Employee Wellness

We are here to educate, encourage and empower you to adopt and maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

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Discounted Entry Fees for Carmel Marathon Team

The Purdue community is warming up for the 14th annual Carmel Marathon on April 13! Human Resources is offering 50% off all race distances for faculty, staff and their families. Use code: HEALTHYBOILER to register.

Register for the race

PNW Indoor walking track

PNW Fitness Center Reimbursement for Employees

Employee Wellness will give PNW benefits-eligible employees and their spouses each a $30 reimbursement on their PNW Annual Fitness Center membership if they have participated in an annual Biometric Lab Screening that includes LDL cholesterol level and A1C or have gotten their annual wellness/preventative physical exam with a primary care provider.

Download Reimbursement Form

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WeightWatchers

Your well-being matters. That’s why we’re connecting you with a livable program that’s helped millions prioritize their health. You and your spouse* can join WeightWatchers at a special discounted price!

See Offer Details, Pricing and Sign Up

Read the March WW Newsletter

Upcoming Wellness Workshops

Workshops are offered in person and also via webinar.  Check the description to view the type.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

noon Central Time

Eating Disorders are serious illnesses that can affect anyone.  This webinar will explore the signs and symptoms of the different types of eating disorders, treatment options and what to do if you are concerned about yourself or someone you care about.

Facilitator: New Avenues, PNW’s EAP provider

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

11:00 a.m. Central Time

Please join us as Josh James, Physical Therapist from RUSH Physical Therapy – PNW Hammond Campus, presents on the topic of Healthy Hips.  He will provide an understanding of the hip from the inside out and introduce some basic hip anatomy.  Josh will also review common injuries and impairments you can develop from an ‘unhealthy’ hip, followed by some simple life changes that can keep your hips healthy and happy!

 

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About the presenter:

Josh James, P.T., DPT, CSCS

Josh has been a member of RUSH physical therapy since 2021, with 3 years of clinical experience. He has worked in outpatient, inpatient and skilled nursing settings. Josh specializes in treating patients who benefit from orthopedic rehabilitation and sports medicine services. Josh completed his undergraduate education at Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he played Division I basketball for the Jaguars. Josh then received his doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. He also has a certification in dry needling, and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Josh is a native to Cedar Lake, Indiana and enjoys playing basketball and golf in his spare time.

 

Current & Upcoming Healthy Boiler Multi-Week Programs

Healthy Boiler programs are free to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff and dependents covered on a Purdue medical plan. Registration for all programs can be done via the  Healthy Boiler portal unless otherwise specified. All registrations are due prior to start of program and deadline listed in description.

Next Session Dates:

March 19, 2024 – April 8, 2024
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. C.S.T.

Registration Deadline:

Extended to March 12, 2024 via the Healthy Boiler portal

Description

The Asthma Care for Adults Program has been developed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). This program has been designed to help adults and their caregivers learn how to manage asthma. It covers asthma basics, recognizing symptoms and triggers, asthma action plans, and an overview of different types of asthma medications.

The seven one-hour lessons include:

  1. Asthma Basics
  2. Asthma Triggers
  3. Controlling Asthma Triggers
  4. Asthma Medicines and Equipment
  5. Asthma Action Plan
  6. Communicating with the Asthma Team
  7. Asthma Management Goals

Eligibility

All benefits-eligible employees and covered dependents with the target population being those:

  • Newly diagnosed with asthma.
  • Previously diagnosed but interested in better understanding the disease process.
  • With family a member/dependent that has been diagnosed.
  • Interested in better understanding asthma management.

Registration

Register via the Healthy Boiler portal.  The registration link can be found under the “Healthy Boiler Workshops” section on the portal’s home page. Hover over the “Asthma Care for Adults” square and hit “Submit” to register.

For More Information

Contact the Center for Healthy Living, CHL, for more information at 765-494-0111

Next Session Dates & Times:

May 15, 2024 – July 31, 2024
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. C.S.T.
or
Wednesdays & Fridays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. C.S.T.

Registration Deadline:

April 10, 2024 via Healthy Boiler portal

Description:

The program is designed to help participants make changes to their lifestyles through education, practical experience and reinforcement, with a focus on behavior change. Additionally, Pivio helps support and facilitate the prevention, treatment and reversal of chronic disease and identify current lifestyle patterns that may lead to current/future health ailments. Hence, individuals pivot toward optimum health and away from chronic illnesses.

