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Wellness Day for Staff and Faculty

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Please review the complete schedule with details below:

  • 9:00 a.m. Keynote plus or minus

    Our bodies and minds are miracles!   They contain immense capacity to grow, heal and transform.   Integrative medicine links the power of medicine with the power of lifestyle. It supports us in creating routines and habits that bolster our inherent ability to heal.  It acknowledges our bodies’ intelligence and aims to work with it to help us be our best, most strong and capable, selves.

     This presentation will define Integrative Medicine and using its principles, outline healthy choices for us to reinforce our health and well-being.  We will address food, exercise, stress-management and sleep, as well as purpose, community and spirituality.

     Dr. Demers has practiced integrative medicine for 25 years. After earning her medical degree and becoming board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Demers went on to study yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and Ayurveda. She is currently double board certified in Internal and Integrative Medicine, and is the Medical Director of the Himalayan Institute’s PureRejuv Wellness Center, in Honesdale, PA.  

    Presenter: Dr. Carrie Demers, MD

  • 10:00 a.m. Be Mindful of Your Stressplus or minus

    This workshop will explore the basics of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is backed by over 30-years of evidence-based research. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn and apply simple mindfulness practices to help reduce stress and effectively respond to anxiety, pain and illness. 

    Presenter: Phillip Sallavanti Mindfulness teacher/practitioner

  • 10:00 a.m. Good Grief:Finding Hope After Lossplus or minus

    At this workshop, we will review the dynamics of grief after a significant loss.  Then we will look to sources of hope in the Catholic faith tradition as we mourn the losses in our lives.

    Presenter: Amy Hoegen, MA  Campus Minister, Campus Ministries

  • 10:00 a.m. The Big 5: Common Cancer Screeningsplus or minus

    Learn about colon, breast, cervical, prostate and skin cancer screening recommendations as offered by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. This workshop will discuss the difference between a routine cancer screening and a diagnostic screening, as well as the benefits and possible barriers to routine cancer screenings.

    Presenter: Stephanie Earl, CHES, The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

  • 10:00 a.m. Healthy Eating on a Budgetplus or minus

    Many think it is near impossible to eat healthy without breaking the bank.  Learn tips for preparing meals and snacks that are both healthy and budget friendly. Healthy snack samples and recipes will also be included.

    Presenter: Micheline Orlowsky MS, RDN, LDN & Elizabeth Greco, Dietetic Intern, Commission on Economic Opportunity and Weinberg Foodbank

  • 10:00 a.m. Bike Safety and Maintenanceplus or minus

    Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. Riding a bike is an aerobic activity that improves overall fitness level, cost-effective, good for the environment and is fun! In this workshop, you will learn basic bicycle safety and maintenance, such as how to change a flat tire, oil chains properly, and ongoing maintenance.

    Presenter: Kyle Brazen, Cedar Bicycle

     

  • 11:00 a.m. POUND into Wellnessplus or minus

    Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, improving your health, and rocking out! Join us for an introductory class where you can pound away stress and channel your inner rock star while using Ripstix- lightly weighted exercise drumsticks.

    Presenter:  Dr. Billie R. Tadros, Assistant Professor, Department of English & Theatre/POUND® Pro

     

  • 11:00 a.m. Building Your Yoga Practiceplus or minus

    During this interactive session, you will learn how to develop a personal yoga practice. This session will introduce basic breathing techniques, yoga postures, and meditation that can be tailored to studio or home practice. This class is suitable for all levels and will include some movement, so please dress comfortably.

    Presenter: Amy Driscoll McNulty - Registered Yoga Teacher  200hrs

  • 11:00 a.m. Cardiovascular Health (Are you at Risk?)plus or minus

    According to the American Heart Association, over 7 million Americans have suffered a heart attack in their lifetime.  Heart disease is very common and often is silent until it strikes, so it is important to recognize the factors that put you at risk.  The workshop will include discussions on identifying your Cardiovascular Risk Factors, risk factors that can be changed, warning signs, and prevention of having a Heart Attack or Stroke. 

    Presenter: Elaine Walker RN MSN, Heart and Vascular Institute Director, Regional Hospital of Scranton

  • 11:00 a.m. Trigger Point Therapyplus or minus

    This hands-on workshop is designed to educate people about a natural remedy for pain using trigger points to help relieve some of the most common ailments such as migraine headaches, carpal tunnel, back pain, sciatica, and more.

    Presenter:  Dr. Emanuel Vito,   Vito Chiropractic 

  • 11:00 a.m. The Refugee in Our Midst: A Call to Helpplus or minus

    Come and Learn about the Refugee Friendship Network, an opportunity for University of Scranton Faculty and Staff to pair with refugee families to “walk their faith” by accompanying and advocating for refugees with the goals of empowering them to transition to a new life in our region.

