Wellness Day for Faculty & Staff

Wellness Day Update

Greetings Staff & Faculty,

We received communication from Fr. Pilarz outlining the steps that University is taking relative to COVID-19. In his email, Fr, Pilarz announced the cancellation of all campus events of 50 or more people occurring before April 14th. Given this, we wanted to confirm the cancellation of Wellness Day for Faculty & Staff, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 17th.

program can support your wellness journey with Incentives, Weekly Wellness Classes; Energizing Yoga, Yoga Flow, Gentle Yoga, Light Weights & Abs, Mindfulness Meditation,  POUND, Tai Chi, Flu Shot Clinics and Blood Pressure Screenings, Weigh-in Wednesdays, Lunch & Learn, Fitness Challenge (February) and Wellness Day for Faculty & Staff

This decision is consistent with new guidance released by the CDC and stems from a desire to prioritize the health and safety of our community. We will assess whether rescheduling Wellness Day for Faculty & Staff is a possibility and will notify you when a decision has been made. Thank you for support of the Employee Wellness Program.

Best,

The Center for Health Education & Wellness Team

 

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wellness Day will be canceled.

  • 9:00 a.m. Keynote - Dr. Jumee Barooah, MDplus or minus

     "Holistic Medicine and Self Care: Connecting Physical and Mental Health"

    As a physician, treating a patient is not only about treating an illness or symptoms; it's about looking at the patient as a whole, as a true person. Incorporating mental health into treatment alongside physical health not only supports the patient but ensures complete care. This presentation will show the interconnections between physical and mental health, the ability to incorporate self mental care into your daily life, and to show the importance of your overall well-being. We will address techniques, management as well as the importance of mental health in your daily life.

    Dr. Jumee Barooah serves as The Wright Center for Graduation Medical Education's Designated Institutional Official. Dr. Barooah is also a practicing Internal Medicine physician at the MidValley clinic also being certified in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Dr. Barooah started as a resident with The Wright Center in 2010 and joined the organization as a physician-faculty in 2016. She is actively involved in research, quality improvement and educational initiatives, including the training of residents and inter-professional learners. Originally from India, Dr. Barooah resides in Moosic with her husband and two children.

  • 10:00 a.m. Mindfulness and the Healing Power of Self Compassion plus or minus

    Self-compassion involves acting kind toward yourself when you are having a difficult time, setback or notice something you don’t like about yourself. This workshop will focus on cultivating kindness and compassion when we find ourselves suffering. You will learn tools to stop being so hard on yourself, to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism, to handle difficult emotions with greater ease and to bring mindfulness and self-compassion practices into day-to day life. 

    Presenter: Phillip Sallavanti Mindfulness teacher/practitioner

  • 10:00 a.m. Lackawanna County Area Agency on Agingplus or minus

    The goal of the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging is to improve quality of life for older adults by providing them with access to a range of community and home-based services. Come learn about services offered by the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging including in-home and community based services, protective services, scams threatening older adults, and the Parents A Second Time program. 

    Presenter: Lauren Fitzgerald - Community Outreach Worker, Jennifer Zarcone - Senior Center Director 

  • 10:00 a.m. Colon and Lung Cancer Screenings: What You Should Know plus or minus

    Understanding your risk factors for colon and lung cancers can help you have more-informed discussions with your doctor and practice preventative healthy habits.  This workshop will provide pertinent information on both colon and lung cancer including risk factors, incidence, available screenings, and treatment modalities if diagnosis occurs. Workshop will also discuss NRCI's free screening Patient Navigation Program that helps to address these cancers as well as reduce barriers that might prevent individuals from being screened.  

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

  • 10:00 a.m. LinkedIn: Keeping Your Network Newplus or minus

    LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network on the internet. You can use LinkedIn to find the right job or internship, connect and strengthen professional relationships, and learn the skills you need to succeed in your career. LinkedIn is a valuable tool, not only for job search, but for professional networking as well.  Learn how to develop a strong profile and presence and how to make connections.  Don't wait to nurture your network...get started today! 

