Skip to main content
Explore URMC

UR Medicine



health bites


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

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 sign up 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

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.

Financial Seminars

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.