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Disease Management and Prevention

A Consumer’s Guide to Probiotics and Health Benefits

With so many brands of probiotics available and each containing its unique mix of organisms, choosing which to use can be challenge.  This presentation will highlight the current evidence on the effectiveness of select probiotics for common conditions, such as constipation, IBS and type 2 diabetes, and provide tips for choosing the right probiotics for you.

Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen Test Act Today

Many people realize they have diabetes only when a major health event, such as a heart attack or kidney failure, occurs. By then a great deal of internal damage is done, and crisis management is the only option. Avoid the crisis. Discover any risk factors you may have and learn how to stay healthy.

Type 2 Diabetes: Actions Steps for Prevention

Learn about the symptoms, risk factors and principles of prevention. Discover lifestyle tweaks that can help you prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes

Women and Coronary Artery Disease

Join us in honoring National Heart month. Heart disease is the leading killer of American women, yet heart disease and related risk factors are often missed in women. Learn about your risk for heart disease, what makes it more likely and how to help protect your heart by adopting heart-healthy habits.


Exercise

Cultivating Wellness in 2017: Throw Out Your Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s resolutions in January only to abandon them in a matter of months or even weeks? Explore why resolutions don’t work and how you can take a more mindful approach to cultivating greater wellness in all areas of your life.  Learn several tools to help you move away from “striving” and “accomplishing goals” to a more process and strengths-based approach that draws on principles from positive psychology and mindfulness.

Healthy Running: What Every Runner, Novice or Seasoned, Should Know

Learn the safe way to start a running program or how you might change your current running program in order to enhance performance and prevent injury. This discussion will share common myths about running form, running shoes and foot strike. Please be sure to bring questions.

Online and Mobile Wellness Resources

Discover trustworthy and useful health resources that are freely available online and designed to be understood by the layperson.  Learn about some of the most popular websites for health information, such as MedlinePlus, as well as useful mobile apps for keeping track of your health and maintaining healthy habits.

Stay Strong: How to Minimize Age-Related Muscle Loss

Age-related muscle loss begins as early as our 30s. In this session, learn how aging impacts loss of muscle quality, leading to declining physical function and independence in older adults.  We will also discuss how diet and exercise can counteract these effects and increase quality of life.

Wearables and Fitness Apps: Top Trends for 2014 and How Technology Can Help You Improve Your Health

Wearables are quickly becoming the new fashion statement as they grow beyond the basic step-counting bracelets into more sophisticated movement-tracking devices that can distinguish between walking, running, swimming and biking. Fitness apps seem to be multiplying faster than we can count, but which ones are the most popular and do they really work? In this discussion we will explore some of the top trends in wearable technology as well as fitness apps and how you can use these gadgets to improve you own personal health.


Gardening

Fall Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds

Learn what nutritious vegetables can be grown in your garden this fall and how to grow them yourself using the efficient technique of raised beds.

Fruit Trees for Your Florida Friendly Landscape

Fruits provide vital nutrients for maintenance of your body. With a little training and a sunny spot in the yard you could be producing your own blueberries, figs, persimmons, plums, grapes and more. This class will go over variety selection, planting, fertilizing, pruning and maintenance of the best fruit trees for North and Central Florida.

Spring Vegetable Gardening

Spring is a great time to grow your own vegetables. This class will teach site selection, selecting the best veggie varieties for North Central Florida, and maintaining the garden. Raised bed and container gardening techniques will also be covered. Come learn how to grow your own vegetables in this fun class.


Nutrition

A Consumer’s Guide to Probiotics and Health Benefits

With so many brands of probiotics available and each containing its unique mix of organisms, choosing which to use can be challenge. This presentation will highlight the current evidence on the effectiveness of select probiotics for common conditions, such as constipation, IBS and type 2 diabetes, and provide tips for choosing the right probiotics for you.

Beyond Nutrition

The difference between the calories you need (for health) and the calories you want (the extra) may be affecting your health. This presentation will reveal how you can include all those forbidden calories in your diet without wearing the extra calories. Learn how many calories, fat grams, sodium, cholesterol, fiber, protein and carbs you need each day.

Field and Fork: Campus Food Resources

Learn all about the range of resources on campus for local food.  Anna will share details about the new on-campus food pantry; the UF Community Farm; and other programming in support of wellness, nutrition and local food!

Incorporating the Mediterranean Diet into Your Life

The Mediterranean Diet has been associated with reducing the risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions. Learn about the components of the Mediterranean lifestyle, potential health benefits and how to incorporate it in your everyday life.

