FSDP: Healthy U

The Faculty and Staff Development Program offers a series of workshops to enhance our understanding of the expected, and unexpected, practices that can contribute to a healthy mind, body, and community.

(New) Attitude of Gratitude: Thanksgiving Everyday

Presenter: Erin Commendatore
   Life Solutions

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 12–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – this workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date – please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Did you know that the simple act of incorporating more gratitude in your life fends off depression, stress, anxiety, and also decreases the risk of heart disease? In this interactive presentation, you will learn about some research in this field of creating and maintaining a positive mindset. The presenter will discuss how gratitude can aid in heart health and increase your overall health. You’ll also learn why gratitude isn’t just a nice feeling that we express when someone does something kind for us, but rather a way of life that each of us can fully embrace. Learn how to practice and cultivate a more grateful lifestyle through activities that you will practice during this session.

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Introduction to Mindfulness

Presenter: Erin Commendatore
   Life Solutions

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 12–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – this workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date – please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Mindfulness is a practice that has been found to benefit both 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) Junk Garden: Upcycling Plant Pots

Presenter: Center for Creativity

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 12–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – this workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date – please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

It’s gardening season! As many of us start to look at seed catalogs and decide what to grow this year, one thing that often goes overlooked is the containers we use to house these new plants. And once we start shopping around for decorative plant pots, we are just as surprised this year as we were last that they can get expensive. In this workshop, we’ll combine creativity with frugality to recycle items from around the house to make beautiful containers for our plant gardens. Not only will you be giving new life to these unused containers, but you’ll create a greener world in the process!

Required materials: Hot glue gun or Elmer's (white) glue, twine or heavy-duty yarn, yogurt/plastic food container or plastic milk bottle, plastic beads or yarn or decorative gravel, spray or acrylic/craft paint.
Optional/recommended materials: Wicker basket, lace.

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(New) Make Your Own Book

Presenter: Center for Creativity

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 12–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – this workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date – please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

During this informal workshop, learn how to make and bind two small notebooks, a concertina and a dos-à-dos, using only minimal sewing and supplies you probably already have (or can easily find). No previous bookbinding experience needed!

Required materials: Paper, cardstock (or a cereal or crackers box), UHU All Purpose Adhesive glue stick, ruler, pencil, X-ACTO knife or scissors, thumbtack, needle and thread

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(New) Healthy Start at Home

Presenter: Thomas Edmonds, Health Coach
   Wellness Center

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 12–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – this workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date – please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

A healthy diet is for the whole family from quick morning breakfasts, to packed lunches, to snacks, to dinners at home. The amount of time kids and adults spend in front of a screen is growing rapidly. The average American spends 9.3 hours a day sitting.  In this lunch and learn, you will learn some useful tips on how to make your whole family’s diet healthy, learn some ways to limit the overall time people spent in front of the screen, incorporate ways to become more active as well as go over the importance of sleep each night.

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