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EAP publishes monthly newsletters for employees and supervisors. Articles cover employee wellness and work related issues. Please visit our Newsletter Archive to view older issues of our newsletter.

Health Bites Series

Sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program

Our Health Bites series is comprised of useful and timely health/wellness related topics beneficial to the community. Please visit our Health Bites Archive to view previously recorded Health Bites seminars.

The 2020/21 Health Bites series will be streamed exclusively using Zoom. See our instructions about how to use this new technology.

September 8, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Talk Saves Lives: An Intro to Suicide Prevention

Missy Stolfi, Area Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Western & Central NY Chapters

Talk Saves Lives is AFSP’s standardized, 45-60 minute education program that provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe.

October 13, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Keeping Youth Safer in a 24/7 Online World

Debra Ortiz-Pardi, Outreach Manager, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, NY

How we use technology is ever-changing, especially now amid the COVID-19 era. Utilizing the NetSmartz Workshop, we will discuss online trends and risks and learn how to educate, engage and empower children to navigate their online lives and be responsible digital citizens.

November 10, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Planning for the Holidays - Without Breaking the Bank

Andrea Colline, Outreach Coordinator, CCCS of Rochester

Learn how to plan, prepare, and manage holiday expenses. Receive tools that will help you reduce your holiday costs and increase your holiday enjoyment.

December 8, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Estalyn Walcoff, MA, RNP, LMHC

Estalyn Walcoff, MA, RNP, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Besides incorporating mindfulness/meditation in her private psychotherapy practice, she teachers it to school children and teachers in the Brighton and Victor school districts, to seniors at various YMCA’s around town and to gynecological cancer survivors at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. She has been meditating for over 13 years.

January 12, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Trending Now in Nutrition

Center for Community Health & Prevention

When it comes to nutrition, how do you know if what’s new will work for you? Join experts from Well-U’s lifestyle management team for a deep dive into trending diets. See how they stack up to recommendations and discover how and what you should be eating to prevent disease, increase energy, and improve overall health.

February 9, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Defeating Your Debt

Andrea Colline, Outreach Coordinator, CCCS of Rochester

It's estimated that the average American household owes almost $10,000 in credit card debt alone, representing minimum payments of almost $400 a month. Covering strategies for negotiating interest rates, negotiating settlements, developing smart strategies for tax returns and developing repayment plans, this class empowers consumers to take charge of their debt and work towards a debt-free lifestyle.

March 9, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Raised Bed Gardening

Master Gardener, Cornell Cooperative Extension

This lecture will focus on the key steps to ensure a successful vegetable garden. We will also cover planting and harvesting techniques, the advantages of raised bed gardening and the top 10 vegetables for home gardening.

April 13, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Amy Cavalier

Feeling overwhelmed by clutter and obligations at home or at work? Finding it difficult to maintain a work/life/family balance? Do you have closets and dressers filled with clothes but nothing to wear? When things in life aren't adding up, start subtracting. Learn how minimalism can help you take back your power, do more with less, save money, and improve your ability to determine between needs from wants. Presenter Amy Cavalier is an advocate of the Buy Nothing movement in Monroe County and former leader of the Rochester Minimalists.

May 11, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Overview of Lifespan's Services

Mary Rose McBride, VP of Marketing & Communications, Lifespan

Rosalind Carter once said, "There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers." Lifespan of Greater Rochester is a regional nonprofit dedicated to providing information, guidance and services for older adults and caregivers. We compare what we do to when you needed a travel agent to plan your trip to another country because you didn’t know the terrain. Eldercare/caregiving and long-term care is much like that. You often need a guide who knows the terrain. The presenter, Mary Rose McBride, is VP Marketing/Communications at Lifespan. She has 29 years of experience in the field as well as personal experience as a caregiving daughter. She will provide an overview of Lifespan’s services.

June 8, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Science vs. Myth in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Ian Cero, Ph.D.

Post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) has received increased attention from both the media and broader public over the past decade. That attention has thankfully come with increased recognition of how significantly trauma can impact the lives of those who experience it. But like many other disorders now recognized by the public (e.g., Major Depression, Bipolar Disorders), there are now also many commonly held and unhelpful myths about PTSD. This discussion aims to sort out the myths from the science of PTSD, including (a) what makes an event "traumatic," (b) how trauma can lead to PTSD for some people and not others, and (c) how the science-based treatments can significantly improve the lives of people suffering from PTSD.