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HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM

Registration for the Health Promotion series is available through HR website. The Boston University Occupational Health Center has been presenting health promotion lectures for employees of the Charles River Campus since 1997. The program has recently expanded to offer lectures on the Boston University Medical Campus.

The goal of the program is to offer employees health information that advocates for healthy lifestyles, helps them gain knowledge to seek medical attention when needed, and introduces them to Boston Medical Center and Boston University health care providers. The lectures are presented during lunchtime, and a light lunch is provided.

Please register in advance to attend.

Fall 2014 Health Promotion Schedule

Tuesday, September 24

Staying Active Across Your Lifespan

Presenter:
Rick DiScipio, MEd, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, NSCA-RSCC, NASM-PES
Assistant Manager of Fitness
Dept. of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Regular moderate intensity physical activity has significant benefits for health. For instance, it can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression. Moreover adequate levels of physical activity will decrease the risk of a hip or vertebral fracture and help control weight.

What will you learn:
* How to add physical activity into your daily life
* Simple exercises and stretches for the office worker
* The difference and benefits of aerobic exercises versus strength training
* The relationship between eating right and exercise
* Stress reduction techniques
* The effects of exercise on disease management and prevention

Location:
BU Occupational Health Center, 930 Commonwealth Avenue, entrance from Pleasant Street

Time: 12pm-1pm


Tuesday, October 21
The DASH Diet: Changing the Way Americans Eat

Medical Campus

Presenters:
Thomas J. Moore, MD, Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at BUSM and Associate Provost on the Medical Campus
Megan Murphy, MPH

We will describe the problems in our society that are caused by poor eating habits (medical, psychological, economic). We will discuss healthy eating habits, using the DASH diet as the example of a healthy diet. We will discuss some of the medical evidence that the DASH diet is a healthy diet. And we will explain the DASH for Health program, an online resource to teach the DASH diet and which is available to all BU staff, faculty and their families.

What will you learn:
* A healthy diet is not just about losing weight. It promotes good health and prevents disease.
* What do you eat on the DASH diet?
* What medical conditions are helped by the DASH diet?
* How do you access the DASH for Health program?

Location:
L Building, School of Medicine, room L311 ( 72 East Concord Street, Third Floor )

Time: 12pm-1pm


Tuesday, October 28
Memory Loss in Older Adults

Presenter:
Lisa B. Caruso, MD, MPH, CMD
Interim Chief, Section of Geriatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine

The participants will become familiar with the syndrome of dementia including its epidemiology, progression and management.

What will you learn:
* Definition of dementia
* Epidemiology of dementia
* Pillars of dementia management, both formal and informal
* Review possible strategies to prevent or delay the progression of dementia

Location:
BU Occupational Health Center, 930 Commonwealth Avenue, entrance from Pleasant Street

Time: 12pm-1pm


Thursday, October 30
Overnight Diet

Presenter:
Caroline Apovian, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Director, Nutrition and Weight Management, Boston Medical Center

Goal of this lecture is to understand hormonal changes with weight loss, macronutrients content of the diet and differential effects and present evidence for obesity being a disease and why.

What will you learn:
* The goal of weight loss for all patients
* The most effective weight loss therapy
* Obesity as a disease and why

Location:
BU Occupational Health Center, 930 Commonwealth Avenue, entrance from Pleasant Street

Time: 12pm-1pm


Tuesday, November 4
Resilience and Mindfulness

Medical Campus

Presenter:
Karen Brouhard, LICSW
BU Faculty and Staff Assistance Office

Life is full of challenges. While we often have no choice over which challenges we encounter, we do have some control over how we respond. This presentation will focus on cultivating resilience – the ability to cope effectively with crises and bounce back quickly from setbacks. Many factors contribute to resilience, some of which can be learned and developed. Mindfulness practices help us observe rather than react to upsetting events and negative feelings, facilitating our responding with greater wisdom and effectiveness.

