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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. June 26: Keeping a Healthy Home
    Keeping a Healthy Home is the key to improving your family’s health. Did you know we spend 65% of our time in our home?? Your home influences your: heart, brain, hormone, and mental health. We will discuss research and expert tips from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that may help to make your home a healthier place to live. Join us to learn quick fixes that can have a major impact on your family’s health and wellness.
    Presenter: Karen Ensle EdD, RDN, FAND, CFCS
  2. July 3: Smart Choices for Navigating the Summer BBQ
    Who doesn’t enjoy a great barbecue? Gathering with friends and family, playing games, soaking in some sun, and of course eating tasty food. Typical barbecue dishes can be loaded with saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar. Having fun does not mean you have to forget about healthy eating. In this session, we will discuss smart ways to make healthier choices at your next outdoor event.
    Presenter: Veronica Jones, PhD, MPH, CHES
  3. July 10: Prevent Food Waste at Home: Tips for Easy and Safe Food Preservation
    Throwing away unused food due to improper storage or preservation can result in a big waste of your family’s food budget! Proper refrigeration, freezing, drying, or canning can prevent unnecessary food waste, and also keep foods safe to eat. Join Sandra for tips and strategies for using the best home preservation methods, with a special emphasis on preserving perishable fruits and vegetables.
    Presenter: Sandra Grenci, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES
  4. July 17: Plant-Based Proteins
    Plant-based proteins (such as beans and lentils) are nutrient-dense foods that and can compliment various types of recipes and cooking styles. Join Ricardo to hear an overview of the different types of plant-based foods that are considered to be good sources of proteins, gain tips for including these items in your weekly menu, and learn healthy recipes using these foods that you can easily make at home.
    Presenter: Ricardo Kairios, MS
  5. July 24: Dietary Supplements 101
    Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and other ingredients. We will discuss key points, such as effectiveness, quality, and safety, as well as when it is appropriate to use dietary supplements. This session will provide additional resources for consumers about using dietary supplements wisely.
    Presenter: Jen Taylor
  6. July 31: Financial Wellness: 35 Useful Personal Finance Web Sites
    Personal finance information is more useful and more easily understood when it can be applied personally to our lives. Fortunately, there are many useful online tools (e.g., quizzes, calculators, and publications) from a variety of non-profit, educational, government, and for-profit sources. This webinar will describe 35 useful personal finance websites.
    Presenter: Barbara O'Neill, Ph.D., CFP, CRPC, AFC, CFEd, CPFFE, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rutgers University
  7. August 7: Functional Fitness For All
    Want to move with confidence and improve your daily activities? Join this webinar on Functional Fitness for All! Learn how to incorporate exercises that mimic everyday movements, regardless of age or fitness level. We'll discuss the benefits of functional fitness, explore beginner-friendly exercises, and answer your questions live. Take control of your well-being and register today!
    Presenter: Erin Comollo, EdD, Certified CrossFit Trainer
  8. August 14: Summer Savvy Sweet & Savory Supper Suggestions
    Let's find some healthy options for summertime suppers when we don't want to turn on the oven. We will review some nutrient profiles to be sure it's a nutritious option and hope to spark some creativity in our discussion as well.
    Presenter: Rachel Tansey, MA
  9. August 21: Muscle-Building Exercises
    Did you know that adults are recommended to engage in muscle-building exercises at least twice a week? In this session Ricardo will explain the benefits of engaging in muscle-building activities, provide examples of simple activities you can do at home that incorporate various muscle groups, and share tips for adding these activities to your weekly routine.
    Presenter: Ricardo Kairios, MS
  10. August 28: A Closer Look at Sourdough Bread and other Fermented Foods
    Sourdough bread, rolls, and other products have been increasingly present in food markets over the past several years, many claiming health benefits. Join me to learn more about the fermentation process, its products potential benefits to health, and what constitutes “true” sourdough.
    Presenter: Sherri M. Cirignano, MS, RDN, LDN

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