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Food For Thought

All sessions are free and are on Wednesdays from noon - 1 p.m. in room 213 of the MAC. You’re welcome to bring a lunch and enjoy each class on its own or attend as many as you would like. 

Spring 2014 Food for Thought

Date: Wednesday, February 5th

Time/Location: 12:00-1:00 pm/MAC 213 (upstairs classroom)

Title: Nutrition 101 – Understand the Basics of Nutrition”

Description:  This session will give you a chance to cover the basics of nutrition, so that you can make informed decisions about what you eat.  We get bombarded with nutrition information, but what is the real info that we need to know?  We’ll look at the main components of what we eat - carbohydrates, fats, and protein.   You’ll learn why we need each of these nutrients, how much we need, and what we should look for when choosing foods with these nutrients.  We’ll also talk about what we should try to incorporate into our meals and snacks throughout the day so that we give our bodies the fuel they need to be at their best and healthiest.

Presenter Bio:  Lisa Nesta is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who provides nutrition services including counseling, speaking, and writing and works for area hospitals as a clinical dietitian.  She specializes in weight management, eating disorders, sports nutrition, and wellness.  She also offers nutrition counseling for students, faculty, and staff through the Department of Campus Recreation at the MAC.


Date: Wednesday, March 5th 

Time/Location: 12p-1p/MAC 213 (upstairs classroom)

Title:  YOUR Health Triangle:  Is It Balanced?

Description:  Much research has been presented on the connection between physical and mental health.  The Surgeon General’s Report describes mental health and physical health as one and the same.   This lecture explores the link between the positive effects of exercise on brain function and how even small doses of low impact exercise can improve both physical and mental health!  YOU will have the opportunity to develop your own HEALTH TRIANGLE in order to discover how balanced your approach is to mental, physical and social health! This fun, interactive session will provide you with fresh, fun and easy ideas to help you feel better, think well and be better equipped to contend with the ever-present stressors that we all have in our lives!

Presenter Bio:  Presented by Becky Garner, MS.  Becky is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and a doctoral student in Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.  Her areas of interest include population based approaches to physical activity and improving health for individuals with physical disabilities.


Date: Wednesday, April 2nd 

Time/Location: 12p-1p/MAC 213 (upstairs classroom)

Title: "Nagging Bodily Pains as a Result of Muscular Imbalances, and Simple Exercises to Correct these Conditions"

Description:  The lecture is a look into human posture and some bodily imperfections that can emerge over a lifetime.  The discussion also will inform the attendees of possible injuries or pains which can be a result of these muscular flaws and descriptions of each of these issues.  In depth examples of exercises and their form, which are used to assist in the correction of muscular imbalances, will be examined to finalize the lecture.  

Presenter Bio:  Stephen Newhart has been an active affiliate in the fitness industry for the past 10 years where he has worked as a fitness professional for an assortment of fitness centers.  Stephen now is a professor and The University of Texas at Arlington in conjunction with his Senior Fitness Director position at Larry North Fitness Center.  Stephen is a firm believer in continuing education, and over the past 11 years has acquired his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, his Master's degree in Exercise Physiology, the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and many more.  Stephen is proud to have obtained his degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and is an active alumnus.


Date: Wednesday, May 7

Time/Location: 12p-1p/MAC 213 (upstairs classroom)

Title:  Play Filled Living

Description:  How can we add more play into our lives?  Watch a kid make a sand castle, or paint a picture and notice their willingness to create without rules, design without limitations, and build without expectations.  Choosing to add playtime into our lives is a key ingredient to creating a life of your own. A life designed for and by you, and magnificently lived.

Presenter Bio:  Janet Ellis is an impassioned speaker, life coach, interfaith minister 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.