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Wellness Wednesdays with FCHS

Wellness Wednesdays with FCHS.

Wellness on Wednesday webinars with Family & Community Health Sciences will focus on a variety of topics related to food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles. This series will walk you through the easy steps that you can take to add positive health behaviors into your day. From fitting in more movement to eating more mindfully, now is the time to make some of those small changes that will improve your health in a large way.


Join us on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. to learn from experts in the Department of Family & Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. All sessions are free, will last approximately 45 minutes, and will be provided via Zoom. To join, you will need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers.

You must register to participate. See below for the title and descriptions of each webinar and click on the link below to register.

Missed a session? Webinars will be recorded through Zoom and posted below as they become available.

Please note that in January 2023 Wellness Wednesdays session times will change to 12:30 pm!

Upcoming Webinars

  1. February 8: Cooking Your Way to a Healthy Heart
    Celebrate Heart Health Month by exploring strategies to be mindful of your heart, while planning meals and stocking your pantry with heart healthy foods and trying out new recipes that are delicious while boosting your heart health.
    Presenter: Rachel Tansey, MA
  2. February 15: Cancer Basics
    Join us as we talk about the basics of cancer, how to understand cancer risk factors and what steps you can take to reduce your risk for certain cancers.
    Presenter: Hiral Shukla
  3. February 22: Eight Dimensions of Wellness: Fostering Social Wellness
    Wellbeing is an important part of living a healthy and fulfilled life.  There are eight dimensions of Wellness defined by SAMSHA and this presentation will discuss the social dimension of wellness while suggesting ways to achieve better social wellness.
    Presenter: Jennifer Shukaitis
  4. March 1: Substance Misuse as a Coping Mechanism
    For many, including agricultural workers, alcohol and drugs provide a temporary relief from the challenges of everyday life, whereby these mind-altering substances are often used as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, and physical pain. This presentation will review the prevalence of substance use among agricultural workers, explore common risk factors, and introduce culturally appropriate strategies for substance use disorder prevention.
    Presenter: Jamey Lister, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University School of Social Work
  5. March 8: Eight Dimensions of Wellness - Fostering Physical Wellness
    Wellbeing is an important part of living a healthy and fulfilled life. There are eight dimensions of Wellness defined by SAMSHA and this presentation will discuss the physcial dimension of wellness while suggesting ways to achieve better physical wellness.
    Presenter: Chris Zellers, MPP
  6. March 15: The Secret to a Good Night's Sleep
    We will discuss how sleep benefits us while looking at sleep patterns. It will provide information on what the research tells us about sleep and provide listeners with ways to get better sleep.
    Presenter: Chris Zellers, MPP
  7. March 22: Energizing Drinks
    Join us to learn more about caffeine awareness. In this webinar, the presenter will share ideas to stay hydrated as well as beverage recipes and tips.
    Presenter: Delma Yorimoto, MS, MBA
  8. March 29: Defining, Identifying and Managing Risky Substance Use
    All substance use comes with inherent risk including the potential for harms and consequences of varying severity. Although resources are often focused on the smaller number of people who need treatment services, many more individuals exhibit risky or harmful use that would benefit from early intervention and education to prevent their substance use from becoming a problem. This presentation will define risky substance use and introduce strategies for identifying individuals at risk.
    Presenter: Jamey Lister, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University School of Social Work; Diana Padilla, MCPC, CARC, CASAC-T; New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  9. April 5: Breath Your Stress Away
    Join us for a pause in your day to practice some simple breathing techniques that can be used for stress reduction and relaxation.
    Presenter: Joanne Kinsey, MS CWWS Educator, Associate Professor Atlantic/Ocean Counties
  10. April 12: Digital Wellness: How to Inventory and Protect Your Digital Assets
    Description of different types of digital assets and how to safeguard login data.
    Presenter: Dr. Barbara O'Neill
  11. April 19: Mindful Eating Tips to Curb Stress Eating
    Stress eating is a common form of disordered eating. This session will share mindful eating and other tips to guide you towards healthier and more balanced eating.
    Presenter: Sandra Grenci, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES
  12. April 26: The MIND Diet: Good Nutrition for Brain Health
    Brain Health is dependent on lifestyle habits and food choices. This session will discuss the MIND Diet and foods that improve brain health.
    Presenter: Karen Ensle EdD, RDN
  13. May 3: BeneFITS of Physical Activity
    BeneFITS of Phyiscal Activity will examine how beneficial exercise to not only our body but our mind and overall health.
    Presenter: Chris Zellers, MPP
  14. May 10: Food Safety for Older Americans
    Older Americans are at greater risk of foodborne disease. This talk will discuss tips for safety for older Americans and everyone else.
    Presenter: Donald W Schaffner, PHD
  15. May 17: Simple Exercises to Keep Your Joints and Body Strong
    Being physically fit as you age helps to reduce the risk of chronic disease, improve your mental health, blood pressure and you will stave off the effects of aging.
    Presenter: Karen Ensle EdD, RDN
  16. May 31: All About Cooking Fats and Oils
    Nutrition guidelines for using fats and oils have evolved over the years leaving consumers confused more than ever. This webinar will cover current research available and recommendations for incorporating healthy fats and oils.
    Presenter: Sandra Grenci, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES and Shailja Mathur MS,MEd, RDN

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