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One Hour Lecture Series:



Be Stroke Smart: Can you recognize stroke symptoms? Do you know what to do during the critical first five minutes following a stroke? Participants learn stroke facts, steps to reduce stroke risk and the warning signs of a stroke.

Cancer Risk Reduction: Program participants will understand how to reduce their cancer risks and the steps involved in leading a healthier life. Risk factors, warning signs and preventative measures are discussed.

Cholesterol Education: Have you been told to lower your cholesterol level? Do you know how and why? Learn what cholesterol is and what the suggested levels are. High blood cholesterol levels can affect your health, so learn dietary and non-dietary strategies to reduce cholesterol levels.

Colorectal Cancer Education: Learn the basics of prevention, screening, detection and treatment of colorectal cancer.

Diabetes Education:
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing public health issues in America! Get the latest research results on diabetes including the definition and history of diabetes, risk factors, classifications and normal blood glucose levels, diagnostic criteria for diabetes, and treatment options.

For You/For Life Breast Health Education: Participants are given an overview of breast cancer including: prevalence, what cancer is and the various risk factors. The steps to early detection are emphasized including discussions on the importance and advantages of clinical exams, breast self-exams and mammography's.

Heart Health in a Heartbeat: A “cliff notes” on heart health. Quick, but informative this lecture serves as an overview of the various aspects of heart health and how to keep your ticker healthy!

Know Your Health: Smoking Cessation: Examine why you smoke and figure out how to quit.  This lecture provides a comprehensive education about smoking and quitting. Topics discussed include the prevalence of smoking, health consequences, physiological and social effects, and steps and tools to help you quit.

Know Your Numbers:
Managing Blood Pressure: Do you know what your blood pressure is? Should be? Learn about blood pressure including what causes high blood pressure, what high blood pressure does to your body, what can be done for high blood pressure and how to reduce your risk for high blood pressure.

Men's Health Issues: Do you take better care of your car than your body? What should you know about what's "under the hood"? Get an overview of how to reduce the risk of heart disease and the following cancers: lung, colo-rectal, prostate & testicular. Learn how prevention and early detection is an important part of routine health maintenance.

NEW - Pain of Migraines: Learn about the causes, symptoms & treatment options for this painful condition that strikes many people regularly.

Safe Fun in the Sun: Learn how to safely enjoy the summer and protect yourself from the damaging effects of the sun. Learn about skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

Understanding Osteoporosis: At risk for osteoporosis? Take part in an informational discussion on how to protect yourself, treatment options, bone density screenings and when to see a doctor.

Women & Heart Disease: Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Learn the basics of heart disease and how you can take action to lower your risk and stay on the road to heart health.

Women’s Health: An overview of some of the most common conditions that affect a woman's health during her lifetime. Topics include: menopause, heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer. Also discussed are tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while navigating through specific stages of life.


Back Safety: Learn important aspects of back care, including how to prevent back injury and recurring back pain through proper posture, body mechanics and exercise.

Ergonomics for a Healthier You: Receive instruction on proper workstation positioning in order to reduce eye strain, neck strain or aching fingers and wrists. Participants will also learn about the anatomy of the hand/arm and causes, prevention and treatment of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.


Building Your Activity Pyramid: Experts say that every adult should accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate to intense physical activity over the course of most days. Learn how to use the activity pyramid to help guide you towards your activity and fitness goals. Also includes information and guidelines from the newly released "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans".

FAVORITE! Exercise for Busy People: Learn how to incorporate activity into your busy day at home, at work or when traveling, with simple but effective exercises. Participants receive a Dyna-Band and instruction booklet. Tone up in just 20 minutes a day with "equipment" that can fit in a pocket! (Extra $2/person charge for bands).

Fit Kids/Fit Families: Nutrition and fitness for the whole family. Emphasis on how to obtain and maintain a healthy weight, including special information for overweight children. Topics include portion and serving sizes for everyone in the family, suggestions for meals the family can make together and healthy recipes for kids. Strategies for a physically active lifestyle for the entire family provided.

Get Fit While You Sit:
Most Americans sit more during each day than is recommended for a healthy body.  This talk will give you tips & ideas on how to add activity to even the busiest of work days. 

Love to Eat? Hate to Exercise?
Eat the foods you love and incorporate physical activity in a busy schedule. Discussion on how to make nutrition and physical activity a part of your lifestyle.

Walk Your Way to Fitness: Learn how to develop your own personalized walking program including proper walking techniques, shoe selection and safety guidelines.


Balancing Work & Home: Do you feel like you're constantly doing a juggling act? Is it starting to have a negative effect? Learn how to achieve life balance by exploring the important aspects of your home, work and self.

Good Mornings! Sleep Education Program: Still tired when you wake up in the morning? When did you last get a good 8 hours sleep? Learn practical strategies for developing better sleep habits. Participants are taught how to identify behaviors that may signal a problem; the most common sleep problems; common self-care skills for insomnia; & professional resources when self-care isn't enough.

Headache: What You Should Know, What You Can Do: Understand and manage your headache pain by identifying factors that contribute to onset. Develop a personalized headache management plan.

Holiday Stress Management:  Is this your typical holiday season...
More credit card debt? A house full of sick family members? Trying to cram a ton of activities into one month and forgetting what the true holiday season is all about? Through relaxation techniques and other tips, this lecture will help you learn how to prioritize your holiday commitments, relax in the face of holiday stressors, and learn how to make your holiday season one to enjoy and not dread!

Humor Your Health: Positive emotions and a good mood have a huge impact on your stress level and overall health! Learn about how a good sense of humor can help your body and mind function better

Mind-Body Wellness: Discover the truth in mind-body wellness and learn how to take more control of your health and your life so you can be more balanced, more whole and healthier.

