Calendar of Events

These programs are offered to NAU faculty and staff at no cost unless otherwise indicated. If you have any questions about any of the programs listed below, please e-mail or call 928-523-1552.

Upcoming wellness programs

Conscious Aging
Led by Connie Cordain, MA, LMFT, EAW Counselor

Wednesday, February 25, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Health and Learning Center room 2405 (2nd floor)

We will consider how to engage the mind, heart, and spirit as we get older. The Baby Boom generation has led social change in many areas, and now they have many powerful and nurturing ideas for  moving into the final frontier. We will explore and discuss the ideas of many wise men and women on this important topic.

To register, please e-mail or call 928-523-1552. 

Brown Bag Sessions with Campus Recreation

Thursday, February 26, 12:15 p.m. and/or
Wednesday, March 11, 12:15 p.m.
Health and Learning Center room 2407 (2nd floor)

Campus Recreation is dishing up great brown-bag classics for your lunch hour this spring! We’ll take a more in depth look at the variety of ways physical activity can improve your work/life balance and identify all of the Campus Rec programs and services available to you as an NAU employee.  The presentation will last 30-minutes ending with an optional tour of the Wall Aquatic Center or Recreation Center. 

Reserve your spot by emailing, attend and receive free Rec with Altitude swag and a free week trial membership to the facility of your choice!

Nutritarian Weekend Immersion
Led by Joel Fuhrman, MD

February 28 & March 1, 2015
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day
Health Professions Building (#66)

Join associate clinical professor Dr. Jay Sutliffe of NAU Department of Health Sciences for this special event with leading nutrition expert Dr. Joel Fuhrman for a weekend of informative lectures and updates on Nutritional Science. By the end of the weekend, you will hold keys to maximize your health through superior nutrition. This two-day program will inspire you and guide you on your journey toward optimal health and “Nutritarian” living which describes a nutrient-dense way of eating that promotes healthy weight and an end to “dieting.” 

The suggested fee is $199 and $99 for students, which includes Nutritarian box lunches. Scholarships are available and the deadline to submit a request for a scholarship is Friday, 2 p.m. on February 20, 2015. Attending this program provides two points/day toward your 2016 HealthyU credit.

For more information, please e-mail or call 928-523-7450. Seating is limited – reserve your seat today!

Six-Week Nutrition Intervention Pilot Study
Led by Jay Sutliffe, PhD,RD, Joel Fuhrman, MD, and Raena Beetham, MA candidate

Open to all NAU Employees enrolled in the HealthyU Program 

Jay Sutliffe, faculty member and registered dietitian in the Department of Health Sciences here at NAU, in partnership with NAU EAW, is inviting you to participate in a 6-week nutrition research study (plus pre and post intervention activities).  The purpose of this six-week study is to evaluate the health and wellness outcomes of an intervention that involves adjusting daily food choices to a nutrient-dense diet as developed by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Based on Dr. Fuhrman’s program, individuals will follow a structured and informative plan tailored to their needs, and learn how to create nutrient-dense meals through instruction, education, cooking demos and support. There is no cost to participants, other than the purchase of their own food according to personal interest and desires from local grocery stores. The total time commitment is about 20 hours.

The research study will kick-off with an Immersion Weekend, a two-day event led by Dr. Fuhrman that will get you started with the information you need and how to begin applying the information to your personal lifestyle. Participation in both the Immersion Weekend and six-week intervention will earn you the full number of HealthyU points to be eligible for level two incentive of $10 credit toward your NAU BCBSAZ health insurance premium each pay period in 2016. 

