FSDP: Year of Health U

Overview

In support of the University's Year of Health U, the Faculty and Staff Development Program is offering a series of workshops to enhance our understanding of the expected, and unexpected practices that can contribute to a healthy mind and body.

(New) Healthy Vegetarian Eating

Presenter: Taelor Vetica, Onsite Health Coach
Health and Wellness Center
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

We've all heard fruits and vegetables are "good" for us, but why are they? Do you know the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet? Join us for this interactive presenation - you might walk away with new motivation to eat your vegetables! Please note that lunch will not be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own lunch.

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(New) Get Creative at the Workshop!

Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

How is art and creativity related to health and wellness? The level of focus required to create a painting, write a poem, or strum a song on a guitar can be so consuming that you can't think of anything else - including what stresses you! The "Workshop" at Pitt's Center for Creativity is a place where all members of the University are welcome to drop in and "make stuff." So...come to paint something, write something, or play something! All materials and inspiration are provided.

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(New) Introduction to Mindfulness

Presenter: Erin Commendatore
LifeSolutions
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Mindfulness is a practice that has been found to benefit psychological and physical health. In this class, participants will be introduced to the concept and practice of mindfulness, how it can help participants cope with stress and other difficult emotions, and how it can contribute to one's wellbeing. Participants will have the opportunity to experience at least one formal mindfulness practice first hand.

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(New) Sweet Dreams: Why Sleep is Important to a Healthy You

Presenter: Peter Franzen, PhD, Assistant Professor
Sleep and Chronobiology Center
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Getting enough good quality sleep is critically important for our emotional and physical health and wellbeing. Chronic and intermittent sleep problems are very common, and can significantly diminsh health, alertness, and safety. Sleep is also frequently not given its due respect, with about one in five Americans obtaining less than six hours a night. Short sleep duration is associated with problems such as increased risk of moter vehicle accidents, weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and psychiatric disorders. Participants will learn about the importance of sleep health for improving overall health.

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