NEW - Starting a Conversation with Your Parents About Aging: Learn about what to consider as you switch roles with your parents and become their caretaker. This talk will cover the important decisions you may be faced with, options available in many communities in support of our seniors, and ways to ease your parents into their twilight years with comfort & grace.


Dining Out: Do it the Smart Weigh: There is an obesity crisis in America, and it is affecting every age group and every demographic.  Eating out is part of the total picture -- and many people dine out on a regular basis. This lecture will teach you to order smaller portions and lighter foods and beware of the pitfalls of dining out.

Don't Drink Your Calories:
Beverages can contain up to 50% of your intake of added sugars plus a lot of extra calories.  Some research suggests that liquid calories may contribute to weight gain.  Don't let your beverage choices sabotage your healthy eating efforts! This lecture will discuss the amount of calories in popular beverages, how to make healthy beverage choices and other helpful tips.

Healthy Eating on a Budget
: Choosing to buy, cook, and eat healthy food doesn’t have to break the bank. Even in a tight economy, eating for health and wellness can still be doable. Learn tips and tricks for healthy eating with your bank account in mind.

Heart Smart Cookouts: Need new and tasty ideas for healthy food for your summer parties? Come and sample heart smart food and learn valuable food handling, cooking and grilling safety tips.

Hot Topics in Nutrition: Is there a new “super fruit”? Should I buy organic? What does nutrient dense mean? The world of nutrition is ever changing. This lecture will touch on several “hot” nutrition topics that are making a buzz!

Lighten Up for the Holidays: Make your holiday dishes lighter and healthier while still enjoying your favorite foods. Sample a healthy version of pumpkin pie and receive a packet of holiday recipes.

Myths and Facts about Diet and Cancer Prevention: Confused about what you hear in the news regarding diet and cancer prevention? Learn how to make educated decisions about your diet and lifestyle for better health and lower cancer risk.

FAVORITE!  Portion Distortion: Do you know how today's portions compare to portions available 20 years ago? Learn what true portion sizes really are, and the amount of physical activity required to burn off the extra calories provided by today's portions.

NEW!  Power of Produce: Learn why mom was right about the amazing properties in eating your fruits & vegetables. We will discuss antioxidants, phytochemicals & more.

Stress Eating & Food Cravings: Just say "NO" to stress snacking. This lecture will help you identify eating in response to stress.  Learn how to minimize hidden calories so that they do not sabotage weight loss efforts.  You will also learn to recognize and deal effectively with cravings.

FAVORITE! Supermarket Savvy - A Guide to Shopping Smart & Eating Healthy: What goes in your cart goes in your body! What is the relationship of food, diet & health? Learn how to shop smart by reading food labels for healthy food choices & making easy shopping substitutions.

Vegetarian/Vegan 101
: Ever wonder what a flexatarian is? How about a pescatarian? We will explore the various animal limited/free nutrition plans that some choose to live. We will discuss what each plan entails as well as any proven health benefits. 


FAVORITE! Jumpstart Your Metabolism: How does metabolism work? What can you do to boost it to higher levels and lose weight? Learn tips to increase your metabolism naturally and without the use of supplements.

MyPlate 101: Learn all about the USDA’s new healthy eating tool. This lecture will show you how to easily integrate its concepts into your nutrition plan.

Menopause: The Next Chapter: Learn the ins and outs of menopause and how to manage symptoms. Participants learn how to look at this stage of life as the beginning of a dynamic new chapter in their life.

The Weight Debate: The "diet" industry is a billion dollar business. This class will discuss some of the popular diets and teach participants how to really take it off and keep it off.

NEW - Health Screenings 101: Regular checkups and age-appropriate screenings can improve your health and reduce premature death & disability. Whether you're 22 or 52, man or woman, there is plenty you should be doing to safeguard your health.

NEW - Apps, Trackers & Websites, Oh My!  We live in a digital age where so much of what we do is online, on a smartphone, or with a gadget of some sort.  This talk with cover some of the most common and useful websites, apps & fitness trackers.  Using some of these tools is sure to help keep you motivated and on track with your wellness goals. 

NEW - The Truth Behind Fad Diets: The "diet" industry is a billion dollar business.  This class will discuss some of the popular diets and teach participants how to really take it of & keep it off.

NEW - DIY Health Makeover: We plan to remodel our kitchens and bathrooms, but what about ourselves? Are you looking for ways to revitalize your life & live healthier? This lecture will cover some very basic ways you can make over your habits to be a better version on yourself. Topics include: healthy snacking, drinking water, moving more during your work day relieving stress & more!

Cost: $10.00 per person (minimum $150) or $250.00 per session, whichever is least expensive.

One and a Half Hour Workshops:

Stress Management: Identify your individual stressors through this interactive workshop. Find out how your body responds to stress. Take a Stress Rating Test and a Life Inventory Test and learn how to react to stress in a positive and productive way. Practice the various components of a stress management program: deep breathing, muscle relaxation and visual imagery relaxation exercises.

Time Management: You've heard it: time is money, but also happiness and productivity. Examine the correlation between stress and effective time management. Learn how to manage your time effectively and organize your schedule to help reach goals and expectations at home and at work.

Cost: $12.00 per person (minimum of $200) or $375.00 per session, whichever is least expensive. The Self-Care class is $16.50 per person due to the cost of the manual.


"Quit for Good" Smoking Cessation: This 5-session program provides participants with all of the essential information and strategies needed to direct their own efforts at stopping. The program focuses on active pragmatic approaches to stopping. Cost: $50.00 per person. *This class is not available  September - November.



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