Cultivating Happiness

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Starts November 8: Join NYU's Cultivating Happiness Challenge

What you eat affects your body and mind. Join the challenge beginning March 1 to take small steps towards big changes to improve your nutrition. Each week, a mini-challenge will be announced that you can incorporate into your meals and snacks. You will also receive educational tidbits, best practice tips, and recipes to improve your nutrition and overall well-being.

  • Enable push notifications within your MoveSpring app settings to participate in the challenge
  • Register using organizational code NYULIVESMART

Personal Nutrition Counseling Sessions

Work one-on-one with NYU Steinhardt graduate students pursuing a career in the field of nutrition over three personalized counseling sessions to discuss improving your health. Participants will work with a faculty-supervised student to identify realistic goals and develop strategies to achieve them. To participate, you must have a specific nutritional goal on which to focus; the focus may be broad or specific, such as losing weight, reducing sodium intake, or improving the balance and quality of your meal plan.

Only individuals who are ready and excited to make healthy lifestyle changes will be invited to participate and must complete all counseling "homework" throughout the experience. To be considered, complete the LVS 100 survey (must be logged into NYU Home). Due to limited capacity based on the graduate student class size, completion of the form does not imply participation. Should you be chosen to participate, you will be contacted by the faculty member to learn next steps.

Virtual Teaching Kitchen with Plant-Based Meals

View recording of registered dietitian and NYU alumna Christina Kamilaris for Teaching Kitchen.

Explore Food, Culinary, and Nutrition Literacy

The Teaching Kitchen workshop aims to provide you with simple cooking skills and techniques, expose you to delicious plant-based meals, and positively impact your food choices and experiences. No cooking experience is necessary.

Healthful and Seasonal Cooking Demonstrations

View recordings of registered dietitian Molly Chanzis in two plant-forward cooking demonstrations.

Savor the Flavors of Spring

Eating seasonally is a delicious way to save money, support local farmers, and enjoy food when it’s at its peak freshness. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the benefits of eating seasonally, discover what’s in season in the spring, and leave with a healthy and seasonal recipe. The session will include a live cooking demo with a registered dietitian, including how to customize the meal based on your own needs and preferences.

Make Meal Prepping Healthy, Fun, and Interesting

Preparing healthy meals can seem daunting, but when you learn to meal prep and use your leftovers creatively, it can save both time and money. In this workshop, you’ll learn about meal planning basics, components of a balanced meal, and how to revamp the leftovers so that you don’t get bored of eating the same thing. The session will include a live cooking demo with tips on how to customize based on your personal needs and preferences. You’ll leave with a heart-healthy recipe, including multiple ways to repurpose the leftovers into new meals.

Mindful Mondays on Zoom from September 12 to December 12

Register now to join Melissa Carter, Senior Director of Global Spiritual Life at NYU, online in a 30-minute mindfulness session each Monday at 12:00 noon (no session on February 21 or 28). Broadcasting by Zoom, Melissa will guide participants through various mindfulness exercises including visualization, mindful breathing, and meditation. Various themes of the sessions will emerge to support you in bringing more gentleness, compassion, and intention to your workday. Missed a Monday? Recordings of each session are available for playback at your convenience (NYU Home login required). Want even more? View Melissa's one-minute meditations on YouTube.

Free Access to Calm App Through October 2022

Update: The program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting applications.

Calm App

Whether you have 30 seconds or 30 minutes, Calm’s diverse content library offers resources to suit your schedule and needs. Explore guided meditations and specialized music playlists to help with stress and focus, mindful movement video and audio, relaxing Sleep Stories, tailored content for children, wisdom-filled masterclasses led by experts, and more.

Calm App

NYU is offering free access to the Calm app to a select group of our community members through October 2022. Calm is a mental fitness app featuring stories, meditations, and music to help users sleep better, lessen anxiety, and become more mindful. Participants will be asked to complete a confidential pre-registration survey and additional surveys throughout and upon completion.

Faculty and Employee Wellness Discounts

LiveSmart Discounts presents health club partnerships for faculty and employees to hit the gym with a healthy you and a happy wallet. Other discounts support healthy meals and eating as well as gearing up with sporting equipment. Discover LiveSmart Discounts deals – you must be logged into NYU Home to access.

Lactation Rooms Available on Campus

NYU has dedicated space for lactation in various facilities on campus. Login to discover a convenient location (some spaces may require advance scheduling) and review the University policy for additional information. Learn more about NYU resources offered by Work Life, including workshops, articles, and research.