Mindless Versus Mindful Eating

Where do you fall on the mindless versus mindful eating margin? We make more than 200 food choices in a day, and mindlessness can easily become a trait associated with overeating and reduced contentment with food. Mindful eating is not a diet; it involves a heightened sense of consciousness and awareness to promote greater satisfaction.

Raising a Healthy Eater

Feeding young children can be a delight and/or a source of anxiety, guilt, and frustration. This session will focus on what parents and caregivers can do to increase the odds that feeding children will be a positive experience and support their healthy development. We will explore the Division of Responsibility in feeding, developed by Ellyn Satter, RD, MS, MSW, internationally known authority on child nutrition and feeding. This approach promotes positive attitudes about food, appropriate self-regulation of food intake, and pleasant mealtimes for all.

When Diets Don’t Work, What Can I Do?

We are born with a natural ability to self-regulate food intake for optimal health and weight. Unfortunately, this ability gets lost when we use calorie counting and portion control, when we restrict food intake, when we join the Clean Plate Club and at times, even when we try to eat healthfully. But “attuned eating” is our birthright, and we can reconnect with this ability to eat when hungry, naturally lose interest in food as we get full and easily walk away. If you are ready for a radically different approach to eating and weight management, join us for this introduction to attuned eating. You will learn specific techniques to help you reconnect with your eating wisdom and find freedom from eating and weight struggles.

Your Perfect Guide to a Healthy Weight: Eating Plan? Or Eat with Wisdom?

Many people realize they have diabetes only when a major health event, such as a heart attack or kidney failure, occurs. By then a great deal of internal damage is done, and crisis management is the only option. Avoid the crisis. Discover any risk factors you may have and learn how to stay healthy.


Mental Health

Changing Your Mind: The Power of Thought

Did you know that how you think directly impacts your physical and emotional health and well-being? Current research is finding that a vast majority of illnesses are a direct result of an individual’s thought life. Marcus Aurelius once said “Our life is what our thoughts make it”; therefore, change how you think and you can change your health and quality of life. In this session we will explore the impact thoughts can have on personal success, health and happiness and a 21-day plan to detoxify your brain.

Coming to Your Senses: Stress Relief in the Moment

One effective and efficient way of managing our stress is to rely on our sensations unfolding in the moment. This simple yet powerful idea can be put into practice in many ways. Join this interactive and experiential workshop to learn about and practice stress management through utilizing your senses. We will also explore and clarify how your body responds to stress and what types of stress relief activities might be a good fit for you.

Inside Out: Understanding Depression

Depression is common worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected. Join us to develop an understanding of the concepts and dynamics of depression through discussion and interactive activities, including learning how to identify and recognize sources and manifestations of depression in daily life and coping and self-management strategies to care for yourself and support others.

Keeping the Brain Healthy

Keeping the brain healthy as we age is essential to living a full life in the later years. Learn about early signs of memory and thinking problems and discover tips to keep your brain functioning well.

Mindfulness and Staying in the “Green Zone”

Mindfulness is part of a modern, healthy way of living that is less stressful, more productive, and enhances our emotional balance and well-being. Our work performance and achievements depend on emotional balance by staying in the “green zone” instead of anxiety, fear, anger, or other emotions pulling us out into the “red zone”. Learn about the benefits derived from mindfulness at work, in and outside the classroom, and your life as a whole.

Move with the Cheese

Explores the link between stress and aging, and provides steps to remain young in heart and mind, even while our bodies age.

Strategies for Managing Stress

Learn healthy coping strategies to manage the stresses of life. Information about the physical impact of stress will be provided, and progressive muscle relaxation will be practiced during the session.

Wanting More than Enough: Could It Be Addiction? 

Addiction is a disorder of the brain’s rewards system. A pleasurable behavior becomes repetitious, whether it be the buzz effect of alcohol, eating mouthwatering desserts or the continuous gratification from cell phones and social media. The brain is easily programmable for obsession, causing desirable and even irresistible anticipation. Gain a better understanding of how the brain works and learn about the signs of addiction as well as types of treatment.

Work-Life Balance: Exploring What Works for You

Most have heard it before, the well-intended suggestion to engage in self-care in order to achieve work-life balance. Given the many demands and pressures, such invitations can feel difficult or unrealistic. Embracing the fact that each one of us has unique needs, this session will assist you to clarify what balance means for you. Look into your ongoing self-care efforts and identify what at times get in the way. Explore how you can strengthen your current self-care practices, identify what may at times get in the way, and discover how to maintain a realistic and individualized work-life balance.

