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  3. Staff Directory
  4. Subcommittee on Athletics
  5. Mastodon Academic Performance
  6. Faculty Athletic Representative
  7. NCAA Compliance Manual
  8. Athletic Business Manual
  9. Athletic Training Manual
  10. Athletic Facilities
  11. Wellness/Fitness
    1. What Is Wellness
      1. Physical
      2. Social
      3. Emotional
      4. Intellectual
      5. Spiritual
      6. Occupational
    2. Athletics Center
    3. IPFW/Parkview Health and Wellness Clinic
    4. Employee Health and Fitness Program
    5. Student Health and Fitness Program
    6. Physical Fitness Services, Intramurals, and Fitness Classes
    7. Mind and Body Workout
    8. On Going Awareness/Education Strategies
    9. Personal Mental Health Services For IPFW Students
    10. Employee Assistance Program
    11. Health Screenings
    12. Flu Shot Day
    13. Tobacco Use Prevention/Cessation Programs and Services
    14. Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention/Cessation Programs and Services
    15. Special Health Events
    16. IPFW Mastodon Stomp
    17. Health Councils and Committees
    18. Conclusion
  12. Intramurals
  13. Health Physical Education and Recreation
  14. Admission to Athletic Contests
  15. Media Services
  16. Athletic Development

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IPFW Wellness

What Is Wellness

Wellness is a state of being. In short, it is the capacity of living life to its fullest. It's having the personal energy needed to look and feel well, fulfilling responsibilities, effectively handling emergencies and actively pursuing social, economic, cultural, and recreational interests. Wellness involves adopting a sense of balance in one's life. The six dimensions of personal wellness are:

Physical

Do you get enough exercise? Eat a balanced diet? Do you practice safe driving and medical self-care? Do you avoid the use of tobacco, drugs, and excessive alcohol consumption? Taking good care of your body will repay you with years of good service.

Social

How satisfying are your relationships with your spouse, your family, your friends, and associates? Are you active in community affairs? Do you contribute to protecting the environment by conserving and recycling? Social wellness is based on your ability to interact harmoniously with people and the Earth.

Emotional

Are you able to recognize and accept your feelings, your strengths, and your limitations? Can you manage your emotions and cope with stressful events? Emotional wellness allows you to experience life's ups and downs with enthusiasm and grace and maintain satisfying relationships with others.

Intellectual

Do you feel creatively and mentally challenged? Are you continually seeking to expand your knowledge and skills? An intellectually well person uses available resources to expand knowledge, improve skills and to increase the potential for sharing with others.

Spiritual

Do you have an appreciation for the meaning of life and the expanse of nature? Are you at peace with your place in the universe? Do you have a set of beliefs and values that give purpose to your life? Spiritual wellness involves developing a strong sense of personal values and ethics.

Occupational

Do you find your work satisfying? Do you have a balance between your work and leisure time? Do you enjoy new responsibilities and look forward to achieving better results? Your attitudes about your work can greatly affect your job performance and interactions with co-workers.

Credit: National Wellness Institute, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

A lack of wellness is so often the root of many common problems, such as a lack of energy, looking and feeling out of shape, difficulty coping with daily pressures, diminished work performance, and frequent emotional upsets. Over time, a lack of wellness leads to a decrease in the efficiency of critical body functions, therefore increasing the risk of major diseases and illnesses.

IPFW Athletics Center

The sports center provides a safe site for people to achieve and maintain a healthy physical fitness status and receive wellness information. The facility features a multi-purpose gymnasium, 1/8 of a mile 6 lane indoor track, 1/9 mile 2 lane indoor track, basketball courts, volleyball courts, two racquetball/handball courts, fitness studio, strength training areas, and cardiovascular training areas, free initial fitness/nutrition consultations, personal training, and fitness classes. It is staffed by certified health/fitness instructors, personal trainers, fitness instructors, registered dietitians, and students. Memberships are available for IPFW students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and their family members. Contact the customer service desk at 260-481-6655 or go to www.ipfw.edu/fintess for more information.

IPFW Center For Healthy Living: Campus Clinic and Wellness Programs

The campus clinic is a nurse managed clinic staffed by nationally certified family nurse practitioners, nurses, a dietitian, and a certified medical assistant. They are available to assess/diagnose, treat, complete lab work, provide immunizations, monitor, speak to classes, and promote healthy living. There hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. For more information visit them at IPFW Walb Student Union, Room 234, call 260-481-5748 or go to www.ipfw.edu/clinic.

IPFW Employee Health and Fitness Program

This program provides IPFW employees, retirees, and their spouses/same sex domestic partners personal health and physical fitness attention and incentives to promote achievement and maintenance of a healthy body and improved total wellness. Various presentations, seminars, and workshops are available throughout the year (i.e. nutrition education, beginning an exercise program, strength training, stress management, alcohol abuse awareness/ prevention, tobacco use prevention/cessation, weight management, women's self-care, men's self-care, low back care, heart health, cancer prevention, effective communications, etc.) These are provided to departments, classes, groups, and organizations. To schedule a program, contact the Wellness/Fitness Coordinator at 260-481-6647 or go to www.ipfw.edu/health.

Benefits:

IPFW Student Health and Fitness Program

This program provides IPFW students personal health and physical fitness attention and incentives to promote achievement and maintenance of a healthy body and improved total wellness. Various presentations are available to classes and groups throughout the year like Wellness 101, Under Pressure, Get Fit, Nutrition and You, Perfect Your Party Skills, and Positive Bystander. To register contact the Wellness/Fitness Coordinator at 260-481-6647 or go to www.ipfw.edu/health.