Study Activities
Pre and post participation blood draws
Pre and post participation body measurements
Immersion weekend: Saturday & Sunday, February 28 - March 1, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. To be held in the Health Professions Building (#66) Room 101 
Weekly meetings: Wednesday evenings, March 4 - April 8, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. To be held in the Health Professions Building (#66) Room 229

Eligibility Requirements
We are seeking 35 NAU Employees to serve as voluntary participants and meet the following eligibility criteria:

☐ Adults 18 - 80 years of age
☐Currently have a BMI of 25 or above (please use BMI calculator if unsure:
☐ Individuals ready and willing to make a lifestyle change, including adjusting food intake to meet a nutrient dense diet and wear a pedometer to record daily steps
☐ Participants should not be currently participating in a weight loss program (e.g., Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig) or taking weight loss medications or other drugs with weight loss as a primary side effect
☐ Participants should not be taking any medications that could increase medical risk
☐ Participants should attend the Immersion Weekend with Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Feb 28 and March 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.) to learn more about the program and potentially increase one’s success in the intervention
☐ Participants should attend the weekly meetings Wednesdays, March 4 - April 8, 5:15  - 6:15 p.m. (no meeting during Spring Break; must attend all meetings to receive incentive points from HealthyU)
☐ Participants will have their blood drawn (lipid panel, HbA1c) during the weeks of February 23 & March 2 and April 12. More specific information will be forthcoming. (There is no charge for participants and insurance will not be billed.)
☐ Participants should attend the health screening on Wednesday, February 25 (appointments available between 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.) or Thursday, February 26 (7 - 9 a.m.).
☐ Participants must be a part of NAU Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona in order to receive HealthyU benefits.

To volunteer for this study or for more information, here are your options:
1) If you meet the above criteria and would like to volunteer to participate in this research study, please e-mail as soon as possible.
2) If you need more information or would like to attend an informational meeting contact the study coordinator: Jay Sutliffe, PhD, RD, NAU Department of Health Sciences, at 928-523-7450 or e-mail:

Widening the Vision: Expanding Your Ability to Manage Stress
Led by Suzanne Botello, MA, LPC, Psychology Intern, and EAW Counselor and Dr. Stan Clark, EdD, EAW Psychologist

Wednesday, March 4, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  
Health and Learning Center multipurpose room 2405

Becoming more aware of the stress process can reveal ways to manage it better. Come learn and practice new ways to expand your ability to manage stress!

To register, please e-mail or call 928-523-1552. 

The Greatest Gift You Can Give: Legal Documents for Your Journey Through Life - Class full- waiting list only
Led by Shari Mille, MA, JD, NAU Compliance Manage for State Authorization and Connie Cordain, MA, LMFT, EAW Counselor

Wednesday, March 25, 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Health and Learning Center, Multipurpose room 2405 (2nd floor)

Who will speak for you if you can’t? What legal documents should anyone over age 18 have to protect themselves in case of an accident or incapacity? Who will care for your children if you are not able to? We will address these general topics at a high level and provide resources for you to use for yourself and your family members and you will learn why having these documents in place is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and your family. PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOT PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE, ONLY GENERAL INFORMATION.

New Foundations Yoga and Mindfulness Series – Session 2
Led by Shannon Arnett, MA, CEHP, RYT-500

Mondays, 12 noon – 1 pm, March 2- April 13
(6 weeks – no class during spring break)
Health and Learning Center, Recreation Center
$45/6 classes

This class invites all levels of practitioners, particularly those newer to yoga and meditation. Our focus will be on gently paced movement, alignment support in postures, and meditation strategies to increase overall peace in life off the mat. Join us to learn about yoga for the first time or to deepen your existing practice in a safe and nurturing class.

To register, please visit Campus Recreation Services EAW Specialty Classes.If you experience any registration issues, please contact or

Enlivening Flow Yoga Series – Session 2
Led by Shannon Arnett, MA, CEHP, RYT-500

Fridays, 6:30 – 7:30 am, March 6 – April 17
(6 weeks - no class during spring break) 
Health and Learning Center, Recreation Center
$45/6 classes

Wanting to breathe life into your new year and your yoga practice?  Join this series for uplifting, invigorating flow based postures that are motivating, cleansing, and rejuvenating!  All levels of practice are welcome for this vinyasa style series combining breath, movement, strength, flexibility, and intention to start 2015 off with fantastic energy!

To register, please visit Campus Recreation Services EAW Specialty Classes.If you experience any registration issues, please contact or