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Food for Thought

Sessions are on Wednesdays from noon - 1 pm and are FREE to the University community. Presentations are held in the MAC upstairs lounge and you are welcome to bring a lunch. Bring a friend or a co-worker and enjoy some great informational content on relevant topics in exercise, nutrition, and wellness!

5 Ways To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude

Date: Wednesday, February 7th

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC Upstairs Lounge

Description:  Feeling and expressing gratitude can make you happy in the moment—just think back to the joy you felt the last time a friend helped you out or your partner cooked a gourmet dinner—and a growing mound of evidence shows that giving thanks can also have a lasting effect on your mood. One study from the University of Pennsylvania found that people who wrote and delivered a heartfelt thank-you letter actually felt happier for a full month after, and the same researchers discovered that writing down three positive events each day for a week kept happiness levels high for up to six months.

Presenter Bio: Janet Ellis is an impassioned speaker, life coach and training consultant specializing in personal resilience, emotional and spiritual wellness, leadership and organizational renewal. She has inspired many groups and individuals to make positive changes in their lives. Through her company, Janet's Planets of Empowerment, she designs and delivers inspirational workshops, seminars and keynote presentations.  Janet has been trained and licensed by Laurie Beth Jones, to work as a speaker, presenter, and facilitator. Janet has extensive group leadership & counseling training from the Texas Association of Drug & Alcohol Counselors. She has training and experience in work style assessments, communication skills, behavioral intervention techniques and time management skill building. She has served hundreds of individuals and organizations in business, non-profit and faith-based sector.

Cardiovascular Benefits Of Various Training Modes And Stress Management Mechanisms On Pre-Hypertensive College Students.

Date: Wednesday, March 7th

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC Upstairs Lounge

Description: The college environment poses threats to the onset of cardiovascular disease by way of various stress factors not limited to coursework. These factors include social belonging, financial and time constraints. With varying stress factors unique to college students, come solutions introduced by the college environment. This talk covers exercise, education and stress management as remedies and the role the college environment plays in stress heart health. The modes of exercise discussed will consist of aerobic, moderate and high exercise intensity. 

Presenter Bio: Christopher Woolen is a lifelong learner of health and fitness, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and Athletics Fitness Association of America. A “Train Example” and “Try it First” mindset allows him to speak from experience on many topics. When Chris is not training or working with clients he writes on a variety fitness related topics, he shares them primarily on his blog serves as a resource for his clients as a method to expand his reach to help others.

The Truth About GMOs: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Date: Wednesday, April 4th

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC Upstairs Lounge

Presentation Description: Learn what science states about GMO foods.  Is it as harmful as people think?  What are the benefits of having GMO crops? What are the potential problems with GMO foods?  What are the ethical debates regarding it?

Presenter Bio: Stacie Ellis is the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who works in the Department of Campus Recreation at UTA. Stacie is currently a doctoral student at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, studying Nutrition and minoring in Kinesiology. She attended TWU for her Master’s degree in Nutrition, where she completed her thesis on Using Athlete’s Plate for Easy Training/ Weight Management with Dancers. Stacie has completed the Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management Program on June 4 - 6, 2015. She is a PRN Clinical Dietitian at Texas General Hospital and American Health Assessments, where she provides medical nutrition therapy to patients with various conditions; and she serves as the Chief Nutrition Officer for Vitafive, a gummy vitamin company, where she gives nutritional input in product development. Stacie loves to help individuals reach their full health potential through education and consultations and truly enjoys her role here at UT Arlington.