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Food For Thought

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

Hatitutdes of Gratitude

Date: September 7, 2016

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC Upstairs Lounge

Presentation Description:  Thinking about all you have to appreciate can boost your happiness and your overall sense of well-being, according to psychologists. Feeling and expressing gratitude can make you happy in the moment. So how can you cultivate a growing sense of gratitude—and its positive side-benefits—on your own? It turns out that the tools used by psychologists in research studies—namely a gratitude journal and some thank-you notes—are some of the best ones for boosting gratitude both in and out of the lab. By writing down positive things that happen to you and actively acknowledging those who have helped you, you become better at recognizing the good in your life, which naturally helps you feel more grateful and thankful more often.

Presenter(s) 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 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.

Back Pain & Spine Surgery Prevention

Date: October 5, 2016

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC Upstairs Lounge

Description:  Educational workshop focused on the causes of back pain, prevention, and conservative care to avoid high-tech imaging, injections, and surgeries.

Presenter Bio: Drake McCrary is a Senior Account Executive for Airrosti who is dedicated to helping UT System employees live pain-free. A native of San Antonio, TX, Drake graduated from Vanderbilt University and went on to earn his MBA from University of Florida. Drake is an avid sports fan and motorcyclist with a passion for health & fitness.

Dr. Hillary Owen has treated patients with Airrosti for nearly five years, providing them with the best soft tissue treatment on the planet. A proud Aggie, Dr. Owen grew up in Houston before moving to College Station to obtain her undergraduate degree.  She headed to Dallas shortly after to pursue her doctorate of chiropractic at Parker University, and she has been in North Texas ever since.  Dr. Owen loves live music and exploring new cities with family and friends.

50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes!

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: MAC Upstairs Lounge

Description:  Diabetes prevention is proven, possible, and powerful. Studies endorsed by the National Institutes of Health such as the Diabetes Prevention Program show that people at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by losing 5 to 7 percent of their weight, if they are overweight—that's 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. 

Have you wondered or possibly been told that you are at risk for developing diabetes or that you have prediabetes? What about your friends or your family members?  Join this engaging, interactive presentation on Nov. 2, 2016 and learn how YOU can take one (or a few!) small steps to promote and prevent the onset of prediabetes in both your life and the people you care about.  Join Dr. Garner and Public Health students as they focus on National Diabetes Awareness Month to draw attention to diabetes and its effects on millions of American.  Come celebrate health and wellness as we work together to prevent diabetes and promote health and wellness the UTA Maverick Way!

Presenter Bio: Becky Garner, DrPH, CPH earned a 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 and provides leadership for the new public health degree programs in the College of Nursing & Health Innovation.  She is married to Doug Garner, coach of the UTA Movin Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Team.