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Boston College continues HEALTHY YOU with new programs designed to support you on your path to greater health and well-being, offered in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and The Boston Consortium for Higher Education’s HEALTHY YOU program.


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Three Ways You Can Learn More about Meditation and Mindfulness

Over thirty years of research suggests the practice of meditation may offer a number of important health benefits, including a lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, a more relaxed body, a calmer mind, and improved focus. The terms “meditation” and “mindfulness” are often used interchangeably. Both involve bringing your full attention to whatever is happening in each moment, in an open, receptive, and curious manner. A common way to begin either practice is to simply focus on the breath—this simple act relaxes the body and steadies the mind. In a meditation practice, we typically sit still for a period of time, in a quiet place where we will not be disturbed. In a mindfulness practice, we integrate the same skills of focused awareness into any or all of our daily activities. These practices are complementary.

The reason these practices are important is that the pace and the demands of our high tech, multi-tasking, work-focused society regularly activate the body’s stress response and  keep us in over-drive much of the time—with and without our awareness. We do not have to sacrifice our health for the sake of our productivity. Unlike the stress response which is automatically activated, the calming response-- the body’s built-in “off switch” for the stress-reaction cycle—must be deliberately activated. Meditation/mindfulness can help do just this.

Introduction to Mindfulness, facilitated by Tara Healey (bio)

How the Science and Practice of Awareness Improves Well-Being and Performance

This program introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with clarity. Individuals who employ the techniques of mindfulness in their work are able to monitor moment-to-moment effectiveness, respond promptly and appropriately to difficulties as they arise, and remain open to new ideas and perspectives. Participants will be introduced to meditation practices that will teach them how to be more focused, creative and resilient in all aspects of their lives.

Please choose from one of the following dates offered (take-away boxed lunch included):

Intro Session #1: 9/22/16, Shea Room, Conte Forum, 12–1 pm

Intro Session #2: 11/1/16, Murray Room, Yawkey, 12–1 pm

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Six Session Mindfulness Series, facilitated by Paul Fulton (bio)

Mind the Moment: Exploring the Practice of Mindfulness

This multi-week course offers close study in a variety of mindfulness-based topics, including basic practices like the body scan and sitting meditation, as well as walking meditation, gentle stretching, and mindful communication. The physiology of the stress response is examined, especially in relation to the ways mindfulness practice enables individuals to become aware of and mediate their reactions to stressful situations. By the time the course ends, participants will feel prepared to practically integrate a variety of mindfulness practices into their daily lives, thanks to both in-class instruction and resources for continuing study to which they will be directed.

While individuals who have taken mindfulness classes in the past are most likely to be interested in committing to a multi-week course, this course is open to anyone who is interested, regardless of previous knowledge of mindfulness. The basic concepts of mindfulness practice are always included, as these concepts are valuable both for newcomers and also as a refresher for seasoned practitioners.

Please Note - This is a six-session series; each session will build on the one prior so sign up is for all sessions (take-away boxed lunch included).

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This mindfulness series will be held in the Theology and Ministry Library (STM); 117 Lake Street, Brighton Campus

Monday, November 7, 12:00–1:30 pm
Monday, November 14, 12:00–1:00 pm
Monday, November 21, 12:00–1:00 pm
Monday, November 28, 12:00–1:00 pm
Monday, December 5, 12:00–1:00 pm
Monday, December 12, 12:00–1:30 pm

Open-Ended Weekly Meditation Groups

These groups provide basic instruction and regular opportunity to practice meditation/mindfulness. Participants are not required to attend every session. Register by contacting Pat Touzin at x2-3340 or

Tuesdays from noon to 1:00 pm
Multi-Faith Chapel at 66 Commonwealth Avenue
Beginning October 4; through December 13

Thursdays from noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Ryan Room, School of Theology and Ministry Library Auditorium
Beginning October 6; through December 15

Organic Foods: Are they healthier? Presented by Leeann Simons (bio)

Septembeer 29, 12:00–1:00 pm, Shea Room, Conte Forum
Lunch and Learn buffet

This session helps you decide if organic food is for you. We will look at some of the myths and facts surrounding this important topic. We all want to do what's best for ourselves and the people in our lives and this session will provide the best available information to make those decisions.

