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Food For Thought

Spring 2017

All sessions are free and are on Wednesdays from noon - 1 p.m. Presentations are held in the MAC upstairs lounge. You’re welcome to bring a lunch and enjoy each class on its own or attend as many as you would like. 

Workout at Work: The Art and Health of BREAKING THE DESK CHAINS!

Date: February 1st, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC Upstairs Lounge

Presentation Description: 

We know exercise is good for us.  An increasing body of evidence suggests that sedentary behavior such as prolonged bouts of sitting is associated with increased risk for chronic disease and mortality rates. Recent reports also suggest that regularly defined bouts of exercise may not protect against early mortality in certain populations if the excessive sedentary behavior occurs over time. Does this mean that the continuously sitting office worker who regularly participates in moderate or even recommended levels of daily exercise may still be at increased risk? Despite meeting governmental guidelines for weekly physical activity levels?

Break the desk chains!  This fun and engaging session will provide you with information on mini-breaks and how to incorporate 60-second exercise sessions into your day.  Participants will be provided two water bottles and a plan you can individualize so you can start breaking the desk chains immediately!  Come celebrate health and wellness as we work together to prevent diabetes and promote health and wellness the UTA Maverick Way!


1. Booth FW, Roberts CK, Laye MJ. Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases. Compr Physiol. 2012;2(2):1143–1211. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

Presenter(s) Bio: Becky Garner, DrPH, CPH earned an MS in Exercise Science (2010) and most recently a DrPH in Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX.  While earning a doctoral degree, she served as a research assistant for the Better Me Within Diabetes Prevention Program, a five-year NIH-funded project. She is a faculty member in the UTA Department of Kinesiology, serves as graduate faculty in the College of Nursing and provides leadership for the new Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program, scheduled to launch in Fall 2017 (pending approval). 

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Life: 25 Tips to Help You Succeed

Date: March 1st, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC Upstairs Lounge

Description:  - Are you having a difficult time reaching your health goals?  If so check out these simple practical tips to help you reach your health potential.

Presenter Bio: Stacie Ellis is the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who works in Campus Recreations here at UTA. 

Stacie attended Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas where she received her Post Baccalaureate Master’s degrees in Nutrition. Her thesis was on the 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 and writes blogs and newsletters for customers. Stacie’s goals are to help individuals reach their full health potential. ​


Date: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC Upstairs Lounge

Description:  Affirmations are a proven, powerful way of changing your life. You're saying affirmations to yourself every day, whether you're aware of it or not. Think of the things you tell yourself, "I can't afford that," "I'm not smart enough," "That was stupid," "How can I possibly achieve my goal?" These are reinforcing statements that impress your subconscious and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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.