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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.

Upcoming Webinars

  1. February 28: Step It Up - Ways to Be More Physically Active
    If that resolution to be more active has already gone to the way side check out this presentation on the benefits of physical activity and how to stay on track to make exercise a habit.
    Presenter: Chris Zellers, MPP
  2. March 6: Eating the Rainbow: Adding a Variety of Colorful Fruits and Vegetables to Your Plate
    You may have heard the phrase"It's important to eat the rainbow"; but what does that really mean? This session will share the health benefits of eating a variety of colorful foods and easy ways you can include a diversity of colorful produce into your meals throughout the week.
    Presenter: Ricardo Kairios, MS
  3. March 13: Healthy Snacks for Teens and Adults
    Discover the best healthy, quick and easy snack ideas for teens and adults from homemake popcorn to nutritious nachos to frozen fruity treats.
    Presenter: Karen Ensle EdD, RDN, FAND, CFCS
  4. March 20: Tools and Strategies for Effective Behavior Change
    Improving eating and other healthy lifestyle behaviors can be challenging. Often, we know what we need to do, but falter on the implementation due to lack of motivation or other barriers. This webinar will review common factors which can derail your best intentions for behavior change, and will share some tips and strategies for better outcomes!
    Presenter: Sandra Grenci MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES
  5. March 27: How Can We Increase Social Support for Rural Residents Seeking Evidence-Based Treatment for Opioid Use?
    Methadone treatment for opioid use disorder is backed by a strong evidence base. It is more likely to result in sustained abstinence and lower risk of overdose death than non-medication approaches. Yet, people who utilize methadone treatment often face stigma and misunderstanding from family, friends, and associates. In turn, social support, a key component of recovery from any substance use disorder, is inhibited. These issues are particularly pervasive in the rural context, in which individuals may hear stigmatizing comments along the lines of, you're not "clean" until you're not taking any medications. In this seminar, I will discuss these issues in depth, leaving attendees with strategies for increasing social support among rural people who engage in evidence-based treatment.
    Presenter: Mike Broman, PhD; Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University College of Social Work
  6. April 3: Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health - National Public Health Week
    Feeling like we belong, being a part of our communities and fostering cultural connections supports our health and the quality of our lives. Learn about how everyone can make their communities healthier, safer and stronger when we support and stay engaged with one another.
    Presenter: Jennifer Taylor, RDN, CHES
  7. April 10: Spring Foodies: Taking Advantage of NJ Produce in the Spring!
    As the weather starts to warm up in the beautiful Garden State, some of our favorite Jersey Fresh produce is growing and may be ready for harvesting. This session will provide an overview of the seasonal produce available during April, May, and June, featuring healthy recipes, and tools you can use to find your local grower.
    Presenter: Ricardo Kairios, MS
  8. April 17: Understanding Health Disparities and the Importance of Health Equity
      Differences in health status and outcomes vary depending on factors such as income, education, or neighborhood. People with greater disadvantage experience more disparities in health. In this session, we will define health disparities and health equity and provide ways in which you can promote healthy equity in your community.
    Presenter: Veronica Jones, PhD, MPH, CHES
  9. April 24: The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's
    Join FCHS Educators and Alzheimer's Association volunteers Luanne Hughes and Shailja Mathur to learn how to recognize common signs of Alzheimer's in yourself, your loved ones, and others. Speakers will also discuss next stesps to take, including how to talk with your doctor.
    Presenter: Luanne Hughes, MS, RDN & Shailja Mathur, MS, MEd, RDN
  10. May 1: Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
    Join FCHS educators and Alzheimer's Association volunteers Shailja Mathur and Luanne Hughes for a discussion about Alzheimer's and dementia. Learn basic information about Alzheimer's and dementia, stages, risk factors, research, and FDA-approved treatments.
    Presenter: Shailja Mathur, MS, MEd, RDN & Luanne Hughes, MS, RDN
  11. May 8: Communicating Effectively with Loved Ones with Alzheimer's and Dementia
    Join FCHS educators and Alzheimer's Association volunteers Luanne Hughes and Shailja Mathur to explore ways that Alzheimer's and other dementias affect an individual's ability to communicate across different stages, and get tips to better communicate with people living with their disease.
    Presenter: Luanne Hughes, MS, RDN & Shailja Mathur, MS, MEd, RDN
  12. May 15: Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body
    Join FCHS Educators and Alzheimer's Association volunteers Shailja Mathur and Luanne Hughes to learn about the latest research and get insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Use hands-on tools to help incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.
    Presenter: Shailja Mathur, MS, MEd, RDN & Luanne Hughes, MS, RDN
  13. May 22: Bridging the Rural Behavioral Health Treatment Access Gap through Community Engagement and Technology
    Rural communities face limited treatment options for mental health and substance use. Even when services are available, rural residents often experience challenges accessing them due to cost, transportation, and stigma. This presentation introduces an innovative approach for increasing access to behavioral health treatment in rural communities by partnering with existing, preferred community resources and using technology to support service delivery. The presenter will describe a technology-assisted cognitive behavioral therapy (T-CBT) for depression delivered by clergy in rural churches that was developed and tested in rural Michigan with promising results. Discussion will focus on developing mental health and substance use service delivery models that are acceptable, accessible, and sustainable in underserved rural settings.
    Presenter: Addie Weaver, PhD; Associate Professor & Co-Director of the Treatment Innovation and Dissemination Research Group (TIDR), University of Michigan School of Social Work

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