Lunchtime Wellness Programs

EAP Committee's 2015 Community Service Project

During the 2015 spring semester UAlbany employees were invited to participate in the EAP Committee's first community service project.  Thank you to all who joined our "crocheting for a cause" effort.      

  • The project's goal was to crochet/knit 100 potholders and trivets to be donated to the local non-profit organization Grassroot Givers for them to use in their family boxes as part of their 2015 Simple Giving event. We exceeded our goal and created 150 potholders to donate!
  • Participants had the opportunity to learn how to crochet and then to donate a potholder/trivet to project.  It was a win-win for everyone.  Learning a craft skill and helping families in our community!

**NOTE: Any left over yarn will be donated to the Albany County Nursing Home for their craft projects.


EAP Committee member Pamela Moniz who was a special coordinator for the project and

DawnMarie Helin who shared her expertise in crocheting at several of the lunchtime gatherings.



Lunchtime Wellness Programs

Several times a month EAP sponsors free lunchtime wellness presentations on the Uptown, Downtown, and East Campuses. These lectures are typically held from 12 noon to 1 pm at various locations on campus. Employees are invited to bring their "brown bag" lunches to the event. While dining together, they have the opportunity to learn new ideas, gain support for living a healthy lifestyle, and meet other University employees who are also interested in the topic. EAP searches for presenters from the community who can provide valuable information and resources that will enhance the participants' well-being.

Some topics that have been offered over the years include:

  • Elder Care - e.g., Understanding Alzheimer's Disease 
  • Financial Wellness - e.g., Budgeting, Debt Management, Student Loans 
  • Healthy Eating - e.g., Building a Better Bag Lunch   
  • Estate Planning
  • Gardening - e.g., Herb Gardening, Tough Plants in Tough Places   
  • Stress Reduction - e.g., Mindfulness, Thought Field Therapy
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Organizing Your Home and Office
  • Retirement Planning 


If you have a suggestion for a lecture topic, email Brenda Seckerson, EAP Coordinator.


Community Resource Awareness Series:
Each semester EAP will invite representatives from local non-profit agencies to discuss the variety of programs and services they offer in their area of expertise. The awareness series presentations are designed to serve as an educational tool as well as a means of highlighting the valuable resources that are available in our community.


Re-occurring Lunchtime Wellness Programs: 

EAP offers employees an Art Break at the University Art Museum when a new exhibit is opened.  A 45 minute tour and talk is provided by the museum director. These Art Breaks are a great way to get energized during the work day. They provide a means of meeting other University employees who are interested in the arts and who want to learn more about the UAlbany campus. 

The Get to Know Your Campus tours began as a series during the 2011-2012 academic year and are scheduled occasionally to help employees explore the uniqueness of working at a university.  As employees we spend a lot of time at work.  But do we know about all of the interesting people who work at UAlbany doing fascinating things?  So often we stay in our “own little worlds” and don’t have (or take) the opportunity to learn about the great resources we have on campus. The EAP Get to Know Your Campus tours are designed to provide employees with a chance to meet other employees and discover the unexplored right here at UAlbany!  The tours are a way to support employee engagement which is an important to EAP's over-arching goal of enhancing health, wellness, and productivity.

Lunchtime Wellness Programs - RSVP Requested
To help us be sure that EAP presenters have an audience, we request that employees RSVP for all lunchtime events. We realize that sometimes last minute work obligations may prevent you from attending. However, having a general sense that some employees are planning to participate will be helpful in maintaining the Lunchtime Wellness Program. Thank you for your assistance.


For a list of upcoming Lunchtime Wellness Programs

Check the EAP Calendar