CHP Events – Spring 2020

During remote instruction, spring 2020, Center for Health Promotion staff offers a weekly schedule of virtual classes and discussion groups. See schedule and course descriptions below.



Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Mondays, 2 to 3:30 p.m.


Men and COVID-19 Group

Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon


Guided Meditation

Wednesdays, 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.


Introduction to Qigong/Tai Chi; Meditation Through Movement

Thursdays, 2 to 3 p.m.


Grief, Loss and Hope Discussion Group

Fridays, 10 to 11 a.m.


BASICS Meetings

Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.


Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings: Diane Fedorchak chairs weekly AA meetings through Zoom. All UMass Amherst community members are welcome; the only requirement is a desire to stop using substances. Click here to learn how to change your name on your display screen in Zoom. Mondays, 2 to 3 p.m. Registration required.

If you are a student and would like to talk privately about your substance use, please email to set up a time.

Men and COVID-19: Early data indicate that COVID-19 is taking a disproportionate toll on men compared to women. Mike Pease, Christian Smith, and Dr. Pierre Rouzier host a weekly zoom conversation focusing on men’s health with the latest in COVID data and tips for keeping UMass Amherst men safe and healthy. Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Registration required.

Guided Meditation: With practice, meditation and guided imagery have many health and wellbeing benefits including promoting relaxation, reducing anxiety and stress, and improving concentration and sleep. Learn and practice various guided meditations with April McNally. Format: introduction followed by about 30 minutes of practice, brief check in and discussion on how to integrate into daily life. Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. Schedule below. (Click links to join.)

Introduction to Qigong/Tai Chi; Meditation Through Movement: With regular practice, qigong/tai chi have been proven effective in improving your sleep, supporting your immune system, and improving your overall health and wellbeing. Instructor Michelle Letendre teaches a series of qigong exercises that you can easily practice at home. This five-week course will enable you to develop your own 20-30 minute routine for daily practice. Drop ins welcome – try one class, or take the series. Wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes. Thursdays, 2 to 3 p.m. (Click links to join.)

Grief, Loss and Hope: The world as we know it has been turned upside down. This was not the college experience you were expecting, and with that may come feelings of grief and loss. Join this weekly chat with Diane Fedorchak to be heard about what may be hard and challenging during this time, and to have your feelings and experiences validated. Talk about what brings you hope and about what else is possible. Fridays, 10 to 11 a.m. Registration required.

BASICS: Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is a “drinker’s checkup” to help you examine your use, identify changes, and reduce your risk of future problems. Any student concerned about their alcohol or other drug use can choose to attend. Students who violate UMass Amherst’s alcohol and drug policies are required to attend. These wellbeing conversations use Motivational Interviewing and focus on students’ strengths, eliciting tips and strategies from them to support academic success and personal wellbeing. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.