your weight, Student Health and Wellness offers a weight management clinic.

UI Health and Wellness says that being overweight is a concern of health and not appearance. If you are ready to make a lifestyle change, they can offer you one-on-one support to reach your goals.

To make an appointment simply call Student Health and Wellness at 319-335-8394.

10. Wellness + Workout Centers on Campus


There are numerous workout centers and facilities available to students around campus. Here is a list for you: