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Health Bites Past Seminars

The following past presentations can be streamed via YouTube.

May 8, 2018 - Essential Oils 101

Mary Anne Zani, BS and Angela Mincacpelli, MS

Essential oils have enhanced lives for thousands of years. Many people are seeking active living and supporting a total lifestyle with natural remedies. Experience the energizing and de-stressing benefits of pure therapeutic-grade essential oils. Pure essential oils support balance and harmony for body, mind, and spirit including advantages for daily applications of essential oils for children’s health, pet care, toxic-free cleaning and cooking.

April 10, 2018 - Keeping Youth Safer in a 24/7 Online World

Pam Weaver, Director of Community Education, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, NY

Utilizing the NetSmartz Workshop, we will discuss the ever changing world of technology and learn how we can educate, engage and empower children to be responsible digital citizens. Online risks such as posting personal or inappropriate information, online predators, cyberbullying and sexting will be addressed. We will discuss the use of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Smartphones and learn how we can help children and teens to safely navigate their online life.

March 13, 2018 - Minimalism

Amy Cavalier

Do you feel overwhelmed by physical and digital clutter in your home or at work? Are you finding it hard to maintain a work/life/family balance? Do you find it ironic that you have closets and dressers filled with clothes but yet you have nothing to wear? Learn how to take back your power, how to say no to things that don’t serve you, and how to better be able to determine between needs and wants with minimalism. Presenter Amy Cavalier is community leader of the Rochester Minimalists, a local group of like-minded individuals looking to share ideas, practice minimalism, and have a positive impact on each other as well as the environment.

February 13, 2018 - Mindful Eating

Marla Pelletier

We will come together to fully enjoy our lunches practicing the tools of Mindful Eating. Get an introduction to the background of Jean Kristeller’s Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness program, how you can integrate presence into your meal, the internal tools you aren’t using when you eat and learn why meditation plays an integral role. This class is both educational and experiential. Bring your lunch or a snack that can be divided into 4 bite sized pieces.

January 9, 2018 - Gut Reaction

Ric Warren, LAC

Traditional Chinese Medicine states that the cause of all internal maladies stem from some sort of constrained emotion. This presentation takes a look at how these emotions impact appetite, eating, digestion, and bowel function. If left untreated they can lead to a state of digestive dysfunction.

December 12, 2017 - Mindfulness and Meditation

Estalyn Walcoff, LMHC, MA, RNP

Most people think of meditation as clearing your mind of all thoughts. In actuality, meditation is just practicing paying attention to one thing over and over again. In this seminar, an overview of the multitude of benefits of meditation will be presented. Much of the time will be spent in learning and practicing this ancient art. Estalyn Walcoff has an MA in Counseling Psychology and has been meditating for over 20 years. She teaches meditation at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester as well as in her private psychotherapy practice.

November 14, 2017 - Dealing with Separation/Divorce and Family Conflict over the Holidays

Renée O. LaPoint, MS, President & Mediator, The Mediation Center, Rochester, NY; John R. Piper, Conflict Resolution Specialist & Mediator, Mutual Choices

Often times, “the most wonderful time of the year”, can bring additional stress for families. For couples and families dealing with separation and divorce the holidays present more challenges for everyone involved. Join us and learn how to maneuver and survive this difficult time of year. Whether you are dealing with a separation, divorce or just the “normal” amount of family stress during the holidays, there are a variety of coping skills that can assist you with managing family communication and conflict.

October 10, 2017 - Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes

Thomas Campbell, MD

Have you been fearful of carbs? Are you pre-diabetic or diabetic and confused about what to eat? Though diabetes has been strongly linked to nutrition and physical activity, it’s hard not to be confused about what to eat. Dr. Tom Campbell will discuss how a well-planned plant-based diet, rich in fiber, can prevent and treat diabetes.

October 4 & 18, 2017 - Planning for a Loved One with Special Needs

Upstate Special Needs

Whether you are a family member or a caregiver for someone living with a disability, this informational seminar will provide you with the knowledge and resources needed to navigate the unique situations and challenges associated with planning for and caring for a loved one with a developmental disability, mental health issue or traumatic brain injury. This seminar will also discuss available government benefits, as well as housing alternatives.

April 11, 2017 - Financial Strategies for a Family with Special Needs

James Traylor, President of Upstate Special Needs Planning

This presentation is intended for families caring for a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability, mental illness/substance abuse, or a traumatic brain injury. opics will Include- Understanding the costs of caring for a person with special needs, maximizing available financial benefits for you and your loved one, understanding creative ways to save money for a person with a disability and planning for what will happen to your loved one after you are gone.

February 14, 2017 - Why Use Sound Technology to Help Patients?

Brian Dailey, MD, FACEP, FACFE (University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry-URMC)

Sound technology, specifically Hemi-Sync®, involves the playing of selected sound frequencies, which resonate with the brain and can facilitate healing, improve sleep, help manage pain and ease symptoms of conventional cancer therapies. Anxiety disorder with trouble relaxing or sleeping? Take patients  to a theta/delta brain wave state in minutes and induce a calm euphoria, useful for PTSD. Know someone with cancer? We will review some sound exercises to help with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and to help boost the immune system. Join Dr. Dailey as he explains sound technology basics and shares individual case studies as well as research findings. View the Sound Technology to Help Patients presentation.

January 10, 2017 - Discovering your daily MOJO

Rick Warren, LAC

Presenting 5 habits that include diet, meditation, movement, mindfulness and reading/writing that can help your day be brighter and keep you healthy. This presentation is designed to help sift through the mountain of information on health and wellness. Here are 5 basic, simple steps that can help you reach your healthy body goals-1-diet not dieting, 2-mindfulness meditation- a quick centering and awareness concentrating on our "breath", 3-movement, which can be as simple as stretching at your desk and, 4-reading (not emails) but actual books which keep our minds sharp and lively and last 5-writing or journaling , it's a way to write your biography of thoughts and feelings. These 5 are designed to be done in a timely manner and can help make our ever busy day just a little bit brighter and more healthy.