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Connect With HR Work-Life During National Work and Family Month

Lexington, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2018) — This year marks the 15th anniversary of National Work and Family Month, a time for employers to celebrate the progress made toward healthier and more flexible work environments. Throughout the month of October, the Work-Life team in Human Resources at the University of Kentucky will be hosting events that promote healthy, balanced lifestyles.

The Work-Life team is here to help employees manage work and personal responsibilities, no matter the stage of life or career. Work-life integration is different for everyone. It may mean seeking flexibility in your workplace or finding community resources that will help you manage your personal responsibilities.

Events hosted by the Work-Life team range from an Elder Care Lunch and Learns to Speed Friending. With an itinerary structured to benefit employees from all walks of life, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend as many of the events during October as they can to learn more about the ways the Work-Life team can help you. 

Below is a list of the events hosted by UK Work-Life during October.

Working Parents Brown Bag Lunch 

Noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 16

Room 435UV, ​Gatton College Building

Connect with others raising children, get tips, share stories and learn about resources. Open to all UK parents and guardians of children age 25 and younger. 

Elder Care Lunch and Learn: The Myths about Hospice Care 

Noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 17

William T. Young Library Keeneland Room or online via Zoom at 

Hear from Laura Dake, community partnership liaison with Bluegrass Care Navigators, about her organization’s services, such as helping families with caregiving responsibilities, respite to those with a loved one in hospice care, emotional and practical support, and grief counseling. 

Lunch and Learn: Families: Prepare for Your Worst-Case Scenario 

Noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 18

Suite 228 in The 90 or online via Zoom at 

Learn how to prepare and protect your family. Get tips for how to prepare for medical and safety emergencies for your entire family. Receive a free first aid kit for attending. 

Working Parents Book Club Kick-off 

Oct. 19 

Book: "Stretched Too Thin" 

Join the discussions online via Zoom at

All are welcome to discuss the book and share relevant life stories.  

“Hold Me Tight” workshop for couples 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 20-21 

Erikson Hall conference room 

This workshop aims to strengthen and deepen relationships by improving communication skills between couples. Registration is $75 per couple. Register here:

Work-Life on Wheels 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 23

Good Samaritan Hospital 

Stop by and connect with our team to learn more about our services. 

Speed Friending 

5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 23

The Hub multipurpose room, Young Library

Join your UK colleagues for a great opportunity to network and forge new friendships. Food will be served. RSVP is required. Register here:

Grief and Stress During the Holidays 

Noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 30

Young Library Alumni Gallery or online via Zoom 

Learn about ways to manage and cope with the stress of grief during the holidays. Register here:

To learn more about these events and other services offered by the Work-Life team, visit the HR Work-Life website

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