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CUFit is a heatlh and wellness initiative for Clark's faculty and staff. You can find information below to develop and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, and learn about upcoming presentations, classes, activities and tips on well-being.

Workshops, Presentations & Screenings – Spring 2016

Parenting your Teen: Managing Conflict-Problem Solving

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Lurie Conference Room, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Conflict between parents and teenagers is a fact of life. In this workshop, parents explore ways to help their teens resolve conflicts and establish guidelines for acceptable behavior. The goal is for teens to become mature young adults, capable of making good decisions independently to manage their lives in appropriate, autonomous ways. Sponsored by our EAP, E4 Health.


Using NLP (NeuroLingusitic Programming) for Instant Change

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Lurie Conference Room, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Neuro Linguistic Programming is the study of how we think, communicate and behave. NLP utilizes the dynamic between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming). NLP helps people change unhelpful thought patterns and mental strategies, which then gives them more choices in problem solving.

Note: this is not a hypnosis seminar.

Live a Life of Happiness

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Lurie Conference Room, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

In this seminar, sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, you'll explore a number of different options you can use to cultivate the habit of happiness every day. You'll sign a Happiness Contract and learn to refocus your awareness on healthy thought choices that will lift your spirits. Discover how to make the decision to be happy.

TOPS Information Session

Friday, February 26, 2016
Lurie Conference Room, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

The Wellness Committee has arranged for a representative from the TOPS Club, Inc. program to come and introduce us to their weight-loss-at-work program. TOPS is an individualized, group-supported weight loss program that focuses on healthy, sustainable eating and exercising to achieve lasting results. For more information on the TOPS Club Inc. program, you can visit their website.

Kneller Tours

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Kneller Athletic Center, Time: TBD

While the students are away, the employees can play! Come check out the wonderful facilities available to you and your family. Tours will be lead by the Wellness Committee and Kneller staff. Hope you see you there!

Clutter to Clarity

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Location Jonas Clark 102, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Useless clutter is visible. What do you suppose it says about the invisible thinking or state of mind that produces it? Decluttering is always an 'inside job' and, in this seminar, sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, you'll discover how 'Clutter Clearing' works on the inner and outer worlds.


April 4, 2016
Lurie Conference Room, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Many of our medications today come from herbs. Information on what herbs are, their uses and how herbs differ from the drugs that they are made from will be provided. Used properly, herbs are very medicinal and can be helpful for a wide variety of common problems. This workshop is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.


Sunday, April 24, 2016
Meeting on the Green, 9 a.m.

The 1st annual 5k fun run/walk, CLARK RUNS WITH COLUMBUS PARK, takes place at Clark University in Worcester, MA. This event is being coordinated with Gryphon and Pleiades, the Wellness Committee and Columbus Park School. The event is open to employees, students and family of Clark University and Columbus Park School. It will begin on Atwood Plaza, run past the Columbus Park Preparatory Academy and finish back on the Clark Campus. There will be a 1-mile kids dash prior to the race on the Campus Green. Come out and support the kids. All proceeds will be donated to the Columbus Park Playground Initiative.

Emotional Eating

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Lurie Conference Room, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Many of us find that we eat when we are feeling angry, sad, lonely or tired. In this workshop, sponsored by E4-Health, we’ll learn about some of the triggers for emotional eating and the relationship between mood and cravings. We’ll also explore some questions that will help to heighten awareness of our own eating behavior. For those who would like to move away from emotional eating, there will be identified next steps, best practices and supportive resources.

Let's Talk about Lyme Disease

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Lurie Conference Room, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

During this time of year several of us are taking advantage of the nice weather and enjoying many outside activities with family and friends. As we engage in these activities safety is of the utmost importance and it is essential that we are mindful of the dreaded Lyme disease. Lyme diseases is a public health crisis and new cases are reported each year.
Because of the seriousness of this disease and the impact it has on one’s health and safety the University is pleased to partner with the Central Mass Lyme Foundation, an organization committed to educating people about Lyme disease and how to protect themselves, by providing this workshop.

Sun Damage Screening

Friday, May 20, 2016
Lurie Conference Room, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun. The good news is that skin cancer is highly curable and easily preventable if detected early. The sun damage screening uses a Dermascan™ machine to help show sun damage to the face through the use of fluorescent bulbs and a magnifying mirror. Sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Workshops, Presentations & Screenings – Fall 2015

Flu Shot Clinic

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Lurie Conference Room, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The flu shot clinic is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and will be administered by Maxim Health Services. These immunizations will be free to all HPHC members. Please have your HPHC health insurance card available. If you are not a member of HPHC there is a $25 fee that may be paid by cash or check. Please make checks payable to Maxim.

