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Noon Health Bites


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 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.

To Register:

Please call 475-0432 or email us at

UR Employees:
Please register through Well-U.

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.

Upcoming Events

September 12, 2017 - Feng Shui

Catherine Dean, CFSP, CFSS, CSP

Feng Shui is an ancient art and science that has been practiced for over 5,000 years. It is a method used in one’s home or work space to bring balance to the space allowing for entrance of positive energy. This energy balance can be used to enhance one’s career, relationships and/or health. Please join us to hear more about Feng Shui and see how it can be used to promote your own personal wellbeing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

June 12, 2018 - Tips and Tricks for Stopping Stress

Wendy Smith, PhD, Certified Qigong and Tai Chi instructor

We all want to feel good, be healthy and connected to the present moment. But many of us are living stressed lives. Join us to learn how to be more effective in reducing stress. Come learn techniques that can stop the fight or flight response before those harmful stress hormones are released.