Working Through Grief

There appears to be a relationship between handling loss and resiliency, especially as we age. Because loss is all around us, losing jobs, relationships, death, trauma, it seems reasonable that we learn early in our lives how to cope with loss and work through grief.


Parenting

Great Expectations:  How to Smooth the Transition As You Welcome Your Baby Home

Practical and evidence-based tips for new parents are offered.

Raising a Healthy Eater

Feeding young children can be a delight and/or a source of anxiety, guilt, and frustration. This session will focus on what parents and caregivers can do to increase the odds that feeding children will be a positive experience and support their healthy development. We will explore the Division of Responsibility in feeding, developed by Ellyn Satter, RD, MS, MSW, internationally known authority on child nutrition and feeding. This approach promotes positive attitudes about food, appropriate self-regulation of food intake, and pleasant mealtimes for all.


Sleep

Healthy Sleep: Guidelines for Improved Sleep Quality

Good sleep can be difficult to attain, and with ever-evolving sleep products on the market, it can be challenging to know what devices or clinical strategies can truly improve our slumber. Join us to learn more about the current evidence-based findings for enhancing sleep quality.

Sleep Health

Learn what happens during sleep, the consequences of insufficient sleep and tips for sleeping well.

Sleep Problems: Emotional and Physical Wellbeing

Sleep disturbances can occur on their own, but most experience poor sleep alongside mental or physical health problems. Additionally, poor sleep itself can be a risk factor for future illness and can worsen existing health conditions. Learn about the relationship between sleep and your wellbeing and discover preventative strategies to improve sleep and protect your health.


Sustainability

To Toss or Not To Toss? Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste

Food waste has been a popular subject in recent years. Loss can occur at any point, from production on the farm to our personal tables. According to the USDA, 31% (133 billion pounds) of all food in the U.S. supply chain never gets eaten; this loss occurs at both the retail (43 billion pounds) and the consumer (90 billion pounds) levels. The top three food groups in terms of values lost are meat/poultry/fish, vegetables, and dairy products. Learn research-based practices that will help you, as a consumer, reduce your personal food loss, save money, and lessen your impact on the environment.

UF Sustainability: How to Go Green at Work

Did you know that the campus energy bill is nearly $40 million each year and campus produces more than 30 million pounds of waste and recycling annually? The Office of Sustainability implements programs and processes to reduce UF’s energy and water consumption, shrink our carbon footprint, reduce landfill waste, and empower individuals to adopt sustainable habits on campus and at home. Learn about the innovative programs specifically designed for faculty and staff, such as the departmental bike share program, the Neutral UF Coalition, sustainable office and event certification programs, the Prairie Project initiative, and more.


Weight Management

Balancing Science and Soul: The Biology and Psychology of Weight Loss

Ted Spiker has written about health and fitness for most of his career, yet he’s also struggled with his weight, with dieting, with finding the right balance between what works and what doesn’t. In his book, DOWN SIZE, Spiker explores the intersection of scientific approaches to weight loss—and how psychology influences those approaches. Here, Spiker will share fun, humiliating and inspiring stories of his struggles and successes, and he’ll give practical advice for figuring out not what diet works best for everyone, but rather how to find what works best for you. He’ll address diet, fitness and psychological tactics for making health fun—and effective. In 2012, Spiker was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by greatist.com.

What Have Your Thighs Done for You Lately? How to Free Yourself from Body Angst and, Finally, Enjoy Living in Your Body

As women and girls, we are taught to critique our looks constantly. Not only weight and body shape, but also how we dress, the shape of our eyebrows, how much shine is on our face, and on and on. We learn that body monitoring is part of being female. Then we judge ourselves as we might a statue or painting. Join us for this uplifting talk on how to escape this war on our bodies…not just for those who struggle, but also for anyone who know someone who does. Learn tips and techniques to heal body angst and discover how to enjoy living in your body.

When Diets Don’t Work, What Can I Do?

We are born with a natural ability to self-regulate food intake for optimal health and weight. Unfortunately, this ability gets lost when we use calorie counting and portion control, when we restrict food intake, when we join the Clean Plate Club and at times, even when we try to eat healthfully. But “attuned eating” is our birthright, and we can reconnect with this ability to eat when hungry, naturally lose interest in food as we get full and easily walk away. If you are ready for a radically different approach to eating and weight management, join us for this introduction to attuned eating. You will learn specific techniques to help you reconnect with your eating wisdom and find freedom from eating and weight struggles.