     Presenters: Chris Whitney, M.S., NCC; Leah Marsili, M.S.; Lori Moran, M.S. NCC
  • 10:00 a.m. Beyond Bubble Baths: The Importance of Resiliency and Meaningful Self Careplus or minus

    Resiliency is the capacity to recover from difficulties and has been recognized as having a vital role in a person’s ability to navigate life's ups and downs. Resiliency can be learned and cultivated throughout one’s life. Come to this session and learn the elements of resiliency and tools to bounce back from setbacks. 

    Presenter: Teresa Conte, PhD, CPNP, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing

  • 11:00 a.m. Fitness Center Orientation plus or minus

    Does your New Year’s resolution focus on fitness?  Has it been a while since you have been to the gym?  Are you not sure where to start?  Come to the Fitness Center orientation for a comprehensive introduction to the University’s Fitness Center. The fitness center offers a variety of state-of-the-art free weights and cardio equipment. Let the knowledgeable staff show you what they have to offer and answer any questions you may have!  All skill levels and questions are welcome- wear workout attire.   

    Presenter: Bobby Hermes, MHR, Assistant Director Recreational Sports 

  • 11:00 a.m. Yoga for EveryBODYplus or minus

    It’s time to roll out your yoga mat and discover the combination of physical and mental exercises that have the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body. Don’t be intimidated by yoga terminology, fancy yoga studios and complicated poses- yoga is for everyone. Explore the fundamentals of yoga practice in this movement-based class. This workshop is tailored for beginners to yoga and/or a regular exercise routine. Please wear comfortable clothing to allow for freedom of movement.  

    Presenter: Amy Driscoll McNulty - Registered Yoga Teacher  200hrs

  • 11:00 a.m. Art and Spirit(uality)plus or minus

    Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to look at their own spirituality in the context of art and creativity. This hands-on workshop will give participants the opportunity to express their spirituality through art. Participants will create a decorative candle incorporating themes and ideas discussed in the session. Limited to 25 participants.

    Presenters: Pat Vaccaro, MS   Director, Center of Service and Social Justice

  • 11:00 a.m. Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt plus or minus

    A personal budget helps you set and reach your financial goals at any stage in life. A budget is one of the most important tools in building a successful financial future because it helps you get the most out of your money.  In this workshop, you will discuss the importance of budgeting, budgeting basics, the truth about credit cards, and managing debt.

    Presenter: William Connors, CRPC -TIAA

  • 11:00 a.m. Not Just a Paper Cut- Preventing Common Arm Injuries at Workplus or minus

    How can you avoid hurting your shoulders, wrists, and hands while working? Learn some injury prevention strategies and wellness tips from our Physical Therapy faculty members. Topics will include ways to help prevent common upper limb injuries in the workplace including muscle strain, rotator cuff injury, carpal tunnel and arthritis.   

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

  • 11:00 a.m. Sustainability on Campus, A Team Effort plus or minus

    Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings and promotes interaction with nature and your personal environment. Learn how the University is being sustainable through resource management, energy savings, recycling, composting, gardening, student projects, biking, community outreach, technology, and more.  Also, see how the University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April.

    Presenter: Mark Murphy, Director of Sustainability and Energy Management Facilities Department 

  • 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. Yin Yoga 101plus or minus

    Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time. Yin yoga stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles throughout the body. This workshop will introduce you to the Yin Yoga practice for beginners. Please wear comfortable clothing to allow for freedom of movement and bring a towel or blanket if you have one. (Limited supplies in room). 

