Health Promotion Series

Fall 2021

Top 10 Ergonomic Tips for Staying Healthy

Wednesday, September 29, 12-1 pm     
Remote through Zoom – Link will be emailed out prior to session.
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Karen Jacobs, EdD, OT, OTR, CPE, FAOT
Clinical Professor, Occupational Therapy, Sargent College

Ergonomics has been called, “…the science of work; of the people who do it and the ways it is done; the tools and equipment they use, the places they work in, and the psychosocial aspects of the working situation.” Ergonomics principles can be easily applied to all contexts and to people of all ages. Practicing ergonomic strategies is important to staying healthy. Most of these strategies are inexpensive, easy to follow and incorporate into your daily routines. Being equipped with the right tools & strategies to complete day-to-day tasks is the first step towards being happier, healthier, safer and more productive. In general, think ergonomics!

What Can the History of Antibiotic Resistance Teach Us Today?

Tuesday, November 16, 12-1 pm     
Remote through Zoom – Link will be emailed out prior to session.
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Muhammad H. Zaman
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

This talk will focus on Professor Zaman’s recent book “Biography of Resistance: Epic Battle between People and Pathogens”. He will describe three lessons from his research about how we ended up “here” (i.e. in a world where antimicrobial resistance is an acute and truly global challenge) and what history can tell us about a healthier future.

Mindfulness Basics & Its Practice for A Healthy Mind & Body

Wednesday, November 17, 12-1 pm     
Remote through Zoom – Link will be emailed out prior to session.
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Marjorie Jacobs, MA
Senior Training Associate, BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

An interactive and experiential opportunity to understand the origins and purposes of mindfulness as a practice that promotes stress resilience, compassion for ourselves and others, and mental, physical, emotional, and relationship health.

Sargent Choice Nutrition Center Presentation

Thursday, December 2, 12-1 pm     
Remote through Zoom – Link will be emailed out prior to session.
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Rachel Reynolds
Sargent Choice Nutrition Center Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Join Sargent Choice Nutrition Center experts in food and nutrition to learn about health, performance goals, food tips, and thoughtful eating! Everywhere you look there is a new diet trend emerging, each promising health benefits and ‘quick fixes.’ The same foods touted as beneficial in one diet, are demonized in another – it’s no wonder we are all confused! This session will review the current state of the evidence for several popular diet trends including the Ketogenic Diet, the Paleo Diet and Whole30. We will review the evidence-based dietary recommendations for health promotion and disease prevention, and guide you through a personal assessment of your own eating habits. Finally, we will help you identify opportunities for routinely adding health-promoting foods to your current eating pattern, in a way that works for you.

Understanding and Addressing Mental Health Inequalities among Transgender and Nonbinary College Students

Thursday, December 9, 12-1 pm     
Remote through Zoom – Link will be emailed out prior to session.
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Sarah Ketchen Lipson
Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, Department of Health Law Policy and Management, Principal Investigator of the Healthy Minds Network

This presentation will provide national statistics on the prevalence of mental health problems (symptoms of depression, anxiety, suicidality) among college students identifying as transgender or nonbinary. Much of the data presented will come from the annual Healthy Minds Study, the largest and most comprehensive survey of mental health in college student populations. Attendees will learn about the magnitude of mental health inequalities among trans and nonbinary students relative to their cisgender peers. The presentation will also focus on the system-level drivers that shape these inequalities, including discriminatory campus policies and practices. Attendees will have an opportunity to consider how policies shape mental health outcomes and the need for further protections, including in healthcare settings. Time will be allotted for discussion.

Boston University strives to be accessible, inclusive and diverse in our facilities, programming and academic offerings. Your experience in this event is important to us. If you have a disability (including but not limited to learning or attention, mental health, concussion, vision, mobility, hearing, physical or other health related), require communication access services for the deaf or hard of hearing, or believe that you require a reasonable accommodation for another reason please contact the event organizer bewell@bu.edu. to discuss your needs.