Ring in new year with new you (INCLUDES MONDAY EVENT)

The new year is a popular time to review bad habits and begin good ones, and a number of upcoming events offer a chance to get started.

  • Faculty, staff and students can participate in “Relax and Renew,” a winter term meditation series that runs Tuesdays, Jan. 22-Feb. 26, or Wednesdays, Jan. 23- Feb. 27. The classes run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., call 541-346-2770 to register.
  • Wednesday Outdoor Walks are scheduled Jan. 16-Feb. 27. Participants meet at the Outdoor Program office – Erb Memorial Union Room 37A – at 2 p.m. You can walk at your own pace and all abilities and modes of travel are welcome. For more information, visit the Outdoor Program.
  • During the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service on Jan. 21, millions of Americans will come together in service to their communities. The Holden Center has teamed up with several campus and community partners to organize this day of service work at Willamette High School. For more information, visit the Holden Center website.
  • With the university having gone smoke and tobacco free since September, one can visit the Health Center for free nicotine gum or patches (students only). Students can also click here for more resources. For faculty and staff to access free nicotine replacement go to http://healthyoregon.uoregon.edu/Tobacco.aspx.
  • The Outdoor Program provides a wide range of information, gear rentals, resources, trips, events and clinics, as well as a bike events, loans, and self-service maintenance shop. The program is open to students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Visit the REC Center website to see what opportunities are available for students, faculty, staff and their families to participate in recreation and fitness activities.
  • Students can also get a $15 flu shot Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the nurse specialty clinic in the Health Center.
  • The UO Student Food Pantry is open every Thursday night from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 1329 E. 19th Ave. Bring your student I.D.
  • Massage therapy and acupuncture are available to all students. Call 541-346-4401 to make an appointment.
  • Start reading Student Health 101, a monthly health and wellness magazine for college students. Each issue contains valuable information that will help you make better decisions while in college, and can help you with a better understanding of the health and wellness challenges that face today’s students. This month’s edition of Student Health 101 for example, includes 13 apps for a Healthy 2013, such as simple and healthy meal solutions.
  • Faculty- and staff-only fitness workouts run Jan. 7 to March 14 through the Student Recreation Center. Follow this link to learn more.
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, which teaches participants how to harness their own innate abilities in order to diminish stress and pain, is taught by UO literature professor Lisa Myōbun Freinkel. Freinkel, a lay-ordained Zen Buddhist, is currently teaching an eight-week course geared for UO faculty and staff; the class is closed due to strong interest but stay tuned to Healthy Oregon for future offerings.

The listing is organized by Healthy Oregon, a Healthy Campus Initiative that provides wellness resources to students, staff and faculty who are studying, working and living in the university community.