    Presenter: Kelly Evans E-RYT, Owner Yoga West

  • 1:00 p.m. Improving Communication: How to Make Yourself Understood plus or minus

    Effective communication helps us better understand people and situations, enables us to resolve differences, helps build trust and respect, and creates an environment where creative ideas, problem solving, affection, and caring can flourish. As simple as communication seems, much of what we try to communicate—and others try to communicate to usis misunderstood, which can cause conflict and frustration in personal and professional relationships. By learning effective communication skills, you can better connect with your spouse, kids, friends, and coworkers. This workshop will discuss secrets you need to be a powerful, confident communicator when it matters MOST to you and your care

    Presenter: Joseph A. Baez, - Director of Corporate Training, ENI

  • 1:00 p.m. Hands Only CPRplus or minus

    Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives! Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene, which can be fatal. This workshop will teach the basic skills of hands only CPR, which can help save lives.

    Presenter: Amy Skiba, Executive Director-North East Pa, American Heart Association 

  • 1:00 p.m. Finding the Grace in your Day: The Ignatian Examen plus or minus

    The Examen was a key prayer for St. Ignatius and has continued to be essential for all those seeking guidance through the Spiritual Exercises & Ignatian Spirituality.  In this workshop, we will explore the richness of this unique Ignatian prayer and discuss the many ways it can be adapted to fit into your spiritual practice and busy life.  

    Presenter: Amy Hoegen, M.A. Pastoral Ministry, Certified Spiritual Director 

  • 1:00 p.m. Using your Swift MD Benefit plus or minus

    Swift MD is a telemedicine service that delivers quality health care directly to patients via phone and videoconferencing. University employees and their family members enjoy nationwide access to high-quality U.S.-trained, Board-Certified Physicians, avoiding unnecessary visits and long waits at the ER, Urgent Care clinic or their primary care office for common illnesses. This workshop will review the Swift MD benefit that is available to participants enrolled in the University of Scranton health insurance plan. 

    Presenter: Eileen Barrett Notarianni, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Human Resources Benefits Specialist 

  • 1:00 p.m. Safe Zone Training: LGBTQ Awareness (2 Hour Training) 1-3 pm plus or minus

    The purpose of  this 2-hour Safe Zone training is to enhance understanding of the differences between gender, sex, and sexuality, and to create an awareness of personal ideas, stereotypes, and assumptions related to people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual, and others (LGBTIQA+).  Faculty and staff who attend will earn 30 Wellness Points for attending this workshop.

    Presenter: Maria Marinucci, Director of the Cross Cultural Centers (Jane Kopas Women's Center and Multicultural Center) 

  • 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. The Fitness Center also includes 22 Cybex VR-3 weight machines designed to exercise precise muscle groups and an extensive, state-of-the-art free weight area.  We can’t wait to see you there! 

  • 2:00 p.m. Pickleball plus or minus

    Pickleball has exploded in popularity and is enjoyed by people of all ages and athletic abilities thanks to its ease of play and straightforward rules. The sport is inexpensive, social and healthy. Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. This workshop will give an overview of the game and rules before you hit the court and try it out! 

    Presenter: Bobby Hermes, MHR, Assistant Director Recreational Sports 

  • 2:00 p.m. Fire Safety and Environmental Health at Home plus or minus

    This workshop will focus on fire safety, including how to plan for emergencies, prevent fires, recognize hazards and use a fire extinguisher for small fires.  The presentation will also include a discussion on environmental hazards that may be found in your home, whether old or new.  The workshop will conclude with a hands-on fire extinguisher demonstration using a fire simulator.    n.

    Presenter: Michael Baltrusaitis, CHMM, CSP

  • 2:00 p.m. Stop the Burn- How Emotional Wellness Can Help You Achieve Balance in Your Life plus or minus

    Emotional well-being includes the ability to manage your feelings and related behaviors, cope effectively with stress and adapt to change. How do you recognize and manage chronic stress?  What strategies have you put in place to make YOU a priority? What to do when juggling your work and home life, and your social life reaches a tipping point? How do you recognize when you need more support? This workshop will cover these questions and help with achieving balance in your life. 