Focusing on whole-person health, PIVIO is based on the combination of four fundamental components: lifestyle, exercise, attitude, and nutrition. The program puts emphasis on how individuals live, move, think and eat in regards to creating and maintaining a healthier way of life. This class is facilitated virtually in a group environment with dynamic group discussions and peer support. PIVIO integrates optimal nutrition, exercise and behavioral psychology principles and tools. Plant-based eating is at the core of the program’s nutrition education.

For More Information

More details about Pivio can be found online via the Lifestyle Medicine Institute’s website at https://piviohealth.com. Questions about the program can be directed to the CHL at 765-494-0111.

Session Details

April 24, 2024 – May 29, 2024
Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. C.S.T.

Description

Having high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) significantly increases your risk for serious health conditions, including heart attack and stroke. Often called the silent killer, more than 100 million people in the United States have high blood pressure, but don’t realize it because they aren’t experiencing symptoms. This 6- week class designed to help you understand high blood pressure and how lifestyle choices can help you better manage this condition. It includes weekly zoom classes and health coaching to support you along the way.

Registration

Register via the Healthy Boiler portal.  The registration link can be found under the “Healthy Boiler Workshops” section on the portal’s home page. Hover over the “Heart Knowledge” square and hit “Submit” to register.

For More Information

Contact CHL for more information at 765-494-0111.

Next Session Dates:

May 6, 2024 – June 15, 2024

Registration Deadline:

April 24, 2024 via Healthy Boiler portal

Description:

HealthKick is a 6-week virtual education program which addresses physical activity, nutrition, creating healthy habits and decreasing stress.  Brief education (about 5-minute video) is delivered to participants via text message or email (depending on preference) Monday thru Friday for six weeks. The program includes one-on-one health coaching sessions established at the beginning of the program. The goal of this program is to increase education surrounding nutrition and develop healthy habits over 6-weeks to last a lifetime.

For More Information

Contact CHL for more information at 765-494-0111.

Next Session Dates & Times:

May 9, 2024 – August 8, 2024
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. C.S.T.

Registration Deadline:

May 2, 2024 via Healthy Boiler portal

Description:

Do you have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes? Do you want to better understand type 2 diabetes and how it affects your body? This 14-week program will explain what type 2 diabetes is and the role nutrition, exercise, sleep, medication and stress management can have on your blood glucose levels. Participants in this program will be eligible to receive a free glucose meter and supplies.

*Individuals living with type 1 diabetes are able to meet monthly with a CHL health coach but are not required to participate in the eight-week “Taking Control of My Diabetes” program to take advantage of the test strips and blood sugar meter opportunity.

For More Information

Contact the CHL for more information at 765-494-0111.

Healthy Boiler

2024 Incentive

Be proactive about your health and get paid for it! This year marks a change to the Healthy Boiler Incentive.  In 2024, funds can be earned through a variety of steps – Step 1 (completing your annual physical) must be completed before payment for other objectives will be paid; however, you may complete the steps in whatever order works best for you. Employees also have the option of completing additional steps to increase the incentive payment.

  • The Healthy Boiler portal is accessible at https://purdue.wellright.com.
    • Employees and covered spouses will need to register to access the site.  Please note: employees must register and login first in order to allow spousal access to the site. Spouses must register separately in order to manage activity and receive the incentives. Benefit-eligible employees who are spouse opt-outs are considered spouses and should register under their spouse.

Healthy Boiler Portal Review

Take a quick look at what the portal and mobile app have to offer.

Additional Portal Resources

Past Webinars Available to View On-Demand

If you missed the webinar in February please click on the link below to watch a recording of the event at your convenience.  The following information will be discussed in this 30 minute presentation.

Maintaining healthy relationships can be challenging!  Join this webinar to learn about characteristics of healthy relationships and tips on how to sustain positive connections with others – whether that’s with family, friends or co-workers.

Facilitator: New Avenues, PNW’s EAP provider

View the recorded webinar

If you missed the webinar in January please click on the link below to watch a recording of the event at your convenience.  The following information will be discussed in this 30 minute presentation.

Everyone feels sad or low sometimes.  Yet, recognizing when its more than just a passing mood can be tricky.  When should we be concerned enough to do something about it?  And what do we do? Sometimes the concern is not about ourselves, but someone we care about.  What can we say or do to support a loved one who might be depressed?  Join this webinar to increase your awareness on this very common mental health concern.

Facilitator: New Avenues, PNW’s EAP provider

View the recorded webinar

If you missed the webinar in November please click on the link below to watch a recording of the event at your convenience.  The following information will be discussed in this 30 minute presentation.

Anxiety is the most common mental health concern among adults.  In this part 2 session, we focus on coping strategies and practical techniques to help manage anxiety – both the everyday kind, and the kind that gets in the way of day-to-day functioning.

