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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 MAC 213 (upstairs classroom) 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 6

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC 213 (upstairs classroom)

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, Interfaith Minister and life coach specializing in personal resilience, emotional and spiritual wellness, leadership and organizational renewal. She is also an AVID Mentor at Paschal High School, and creator and owner of her company, Janet's Planets of Empowerment, which is located in Arlington, Texas.  Through her company, she designs and delivers inspirational workshops, seminars and keynote presentations and has inspired many groups and individuals to make positive changes in their lives.

So, You Are Now Vegan

Date: Wednesday, March 6

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC 213 (upstairs classroom)

Presentation Description:  Vegetarians and vegans are one of the fastest growing lifestyle trends. Come learn the answer to some of the common vegetarian questions.  What does it mean to be vegetarian?  Is it really as healthy as people say?  Where do you get your protein?  Is it great for weight loss? What vitamins and minerals do you need to watch out for?

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 also a Graduate Teaching Assistant at TWU teaching the Food Prep Labs; 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. 

Fat Loss Facts and Fallacies

Date: Wednesday, April 3

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC 213 (upstairs classroom)

Description:  This presentation is a look into the facts and myths surrounding fat loss to help you get optimal and long lasting results.

Presenter Bio: Chase White is a Personal Trainer who works in Campus Recreation here at the MAC. He attended UTA for his bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, graduating in 2015. He then went on to complete his Master's degree in Health, Kinesiology, and Sports Studies at Texas A&M Commerce. He is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. Chase plans to pursue a Ph.D. and perform research on muscle hypertrophy and supplements.