    Presenter: Marie Onukiavage, Executive Director, NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region

  • 2:00 p.m. Connecting with God in Different Ways plus or minus

    A spiritual pathway is the manner in which a person most naturally connects to God and grows spiritually, regardless of faith tradition or religion. Not all people encounter God in the same, one-size-fits-all way.  This workshop will explore and consider numerous spiritual pathways to connect with God in different ways.

    Presenter: Rev. Timothy Schwartz

  • 2:00 p.m. Safe Zone Training: LGBTQ Awareness (Part II of the 2 Hour Training) 1-3 pmplus or minus

    The purpose of this 2-hour Safe Zone training is to enhance understanding of the differences between gender, sex, and sexuality, and to create an awareness of personal ideas, stereotypes, and assumptions related to people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual, and others (LGBTIQA+).  Faculty and staff who attend will earn 30 Wellness Points for attending this 2-hour workshop.

    Presenter: Maria Marinucci, Director of the Cross Cultural Centers (Jane Kopas Women's Center and Multicultural Center)  

  • 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 screenings, such as blood pressure and BMI, will be offered from Student Health Services nurses. Talk with folks from the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Drugs and Alcohol Treatment Services, American Heart Association 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. The Fitness Center also includes 22 Cybex VR-3 weight machines designed to exercise precise muscle groups and an extensive, state-of-the-art free weight area.  We can’t wait to see you there! 

  • 3:00 p.m. Understanding the Opioid Epidemic plus or minus

    Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die from an opioid overdose. The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious national crisis that affects many families and individuals. This workshop will review current trends, symptoms and recovery/treatment options for those who struggle with Opioid Use Disorder. 

    Presenter: Lou Guzzi, BS CADC, Clinical Supervisor DATS 

  • 3:00 p.m. Hope or Fear: Your Financial Wellness Approach plus or minus

    Does your financial situation fill you with hope or fear? In this session, the presenter will share an approach to finances that anyone can do. Come learn simple steps that have taken people from feeling stressed and overwhelmed to having a financial plan for the future.

    Presenter: Rebekah Bernard, MBA 

  • 3:00 p.m. Happiness Habitsplus or minus

    Happiness can be defined in many ways. The search for happiness is a human endeavor – a universal goal. We all want to be happy, and we empathize with each other’s need for it. But what is happiness, really?  Happy people have different habits and think differently than those who are unhappy. Discover what happy people do and don’t do. In this workshop, you will learn Mindfulness practices that wake you up to a happy life. 

     Presenter: Marah Yatko M.S. Licensed Professional Counselor 

  • 3:00 p.m. Walk this Way plus or minus

    Walking promotes heart health, improves brain function and bone health, eases depression, burns calories and increases lung capacity and mindfulness. Did you know that all you need is 10 minutes/3 times a day to reach the American Heart Association walking goal (30 minutes- 5 days a week)? Join us for a brief discussion on the benefits of walking and a group walk around campus. 

    Presenter: Bobby Hermes, MHR, Assistant Director Recreational Sports 

  • 3:00 p.m. Healthy Plants Healthy Peopleplus or minus

    Calling all employees with an inner green-thumb! Come and learn from a Master Gardner about the positive benefits that house plants have on our health. Learn tips on keeping healthy plants and discover the health and well-being benefits of living with and caring for plants in your home.

    Presenter: Phyllis Reinhardt, Master Gardener Coordinator Lackawanna County, Penn State Extension 

  • 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 and BMI offered from Student Health Services nurses and information from the American Heart Association.  Talk with folks from the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Drugs and Alcohol Treatment Services, American Heart Association 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. The Fitness Center also includes 22 Cybex VR-3 weight machines designed to exercise precise muscle groups and an extensive, state-of-the-art free weight area.  We can’t wait to see you there! 

  • 4:00 p.m. Closingplus or minus

    Passports, Evaluations, Free Gift and Raffle