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URMC / Employee Assistance Program / Events / Wellness Series: Health Bites

Noon Health Bites

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program

The series is comprised of useful and timely health/wellness related topics beneficial to the community.

View presentations of previous series

12 – 1 p.m.

At the University of Rochester Medical Center

Room location has been known to change with short notice, so we advise checking the website or calling our office to confirm the location when you register to attend. As a courtesy, we request that you please call 475-0432 or email us at to register the week before the talk is scheduled so that we may ensure a reasonable audience for our speakers. If pre-registration is not sufficient, the talk will be canceled and notification will be found on the website. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

With permission of the presenter, some programs will be streamed online during the live presentation. These presentations will be streamed using a new Web conferencing platform called Zoom. See our instructions about how to use this new technology.


September 13th 2016

Plant-based Diets and Maximal Weight Loss

Thomas Campbell, MD

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)

You may have heard about Bill Clinton, Beyonce, Adele, Carrie Underwood, Ellen Degeneres, or Usher trying plant-based diets recently. Come learn what a plant-based diet is, and whether it’s a healthy way to lose weight. Learn about an approach to weight loss that relies on enjoying better food choices and eating abundantly, rather than trying to “eat less” for the rest of your life. Thomas Campbell, MD is co-author of the bestseller, The China Study and author of The China Study Solution and co-founded the UR Program for Nutrition in Medicine. He regularly supports individuals and groups as they work to change their health and change their life through diet and lifestyle approaches.

October 11th 2016

Caring for Your Aging Parent

Ann Cornell, PsyD

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)

Being a caregiver for aging parents can be a challenging and rewarding role. The quality of this relationship can be affected by factors such as major life transitions, family roles, values, culture, mental health, physical health, and the history of your relationship. Join us to understand more about your relationship and how to make it stronger.

November 8th 2016


Russell Lunn, BFA  

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)

Explore techniques and discover secrets in creating high quality photographs with a Smart Phone Camera. Russ demystifies and makes it easy to understand and use your camera phone. Topics include: how to use the Cloud, basic image editing and clever household uses for this amazing piece of technology we carry everywhere we go. Balancing both creative and technical expertise, Russell Lunn, a veteran professional photographer and video producer turned “Smartphoneography” captures images with his smartphone on a daily basis.  This one-hour program will demystify phone camera settings and improve your knowledge, enabling you to move your “Smartphoneography” skills to the next level.

December 13th 2016

Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness

Estalyn Walcoff, MA, RNP

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)

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.

January 10th 2017

Discovering your daily MOJO

Ric Warren, LAC

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)

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.

February 14th 2017

Why Use Sound Technology to Help Patients?

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

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K-307)

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.

March 14th 2017

Gut Health: Core of our emotional and physical well-being

Dr Zendi Moldenhauer, PhD, NPP, PNP, RN-BC

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K-307)

Gut health is at the very center of mental and physical wellness, yet digestive issues have become epidemic in America and millions of people are suffering. Our gut health impacts our energy, weight, mood, behavior, and results in digestive maladies, but also impacts our immune, endocrine, and nervous systems. Dr Zendi Moldenhauer will offer a guided tour through the digestive system, discuss links between the gut and the brain, the effect of stress on the gut, and the relationship between the gut microbiome and health. Dr. Zendi Moldenhauer will discuss 5 common digestive imbalances and offer practical suggestions to restore normal gut function and optimize health.

April  11th, 2017

Financial Strategies for a Family with Special Needs

James Traylor, President of Upstate Special Needs Planning

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K-307)

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.

May 9th 2017

Return to Work Program Folktales

Deb Martin, RN, MS, CWCP-CM

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K-307)

Return to Work Programs are designed to help an employee reach full recovery following illness or injury while he or she continues in worthwhile and meaningful work. Join us and learn how to debunk return-to-work program myths which will reduce the impact of lost time and ultimately have a positive effect.  Learn how to engage in a successful Return-to-Work following a leave. The session will educate the audience on Return-to- Work resources, discuss Return-to Work myths and the realities behind them, provide clear and consistent return-to-work expectations for all stakeholders.  

June 13th

Keeping Youth Safer in a 24/7 Online World

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

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K-307)

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.