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Health Improvement Program
Wellness, Health, & Personal Development Training
Fall 2012

Date/Time/Room Title Description Facilitator(s)

Tue, 9/4

Top 7 Health Threats for Men & Women: A Guide to Healthy Choices

The Center for Disease Control, CDC, has compiled a list of the TOP 7 THREATS FOR MEN AND WOMEN and this presentation will review the list and explain how to avoid or decrease the risk of the “7 Health Threats.” Discussion will include: heart disease, cancer and stroke among other health threats.

Aaron Korte is a Cardiac Nurse Clinician with Essentia Health. He is a Registered Nurse, Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Certified Diabetic Educator and Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

Tue, 9/11
Garden Room
Are Your Medications and Diet Damaging Your Heart?

Participants will be able to identify how seemingly innocuous daily foods and medications can affect their heart.  They will learn that these effects can lead to increased blood pressure and if unaddressed can lead to further complications later in life.  Participants will leave understanding several different aspects of heart health and what they can do in terms of exercise, diet, vitamins, minerals, and supplementation to keep their heart healthy.

Charles O'Hagan is a 4th year Pharmacy student doing his ambulatory care rotation in the MTM Clinic. He will graduate with his Pharm.D. in 2013.

Tue, 9/18
Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety becomes a disorder or a mental health issue if it starts to rule a person's life and affect their responses to different situations.  The most danger9/ous thing about anxiety is that there is no way of knowing that an individual already have a problem unless the anxiety becomes so ingrained that it becomes chronic.  Early intervention is needed, but intervention through therapy or self help practices is only possible if the individual recognizes that s/he may have a problem.

This workshop is about understanding anxiety, the signs and symptoms of anxiety, the types of anxiety disorders, how to overcome them through self help practices, and when to seek professional help.

Bob Lyman has been a psychiatric social worker for over 35 years at St. Luke's Hospital Mental Health Clinic. He enjoys connecting with people in their work setting and teaching numerous topics of interest to assist people in managing the struggles of everyday life. Hopefully his presentations will bring new techniques and coping devices that can add to your wellness toolbox.
Tue, 9/25
Control Ergonomic Risk Factors Associated with Your Job to Work Safely and Comfortably

The purpose of this ergonomics program is to proactively eliminate work-related Ergonomics Risk Factors and prevent or reduce workplace-acquired Musculo-Skeletal Disorders (MSD) by providing management leadership and employee involvement in the identification, correction and elimination of such risk factors, through information dissemination, education and training on an on-going basis.

Laura Lott is a Public Health Specialist at EHSO on the UMD Campus with a Masters of Industrial Safety. She has worked in compliance of hazardous materials transportation, commercial driver training and safety for nearly 20 years.
Tue, 10/2
Garden Room
Fall into Fitness: Group Fitness Info Session

Come join us to learn more about the fall Group Fitness initiative for UMD employees. The Employee Wellness program with collaboration from Recreational Sports Outdoor Program will be offering free introductory group fitness classes each week that will range from yoga to cardio blast. These classes are open to all fitness levels. All employees are welcome. This session will answer any questions you have about this exciting new program and also give you an opportunity to register.

Facilitators: Rachel Gilbertson, UPlan Health Coach/Health Educator

Melissa Jackson and Sarah Dzik, both UPlan Health Coach Interns and Certified Group Fitness Instructors

Tue, 10/9
SpHC 119

Soup Cooking Demo: Root Vegetables

Come hungry and get "Back to your roots" by learning how to incorporate common and not-so-common root vegetables into your diet.  Soup, dessert and recipes will be shared.

Candice Richards started cooking and canning food with her grandmother Ethel in the middle of the last century.
Tue, 10/16
Work-Life Balance: Tips to Reclaim Control

All of us must allocate 24 hours a day to the activities of life. How well we balance responsibilities with doing things we truly enjoy directly affects our quality of life. It also helps manage stress. Are you satisfied with your balance of time between work and family?

If you answered “no,” you are not alone. Achieving balance with work and family is an ongoing process of juggling responsibilities at work and the needs of family members. These needs change over time. The key to success is stepping back and periodically analyzing how things are going. This workshop will offer tips on how to reclaim control of your work-life balance.

Bob Lyman
Mon, 10/22
107 Kirby Student Center (KSC)
Employee Health and Wellness Center Open House

Learn the different services offered by the Employee Health and Wellness Center. Meet our wonderful staff who can help you live a healthier life!

