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YourLife News / January 2019

Did You Know?...You Have Access to Free Short-term Counseling

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a program for faculty, staff and household family members, has a variety of resources, including free short-term counseling. You can receive 10 counseling sessions per life issue with a local, licensed counselor or unlimited, 24/7 telephonic counseling. For assistance contact 855-547-1851. Learn more or read the FAQs.

Counselors can help you with:
  • Everyday needs and life events
  • Relationship/martial concerns
  • Workplace concerns
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Family issues
  • Coping with a serious illness
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Loss of a loved one and much more...
The EAP also provides additional resources, such as telephonic life coaching and a free 30-minute consultation with a legal professional to discuss legal and financial issues.

Wellness Benefits

Take advantage of new benefits in the new year.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Fitness Program

The enrollment fee will be waived for Northwestern employees in the month of January. 

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New! YourLife Wellness Grants

Through YourLife wellness grants, faculty and staff may apply for funding for wellness activities, events and/or space. 

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YourLife Fitness Classes

Each quarter YourLife and Northwestern Recreation co-sponsor free exercise classes on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. These on-site group exercise classes support Northwestern's ongoing objective of promoting faculty and staff health and well-being. Join us!

Join us in January

Mindfulness Meditation

Join YourLife for meditative practices on Tuesdays with Elizabeth Tuckwell in Chicago and on Fridays with Eric Budzynski in Evanston. The benefits of meditation include reducing stress, improving concentration and increasing happiness. No previous experience is necessary. All are welcome.

  • Chicago: Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. - 1:55 p.m., Abbott Hall Women's Center Suite 1400
  • Evanston: Fridays, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m., Parkes Hall, Room 204

Nutrition Consultations

Sign up for a one-on-one consultation with Vicki Shanta Retelny, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), to discuss strategies for eating a balanced diet, planning meals and grocery shopping. Vicki will assist you with setting realistic nutrition goals and provide motivational tips.

These 30-minute consultations are FREE for Northwestern faculty and staff. Read additional information about scheduling a consultation.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program designed to guide participants into cultivating a practice of mindfulness through techniques of body awareness, sitting and walking meditation, and mindful movement.

Learn about the 8-week Program