Get together with The Whole U this May

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May may be the month for blooming flowers, longer days and (hopefully) rising temperatures. At The Whole U, May also means UW Fitness Day (May 8 at Husky Stadium), one of our biggest and most festive events of the year. It’s just one in a calendar packed with exciting in-person gatherings, including Get in the Game (in support of NMDP), Nurses Week, the UW Combined Fund Drive Environmental Nonprofit Expo, the PSO Spring Celebration and a U-District Clean Up on the One Seattle Day of Service. Read on to learn more about these in-person and many other online opportunities to engage in community and wellness all month long.

Daily 15-Minute Movement Break

Every Monday – Friday
11 – 11:15 a.m.

Take a break from the grind and join The Whole U on Zoom every weekday for 15 minutes of movement. It could be yoga, stretching, fitness, strength or dance — every day offers something a little different. What’s always the same is the opportunity to pause your brain and energize your body while connecting with others. All are welcome. No experience needed.

Virtual Weight Training with Lauren Updyke

Every Tuesday & Thursday
6:15 – 6:45 a.m. or 7:15 – 7:45 a.m.

Calling all early birds who want to build more muscle into your mornings! Wake up every Tuesday and Thursday with Lauren Updyke for a 30-minute intermediate weight-training class. Each workout covers the total body, focusing on both large and muscle groups and finishing with the core and stretching. All you need is a chair and two sets of weights (between 5 lb. – 25 lb. at least)!

Get in the Game

Thursday, May 2
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Red Square

The Whole U, NMDP (the National Marrow Donor Program) and UW Athletics invite you to join us in Red Square on Thursday, May 2, to learn more about the registry that plays a crucial role in linking individuals battling life-threatening blood diseases and cancers with potential life-saving donors. Learn more about NMDP, receive a complimentary T-shirt, get a photo with Harry Husky and meet UW coaches and athletes!

Virtual Laughter Session

Sunday, May 5
11 a.m. – Noon

LOL for your health! Celebrate National Laughter Day and learn how a good guffaw can improve your mental state, immune system and relationships at this at this workshop led by Tita Begashaw and Daniel Willems, certified laughter leaders from the Harborview Tee Hee Hee Laughter group.

UW Fitness Day

Wednesday, May 8
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Husky Stadium

Join fellow faculty, staff and students and The Whole U at Husky Stadium for UW Fitness Day, a one-of-a-kind, campus-wide workout celebrating the many ways we move! This year we will have 16 stations—including strength, core, cardio, dance and rest—led by expert coaches from Husky Athletics, UW Recreation, UW faculty/staff, The Whole U and UW fitness partners. Not in Seattle? No problem. Participate in UW Fitness Day events on May 8 at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma.

Get to know WA EAP: employees and families

Wednesday, May 8
Noon – 1 p.m.

The Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is the University of Washington’s new provider of employee wellness benefits. This live lunchtime webinar will help UW employees and their families get to know the ABCs of EAP.


Buying a Condominium with HomeStreet Bank

Thursday, May 9
Noon – 1 p.m.

Is condo living the perfect fit for your budget and lifestyle? This webinar led by HomeStreet Bank mortgage loan officer Jessica Santana will help you learn the pros and cons of condo ownership, how condos differ from single-family homes, strategies to find the right community and guidance to secure the right financing through the UW’s exclusive home loan benefits.

Environmental Nonprofit Expo

Wednesday, May 15
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UW Tower Cafeteria – North

The UW Combined Fund Drive is hosting an in-person nonprofit expo featuring organizations that are dedicated to environmental conservation. Join us as we raise awareness and inspire action for a healthier planet. Meet nonprofit representatives, ask questions, consider donating and enjoy a door prize opportunity! You will learn more about the UWCFD organizations that are improving our environment.

Get to know WA EAP: managers and HR professionals

Wednesday, May 15
Noon – 1 p.m.

The Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is the University of Washington’s new provider of employee wellness benefits. This live lunchtime webinar will help UW managers and HR professionals understand this new resource.


Professional Staff Organization Spring Celebration with Ana Mari Cauce

Friday, May 17
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Health Sciences Education Building, Room 101

The PSO is excited to host the annual Spring Celebration with UW President Ana Mari Cauce. Join us as we celebrate the end of another extraordinary academic and fiscal year. The event will begin with refreshments and an onsite reception, followed by the president’s address on Zoom.

U-District Clean Up for One Seattle Day of Service

Saturday, May 18
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Herkimer Coffee

The Whole U and UW Medicine are gathering volunteers for the One Seattle Day of Service. This event is a collective effort to enhance the Seattle area through various activities such as cleaning, gardening and restoration. Our volunteer group will be collecting trash in the U-District, starting at Herkimer Coffee. All necessary tools will be provided, and further details will be emailed upon registration.

BECU: Tips for Teaching Kids Financial Responsibility

Tuesday, May 21
Noon – 1 p.m.

This engaging webinar will delve into the art of teaching kids financial responsibility. Beyond mere dollars and cents, understanding how money works is crucial for building a solid foundation for future financial success. Whether you’re a parent, guardian or educator, this session, led by Stacey Black, BECU’s lead financial educator, will equip you with creative ideas and practical strategies to instill financial literacy in kids of all ages.

Urban Gardening Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, May 22
Noon – 1 p.m.

This virtual lunch & learn session will highlight local organizations educating and advocating for urban gardening, hosted by the UW Combined Fund Drive. Learn about the Tilth Alliance, which collaborates with Washington farmers, gardeners and eaters to create a sustainable, healthy and equitable food future. And the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS), a dynamic grassroots organization of individuals who share a common interest in Washington’s unique flora.

Exercise Safety During and After Pregnancy

Wednesday, May 29
Noon – 1 p.m.

Are you expecting—or expecting to be expecting? Join us for an enlightening webinar on balancing pregnancy with exercise led by Drs. Catherine Albright and Alyssa Stephenson-Famy of UW Medicine, who will review the cardio-respiratory and musculoskeletal adaptations that occur during pregnancy. They will discuss myths related to exercise during pregnancy and best practices for safe exercise, the limitations surrounding the evidence on activity restriction during pregnancy while also talking about which pregnancy symptoms and complications may require activity modification, and the relationship between exercise during pregnancy and birth outcomes.