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Lunch & Learn Healthy and Wellbeing Seminars

Healthy You Programs



Lunch & Learn Wellbeing Seminars will cover topics such as nutrition, fitness, and resilience and will include a healthy lunch. Registration is required for all seminars.

Programs are listed in chronological order.

For your benefit, all programs have been scheduled from noon to 1:30 pm to allow for questions and interaction after each presentation which typically conclude at 1:00 pm.  Therefore, those who may have to return to their offices by 1:00 pm are welcome to attend.



Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Murray Room, Yawkey Athletic Center

This session will introduce participants to the basic principles and practices of mindfulness and meditation. Both practices have widely-researched health and cognitive benefits. Both are mind-training techniques that build focus and present moment awareness. People who practice meditation and mindfulness report that they are better able to cut through workplace distractions and to sustain concentration on complex and challenging tasks. This enhanced focus increases productivity, clarity, and creativity in decision-making. These practices also strengthen one’s capacity to effectively regulate responses to stress. Practitioners report that they are calmer, more confident and more resilient in stressful situations. This session will teach a series of simple practices that participants will be able to integrate into their daily lives at work and at home.

A light lunch will be provided.


Staying Healthy at Work

Heidi McIndoo, MS, RD, LDN
Heidi is an award-winning, registered dietitian.  She’s a nationally recognized nutrition expert who’s written for and been quoted in hundreds of publications and media outlets.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Walsh Hall Function Room

The goal of this workshop is to help people prevent infection and boost their immune system.  Infection, the endless cold, and secondary infections as well as when to call a doctor will be discussed.  Prevention methods specific to the workplace environment, vaccines, microorganisms, immunization, foundations of a healthy lifestyle such as exercise, healthy eating, sleep, relaxation, vitamins and supplements will be discussed.



Hoarding and the Elderly

Debbie Gitner, LCSW, C-SWCM, is past president of the New England Chapter of Geriatric Care Managers/now called Aging Life Care Association.  Linda Sullivan, R.N., C.M.C., is a registered nurse and certified Geriatric Care Manager. Together they are able to provide options, advocacy, and resources for families as they navigate this complicated medical maze allowing families to make good choices.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Walsh Hall Conference Room

This presentation will provide education on hoarding and ways to approach someone who is a hoarder. Hoarding is a disease and it not always easy to make changes. Come and learn why it is not easy to make changes in a hoarder's lifestyle however there are some approaches that may work.

A light lunch will be provided.


Time vs. Energy: How To Have a More Productive Day

Heidi Roth, Harvard Pilgrim
Heidi is a Massachusetts State Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Holistic Health Coach. She teaches nutrition and wellness through seminars, individual counseling and healthy food demonstrations, and brings her passion for an active and healthy lifestyle to her clients.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Walsh Hall Function Room

Do you ever wish there was more than 24 hours in a day so you can the things done you need to?  Unfortunately, you can’t change the time in a day but you can get more energy and accomplish more during the day.  This session looks at how good nutrition and the lack of affects the four energy domains:  physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  You will also learn practical tactics of eating for energy management.

A light lunch will be provided.


Understanding the Adoloscent Brain

Jessica M. Black, Chair, Children, Youth & Families Concentration, BC SSW

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Murray Room Yawkey Athletic Center

The adolescent brain is often misunderstood, a mystery to teens and those adults who care about them. Are you looking to build your knowledge of the brain while learning about adolescent development? Then look no further than this exciting lecture that introduces the latest neuroscientific findings on adolescent brain growth and reviews the implications of such changes for social relationships, emotional health and cognitive achievement. This lecture discusses brain-behavior relationships, highlights examples of risk and resilience, debunks myths and clarify misunderstandings of the teen brain, and demonstrates how brain science is currently applied to myriad of settings including schools and sports.

A light lunch will be provided.


Holidays & Celebrations - Control Your Eating

Kathryn McGlynn, Harvard Pilgrim

Kathryn McGlynn, CH is a Certified Hypnotist, Emotional Intelligence Development Trainer, and Success Coach. She is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Walsh Hall Function Room

Using easily learned self-hypnosis techniques, you can create important changes in your mind that make it easy for you to naturally control your eating during holidays, celebrations or vacations. You can begin the process of self-celebration!

A light lunch will be provided.


Brass Ring Memoirs: Encouraging Stories Using Practical Methodologies to Help Caregivers with Dementia Care

Featuring Author Kelly McCarthy, who has been in the senior health industry for over 20 years.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Murray Room Yawkey Athletic Center

Encouraging stories using practical methodologies to help caregivers reach for their goals in Alzheimer's and dementia care. In 2018 Kelly’s 8 hour Brass Ring Dementia Professional, BRDP educational program was approved as a nationally recognized dementia certification through National Institute for Dementia Education, NIDE.

A light lunch will be provided.


Cooking to Your Heart's Content: A Cooking Demonstration

Laura Hartung, Harvard Pilgrim
Laura has been a Registered Dietitian for over 20 years and is passionate about spreading the good word of health to Boston and the Metro West.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Murray Room Yawkey Athletic Center

Attend a cooking demo that also provides some basic and practical cooking tips to maximize your health while making your meals and snacks appealing, tasty and healthy.

A light lunch will be provided.


The Matter of Sleep in Children and Adolescents

Jessica M. Black, Chair, Children, Youth & Families Concentration, BC SSW

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Murray Room Yawkey Athletic Center

Why do we sleep? How does sleep affect brain development and behavior in young people? What is sleep hygiene? How is disturbed sleep assessed in kids? How much sleep is enough? It is these and many more topics that will be addressed during this lecture introducing sleep science in children and adolescents. Sleep matters tremendously for healthy development and adaptive functioning in the early developmental stages. The how and the why of sleep’s impact on  memory consolidation, emotional attunement, immune function, social relationships and mental health will be discussed. Tips for improving sleep hygiene and attending to disrupted sleep will also be introduced. You’ll come away from the lecture with a renewed attention and appreciation of sleep, and with resources for learning even more.

A light lunch will be provided.