    Presenters: Helen Wolf, Executive Director, Campus Ministries and Jennifer Schwartz PT, DPT

  • 12:00 p.m. - Massplus or minus

    Sacred Heart Chapel

  • 12:00 p.m. -1:15 p.m. - Lunchplus or minus

    Enjoy a healthy delicious lunch at the Fresh Food Company, The DeNaples Center 3rd Floor
  • 1:00 p.m. Fitness Center Orientationplus or minus

    Does your New Year’s resolution focus on fitness?  Has it been awhile since you have been to the gym?  Are you not sure where to start?  Come to the Fitness Center orientation and let our knowledgeable staff show you what we have to offer!  All skill levels and questions are welcome- wear workout attire.

    Presenter: Bobby Hermes, MHR, Assistant Director Recreational Sports

  • 1:00 p.m. Understanding and Building Creditplus or minus

    The What, Why, & How of understanding and building credit as an important part of financial wellness. By the end of this workshop, participants will understand how to read and analyze a credit report and identify ways to build and repair credit history.

    Presenter: Alyssa Skrzysowski , Financial Sales Consultant  PNC BANK  WorkPlace Banking

  • 1:00 p.m. I've Got Your Back: Interactive Tips on Pain Relief and Good Posture at Workplus or minus

    Does your body ache after a long day at work? During this interactive workshop, physical therapy faculty will provide tips on pain relief, posture, and workplace safety. Learn to keep yourself from getting pain in your back, neck, wrists and the rest of your body while doing everyday tasks.  Just a few small changes in your day can make a big difference in avoiding long-term pain and medical issues.

    Presenters: Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT,  Dana Maida, PT, DPT, Anthony Carusotto, PT, DPT, Nicholas Rodio  PT, DPT, Joshua Prall , PT, DPT

  • 1:00 p.m. AED (Automated External Defibrillator) information- Strive to Reviveplus or minus

    Cocciardi and Associates will present information on the University's AED Program, such as where AEDs are located on campus, AED basics and how to become certified in AED use. Attendees will be able to practice with a simulated AED.

    Presenter: Michael Baltrusaitis, CHMM, CSP

  • 1:00 p.m. Emotional Intelligenceplus or minus

    • Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. In other words, emotions inspire our actions. This session will help you develop actionable strategies to manage your emotions intelligently while simultaneously leveraging this valuable skill in your unique professional role.

    Presenter: Anthony Gray, SHRM-CP - Director of Corporate Training, ENI

     

  • 1:00 p.m. S.A.F.E - Self-Defense Training (2 hour training)plus or minus

    This 2-hour crime prevention program provides individuals with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense. Participants in this program encourage you to develop your awareness and assertiveness skills and provides practice for physical self-defense techniques. Limited to the first 30 participants registered.

    Presenter: Kevin Rude, Investigator, University Police

  • 1:00 p.m. Fitness Center on your Ownplus or minus

    Bring your workout clothes and enjoy a workout on your own! The University of Scranton Fitness Center is a free resource for employees and features 46 pieces of cardio equipment, including treadmills, stationary bikes and aerobic steppers, all furnished with individual theater systems. The Fitness Center also includes 22 Cybex units designed to exercise precise muscle groups and an extensive, state-of-the-art free weight area.

  • 2:00 p.m. Tai Chi for Beginners-A Gentle Way to Fight Stressplus or minus

    Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Learn how the gentle flowing movements of Tai Chi can calm your mind, reduce your stress and improve your overall health. It is the perfect mind body exercise for any fitness level and promotes flexibility and balance.

    Presenter: Ben Parlopiano, Certified Tai Chi Instructor, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Senior Fitness Specialist & Balance Trainer

  • 2:00 p.m. You are not alone! Substance Abuse Supportplus or minus

    Supporting friends and family throughout the recovery process can be challenging. During this workshop, participants will learn about the stages of recovery and how to approach and support a loved one in each stage.  The workshop will review barriers to change, relapse triggers and how to address them.  Participants will also discuss the importance of self-care for family and friends supporting someone with an addiction.

    Presenter: Lou Guzzi, BS CADC, Clinical Supervisor DATS

  • 2:00 p.m. Volleyballplus or minus

    Bump, spike, set, block and serve your way through wellness day!  Volleyball is a great way to get some additional movement into your day while having a blast with friends and colleagues.  All participants are welcome no matter the skill level. Form a team or come as a free agent (on your own) and we will place you on a team.  Prizes will be given out!

