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In addition to HR's Health & Wellness Program, there are additional resources that are available to you through the University Wellness Initiative.

Aetna's EAP Resources & Webinars

Aetna Resources for Living is Pace’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider. You may contact Aetna’s EAP at 1 (888) 238-6232. You may also visit the Resources For Living website (Username: Pace University, Password: EAP).


Aetna’s EAP offers free weekly webinars on a variety of topics such as communication, stress management, coping skills, parenting, relationships, healthy living and more. You may watch a recorded webinar from the webinar library. Newly recorded webinars will be available in the webinar library 1-2 weeks after the live presentation.

Please plan up to an hour for each presentation. This includes webinar and Q&A time. Webinar participant seating is limited.

Please register early to ensure availability.

Tips for summer safety
Thursday, May 23 | 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Join us to learn how to protect you and your loved ones (including pets!) this summer, so you can stay healthy while enjoying all the activities that summer entails. We will discuss sun, water, insects, outdoor activities, traveling and more.

Understanding and overcoming unconscious bias
Thursday, June 6 | 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Your subconscious attitudes can affect the way you think and feel about the people around you. Even though these attitudes aren’t well-formed, coherent thoughts they can impact your responses to everyday situations. Join this webinar to learn to:

  • Define unconscious bias and discuss where it comes from
  • Identify common types of unconscious bias
  • Learn to recognize and prevent unconscious bias

What's your happiness score
Thursday, June 13 | 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

How happy are you? If you're like most people, you might be chasing after the wrong things to be happy. This webinar will provide you with:

  • The definition of happiness
  • A snapshot of your own happiness
  • Tips to feel happier

Launching your kids into adulthood
Thursday, June 20 | 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Learn how you as a parent or guardian can empower your kids to meet early adulthood and beyond with success and confidence. We will discuss life stages and important milestones to reach and how you can help enable your children to launch into their own at any age.

Overcoming the fear of commitment
Tuesday, June 25 | 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Do you have a fear of committing to relationships? Does that fear impact your romantic relationships or connections with family members, friends or coworkers? Join this webinar to learn more about the fear including:

  • What's the definition of commitment?
  • The consequences of avoiding commitment
  • Common fears
  • Ways to overcome your fears

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Aetna Quarterly Get Active Walking Challenges

Current Challenge: Let's explore the Hawaiian Islands! April 29 through June 9, 2024

Aloha! Step it up across Hawaii’s five most populated islands as you take in the abundant sunshine of the tropical paradise. Explore this favorite vacation spot with a team of colleagues as you hike, hula, and surf your way across America’s youngest state.

Join an existing team or start your own team as your daily step count moves you to the next location. It’s a great way to increase collaboration and build camaraderie. We have fun competitions and lots of prizes! You can enter steps or your activities (e.g., house cleaning, yoga, cycling), which will be converted to steps. You do not need to be on campus or walk with your team. You can move on your own time and then enter the activity manually, or link your fitness app to the platform.

Before you can enroll in the challenge, you must first register as a user on the Virgin Pulse platform. If you are already registered, please sign in to enroll in the challenge. Have questions? Write to

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TIAA Financial Wellness Resources & Webinars

TIAA has gathered advice and education in one place, so you can start getting answers to the financial questions that are important to you. Please visit the TIAA website to check out articles, webinars, and more. When markets get rocky, it's tempting to take action. But that may only disrupt your long-term goals. Here are some things you may want to consider during times of market volatility.

Don’t plan for your future alone—you can schedule a counseling session today - call (800) 732-8353, weekdays, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Or, sign up for a virtual or in person/on campus session (PDF) with Pace's TIAA representative:

Christian T. Nolan
Financial Consultant | Retirement Solutions TIAA
Office Phone: (212) 916-4791
Cell Phone: (646) 957-6356


Register for a live TIAA-hosted webinar. If you have difficulty accessing the registration site, please clear out your browser cache and cookies, then try again. If still having issues, please contact

Write your next chapter: 5 steps to setting your retirement date
Tuesday, June 4 | 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Learn the steps to take when deciding when the time is right to retire, including assessing and addressing your finances.

Charting your course: A financial guide for women
Wednesday, June 12 | 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Our goal is to help give you an idea of where you are, figure out where you want to be and, of course, consider how you are going to get there.

The starting line: Beginning to save for retirement
Thursday, June 20 | 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sometimes it’s hard to think about retirement when you’re just starting out in your career. The truth is, that’s when thinking ahead can do the most good!

Take control of your financial life: 5 steps to managing money and debt
Tuesday, June 25 | 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
If you’re just starting out or want to improve your day-to-day financial skills, this webinar will help you learn how to manage your money and balance your priorities so you can enjoy life now and save for the future.

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Ongoing Classes

  • Tai Chi/Qigong
    Thursdays | 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
    All levels are always welcome! Join the Tai Chi/Qigong Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 860 9161 6719. Please contact for the password. Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi and Qigong are some of the most effective exercises for health, combining mind and body. Join us for a moment of tranquility in your day. Gently improve muscle strength, coordination, flexibility, balance, stiffness and overall wellness through coordinated body-postures and movement, breathing and meditation. Classes are provided by Master Lynn X. Lin of Sitan Tai Chi. Master Lynn X. Lin is co-founder and Vice President of Tai Chi Qigong Association of America and Vice President of Sitan Tai Chi & Martial Arts.

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In-Person and Zoom Classes Hosted by Athletics

Some of our Athletics classes are in person (at the Goldstein Health and Fitness Center in Pleasantville) with a Zoom option, and some are via Zoom only.

