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September Wellness News

The cooler temperatures in September offer the opportunity to spend more time in the great outdoors. Being outdoors can help clear your mind and boost your mood. Healthy Boiler Employee Well-being workshops and events for September reflect the theme of the great outdoors as well as behavioral health, one of the Healthy Boiler Pillars of Wellness. 

  • Discover ways to move, get fresh air, and connect with others locally who share your interest—join the In-person Healthy Boiler Workshop: Fort Wayne Outdoor Trails.
  • Practice self-care; schedule a preventive care mammogram with Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography on campus.
  • Volunteer to donate blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drive on campus.
  • Begin reading our Healthy Boiler Book of the Month selection, The Comfort Crisis which examines how you can leverage the power of discomfort to improve your health and happiness.

Details of these and many other events for September are listed below. Events are open to ALL campus employees unless specified in program details.

Questions? Email

September Wellness Events

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Purdue Extension-Allen County

Wednesday, September 1
10–11 a.m.
Virtual Presentation

This free, virtual presentation provides guidance for how we talk about it with our healthcare providers, our friends and families, and our coworkers. Learn more about this presentation and register. Open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Please email Kidane Sarko at if you have any questions.

Employee Yoga: In-person and Virtual

Wednesdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
Noon–1 p.m.
Fitness Studio, Gates Athletics Center

Join employee health coach, Lindsay Bloom on Wednesdays to de-stress, deep breathe, and increase flexibility, balance, and muscle tone. All levels welcome. Open to all faculty and staff. Please register for either the in-person or the live virtual class.

In-person class registration: Please email Lindsay Bloom to reserve your spot. Space is limited to 6 participants.

Register for ZOOM presentation:

  • Meeting ID: 971 2106 0966
  • Passcode: Relax

Please email Bloom if you have any questions.

Mastodon Market

Thursdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Under Sky Bridge, close to Walb Union Circle Drive and upper level of Alumni Plaza

Come to the Mastodon Market every Thursday to buy fresh produce from local farms. Enjoy the convenience of shopping on campus for your seasonal fresh vegetables and fruits for your meals and snacks. The market will be located under the Sky Bridge close to Walb Union Circle Drive and the upper level of Alumni Plaza. Visit the Events Calendar every Thursday for details about vendors and activities being offered for September.

Questions? Contact Eric Manor at or 260-481-6647.

Blood Health Screenings

Tuesday, September 7
7–9:45 a.m.
Room 114, Walb Union

LabCorp has partnered with Wellness to provide confidential blood health screenings for employees, retirees, and their spouses. View the complete listing of fasting and non-fasting blood health screenings, eligibility for free wellness panel (includes full lipid profile and blood chemistry panel), and the cost for additional low-cost screenings. View schedule of screenings.

  • Online registration required. Register early to reserve your spot.
  • Walk-ins are not available.
  • View more details about this event including payment methods, changing or canceling your appointment, obtaining test results and more.

NOTE: All appointments have been filled. You may either check the sign up form to see if any appointments were canceled and sign up for those times or register for the next blood health screening on October 12.

Questions? Contact Eric Manor at or 260-481-6647.

WellRec Happy Hour

Take a break and come to the WellRec Happy Hour to enjoy a seasonal beverage and light snack. It's a great opportunity to meet other students or coworkers, gather with your friends, and learn more about upcoming activities being offered by WellRec.

Tuesday, September 7
5–6 p.m.
Student Housing Clubhouse

Thursday, September 9
Noon–1 p.m.
Room G42, Walb Union

Questions? Email Eric Manor at

ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Class

Thursday, September 9
8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Purdue Extension-Allen County, 4001 Crescent Avenue, Fort Wayne

The Purdue Extension-Allen County is offering a one day training program to those who need to be certified or re-certified on ServSafe food protection management. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., followed by six hours of educational training from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., then the certification exam at 3:30 p.m. 

Establishments and people who are serving and/or handling food and/or beverage outside of their home to people outside their circle of family and friends need to be ServSafe® certified.

Learn more about this event and ServSafe certification. Registration deadline: September 2.

Questions? Contact Kidane Sarko at

Healthy Boiler In-person Workshop: Fort Wayne Outdoor Trails

Friday, September 10
Noon–1 p.m.
Room G08, Walb Union

Whether you like to hike, jog, bike, float, or play—take advantage of being outdoors on the various trails in the Fort Wayne and surrounding area. Join health coach Lindsay Bloom for the Healthy Boiler In-person Workshop: Fort Wayne Outdoor Trails as she discusses the local opportunities to move, get fresh air, and connect with others who share your interest.