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Balancing Work and Family Presented by Rachel Shanshiry (bio)

October 13, 12:00–1:00 pm, Shea Room, Conte Forum
Lunch and Learn buffet

Juggling the demands of children, home, a partner, work, and community can be overwhelming. This workshop focuses on how to manage these many important responsibilities. By reducing our stress level, learning how to set priorities, delegating, and managing time more efficiently, we are able to achieve a better balance. Topics covered in this workshop include examining our expectations, personality dynamics that interfere with reducing our stress and managing our time.

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Happiness: A Recipe Presented by Rachel Shanshiry (bio)

December 1, 12:00–1:00 pm, Murray Room, Yawkey Center
Lunch and Learn buffet

More than an emotion, happiness is a skill that can be learned. Drawing from the latest research in the field of positive psychology, participants will discover the essential "ingredients" of happiness. They will de-bunk deeply-rooted happiness myths and formulate new, empowering definitions. Employees will learn how to change their perspectives on people and events, and how to take back ownership of their emotions. "Happiness: A Recipe" will help participants to utilize their character strengths, develop gratitude, find meaning, and gain resiliency. From "Scrooge" to "Pollyanna," this workshop is sure to please all!

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Caring for Aging Parent Support Group

This six-session group meets from noon to 1:00 p.m. every other week in a small-group setting in St. Mary’s.
Session dates are as follows: 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30

For information and to register, contact

Eldercare Information Programs

The care needs of elders change over time. Understanding the range of choices for care and planning for the costs are two of the biggest challenges facing elders and their families are. In these two-hour sessions a panel of industry experts will provide current information, customized resource materials, and 45 minutes for Q&A.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

October 26, 1–3 p.m., Shea Room, Conte Forum

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Housing Options

November 9, 1–3 p.m., Shea Room, Conte Forum

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Click to view 'Making Decisions' Presentation

Want to get fit, maintain a healthy weight, and have fun doing it? Campus Recreation is here to support you as you move toward a healthier, more active lifestyle. Please visit to learn more!

Fit Club

September 7–December 9
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 7:15–8:15 a.m.

Are you looking to create some lifelong habits to help you reach a healthy weight? Fit Club is a semester-long small group training program for individuals with a BMI greater than or equal to 27. The program includes goal setting, scheduled assessments, small group training workouts three days per week, fitness challenges, and lots of support and encouragement. Eligibility criteria must be met in order to participate. Please visit for details.

Program Cost: $280 before reimbursement. Participants must be Campus Recreation members. HR will reimburse benefits-eligible employee participants 50% at the conclusion of the program if the participant attends at least 75% of the classes.

Walk Across Campus

Walk Across Campus (WAC)

October 3–December 5
Kickoff walk: October 3 at 12 p.m. outside 129 Lake St.

Our two-month HEALTHY YOU team walking competition returns. Benefits-eligible employees who are new to the WAC can receive a free Fitbit pedometer (limited availability, first come, first served). Those who participated in prior Walks should use the previously issued Fitbit. Registration begins online in September through BC’s HEALTHY YOU wellness platform.

Registration instructions

How to join a team

HEALTHY YOU wellness platform

Read an article about WAC in Boston College Magazine


Fall 2016 Registration Quicklinks (program descriptions below)  
Introduction to Mindfulness Register
Mindfulness Series Register
Lunch and Learn Seminars Register
Eldercare information programs Register
Fit Club Register
Walk Across Campus Register



Campus Recreation Programs

Want to get fit, maintain a healthy weight, and have fun doing it? Campus Recreation is here to support you as you move toward a healthier, more active lifestyle. Please visit to learn more!

Smoking Cessation Assistance

For information on a variety of free and discounted options for BC employees and family members, visit Pat Touzin, director of the Faculty/Staff Assistance Program, is also available for smoking cessation coaching. Pat can be reached at 617-552-3340.

Fall 2016 Charitable Walks

Join fellow BC employees in a walk for one of the following great causes! To join a team, please contact the team leader listed on The leader will assist you with the registration process. All participants will receive a complimentary BC t-shirt. Please note that any registration fees and/or fundraising requirements will be paid by participants.

Savings and Discounts

HPHC members are eligible for savings on a variety of health-related services and products, including a health club reimbursement of up to $150 as well as a Weight Watchers reimbursement of up to $150. Find out more at