Health Promotion

Good health starts with knowing what’s good—and what’s not—for you. To make smart, appropriate health choices, you need to understand the real issues. Want to know more? Attend a lunch-time Health Promotion series and learn about topics that are relevant to you and your family from experts in the field.

At each session, you’ll learn preventive health and nutrition tips, become informed about current medical issues, and find out how you and your family can be safer and healthier all year long. The interactive programs are presented by professional medical staff, most of whom are Boston University employees.

Our Fall 2014 Health Promotion Programs are now underway.

Health Promotion Events

Staying Active Across Your Lifespan

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

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

Location

Boston University Occupational Health Center room ( 930 Commonwealth Avenue, West Pleasant Street entrance )

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 You Will 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

Who Should Attend:

  • All Boston University employees

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The DASH Diet: Changing the Way Americans Eat

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

Dr. Moore, Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at BUSM and Associate Provost on the Medical Campus

Location

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

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 You Will 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?

Who Should Attend:

  • All Boston University employees

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BU Maternity Program

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Presenters

Kristin Gruber-Grunert, Director: Office of Family Resources & Children's Center; Bonnie Teitleman, Director: Faculty, Staff Assistance Office; Mary Flemming, Human Resources Consultant; Marcy McMahon - Obstetric Nurse

Location

Human Resources Conference Room, room 245 ( 25 Buick Street, Second Floor )

This program will bring expectant parents together in a light and festive atmosphere to discuss both professional and personal concerns associated with having a baby, including maternity leave, postpartum depression, returning to work, breastfeeding (both before leaving and after returning to work), available benefits, and childcare support.

What You Will Learn:

  • Information about maternity leave benefits
  • Information about child care supports available at the University
  • Information about breastfeeding (both before returning to work and after returning to work)
  • Information about the familial stresses associated with having a baby or adopting a child

Who Should Attend:

  • Those thinking about having a baby or adopting a child
  • New or expectant parents/partners/caregivers

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Memory Loss in Older Adults

  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

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

Location

Boston University Occupational Health Center room ( 930 Commonwealth Avenue, West Pleasant Street entrance )

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

What You Will 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

Who Should Attend:

  • All Boston University employees

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BU Maternity Program

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Presenters

Kristin Gruber-Grunert, Director: Office of Family Resources & Children's Center; Bonnie Teitleman, Director: Faculty, Staff Assistance Office; Mary Flemming, Human Resources Consultant; Marcy McMahon - Obstetric Nurse

Location

Human Resources Conference Room, room 245 ( 25 Buick Street, Second Floor )

This program will bring expectant parents together in a light and festive atmosphere to discuss both professional and personal concerns associated with having a baby, including maternity leave, postpartum depression, returning to work, breastfeeding (both before leaving and after returning to work), available benefits, and childcare support.

What You Will Learn:

  • Information about maternity leave benefits
  • Information about child care supports available at the University
  • Information about breastfeeding (both before returning to work and after returning to work)
  • Information about the familial stresses associated with having a baby or adopting a child

Who Should Attend:

  • Those thinking about having a baby or adopting a child
  • New or expectant parents/partners/caregivers

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Overnight Diet

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

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

Location

Boston University Occupational Health Center room ( 930 Commonwealth Avenue, West Pleasant Street entrance )

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 You Will Learn:

  • The goal of weight loss for all patients
  • The most effective weight loss therapy
  • Obesity as a disease and why

Who Should Attend:

  • All Boston University employees

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Resilience and Mindfulness

  • Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

Karen Brouhard, Faculty and Staff Assistance Office

Location

L Building, School of Medicine room L201 ( 72 East Concord Street, Second Floor )

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 You Will Learn:

  • Explore the sources of their own resilience
  • Learn about the use of mindfulness in cultivating resilence
  • Practice several mindfulness approaches

Who Should Attend:

  • All Boston University employees

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What You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements

  • Thursday, November 6, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

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

Location

Boston University Occupational Health Center room ( 930 Commonwealth Avenue, West Pleasant Street entrance )

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 You Will 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

Who Should Attend:

  • All Boston University employees

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Vitamin D: A D-Lightful Way To Improve Your Health

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

Michael F. Holick, PhD, M.D., Section of Endocrinology, Nutrition And Diabetes Department of Medicine Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics And Molecular Medicine

Location

Boston University Occupational Health Center room ( 930 Commonwealth Avenue, West Pleasant Street entrance )

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 You Will 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

Who Should Attend:

  • All Boston University employees

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Coping With Stress During the Holidays

  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

Karen Brouhard, LICSW, Faculty/Staff Assistance Office, Employee Assistance Counselor

Location

Boston University Occupational Health Center room ( 930 Commonwealth Avenue, West Pleasant Street entrance )

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. This lecture is jointly presented by the Faculty Staff Assistance Office and the BU Occupational Health Center.

What You Will Learn:

  • Holiday-related sources of stress
  • Approaches to the holidays which reduce stress
  • A mindfulness practice to promote resilence through the holidays

Who Should Attend:

  • All Boston University employees

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Colon Cancer Screening: What Every Patient Should Know

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenters

Daniel Zanchetti, MD, Gastroenterology Fellow

Location

Boston University Occupational Health Center room ( 930 Commonwealth Avenue, West Pleasant Street entrance )

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 You Will 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

Who Should Attend:

  • All Boston University employees

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