What will you learn:
In this interactive workshop participants will:
* Explore the sources of their own resilience
* Learn about the use of mindfulness in cultivating resilience
* Practice several mindfulness approaches

Location:
Medical Campus, exact location TBD

Time: 12pm-1pm


Thursday, November 6
What You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements

Presenter:
Lauren Ferraro, MS, RD, LDN
Nutritionist, Sargent Choice Nutrition Center

The regulations for dietary supplements sold in the United States have not kept pace with the rapid growth and sophistication of this multi-billion dollar industry. Unlike drugs, which must be proven safe and effective before the FDA approves them for sale, dietary supplements are not subject to the same rigorous testing before going to market. Advertising claims are often misleading and deceptive practices are widespread. As a result, consumers may be unknowingly exposed to health risks. This session will focus on the steps needed to evaluate the safety, effectiveness, and quality of dietary supplements.

What will you learn:
* The growth and range of dietary supplement use in the United States
* The evolution of dietary supplements from vitamins and minerals to multi-ingredient products marketed for athletic performance, weight loss, and various health conditions
* Resources for evaluating the safety, effectiveness and quality of dietary supplements

Location:
BU Occupational Health Center, 930 Commonwealth Avenue, entrance from Pleasant Street

Time: 12pm-1pm


Tuesday, November 18
Vitamin D: A D-lightful Way To Improve Your Health

Presenter:
Michael F Holick, PhD, MD
Section of Endocrinology, Nutrition and Diabetes Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Physiology, Biophysics and Molecular Medicine, BU School of Medicine

Description: The goal will be to provide the audience with up-to-date information for how much vitamin D and calcium is required for good health for children and adults. The presentation will also give an update on the many benefits of vitamin D and reducing risk for cancer, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and neurocognitive functioning. Strategies using sunlight and vitamin D supplementation will be discussed.

What will you learn:
* Importance of calcium and vitamin D for bone health throughout life
* How to treat and prevent vitamin D deficiency using sensible sun and vitamin D supplements and diet
* Sources of calcium from the diet and supplements
* Importance of vitamin D for reducing risk of many chronic illnesses including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, infectious diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and type 1 diabetes

Location:
BU Occupational Health Center, 930 Commonwealth Avenue, entrance from Pleasant Street

Time: 12pm-1pm


Tuesday, December 9

Coping With Stress During the Holidays

Presenter:
Karen Brouhard, LICSW
BU Faculty and Staff Assistance Office

Description: There are many stressors associated with the holidays. Our responses to these stressors influence the extent to which we experience the holidays as enjoyable and fulfilling versus unpleasant and depleting. This presentation will identify sources of holiday-related stress and offer suggestions for approaching the holidays in a way which reduces this stress. Participants will be guided through a mindfulness exercise and will be encouraged to develop a personalized action plan for coping with the holiday season.

What will you learn:
* Holiday–related sources of stress
* Approaches to the holidays which reduce stress
* A mindfulness practice to promote resilience through the holidays

Location:
BU Occupational Health Center, 930 Commonwealth Avenue, entrance from Pleasant Street

Time: 12pm-1pm


Thursday, January 29

Colon Cancer Screening: What Every Patient Should Know

Presenter:
Daniel Zanchetti, MD
Gastroenterology Fellow, Boston University Medical Center

Description: The objectives of this lecture is to have attendees gain a better understanding of the current burden of disease that colon cancer presents, and review the current recommendations for colorectal cancer screening. We will also review current guidelines for surveillance colonoscopy as well as briefly discuss the role family history plays in screening/surveillance.

What will you learn:
* Understand impact Colon Cancer has as a public health issue
* Review different screening options available for Colon Cancer currently
* Discuss the role of colonoscopy in screening/surveillance for Colon Cancer
* Review lifestyle modifications for Colon Cancer prevention
* Resources available

Location:
BU Occupational Health Center, 930 Commonwealth Avenue, entrance from Pleasant Street

Time: 12pm-1pm


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