In order to ensure Maxim Health Services has ample flu shots to accommodate this clinic please RSVP for yourself and/or your family to

Biometric Screening

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Tilton Hall, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Screenings include:

    Total Cholesterol
    HDL (good cholesterol)
    Blood pressure
    Body composition(body fat %)

The cholesterol test measures total and HDL (not LDL) so it is a NON-fasting test.

A Glucose reading is included which can be affected by what someone has ingested the day of (especially hours leading up to the finger stick).

The blood draw is just that, a finger stick, which is near painless. Body Comp is calculated using a hand held device.

Holistic Health Fair

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Tilton Hall, 11a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Holistic Health Fair will feature practitioners of Yoga, Acupuncture, Energywork, Massage Therapy, Tai Chi, Dietitian and Clinical Nutrition and Restorative Endocrinology. There will be products available from SwissJust, Ava Anderson and Living Earth.

  • There will be a 30 minute meditation in Grace from 12:15 p.m. — 12:45 p.m. by Joy Clarkson.
  • 10 minute chair massages from Salter College — advanced sign-up required*
  • Seated yoga demonstrations by Heather Mangione
  • Mini acupuncture treatments by Emily Konstan
  • Tai Chi and Kung Fu demonstrations by Sifu Gary Lachapelle

* Email with time frame you are available for massage.
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Monthly Health Observances

National Health Observances (NHOs) are special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

American Heart Month


Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


Alcohol Awareness Month


National Physical Fitness and Sports
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Mental Health Month

National Safety Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Fruits & Veggies — More Matters Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


American Diabetes Month


World AIDS Day

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Mind & Body Activities and Resources


Staff Zumba

    When: Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. begining 1/27/16.
    Where: University Center - The Grind.
    Cost: $5/class. Drop-ins welcome. Advance payment options, with free class, also available. Cash or check payable to Kelly Rourke accepted.
    Contact: Kim Fisher

Find A Training Plan here: Body Building

Click here for tips on productivity, inspiration and finding balance: Life Hack

Tiny Buddha offers simple wisdom for complex lives. Check it out here: Tiny Buddha

For fitness apps ready to downlown visit My Fitness Pal

If you are runner, or would like to become a runner, visit the Cool Running website to learn more

Find running maps and map your route at Map my Run

No time to go to the gym? Visit Fitness Blenders website and fit in your exercise when it is convenient

Exercise Library/Descriptions, Exercise programs, nutrition, calculators and more:ExRx

Visit Men's Fitness or Women's Health for excercise, health and nutrition advice, fitness tips, and information on excercise programs

Fitivity is an organization dedicated to getting the world more active and has over 200 customized workout programs

Before starting any physical excercise program consider taking Physical Activity Readiness Questionaire - par-q



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Health and Safety

To learn more about Seasonal Tips and Tricks, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to get information on Fall Safety, Winter, Spring, and Summer Safety Tips along with many more.+

National Institutes of Health: Ergonomics at Work

For a collection of online heatlh and fitness tips to help achieve a higher level of health the A to Z Wellness website is designed to provide resources that may assist your success in becoming healthier.

Visit WebMD to find information on health topics, drugs & supplements, living healthy, and more.

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides a number of links to variety of health topics and activities

Additional Resources on Lyme Disease

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Health and Wellness Advisory Group Members

Lisa Coakley, Executive Assistant, Mosakowski Institute
Andrew Dzaugis, Science Librarian
Benjamin Jaehne, Relationship Manager Corp/Foundation Relations, University Advancement
Trish Cronin, Director of Athletics
Sharon Griffin Edson, Help Desk Coordinator
Megan Kersting, Director Counseling Services
Nadja Johnson, Assistant Dean of Students
Susan Leo-Johnson, Assistant Director, Human Resources/Affirmative Action
Christopher Markman, Academic Technology Specialist
Amanda Popp, Assoc. Dir. Graduate Admissions Operations, Graduate School Office
Philip Robakiewicz, Associate Dean for Student Academic Success
Deanna Scarmangos, Program Manager, GSOM
Donald Spratt, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Gregory While, Head Athletic Trainer

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