Summer Schedule Monday, May 13–Tuesday, September 3:

Email JR Pouncey to obtain the Zoom links for the live Athletic classes.

  • Yoga with Ingrid
    Mondays | 12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
    Zoom only
    Ingrid’s approach to yoga in this setting, is breath and movement-based and informed with her deep experience in the practice with a focus on inner listening and cultivating a deeper connection to oneself through yoga asana and pranayama, (postures and breath). Health and wellness isn’t just about understanding your body better, but developing the habits and practices that will bring you the transformation you seek. Whether you want to get stronger and more flexible, learn optimal movement, or start or improve your yoga practice, Ingrid welcomes all levels and experience.
  • Zumba with Joann
    Mondays | 5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m.
    Zoom only
    JoAnn’s Zumba class combines fun, sweat and dancing.
  • Meditative Yoga with Lauri (No class on Memorial Day, May 27)
    Mondays | 6:15 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
    Zoom only
    Want to wind down after the first day of the work week? Join veteran yoga teacher Lauri Nemetz for a gentle and restorative yoga practice with extra time for long guided meditations, savasana (active relaxation) and more!
  • Yoga with Lauri
    Tuesdays | 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Zoom only
    Yoga is an ancient practice based on philosophy, mindfulness and asana work. Asanas or “poses” can also be translated as “comfortable seat” meaning that as we practice different poses they become more comfortable for our body and give us more ways to move with ease. Class will have modifications and emphasize an all-level practice and will include breath work and final relaxation. Come join!
  • Guts and Butts with JoAnn
    Tuesdays | 5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m.
    In person and via Zoom
    In this strength conditioning class, you’ll burn fat, tone your abs, and reshape your booty with a variety of exercises that will have every muscle in your body burning. From squats and steps, to crunches and curls, you won’t stop moving from beginning to end. This class is the perfect way to take your fitness to the next matter where you’re at right now.
  • Bootcamp with Omar
    Wednesdays | Fridays, from 12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
    Zoom only
    This boot camp circuit workout works your entire body with cardio, lower body, upper body and core exercises. You won't need any equipment, which makes this the perfect workout for small spaces, travel exercise or for anyone who wants a challenging workout using their own body weight. You will be walked through how to modify each exercise towards your fitness level so that you can have a fun and enjoyable workout!
  • Toning with Joann
    Thursdays | 5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m.
    In person and via Zoom beginning May 30, 2024
    The toning class combines weights, cardio floor work, balance and combination of barre exercises that will tone your body.
  • Cardio Kickboxing with Joann
    Thursdays | 6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m.
    In person and via Zoom beginning May 28, 2024
    Get ready to punch and kick. This class bring lots of sweat, fun and hard work to this workout.

Get to Know the Instructors

Ingrid Tarjan has been teaching yoga at Pace since 2002 and has been a yoga practitioner for more than 25 years. She is also Nutrition Counselor and Personal Trainer at Equinox. As a lover of deep learning with a myriad of certifications in her field, along with prior corporate experience and a Masters in Philosophy, she brings a unique perspective to the practice. Having learned from and practiced with renowned yogis worldwide, she imparts the teachings of the practice, including mindfulness, to enhance your health and wellbeing.

JoAnn Hamilton is a certified Aerobics and Zumba instructor. She has taught at Pace for over 10 years.

Laurice (Lauri) Nemetz, Adjunct Professor, MA, BC-DMT, E-RYT500, LCAT, C-IAYT is a well-known yoga teacher and has taught at Pace for over 20 years. She is a past president of the Yoga Teachers Association (YTA), a certified yoga therapist, and is registered at the highest level with Yoga Alliance (YA) in addition to being a YA and IAYT (yoga therapy) education provider. Nemetz has taught yoga and anatomy workshops internationally and presents regularly at conferences and other universities, including Harvard Medical School and Oxford University. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She enjoys continuing to bring yoga to the Pace Community and is a visiting associate professor at Rush Medical.

Omar Torres is an active student and an Army veteran of more than 12 years. He's competed in numerous fitness competitions such as mixed martial arts, powerlifting, marathons and Spartan races. His various certification include kettlebells and TRX suspension training.

Online links to practice on your own time

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Mental Health Resources

  • Counseling Center
    Counseling is a process that helps people work out personal, academic, or vocational problems. The professional staff at the Counseling Center at Pace is available to assist students, staff, and faculty in the resolution of these problems. Through this process, people often gain increased awareness, independence, and effectiveness in the pursuit of personal goals. To make an appointment, call (212) 346-1526 in New York City or (914) 773-3710 in Pleasantville. In case of an emergency when the Counseling Center is closed, call 9-1-1 or Pace Security at (212) 346-1800 in New York City or (914) 773-3400 in Pleasantville. Also available on the Pleasantville Campus is the Counseling Center’s Relaxation Room, which is located in the lobby of Elm Hall.
  • Additional Resources on the Counseling Center’s website.
  • Dial 988 for immediate mental health support. 988 is available if you’re having thoughts of suicide, feeling emotional distress, or struggling with substance misuse. 988 is also available if you have concerns about someone else and need guidance, help, or support.
  • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides cost-free professional consultation and referral services for Pace University staff and faculty who are experiencing work and personal-related difficulties. You do not need to be an Aetna health plan member to use this service. Services are available to members of the employee’s household, too. You may contact Aetna’s Employee Assistance Program at 1 (888) 238-6232. You can also visit the Resources For Living website (Username: Pace University, Password: EAP).

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