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YourLife News / February 2019

Did You Know?...YourLife has a Wellness Committee

The Wellness Champions Committee is a group of faculty and staff members who are passionate about wellness. Committee members participate in monthly meetings in order to learn about, initiate and lead wellness programs within their schools and units. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Evelyn Cordero.

Livongo: Diabetes Management Program

Livongo is a Diabetes management program available through Express Scripts. Livongo provides a free smart touchscreen glucose meter and unlimited lancets and test strips - with no copays or out-of-pocket fees! Employees who are enrolled in a Northwestern-sponsored BCBS medical plan, as well as their covered dependents age 18 and older, are eligible to participate in the program.

Join today at or call (800) 945-4355.

New Program! YourLife Wellness Grants

YourLife Wellness Grants is a pilot program sponsored by YourLife within the Human Resources Benefits team. YourLife seeks to create and sustain a culture that educates, motivates, and empowers faculty and staff to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Apply for a grant to fund a wellness activity, event or space for your department.

Visit YourLife Wellness Grants or read the FAQs to learn more!

YourLife Reading Series

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

What does it meant to re-discover or own wholeness and how can we perfectly live out our imperfect lives? Join the YourLifeReading Series to explore Brené Brown's best-selling work, The Gifts of Imperfection. Participants will receive the book free of charge and gather over light refreshments for an engaging discussion facilitated by Eric Budzynski, Associate for Spiritual Life at Northwestern.  

Space is limited. Reserve your spot by February 11.

"Hands Only" CPR Workshops

YourLife has partnered with the American Heart Association to host this "Hands Only" CPR workshop. If you or someone you know experiences a heart attack or cardiac arrest, receiving immediate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation can be the difference between life and death. During the workshop you will: Learn the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest; learn techniques to quickly apply CPR and possibly save someone's life; receive "hands on" training with a mannequin.

White Light Therapy

Light therapy - exposure to artificial light - can be a safe, effective way to treat symptoms of depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sleep disorders and mood disorders. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that often occurs as a result of reduced exposure to sunlight in the fall, winter, and spring. Light therapy is performed through light boxes which emit full-spectrum light similar in composition to sunlight and thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep.

Located in the Wellness Suite, this service is offered free of charge to Northwestern students, faculty, staff as well as to members and massage clients of Henry Crown. To make an appointment or for more information, call 847-467-2607 or visit White Light Therapy. 

YourLife Fitness Classes

Fitness classes are sponsored by YourLife and Northwestern Recreation. These free exercise classes are available in Evanston and Chicago. This program supports Northwestern's ongoing objective of promoting faculty and staff health and well-being.


Free Nutrition Consultations

YourLife Nutrition Consultations are free for University faculty and staff. Sign up for a one-on-one consultation with Vicki Shanta Retelny, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Vicki will assist you with setting realistic nutrition goals and provide motivational tips. You are welcome to schedule follow-up consultations as needed.  View the full 2019 Winter Schedule.

Financial Wellness Webinars

Sign-up for a financial wellness webinar this month! Webinars are provided by TIAA.

View topics and schedule, and workshop descriptions.

Mindfulness Meditation

Join YourLife for meditative practices with Elizabeth Tuckwell in Chicago on Tuesdays and with Eric Budzynski on Fridays in Evanston. The benefits of meditation include reducing stress, improving concentration and increasing happiness. All are welcome.

Fitness Program: Waived Enrollment Fee Extended!

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield Fitness Program has extended the waived enrollment fee of $25 for the month of February. The Fitness Program is a $25/month gym membership program with access to over 10,000 facilities nationwide. Employees enrolled in a Northwestern-sponsored BCBS medical plan, as well as their covered dependents age 18 and older, are eligible to receive the discount. 

Enter coupon code, NUYourLife*, at checkout to qualify for the waived enrollment fee.

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