Our 2020-2021 Program

Our goal is to create a culture that allows employees to be their best, both on and off the clock. By offering a wide variety of programs through multiple modalities (live-virtual, pre-recorded, articles, and blogs), we will be able to meet the diverse needs of UD employees, spouses, retirees, and their families.

Wellbeing Program Details

Upcoming program registration information and past event recordings. View all upcoming May programs here. View all past event recordings here.

Financial Wellbeing Reset Series (March 9-23)

Financial Wellbeing Reset Series | Tuesdays 12-1 p.m. | March 9-23
Have your financial goals taken a backseat during the COVID-19 pandemic? Join the financial experts from ComPsych, UD’s Employee Assistance Program provider, for a three part series designed to give you the confidence you need to make informed decisions about your financial future. 

Financial Planning for Life | Tuesday March 9th | 12-1p.m.
Financial goals are the specific long- and short-term objectives to be attained through financial planning and management efforts. Among personal financial goals are things such as: 1) financial security 2) travel 3) education planning 4) retirement planning and 5 ) estate planning. Being able to succeed in reaching these goals requires a structure and plan with appropriate milestones, along with the ability to make adjustments along the way.
Session 1 Recording

The Psychology of Saving Money and Other Good Financial Habits | Tuesday March 16th | 12-1p.m.
Most people can honestly say they believe it’s important to spend within their means and to save money for the future. Unfortunately, good intentions are often at odds with how our mind works. For example, many people want to save for the future but have no motivation to because they have not imagined that future. This course addresses the psychology behind saving money and adopting good financial habits.
It will examine recent research related to how and why people save vs. spend and identify strategies for participants to change their financial mindset and develop new habits.
Session 2 Recording

Paying off Debt While Building Wealth | Tuesday March 23rd | 12-1p.m.
In difficult economic times, many people are struggling to just keep up with monthly bills, let alone make progress on debt repayment. What suffers most is contributing to savings and investing goals. This session will focus on developing financial plans and strategies to address the dual goals of having a plan for paying off debt, while also contributing to building personal wealth. This session covers the basics (or essentials) of each area and describes practical techniques that can help you to formulate your own plan to manage you.
Session 3 Recording



Managing Well Series (March 11-April 15)

Managing Well Series
Thursdays 2-2:30 p.m. | March 8- April 15

Healthy, connected, and productive teams don’t just happen by chance. They require time, effort, and intention. In this 6-week, self-paced series, you will learn how to use wellbeing techniques to motivate your team, improve morale, and create a positive workplace culture. You will learn from leaders across the University and have opportunities to network, share, and learn from other managers in your cohort.
 Participants will receive links to on-demand video content each Monday of the program and commit to attending at least 4 of 6 discussions held on Thursdays from 2-2:30pm via Zoom. 
View recorded Zoom Sessions from our On-Demand Library

Week 1: Adding Wellbeing to your Manager Toolkit 

  •  Many managers often don’t consider wellbeing an essential part of their toolkit, yet research continues to show how valuable it is to engagement, performance, and long-term success of an organization. Join Beth Finkle, Director of Employee Health and Wellbeing, to learn how to infuse wellbeing fundamentals into your team. 
  • Video release: 3/8 
  • Discussion: 3/11 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Week 2: How to Nurture and Engage a Quality Team 

  • High performing, effective teams don’t just happen by chance. The manager plays a crucial role in creating a culture that not only recruits top talent, but keeps them there. This week, you will learn how to develop your team, create a positive workplace culture, and lead with intention to get results. 
  • Video release: 3/15 
  • Discussion: 3/18 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Week 3: Be a Leader, Not a Boss 

  • As a manager, you have a choice. You can act as a boss and command your team or you can act as a leader and inspire your team. You may not be able to change the system, but you have the power to influence how your team. Cultivating a positive work atmosphere where your employees feel seen, heard, and valued will continually reap higher quality work, greater levels of retention, and greater employee-reported happiness. 
  • Video release: 3/22 
  • Discussion: 3/25 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Re-igniting Your Team’s Spark 

  • There is no doubt that Covid has changed a great deal about the way we work. Teams are feeling increased pressure from work while also battling increased isolation and decreased connection. This can be a recipe for disaster. In this session, you will learn how to tap into your team’s strengths, boost morale, and create opportunities for genuine connection. 
  • Video release: 3/29 
  • Discussion: 4/1 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Week 5: Transparent Leadership Gets Results 

  • High performing teams all have one thing in common: they trust one another. Leading with transparency creates an incredible culture of trust among a team. When teams trust the manager, they tend to perform better. This session will touch on what transparency means for you as the leader, and how to grow trust among your team. 
  • Video release: 4/5 
  • Discussion: 4/8 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Week 6: Walk the Walk 

  • As a manager, your team will look to you for culture cues and workplace expectations. In order for your team to function as an engaged, cohesive, and effective unit, you will need to model these behaviors. This session will touch on work modeling and living your message to be an effective leader. 
  • Video release: 4/12 
  • Discussion: 4/15 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 


Couch to 5k Group (April 12 - June 8)

Ever wanted to run a 5k but not sure how to start? Employee Health and Wellbeing’s Couch to 5k program has a place for you! From April 12 – June 8, 2021runners can follow the C25k 5k Trainer” app to monitor their running progress while also being guided and supported through accountability from other colleagues. The program’s progressive structure prevents inexperienced runners from giving up, and at the same time, challenges them to continue moving forward to achieve their goal. 

