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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 2 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. September 22: Keeping Up the Beat: Self Management Techniques for Cardiovascular Disease
    This workshop, which is tailored to older adults, will help participants identify what changes they can make in their daily lives, in order to achieve a healthier way of life. Emphasis will be on heart health and heart disease prevention.
    Presenter: Jennifer Shukaitis, MPH
  2. September 29: Intuitive Eating
    This workshop will discuss the Ketogenic ("Keto") diet. The Keto diet was originally developed as a therapeutic diet for epilepsy in the 1920s. It has gained popularity in recent years as a weight loss diet. Is the Keto diet sustainable longterm, and what are the effects on the body? This webinar will review the Keto principles and data to help consumers better understand this popular fad diet.
    Presenter: Nadia Livesy, FCHS Community Nutrition Intern and Luanne Hughes, MS, RDN
  3. October 6: Vegetarian Diets Save Hearts and Homes: Small Actions, Big Changes
    Join Het Desai-Shah, PhD candidate in Nutritional Sciences as she discusses the benefits of vegetarian diets. The effects of vegetarian diets far exceed the well-known nutritional benefits on one’s health. Research shows that eating a more plant-based diet can also lower carbon footprint and global warming. The aim of this session is to discuss why and how we can eat more plant-based foods.
    Presenter: Het Desai-Shah
  4. October 13: The 8 Components of Wellness
    The 8 Components of Wellness will discuss the areas of wellness designated by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) for balancing overall mental health.
    Presenter: Christine Zellers, MPP FCHS Educator/Agent III
  5. October 20: Bringing Vegetables to the Table: A Celebration of the Harvest
    Studies on a variety of vegetable types show that eating a variety of vegetables are not only good for your nutritionally, but also may provide a decreased risk of hypertension, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Certain vegetables may also promote a decreased risk of certain types of cancer. In addition to a review of health benefits, we will explore ways to prepare and increase your vegetable intake.
    Presenter: Sherri Cirignano, MS, RDN, LDN
  6. October 27: Fiber and Gut Health: Keeping You and Your Microbiome Happy
    Fiber is an important nutrient for a balanced diet that has several roles in gut health. Did you know that one of those roles is to feed the helpful microbes that live in our guts? Come join Melissa Woortman, MS, RD, PhD student for this session to learn about the multiple ways that fiber and the microbes in the gut can help keep the gut happy and healthy.
    Presenter: Melissa Woortman, MS, RD, PhD Student- Department of Nutritional Sciences
  7. November 3: Living Well with Diabetes
    Are you or a loved one living with diabetes? You are not alone! More than 34M American adults are estimated to have this chronic condition. There are many things you can do to prevent or delay the complications of diabetes, and to live a healthy and productive life. Eating well and being physically active are two important self-management behaviors, but there are others to focus on as well. This webinar will provide an overview of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (ADCES) '7 key areas of effective diabetes self-care' and will provide tips and resources to help you to live well with diabetes.
    Presenter: Sandra Grenci, MS, LDN, CDCES FCHS Educator
  8. November 10: What’s the Scoop: Sugar Substitutes and Sweeteners
    If you have ever wondered about sugar substitutes and alternative natural sweeteners as a way to cut back on 'sugar', join us for this discussion about the different types of sugar substitutes, how they affect the body and more food for thought as you plan your way to making healthy eating decisions.
    Presenter: Sharese Porter, PhD, MPH, CHES
  9. November 17: Enjoying a Bountiful Harvest
    Discussion on the bountiful harvest that New Jersey has to offer. Learn about the health benefits and ways to prepare some of your favorites.
    Presenter: Rachel Tansey, MA Senior FCHS Extension Associate
  10. December 8: Coffee: Should it be Your Mug of Choice?
    Coffee has been studied extensively and up until recently was thought to have more risks than benefits to health. Current research indicates possible health benefits including a decreased risk of certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disorders, type 2 diabetes and liver disease. Join us to learn how it's really ok to have coffee as your mug of choice!
    Presenter: Sherri Cirignano, MS, RDN, LDN
  11. December 15: Stress Proof Your Eating: Holiday Edition
    Juggling multiple priorities in our busy lives can sometimes result in feelings of being out of control or overwhelmed. This can be especially true at the holiday season! When we feel stressed, our otherwise normal, healthy habits may slip, or be replaced by impulsive, less healthy ones. Signs of 'stress-eating' may include choosing more high calorie 'comfort' foods, excessive snacking, skipping meals, and over-eating food portions. With awareness and planning, you can minimize the impact of stress on your diet. Come learn some strategies to stress-proof your eating in this informative webinar!
    Presenter: Sandra Grenci, MS, LDN, CDCES FCHS Educator

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