    Presenter: Bobby Hermes, MHR, Assistant Director Recreational Sports

  • 2:00 p.m. Preventing Financial Identity Theftplus or minus

    Nearly 60 million Americans have been affected by identity theft, according to a 2018 online survey by The Harris Poll. Learn how to protect your identity by keeping important financial documents safe, identifying suspicious emails and avoiding common financial scams.

    Presenter: Alyssa Skrzysowski , Financial Sales Consultant  PNC BANK  WorkPlace Banking

  • 2:00 p.m. Career Charisma: Resume Writing and Linkedlnplus or minus

    Occupational Wellness is the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure time and is a key component of your overall wellness.  Professional staff from the Center for Career Development will help workshop participants assess strengths, share resume writing tips and explore LinkedIn.

    Presenters: Lori Moran, M.S., NCC, Career Development Coordinator, Center for Career Development Frank Gilmartin, M.S., Assistant Director, Center for Career Development

  • Wellness Fair & Health Screenings (2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.)plus or minus

    Stroll from table to table at the wellness fair to learn about community and campus health & wellness resources from over 20+ organizations.  Health screens, such as blood pressure, BMI, and glucose numbers, offered from Student Health Services nurses and eye screens from the Lackawanna Blind Association.  Talk with folks from the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Drugs and Alcohol Treatment Services and many more for updates on their services.

  • 2:00 p.m. Fitness Center on Your Ownplus or minus

    Bring your workout clothes and enjoy a workout on your own! The University of Scranton Fitness Center is a free resource for employees and features 46 pieces of cardio equipment, including treadmills, stationary bikes and aerobic steppers, all furnished with individual theater systems. The Fitness Center also includes 22 Cybex units designed to exercise precise muscle groups and an extensive, state-of-the-art free weight area.

  • 3:00 p.m. Train Your Brainplus or minus

    The intellectual dimension of wellness encourages creative, stimulating mental activities. This workshop will focus on understanding and improving intellectual wellness, and will include a self-evaluation, development strategies, resources, and services the University offers employees to promote intellectual wellness.

    Presenter: Ian O'Hara, Assistant Professor-Research & Instruction Librarian Weinberg Memorial Library

  • 3:00 p.m. Cybersecurity: Protect Yourself and Your Familyplus or minus

    Join this session to learn more about how you and your family can stay safe online, as you pay bills, do taxes, shop online, use free Wi-Fi, check emails or navigate social media. We will review best practices, share free online resources, and answer your cybersecurity questions.

    Presenters: Ikram Muhammad, Information Security Engineer and Julie Brackeva-Phillips, Manager of Technology Support Services

  • 3:00 p.m. Go Green- Intro to Plant-Based Eatingplus or minus

    Learn the What, Why, How, and Wow of Plant-Based Diets. This workshop will provide an overview of what comprises a plant-based diet, the health benefits, evidence to support the health claims and how to get started or transition to a plant-based diet. We will also demonstrate quick and easy plant-based recipes and explain how a plant-based diet can be not only healthy, but cost effective.

    Presenter: Jean Hayes RN BSN, Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through eCornell, Plant-Based Professional Certification from Rouxbe Online Culinary School

  • 3:00 p.m. Beginner Yogaplus or minus

    Yoga is the Sanskrit word for union and uses breathing techniques, exercise and meditation. Does going to a Yoga class intimidate you?  Do you want to try Yoga but have no confidence to go to a class? Learn very basic poses to give you confidence to attend a yoga class without feeling overwhelmed and uncomfortable.

    Presenter: Chelsea Manganaro Founder and CEO Nearme Yoga

  • 3:00 p.m. A Healthy Mindplus or minus

    Join the professionals of University of Scranton Counseling Department for an interactive discussion on current trends in mental health, proactive ways to promote a healthy mind and how to seek assistance.

    Presenters: University of Scranton Counseling Center

  • Wellness Fair & Health Screenings on your own (2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) plus or minus

    Stroll from table to table at the wellness fair to learn about community and campus health & wellness resources from over 20+ organizations.  Health screens, such as blood pressure, BMI, and glucose numbers, offered from Student Health Services nurses and eye screens from the Lackawanna Blind Association.  Talk with folks from the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Drugs and Alcohol Treatment Services and many more for updates on their services.

  • 3:00 p.m. Fitness Center on your Ownplus or minus

    Bring your workout clothes and enjoy a workout on your own! The University of Scranton Fitness Center is a free resource for employees and features 46 pieces of cardio equipment, including treadmills, stationary bikes and aerobic steppers, all furnished with individual theater systems. The Fitness Center also includes 22 Cybex units designed to exercise precise muscle groups and an extensive, state-of-the-art free weight area.

  • 4:00 p.m. Closingplus or minus

    Passports, Evaluations, Free Gift and Raffle