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Food for Thought

Sessions are on Wednesdays from noon - 1 pm and are open to anyone. Presentations will be held virtually via TEAMS Live. Log in and enjoy some great informational content on relevant topics in exercise, nutrition, and wellness!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, why am I not satisfied with how I look?

Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: TEAMS Live (virtual event)  Link to Join

Description:  With a constant influx of images on media of what an ideal person should look like, many people have become dissatisfied with the way they look.  When they look in the mirror they either think "I'm too fat,"  "I'm too skinny,"  "Why can't I have more muscle?"  "Why can't I be as pretty as her?"  "Ugg,  I'm so ugly!"   Many people are unsatisfied with the way they look, and for some of these individuals, their struggle progresses to a condition called body dysmorphia.  With body dysmorphia some individuals adopt unhealthy habits to change themselves; while others completely give up.  Come learn the truth about why you feel the way you do regarding yourself.  See if you have any signs of body dysmorphia, and ways to combat it.  You do not have to think negatively about yourself when you look in the mirror,  you can feel great and become healthy why you are doing it too.

Presenter Bio: Stacie Ellis is the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who works in the Department of Campus Recreation at UTA. Stacie is currently a doctoral candidate at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, studying Nutrition and minoring in Kinesiology.  Her dissertation is on the effects of a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet versus a low-carbohydrate, high fat diet on dancer's performance. 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 where she currently is teaching the Food Prep Labs. Stacie loves to help individuals reach their full health potential through education and consultations and truly enjoys her role here at UT Arlington.

Hydration 101

Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: TEAMS Live (virtual event) Link to Join

Presentation Description:  We all see those individuals who are apart of the "gallon club".  They carry a gallon of water with them everywhere they go because it is thought of as "healthy".  Others hate water and only drink flavored beverages like juice, soda, and caffeinated drinks.   Unfortunately, both cases are not the best ways to hydrate yourself.   One has you running to the bathroom every few minutes, and the other has you gaining weight.  So what is the best way to hydrate yourself?  Come learn the truth about our beverages.  What should you be drinking and how much?  Also learn what happens when you don't drink properly, and how to avoid common mistakes people make with hydration.

Presenter Bio: Stacie Ellis is the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who works in the Department of Campus Recreation at UTA. Stacie is currently a doctoral candidate at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, studying Nutrition and minoring in Kinesiology.  Her dissertation is on the effects of a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet versus a low-carbohydrate, high fat diet on dancer's performance. 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 where she currently is teaching the Food Prep Labs. Stacie loves to help individuals reach their full health potential through education and consultations and truly enjoys her role here at UT Arlington.

More Fruits and Veggies Please: Tips on how to get in more fruits and vegetables in your diet

Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: TEAMS Live (virtual event) Link to Join

Description: We all know it,  we need to eat more fruits and vegetables.  But let's be honest,  a side of steamed broccoli is not always your first choice when you are making your plate.  And salads,  there are only so many before you start getting drained.  Not only that, we know that some people, even at the adult age, thinks vegetables are disgusting!!!  With so many challenges with fruits and vegetables, there is no wonder why Americans are not getting the minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  But there is hope.  First, you must understand the importance of fruits and vegetables so you have more motivation to eat them.  Things like mood, energy levels, and disease-fighting benefits are just a few of the many benefits of these food groups.  Also, you will learn great tips and tricks you can apply to add more fruit and vegetables to your meals.   

Presenter Bio: Stacie Ellis is the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who works in the Department of Campus Recreation at UTA. Stacie is currently a doctoral candidate at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, studying Nutrition and minoring in Kinesiology.  Her dissertation is on the effects of a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet versus a low-carbohydrate, high fat diet on dancer's performance. 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 where she currently is teaching the Food Prep Labs. Stacie loves to help individuals reach their full health potential through education and consultations and truly enjoys her role here at UT Arlington.