A light lunch will be provided. Open to all faculty and staff.

Space is limited. Register for the workshop by noon on Tuesday, September 7.

Questions? Email Bloom at

CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification

Monday, September 13
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Room G08, Walb Union

These American Heart Association classes will teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages using various methods. The First Aid course provides assessment training and skills to use until emergency medical personnel arrive. A CPR Completion Card will be distributed following completion of the class. Open to everyone including the public. Please follow the university's mask policy and social distancing guidelines. Class size is limited to 18 people.

Learn more and register.

Questions? Email

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, September 16
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Classic Ballroom, Walb Union

As the fall semester begins, remember that the need for blood does not go away. Every donation makes a difference. By donating 45 minutes of time and one pint of blood, you are impacting the lives of up to three patients in need. All donors will receive an American Red Cross football t-shirt and a coupon for a free haircut from Sports Clips

Questions? Contact Eric Manor, Health and Wellness Director at or phone at 481-6647.

Fort4Fitness Fall Festival Charity Partnership

Parkview Field, Downtown Fort Wayne

Friday, September 17
Noon–8 p.m.
Packet Pick-up; Festival Expo, Kids and Senior Marathon Finish

Saturday, September 18
7:15 a.m.–1 p.m.
Race Day

The Fort4Fitness Fall Festival features a variety of distance races to suit people of all ages and abilities. Race start times vary; the 4 Mile Run/Walk start time is 10:30 a.m.

Purdue Fort Wayne participants and supporters may meet at the PFW table/tent on Friday or before and after the race on Saturday for light refreshments.

There’s still time for you and your family and friends to sign up and select Purdue University Fort Wayne as your charity partner. Select Purdue Fort Wayne from the Charity Partner drop down list when you sign up; 10 percent of registration costs return to your Wellness program once a minimum of 100 people select our university. 

Register here to participate. Registration ends September 15 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Contact Eric Manor, health and wellness director, at or call 260-481-6647 if you have any questions.

Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography

Monday, September 20
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Walb Union Circle Drive

The best protection is early detection and Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography coach makes getting a screening mammogram quick, easy, and convenient for women. It is recommended that if you are age 40 or older, you should have a preventive screening mammogram every year.

Please call the team at the Breast Diagnostic Center at 260-483-1847 or 800-727-8439, ext. 68120 to schedule your appointment in advance. Event is open to faculty, staff, and the public as well.

View COVID-19 precautions for the coach schedule, FAQs and more.

Questions? Email Eric Manor Health and Wellness Director at

Healthy Boiler Virtual Book Club

Thursday, September 30
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

The Healthy Boiler Virtual Book Club will begin its new book, The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Healthy Self by award-winning journalist Michael Easter who examines how leveraging the power of discomfort may improve your health and happiness. The book will be read and discussed from September to December. View reading schedule and learn more about the club.

The club, led by health coach Lindsay Bloom meets virtually the last Thursday of each month and is open to all employees. Meeting link will be sent prior to the event.

For questions, book suggestions, or to join us, email Lindsay.

Purdue Extension-Allen County Programs

Your local extension office on the campus offers many programs throughout the year related to health, education, and well-being.  

Questions? Call the office at 260-481-6826.

September Healthy Boiler Challenge: Fresh Air Challenge

September 1-31

The Fresh Air Challenge invites you to walk outside for 20 minutes each day for the next 30 days. Walking is good for us, and there are tremendous health benefits to spending time outdoors. Being out in nature can help you relax and clear your mind. You can get valuable vitamin D if it’s sunny or be invigorated by inclement weather.

Join the challenge and track your activities by going to the Healthy Boiler Portal and clicking on Engage > Competitions. Open to benefited and benefits-eligible employees and covered spouses.

Not a Healthy Boiler member? Sign up today.

The Healthy Boiler Pillar: Behavioral Health

Improve your overall health and wellness, it’s important to include your behavioral health as well. People who are mentally and emotionally healthy develop positive relationships,maintain perspective and are able to cope with life’s challenges.

Learn more about the Bowen Center, your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and read their Mental Health Newsletters.