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'Always Better' Series Inspires Lifelong, Healthy Changes

Workshops Feature University of Rochester Faculty and Medical Experts

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The University of Rochester’s “Always Better” workshop series, which is open to the public, will explore how to change unhealthy habits in two separate sessions on December 10 and 11.

Margaret Odhner, R.N., an adult nurse practitioner in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, will present “Tobacco Recovery—Reframe Your Perspective” from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, in the Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Facility (ACF) A-B conference room. Learn more about the health care burden from smoking, legislative initiatives to create smoke-free environments and the latest strategies to recover from tobacco addiction.

Rick Botelho, M.D., will present “Develop Lifelong Healthy Habits: Learn How to Turn Your Emotional Resistance into Effortless Motivation,” from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Facility (ACF) A-B conference room. An author and lecturer, Botelho is a professor of Family Medicine and Nursing at the University of Rochester. This course and its companion guidebook will teach why we resist change, how to turn emotional resistance into motivation, and how to share your success with family members.

The course fee for each session is $15 and advanced registration is required. Call (585) 275-2344 to register.

The Always Better program, made possible through collaboration between the University of Rochester College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, the Medical Center, and the Memorial Art Gallery, offers a broad range of courses, seminars, medical workshops and events designed to enhance and enrich the lives of people in the Rochester area, helping them to live life Always Better. This unique approach to education, encouraging participants to learn what they love by giving them freedom and flexibility, is at the core of the Always Better program. Classes are non-credit and participants can expect little to no homework, no tests, and no grades, allowing them to explore an area of interest without pressure. Most classes are discussion based, encouraging participants with diverse life experiences and a strong desire to learn to share their views and opinions. For a complete listing of Always Better courses, please contact the University of Rochester Office of Special Programs at (585) 275-2344 or log on to

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