Benefits:

Physical Fitness Services, Intramurals, and Fitness Classes

Certified health and fitness professionals are on staff at the IPFW Athletics Center to offer the campus community and sports center members “getting started” fitness consultations, nutrition consultations, personal training, physical fitness assessments, workout guidelines, resources, and support to promote better energy, strength, and endurance for disease prevention and improved overall health. Personal trainers can be hired at a reasonable fee to assist with long term enjoyment and commitment to a fitness program. Contact the wellness/fitness coordinator at 260-481-6647 or go to www.ipfw.edu/fitness.

Intramural sporting events and fitness classes are available throughout the school year for IPFW students and employees.

A wide variety of fitness classes like Mid Day Yoga Stress Break, Dyno Mix Fitness, and Stretch and Strength are offered through Continuing Studies (481-6619), www.ipfw.edu/dcs. All classes are taught by certified and experienced instructors from the Fort Wayne community. Registration is run through Continuing Studies, Kettler Hall, room 139

IPFW Mind and Body Workout

This televised exercise program is produced through CATV(College Access Television) which is Comcast channel 5 and Frontier FIOS channel 30. The broadcast is Monday thru Friday at 8:00 am. This 30 minute program is geared toward the beginner to advanced fitness levels, providing a variety of workouts.

On Going Awareness/Education Strategies

Ongoing education/awareness information is provided by the IPFW health and wellness staff thru the wellness web page, fitness web page, Facebook, handouts on racks, display windows, and bulletin boards located in most buildings.

Personal Mental Health Services for IPFW Students

Personal mental health counselors are available free for all students. Major areas of assistance are: depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, marital/relationship difficulties and low self-esteem. Sessions are scheduled through the IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program located at the Office of the Dean of Students, Walb Student Union, Room 113. To schedule an appointment call (260) 266-8060. For information go to www.ipfw.edu/counseling. There is no charge for this service!

Employee Assistance Program

This complimentary service is available for IPFW benefitted employees and their family members through William C Weber and Associates, Inc. They provide confidential counseling on health issues such as smoking, substance abuse, addictions, stress management, family conflict, parenting and much more. Call1-800-729-3971 for more information.

Health Screenings

Various health screenings are scheduled throughout each semester. The topics include depression, eating disorders, alcohol, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, blood health profile, body fat, physical fitness, bone density, and nutrition. Contact the wellness/fitness coordinator at 260-481-6647 or go to www.ipfw.edu/health for details.

Flu Shot Day

Flu shots are offered annually in the fall to promote decreased risk of sickness and absence from work.

Tobacco Use Prevention/Cessation Programs and Services

The ongoing interventions are designed to help tobacco users think more about quitting, assist individual who are ready to quit,, help non smokers stay quit, promote a healthy IPFW campus environment. “Freedom From Smoking” classes, 1:1 consultations, interventions at IPFW Dental Clinic, interventions at IPFW/Parkview Health and Wellness Clinic, ongoing awareness/education strategies, and special events like to Great American Smokeout “stop smoking” Block Party are available to the campus community

IPFW partners with Tobacco Free Allen County, Parkview Community Nursing, and American Cancer Society to provide the events. For more information contact Wellness/Fitness Coordinator at 260-481-6647 or go to www.ipfw.edu/health

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention/Cessation Programs and Services

The ongoing interventions are designed to help individuals think more about not abusing alcohol or other substances, assist individuals who are ready to stop abusing alcohol or other substances, help non abusers stay free of substance abuse, and promote a healthy IPFW campus environment. Group/class presentations, interventions at IPFW /Parkview Student Assistance Program, interventions at IPFW/Parkview Health and Wellness Clinic, interventions at IPFW Community Counseling Center, ongoing awareness/education strategies, and special events like National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, IPFW Health Fair, and IPFW Alcohol Awareness Day are available to the campus community

IPFW Special Health Events

Special health education/awareness events are offered throughout the year like Mental Health Day, Diabetes Awareness Day, Great American Smokeout Block Party, Annual Health Fair, and Alcohol Awareness Day, and National Employee Health and Fitness Day. The annual IPFW Health Fair provides the IPFW campus community and general public wellness awareness, education, screening, learning activities, and resources on a variety of topics. Over 80 campuses and off campus organizations offer a health screening or educational table area. Contact the wellness/fitness coordinator at 260-481-6647 or go to www.ipfw.edu/health.

IPFW Mastodon Stomp

The 5 km walk, 5 km run, and 1 mile kids run provide a motivational, fun fitness event as an IPFW cross-country and track program fund raiser for people of all ages and abilities. IPFW collaborates with Fort Wayne Track Club to offer this event. Contact the wellness/fitness coordinator at 260-481-6647 for more details.

Health Councils and Committees

IPFW Wellness Council - Chair--Judy Tillapaugh (219) 481-6647
IPFW Advisory Committee on the Aging and the Aged - Chair-Elaine Blakemore (260) 481-6400
IPFW Biological Hazards Committee- Chair - Frank Paladino 260-481-6304
IPFW Campus Safety Committee - Chair-

Conclusion

Personal wellness is a dynamic state. Everyone is encouraged to seek lifestyle choices for health promotion, disease prevention, and health care savings. The wellness programs and services provided by IPFW are opportunities for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to support short and long term health and wellness goals.

If there are topics or concerns not addressed, please contact the fitness/wellness coordinator (260) 481-6647. Perhaps a service or program could be tailor made to meet your needs.