Facilitator: New Avenues, PNW’s EAP provider

View the recorded webinar

If you missed the webinar in October please click on the link below to watch a recording of the event at your convenience.  The following information will be discussed in this 30 minute presentation.

Anxiety is the most common mental health concern among adults.  This is the first of a 2-part series exploring this very common concern.  Everyone feels nervous or anxious occasionally.  But when should we be concerned?  In part 1, we will explore signs and symptoms of real anxiety vs a passing feeling of nerves – and how can we tell the difference?   We will also learn about the different types of anxiety and effective treatment options for each.

Facilitator: New Avenues, PNW’s EAP provider

View the recorded webinar

If you missed the webinar in September please click on the link below to watch a recording of the event at your convenience.  The following information will be discussed in this 30 minute presentation.

As parents, we know that the best parent-child relationships are characterized by healthy interactions.  But what does that mean, especially when it comes to communication?  What are some communication strategies that help foster these healthy interactions?  And how do we adjust our communication as our kids grow and develop to meet their unique needs at different ages? Join this webinar to find out!

Facilitator: New Avenues, PNW’s EAP provider

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Additional Wellness Services

Self-Care

Taking care of yourself is important.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed or out of balance you have help.  PNW’s Employee Assistance Program is here for you and your family to help navigate life’s ups and downs.

Tobacco Cessation

Quitting tobacco is one of the most important health choices you can make. If you are ready to quit,  there are options to help you succeed.

Available seven days a week, the Indiana Tobacco Quitline is provided by the state Department of Health and is available to all Indiana residents. If you call from a number outside of Indiana, you will be connected to a Quitline for that location.

This program can only be completed once per year. If you have already completed this program, please select another option.

  • Available to employees and spouses at all campuses.
  • To receive credit for this approved tobacco cessation program you must:
    • Register: Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to start the program. A Quitline intake specialist will get your demographic information and register you in the program. You will then be transferred to a quit coach for your initial coaching call or you will be scheduled for an outbound call from the quit coach at a later date.
    • Calls: Quit coach calls include assessment of status, review of stage of readiness to change, action items appropriate to status, discussion of triggers and barriers, setting a quit date and information/resources. During a coaching call, the quit coach schedules the timeframe for your next call. Should you miss a scheduled call, you can call in yourself to reach a quit coach.
    • Timing: You will receive four calls with your quit coach. Generally, most people complete their four calls between six and 12 weeks. You may take longer than 12 weeks if needed, but you must not complete the four quit coach calls in shorter than six weeks.

Submit Your Letter of Completion

During your fourth call with your quit coach, you must request a “Letter of Completion.” Once you receive that in the mail, you will submit this letter to Human Resources as evidence of completion:

ATTN: Tobacco Cessation

Campus Mail
HR – Benefits
KPTC
West Lafayette Campus

U.S. Mail
Purdue HR Benefits
1281 Win Hentschel Blvd Suite 1100
West Lafayette, IN 47906

One-to-one counseling for tobacco cessation helps by providing support both before and after you quit. Through a series of up to four sessions, telephonic and/or in person, you can receive (a) guidance to help you handle challenges while quitting and (b) recommendations for selection and proper use of medications to help make you more comfortable while you are quitting.

Please contact the Center for Healthy Living at 765-494-0111 to schedule your first session with a nurse health coach or pharmacist at least one week before your planned quit date.

Tobacco-user Additional Premium

If you certified you are a tobacco user when you enrolled in your benefits, you will have an additional annual medical premium of $1,000 you have the option of completing an approved tobacco cessation program to reduce your premium. Complete an approved program in 2023 and your premium can be lowered for part or all of the plan year.


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Center for Healthy Living at Purdue Northwest

Your health is important to us. And we want to make it easy and affordable to seek care. To schedule an appointment call (765) 494-0111 to find a time that works for you.

See Center Hours, Location and Contact Information

Contact Us

Kendra Gardin

Health & Wellness Manager

(219)785-5519

kgardin@pnw.edu

Apr 15

Free Health Screenings – Hammond

The Integrative Physiology and Health Sciences Center will be offering free health screenings as part of their Life’s Essential 8 seminars.

Apr 17

The Importance of Sleep for Cardiovascular Health – Life’s Essential 8 Seminar

Purdue University Northwest is hosting free seminars for students and community members alike. Ian Greenlund from Mayo Clinic leads an informative session on how sleep benefits our heart health.

Apr 22

Free Health Screenings – Westville

The Integrative Physiology and Health Sciences Center will be offering free health screenings as part of their Life’s Essential 8 seminars.