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Lunch & Learn Wellbeing Seminars


Nutrition Myths

December 5, 2017, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Murray Room, Yawkey Athletic Center

This lecture discusses 12 popular myths about food choices and eating habits. We will explain why the myths are false and how they can actually be considered good eating practices, why certain foods are actually good for you and why certain eating habits can actually impede your quest for weight loss and behavior modification.

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Productivity: Busters and Boosters

November 16, 2017, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Murray Room, Yawkey Athletic Center

“It’s not just the number of hours we sit at a desk that determines the value we generate. It’s the energy we bring to the hours we work” states Tony Schwartz, CEO of the Energy Project.

In this seminar, participants will identify the factors that impede productivity and uncover the root causes of procrastination. They will take home valuable time management and goal-setting skills. Highlighting the art and science behind habit-forming, this session promises to help employees focus, follow-through, and achieve.


Fitting Fitness In

October 17, 2017, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Murray Room, Yawkey Athletic Center

Exercise is important for everyone. Do you hate to exercise? What type of exercise is the best? How much is too much and how much is too little? Focus on balance and energy in your life and learn about how to incorporate exercise into your life for your total wellbeing.


What Matters Most: Living Your Value-Driven Life

March 30, 2017, 12 - 1 p.m. | Walsh Hall Function Room, Walsh Hall

What matters most to you? Do your actions reflect your values? Addressing these and other critical questions, this workshop will help participants align their daily actions with their priorities. Three practical tools are used to increase self-awareness and set participants on the path to living a more meaningful life. A wake-up call for most, this workshop will help employees feel more fulfilled and positive about the choices they are making moving forward.

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Brain Food: Eating to Think and Feel Your Best

March 9, 2017, 12 - 1 p.m. | Shea Room, Conte Forum

The foods we choose to eat drive how we feel and think every day. Participants in this workshop will learn which foods to include in their diet in order to enhance emotional wellness, combat stress, and opti- mize mental performance. They will become aware  of the relationship between stress and nutrition and know which foods to reach for to enhance energy and mental resilience. Each participant will leave with a Brain Food Plan, easy recipes for feel-good foods, meal and snack suggestions, as well as a “Brain Food Grocery List.”

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Resistance Training

February 7, 2017, 12 - 1 p.m. | Shea Room, Conte Forum

Strengthening exercises are safe and effective for women and men of all ages and can have a profound impact on a person’s mental and emotional health.

People with health concerns—including heart disease or arthritis—often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes strength training a few times each week. Resistance bands offer an easy, low cost and effective way to add strength training to your exercise program. Participants will learn how to use  a resistance band to perform basic exercises and are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing. Boxed lunch available for take-away.

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Happiness: A Recipe Presented

December 1, 2016

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Balancing Work and Family

October 13, 2016

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Organic Foods: Are They Healthier?

September 29, 2016

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Wellness Is Healthy: Integrative Therapies

March 15, 2016

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EveryBODY Get Healthy* by Lauren Koretzki

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 12 - 1:15 p.m. | Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Join us for a live demo of “EveryBODY Get Healthy,” Harvard Pilgrim’s new online interactive wellness platform. Learn about the wide variety of features and functionality you will soon have access to as part of the HEALTHY YOU program. Lauren will guide you through the site, answer your questions, and share updates on the upcoming rollout. Lauren Koretzki is director of wellness strategy and innovation at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

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Eat to Nourish, Sleep to Flourish* by Roxanne Prichard

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12 - 1:15 p.m. | Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12 - 1:15 p.m. | Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Scientific discoveries in the last ten years have demonstrated that diet and sleep are tightly coupled. Some nutrients promote sleep, whereas others disturb it. How much and how well we sleep influences what food we crave, how we digest food, and even where we store fat. Find out how making simple changes in your food choices and the timing of your meals and sleep can lead to improvements in your health, mood, and energy levels. Roxanne Prichard is an associate professor of psychology at the University of St. Thomas. Cosponsored with the Office of Health Promotion.

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A Mindful Approach to Work* by Elizabeth Maillett, Esq.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 12 - 1:15 p.m. | Murray Function Room, Yawkey Athletic Center

Everyone experiences stressful days at work, but how we respond to them makes a significant difference in work performance, the quality of our interactions, and how we feel both physically and mentally. In this program, partici­pants are taught to recognize the early signs of stress as well as the sources of stress. In addition, they will learn how regular mindfulness practice can enable them to respond to stressful situations in a calm, clear, and thoughtful manner. Liz Maillett is an attorney, educator, and independent consultant with HPHC’s Mindfulness Program with over 16 years experience practicing and teaching mindfulness meditation.

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Flex, Stretch, and Strengthen* by Nathaniel Tiplady, D.C.

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12 - 1:15 p.m. | Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

You will work muscle groups in patterns that will condition you for the things you do in real life! This type of activity helps stabilize the joints, improve strength, and increase blood flow. Participants are encouraged to wear comfort­able clothing. Nate Tiplady is a wellness presenter with Harvard Pilgrim and a licensed chiropractor.

Slides: /content/dam/files/offices/hr/pdf/Flex_StretchandStrengthen_handout.pdf

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Wine, Chocolate, and Warm Bread by Joanne Keaveney, HPHC

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 12 - 1:15 p.m. | Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

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How to Survive the Holidays by Joanne Keaveney, HPHC

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 12 - 1:15 p.m. | Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Joanne Keaveney, M.S., RD, LD, is a health educator with Harvard Pilgrim, who is also a registered dietician and certified culinary chef. Joanne is an accomplished coach and an engaging speaker.

Slides: /content/dam/files/offices/hr/pdf/SURVIVING_HOLIDAYS_110513.pdf

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How to Build a Winning Nutrition Plan: The Art of Defensive Eating by Tara Mardigan, Nutritionist for the Boston Red Sox

October 2013

Tara Mardigan, M.S., M.P.H., RD, is The Plate Coach! She is a fearless and creative ambassador of healthful food choices. Tara also counsels clients at the Lown Cardiovascular Center in Brookline, MA. Cosponsored with the Office of Health Promotion.

Slides: /content/dam/files/offices/hr/pdf/BCStaffFall2013.pdf

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23 and 1/2 Hours: What is the Single Best Thing We Can Do For Our Health?

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ABE for Fitness


Go Ahead... Make My Plate by Sheila Tucker, MA, RD, CSSD, LDN

Slides: /content/dam/files/offices/hr/pdf/MakeMyPlateHealthyYou.pdf

Choose My Plate: A Lyrical Rendition (Music Video):