The group participates in weekly coaching sessions hosted by Road Runners Level 2 Coach Diane Kukich while also staying connected virtually though Microsoft Teams to participate in weekly challenges, share completed workouts, distribute important information, and motivate to keep one another accountable. Weekly coaching calls are hosted on Mondays at 1pm. Attendance to weekly calls is not mandatory to participate in program. 

Registration for Program

Registration for Interest Meeting 



Mental Wellbeing Boosters Series (May 4-18)

Mental Wellbeing Boosters Series
Tuesdays Noon – 1 p.m. | May 4-18 
Many of us are facing challenges that are stressful and overwhelming, taking a toll on our mental wellbeing. Learning to cope with these challenges in a healthy way can help us boost our mental wellbeing and develop resilience. In this 3-part series you will learn three tools to help you cope effectively and maintain a positive outlook during these challenging times.   

What’s your superpower? Identifying and Utilizing Your Strengths to Thrive 
Tuesday, May 4 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Recording
Our differences in skills, personalities and experience give us all unique strengths for approaching problems. Finding work that allows us to use our strengths in meaningful ways increases our feelings of purpose, engagement and satisfaction. In this session you will learn more about the benefits of identifying your personal strengths to support mental wellbeing. 

What’s your ‘why’? Fostering Resilience With Purpose 
Tuesday, May 11 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Recording
Purpose is that goal or set of goals that matter most to you in your life – that really drive you. In the midst of a challenge, you can come back to your purpose and let it fuel you to keep going. It can be a major source of resilience; help you recover from adversity and keep you focused on the things you care deeply about. In this session, learn ways you can strengthen your resilience using purpose.

Trying to do it all? Embracing Reality With Self Compassion  
Tuesday, May 18 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Recording
Self-compassion – regarding ourselves kindly as we would think about a friend — has been shown to increase resilience to stress, buffer burnout, and minimize symptoms of stress and anxiety. In this session, you will learn various tools to increase your own self-compassion to help boost mental wellbeing. 

HealthyU Cooking Classes**

About HealthyU

All-Access Members can virtually participate in cooking demos or cook along with Chef Jen though our HealthyU Virtual Cooking Classes.

Chef Jen is a Registered Dietitian, a Registered Yoga Teacher and is the Nutrition Outreach Coordinator for Employee Health and Wellbeing. Each month during the semester Chef Jen selects recipes that are either healthier versions or preparations or meant to expand your culinary horizons. Take advantage of this fun cooking class!

Past classes

  • Plant Based Proteins : Thursday, March 18, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. AAM members may email Chef Jen at jmuzzi@udel.edu to watch recording.
  • Spring Harvest : Thursday, April 15, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. AAM members may email Chef Jen at jmuzzi@udel.edu to watch recording.
  • Taco Tuesday : Tuesday, May 11, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. AAM members may email Chef Jen at jmuzzi@udel.edu to watch recording.
Virtual Fitness Classes (Ongoing)

About Virtual Fitness Classes

Break a sweat from the comfort of your own home by participating in one of our free virtual fitness classes led by your favorite instructors! All classes are free to current employees, retirees, and their families. Register for class within the 24 hour registration window through the Registration Portal. 

Learn More and Register


Meditation Sessions (Ongoing)

About Meditation Sessions

Practice mindfulness to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state through any of these 15 minute sessions.

Morning Meditation: Start your Monday and Thursday mornings by getting focused and centered through meditation. Learn new techniques and expand your emotional agility through any of these 15 minute meditation sessions. On Fridays, expect to experiment and expand your meditation horizons by participating in a session that feature singing bowls, guided meditations, mantras, or chanting. Learn more and register!

View past session recordings via UD Capture

Workplace Wind-Down: De-stress and unwind after the workday with “Workplace Wind-Down” meditation recordings via UD Capture

All sessions are free to current employees, retirees, and their families. Register for live sessions within the 24 hour registration window through the Registration Portal. 


Water Cooler Series (Fridays at 12 p.m.)

About the Series

Did we just become best friends?
Healthy social connections are essential to your personal wellbeing and according to Gallup, having a best friend at work can increase engagement by seven-fold, significantly improving your chances of feeling fulfilled and happy during the day. EHW Water Cooler Chats are virtual spaces designed for building connection through casual conversations and for geeking out with new friends.

Upcoming Water Cooler Topics of Conversation

Update: We’re taking a little break this June. Water Cooler Chats to return this July.
Details coming soon!

How to Participate

No registration required! Just join the Zoom meeting Fridays at noon

Purposeful App

About Purposeful

Purposeful is a brand new kind of mobile app that helps you define your unique purpose in life by illustrating your best self and clarifying what matters most to you. A beautifully designed and customized experience takes you on a journey of self-awareness and inspiration, driven by multimedia content created and curated by leading behavior change experts.

How to Participate

Text “UDEL” to 734.436.3939 to get started

Learn more on our Purpose Foundation Page. 


**An All-Access membership is required to participate in Walktober and HealthyU Cooking Classes. Learn more about the All-Access Membership and purchase yours using our request form

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Employee Health & Wellbeing provides many programs for faculty & staff at the University of Delaware in collaboration with our campus and community partners. Browse the University’s coming events by day, week or month to see what is coming next.

Upcoming Events

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P: (302) 831-8388 wellbeing@udel.edu


Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.