Wellness Programs

Seeking Volunteers for Nutrition Study (Community Chronic Disease Prevention Phase Three)

Led by Jay Sutliffe, Grace Marks, Wendy Wetzel, Michelle Gorman, Tricia Fortin, Alison Adams, Roger Bounds and the research team from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH)

Northern Arizona University Employee Assistance & Wellness (NAU EAW) and Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) Employee Wellness & lifepath programs have combined efforts and invite you to participate in a 6-month nutrition research study.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate health and wellness outcomes of a program that involves adjusting daily food choices to a nutrient-dense, whole-food, plant-based diet. Based on the protocol established by the research team, study participants will follow a structured 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 24 hours.

The research study will kick-off with an introductory program, on Saturday, January 21, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm (healthy lunch provided), followed by 7 weekly 1-hour sessions, ending on March 7. Participation in this program will earn you HealthyU points (NAU employees) and lifepath points (NAH employees).

To request more information, please email ask-eaw@nau.edu

Sedona Health and Nutrition Conference: The science and practice implications of plant-based nutrition

Professional Presentations for Health Care Providers and the Community
Friday, January 13, 2017
Sedona Marriott Courtyard, 4105 W. State Route 89A, Sedona
Cost: variable, $75 – 145, please see registration page

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to discover how plant-based nutrition is changing the landscape of medical practice in the U.S. This conference is the first in Northern Arizona to bring you the latest information on the science and practice of “food as medicine” to prevent and even reverse chronic diseases and will feature the following speakers: Joel Fuhrman, MD, Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT (“the plant based dietician”), Craig McDougall, MD, Ted Crawford, DO, and the NAU/NAH Healthcare Research Team (Michelle Gorman, RD, Wendy Wetzel, NP, and Jay Sutliffe, PhD).

This conference is designed for healthcare professionals, offering up to 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for many medical professionals, and 6.5 CPEUs from the Commission on Dietetic Registration for registered dietitians. Others with strong interests in nutrition and health are welcome to attend.

For more information or to register, visit healthyworldsedona.com/health-nutrition-conference

Sedona VegFest

Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 2017
Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona
Cost: $20/day or $30 for two days

The Sedona VegFest is a two-day celebration of the joys of plant-based eating. Participants will sample delicious food, watch cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and learn from some of the top plant-based nutrition, lifestyle and healthcare experts in the nation – all in a fun, festive atmosphere.
Find out how easy it is to adopt a lifestyle that can create remarkable, positive results for your own health, and for the world.

For complete information, please visit healthyworldsedona.com/sedona-vegfest-2017.

Yoga for the Holidays

Led by Melissa Schonauer, PhD, Research Associate Biology Department, RYT-200
Wednesdays, December 14 and January 11, 12:10 – 1 p.m.
Recreation Center, Health and Learning Center, Exercise Suite 1
Cost: $10/2 sessions

Give yourself the gift of relaxation and yoga! In this two-part lunch hour series, we will explore basic and relaxing yoga poses to promote an overall feeling of calm and wellness. We will begin classes with a breathing practice, then gently move through basic poses while focusing on alignment and breath awareness in the present moment, and end with relaxing postures. Beginners to more experienced practitioners are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. There are mats available at the Rec Center for those who need one. To register, please visit Campus Recreation Services EAW Specialty Classes or stop by the Rec Center front desk.

Insight Meditation Class

Guided by Cathy Small, PhD and Allen Atkins, PhD
Tuesdays, January 31 - March 7, 2017 (6 sessions), 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cline Library, Room 131 (please note this is a new location!)

Insight Meditation is part of an ancient tradition originating in India 2,600 years ago. The practice involves both concentration and contemplative methods of meditation. Learn to reduce stress and anxiety by focusing on the present moment. It is important to attend all 6 classes, as each class builds on previous instruction and practice. Please arrive 10 minutes early to get settled. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. This class is free and also open to NAU students and the Flagstaff community (18 years and older). 

To register for this class, please e-mail ask-eaw@nau.edu.

Employee Flu Vaccines

Flu vaccines are available without a co-pay to employees and their covered spouses on the NAU Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona plan and other select plans. Schedule your appointment at Campus Health Services and click on “Make an appointment” under the “Campus Health Online” box. Appointments available Monday-Friday.

Annual Payroll Deduction Memberships for Recreation and/or Aquatic Center Now Available.

Open enrollment for annual payroll deduction memberships is available now through December 16, 2016 for benefit eligible employees. The membership runs from January 1 through December 31, 2017. As an added bonus, new members purchasing a payroll deduction membership, can begin to enjoy the Rec Center or Aquatic Center starting December 1, 2016 (that’s one month free!). The front desk staff at either facility is ready to assist you. Please bring your NAU ID to enroll.

Please contact Paul.Rehn@nau.edu or call 928-523-1575 for more information.

NAU Dance Academy Employee Classes


Led by Flower Darby, MA, Certified Fitness Instructor
Spring Semester 2017, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
NAU Dance Academy, Ponderosa Building, Studio A
1 day/week: $130/semester
2 days/week: $210/semester
Drop-in Rate: $15/class

Based on the transformational work of Joseph Pilates, this technique strengthens the core muscles of the torso to improve ability and to prevent injury in every kind of physical activity. Floor work develops better, more graceful posture as well as mind-body focus. Class includes gentle stretching and relaxation for a calming yet refreshing experience. Wear comfortable exercise or yoga-style clothing and bring a yoga mat. Shoes are not required. New session starts January 9, 2017. NAU employees receive a 10% discount; payroll deduction is an option.

To register email Academy@nau.edu

Adult Jazz Dance

Led by Flower Darby, MA, Certified Fitness Instructor
Spring Semester 2017, Fridays, 11:30am – 12:30 p.m.
NAU Dance Academy, Ponderosa Building, Studio A

Adults will enjoy learning jazz dance while also improving strength and flexibility. This class is for students who are new to dance, or those who have danced before and want to begin again. Basic technique will be practiced and time spent stretching and improving strength. New session starts January 9, 2017. NAU employees receive a 10% discount; payroll deductions is an option.

To register email Academy@nau.edu

Employee fitness classes 

Multiple fitness classes are available which count toward physical activity and wellness incentive points for HealthyU! 
Some of the services provided include (but are not limited to):
  • EAW Specialty Classes
  • Fitness on Demand
  • Group Fitness for Employees
Specific information for Group Fitness classes.

Employee Recreation Center Membership Options

Early Bird
Recreation Center, Health and Learning Center
$100/semester or $200/year

This membership includes access Monday through Friday, 6 - 9 a.m., all day Saturday and Sunday and also includes group fitness classes during access hours and may be purchased through payroll deduction.

Lunch & Bunch
Recreation Center, Health and Learning Center
$125/semester or $250/year

This membership includes access Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., all day Saturday and Sunday and also includes group fitness classes during access hours and may be purchased through payroll deduction. Please visit Rec Center membership page for complete information, or stop by the Rec Center front desk

Payroll Deduction Small Group Training
September 6 - December 9, 2016

Various hourly sessions (sessions available morning, afternoon and evening)
Recreation Center, Health and Learning Center
Rec members: $308/person two sessions a week
Non-Rec members: $420/person, two sessions a week

This 14 week program is designed for benefit eligible NAU employees to participate in small group training with 4 - 6 colleagues and/or their sponsored members, at a reduced rate that may be paid in 5 installments through payroll reduction.For more information, please visit the Small Group Training page or stop by the Rec Center front desk.

Physical Education Services (PES) Classes

Provides fitness classes for employees on South Campus.