Your Perfect Guide to a Healthy Weight: Eating Plan? Or Eat with Wisdom?

Many people realize they have diabetes only when a major health event, such as a heart attack or kidney failure, occurs. By then a great deal of internal damage is done, and crisis management is the only option. Avoid the crisis. Discover any risk factors you may have and learn how to stay healthy.


Wellness-General

An Introduction to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

An overview of the practices and principles associated with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Explore the common paradigms that get reduce our ability to create lasting effectiveness and the strategies to help sustain our personal effectiveness and effectiveness with others.

Cultivating Wellness in 2017: Throw Out Your Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s resolutions in January only to abandon them in a matter of months or even weeks? Explore why resolutions don’t work and how you can take a more mindful approach to cultivating greater wellness in all areas of your life.  Learn several tools to help you move away from “striving” and “accomplishing goals” to a more process and strengths-based approach that draws on principles from positive psychology and mindfulness.

Distracted Driving: Avoid Becoming a Statistic

Learn the latest information about distracted driving and what to do if you are in an accident. Through information, videos and a multitasking demonstration, you will learn how to be a better, safer driver.

Mastering Your Motivation: Seven Strategies for Staying Inspired

If you’ve attempted to lose weight, eat better, exercise regularly, manage stress or make other improvements in your health in the past, you may have experienced setbacks or been frustrated by what feels like the inevitable come-and-go nature of motivation. This presentation will help you define your powerful motivators for change and leave you with seven practical strategies that will empower you to consistently make choices to reach your personal health goals.

Online and Mobile Wellness Resources

Discover trustworthy and useful health resources that are freely available online and designed to be understood by the layperson.  Learn about some of the most popular websites for health information, such as MedlinePlus, as well as useful mobile apps for keeping track of your health and maintaining healthy habits.

Wearables and Fitness Apps: Top Trends for 2014 and How Technology Can Help You Improve Your Health

Wearables are quickly becoming the new fashion statement as they grow beyond the basic step-counting bracelets into more sophisticated movement-tracking devices that can distinguish between walking, running, swimming and biking. Fitness apps seem to be multiplying faster than we can count, but which ones are the most popular and do they really work? In this discussion we will explore some of the top trends in wearable technology as well as fitness apps and how you can use these gadgets to improve you own personal health.


Wellness at Work

Applying Ergonomic Principles at Your Workstation

The Centers for Disease Control reports that work-related musculoskeletal disorders account for nearly 70 million physician office visits in the United States annually and an estimated 130 million total health care encounters, including outpatient, hospital and emergency room visits. Don’t become a statistic! Learn how to integrate neutral posture, fit, and task rotation (movement) into your daily work process to prevent discomfort and injury.

Boost: Transform Your Energy

Most of us spend more time recharging our phones than recharging ourselves. We are working harder and longer but refueling our brains, bodies and spirits with less and less. This presentation outlines an energy management solution, based on intentional work breaks, to transform the way you work and boost your energy levels all day long.

Field and Fork: Campus Food Resources

Learn all about the range of resources on campus for local food.  Anna will share details about the new on-campus food pantry; the UF Community Farm; and other programming in support of wellness, nutrition and local food!

UF Sustainability: How to Go Green at Work

Did you know that the campus energy bill is nearly $40 million each year and campus produces more than 30 million pounds of waste and recycling annually? The Office of Sustainability implements programs and processes to reduce UF’s energy and water consumption, shrink our carbon footprint, reduce landfill waste, and empower individuals to adopt sustainable habits on campus and at home. Learn about the innovative programs specifically designed for faculty and staff, such as the departmental bike share program, the Neutral UF Coalition, sustainable office and event certification programs, the Prairie Project initiative, and more.

Work-Life Balance: Exploring What Works for You

Most have heard it before, the well-intended suggestion to engage in self-care in order to achieve work-life balance. Given the many demands and pressures, such invitations can feel difficult or unrealistic. Embracing the fact that each one of us has unique needs, this session will assist you to clarify what balance means for you. Look into your ongoing self-care efforts and identify what at times get in the way. Explore how you can strengthen your current self-care practices, identify what may at times get in the way, and discover how to maintain a realistic and individualized work-life balance.