Medication Therapy Management Clinic
QuickCare Clinic
UPlan Health Coaching
UMD Employee Wellness Program

* Employee families are invited
* Stop in anytime between 12:00pm and 2:00pm
* Enter the drawing for great prizes!
* Healthy & nutritious refreshments

Keri Hager, Pat Trachte, Rachel Gilbertson and Lita Wallace will be around to answer any questions you may have.

Tue, 10/23
Garden Room

FRESH the Movie: Part I

As part of the 2nd annual "Food Day," the documentary FRESH will be shown in 2 parts

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

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Wed, 10/24
Garden Room
FRESH the Movie: Part II  
Tue, 10/30
KSC 323
Wellness Points Bank Info Session UPlan members: Please come to this session to learn how to earn points to reduce your medical premium for 2014; how the Wellness Points Bank works; where to sign-up for each of the activities. We will discuss the overview of point eligible programs, deadline dates and updates from 2012.

Meet the UMD Employee Wellness Team and learn about the services they provide. The Employee Health and Wellness Center offers a variety of services to help you obtain and maintain good health:
  • QuickCare Clinic
  • Medication Therapy Management Clinic
  • Health Coaching (Lifestyle and Nutrition coaches)

There will be time for Q&A.

  • Rachel Gilbertson, UMD Health Coach
  • Lita Wallace, UMD Wellness Coordinator
  • Pat Tracte, QuickCare Nurse Practitioner
  • Keri Hager, Medication Therapy Management Director
  • Jean Rodvold, UMD Food Coach for Employee Wellness and Food Service
Wed, 11/7
Blending & Juicing: What It's All About This workshop will be just what you are looking for when it comes to learning about the world of blending and juicing your way to good health which offer incredible health benefits for your body.  You will learn about the difference between blending and juicing and what the health benefits are of each one.  You will also learn how to use the equipment for several purposes and where you can purchase, if desired.  The best part of all is you will get to sample a variety of delicious and healthy treats!

Melissa Jackson and Sarah Dzik are both UPlan Health Coach Intern, and Group Fitness Instructor. Sarah spent the summer this year in Costa Rica living at a juicing and detox retreat learning about the power of juicing.

Tue, 11/13
Prevention of Cold Weather Injuries

Prevention of Cold Weather Injuries
Come to this session and learn about prevention of cold weather stress and environmental injuries such as hypothermia, frostbite, and carbon monoxide poisoning during the winter months.

Andrew Kimball is an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist with UMD Environmental Health and Safety Office and a certified instructor in CPR, AED, First Aid, HazMat, Defensive Driving and Fire Safety.
Tue, 11/13
Griggs Center
National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course 4 (open to all ages)

DDC 4 is a fast-paced, four-hour driver improvement program that also makes an ideal refresher course. In just four hours, DDC 4 offers practical strategies to reduce collision-related injuries, fatalities, and costs. It addresses the importance of attitude in preventing accidents, and reinforces the good driving skills students already have.

Andrew Kimball and Laura Lott are Environmental Health and Safety Specialist with UMD Environmental Health and Safety Office.
Tue, 11/20
Depression: Myths & Facts

There is a stigma attached to all mental illness and depression is no different. Sufferers often feel misunderstood and unable to talk openly about their condition, which in turn adds to the confusion surrounding the illness.

In an attempt to clear up some of the common misunderstandings about depression, this workshop will provide a guide to common myths and facts about the illness.

Bob Lyman
Tue, 11/27
Winter Driving The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents. Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road are the keys to safe winter driving. Come join us to learn tips and techniques for driving safely during the winter months. Andrew Kimball
Tue, 12/4
Ho! Ho! Ho! Oh No! Tips for a Hassle Free Holiday Awareness is the key word for the holiday season. Remember there has to be something better in life than increasing its speed. Slow down and enjoy the wonderful moments with your family and friends. Take the time you need.  This workshop will help to unravel holiday stress by offering tips for a hassle free holiday season! Bob Lyman
Tue, 12/11
Garden Room
Employee Wellness Program Salad Bar Potluck To celebrate wellness and the end of another great semester, we would like to invite you to the UMD Employee Wellness Program's Salad Bar Pot Luck.

We encourage you to bring a salad topping to share along with your own healthy beverage.

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