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Noon Health Bites

Bites imageFall 2015 – Spring 2016

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. Beginning October 13, these will be streamed using a new Web conferencing platform called Zoom. See our instructions about how to use this new technology.

September 8, 2015 - Sound Medicine for Your Brain and Mind

Dr. Sergey Sorin, MD, DABFM

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

Dr. Sergey Sorin will introduce a revolutionary sound technology and the science behind it. Learn how the technology interacts with brainwaves and how to use it to improve sleep, manage pain, improve mental health and enhance peak performance. Join Dr. Sorin for an engaging and interactive talk that includes a purposeful evaluation of how to effectively work with our 3-pound Universe (brain and mind) to enhance quality of life and overall health and wellbeing.

View the Sound Medicine presentation

October 13, 2015 - Positive Psychology Interventions for Maximizing Performance and Potential

Peter Thompson EdS, BCC, MS

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)

Positive Psychology interventions are being applied within fields as diverse as education, the arts, addiction, athletics, performance, therapy, motivation, and organizational dynamics.  Whether for you, your students, athletes, employees, or your organization, these interventions have proven to make a positive impact on people's lives. This experiential workshop will address approaches to increasing subjective well-being, psychological well-being, optimal functioning, and achievement.

View the Positive Psychology Interventions presentation

November 10, 2015 - Taking Control of Your Health with Plant-Based Nutrition

Dr. Ted Barnett, MD

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)

Attendees will learn the rationale behind eating a whole-food, plant-based diet. The power of lifestyle changes to prevent, arrest, and reverse your nation's most expensive and devastating diseases—including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease—will be addressed. Some of the politics behind the current dietary guidelines will be discussed. The speaker will try to persuade the participants that eating only plants is not only optimal for human and planetary health but enjoyable as well.

View the Taking Control of Your Health presentation

December 8, 2015 - Spices as Natural Medicine

Dr. Merrily Kuhn, CCRN(r), RN, Ph.D., N.D., PhD

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)

In the last decade, major medical centers have identified how selected spices can compliment the prevention and management of chronic disorders. Based on human clinical trials published in the last decade, this unique seminar separates popular claims from scientifically validated discoveries for the use of spices as natural medicines.  Dr. Kuhn will discuss the gut and its function, bioavailability, disorders of the GI tract including Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, gluten-and easein-free diets, autism, and the use of Capsaicin (chili), Curcumin (teurmeric), Gingerol (ginger), Quercetin (e.g., garlic), Cinnamon, Coriander, Mint, Peppermint and Resveratrol in treatment.

January 12, 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.

View the Intro to Meditation and Mindfulness presentation

February 9, 2016 - Stop Singing the Winter Blues:  Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder Naturally with Acupuncture

Ric Waren, L.AC

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)

Did you know that Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are effective in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder? This ancient medicine, with a history of over 2,000 years, has been treating the root cause, as well as the symptoms, that come on during seasonal changes to the cooler months. These symptoms include depression, anxiety, lack of concentration, lethargy, carb cravings, weight gain, excessive sleepiness and lack of desire for social interaction.   Acupuncture can effectively counteract these and address the underlying imbalances that cause SAD. Come learn how to boost your energy, get rid of the winter blues and relieve your stress naturally with TCM and Acupuncture.

View the Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder presentation

March 8, 2016 - Caring for Your Aging Parent

Ann Cornell, Psy. D

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.

April 12, 2016 - 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.

View the Keeping Youth Safer presentation

May 10, 2016 - Building Blocks to Successful Blended Families

Estalyn Walcoff, MA, RNP

Strong Memorial Hospital, Room 3-6408 (K307)

While roughly 45% of today's marriages end in divorce, the divorce rate for remarriages involving children is around 70%. This informative seminar will give you tips on how to create successful stepfamilies in which all family members can thrive. Some topics to be discussed are: discipline, the "ex" and how to keep the "romance" alive. Estalyn Walcoff has an MA in counseling psychology and an undergraduate degree in child development. She has been a stepfamily consultant for over 25 years and studied with the Stepfamily Association of America. She is both a stepmother and step child.


June 14, 2016 - Substance Use Disorders:  What We All Need to Know

Patrick Seche, MS, CASAC, Director, Strong Recovery/ Addiction Psychiatry Division, University of Rochester Medical Center

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

Drug/alcohol addiction is a disease that usually starts at a very young age. It impacts millions of households. Most families in America report having at least one family member actively using/abusing drugs and/or alcohol or being in recovery from a substance use disorder. The first steps to addressing Addiction are to understand how it starts, signs and symptoms and  available treatment options. Being informed helps reduce the stigma associated with its disease and removed barriers to treatment and recovery.