Calendar of Events and Webinars
Calendar of Programs and Events
View our calendar of events for all current and ongoing programs.
Loneliness and Social Isolation in Today's World, Thursday, October 10 from noon - 1PM
Despite living in a world with instant electronic access to friends, family and all manner of online social networks, the rates of reported loneliness and social isolation have been steadily increasing. Loneliness and social isolation substantially impact not only psychological well-being but physical health as well. Loneliness is now considered a health risk factor on par with cigarette smoking. This training will address the possible reasons for loneliness and identify actions participants can take to increase their emotional connection with others and decrease the risk of social isolation.
Understanding the Importance of Credit in Today's Economy, Tuesday, October 22 from noon - 1PM
In today’s economy, having good credit is more essential than ever. Good credit provides those who have it with many more options and benefits than those who don’t. Credit affects everything from a person’s ability to get loans and the price they pay on loans to other issues many people don’t consider, including renting an apartment or buying a car.
Teaching Your Kid's How to Manage Money, Wednesday, November 6 from noon - 1PM
Money is a difficult concept for children to grasp. They understand quickly that adults use money to purchase the things they need and want but for obvious reasons do not have insights into the other side of the balance sheet; that is, what it takes to acquire money. By encouraging children to gain experience with earning, saving and spending money, we can provide them with fundamental financial experience that can reduce the likelihood of financial difficulties often experienced in early adulthood.
Strengthening Your Ability to Empathize, Wednesday, November 13 from noon - 1PM
Everyone has heard the saying to “walk in their shoes.” It is one of the simplest explanations of empathy. Understanding other peoples’ outlook, being able to recognize their emotions and being sensitive to their situation is vital to communicate more effectively and build better relationships. This course will address ways to improve your capacity to demonstrate empathy.
The Impact of Attitude on Work and Life,Tuesday, December 3 from noon - 1PM
While you obviously need the appropriate knowledge and skills to do your job, the mind-set with which you approach your work plays a dominant role in your ability to perform. If you’re discouraged, you work sluggishly, think small and give up easily. However, when you feel good, confident and exhilarated you
can win people to your side and create dazzling projects. This workshop will help participants explore how attitude can change their life and will provide them with opportunities to develop a more positive mind-set.
Hobbies for Mental and Physical Health, Tuesday, December 17 from noon - 1PM
Hobbies of all sorts can help us to be mentally and physically healthier people for ourselves and our loved ones. By choosing to spend time on engaging activities that we truly enjoy, we are more likely to be the best version of ourselves. Too often we end up either just passing the time or prioritizing everyone else’s needs above our own.
On Demand Webinars by Topic
Basics of Estate Planning
Although most people think estate planning is for just the elderly, it is actually important to everyone else, too especially for those with minor children, substantial assets or unusual circumstances. Estate planning can allow one to make decisions on who receives his or her estate, make arrangements for disability, medical care and guardianship for minor children. Properly done, estate planning can remove many burdens from surviving family members during a stressful time.
College Savings Plan
Learn more about how to start saving now for college expenses through the 529 College Savings Plan.
Managing Personal Finances
Are money issues causing you to worry and stress? Do you buy items, even if you don’t need them, just because they are on sale and you know you are “saving money?” Do you pay only the minimum balance on your credit cards? Is debt mounting in your life to the point where you don’t know what to do about it? Do you wish you were saving more money? Money is a huge stressor for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. This webinar will help you demystify the numbers and get you living beyond paycheck to paycheck
Financial Consideration for the Sandwich Generation
A growing number of individuals are finding themselves raising their children while also supporting their
parents. This group of people sometimes referred to as the Sandwich Generation face financial challenges which may include putting their children through college, paying for care for elder parents while trying to save enough for their own retirement. The goal of this workshop is to examine proper planning strategies to help meet these considerable financial responsibilities.
The Psychology behind Saving Money and Other Good Financial Habits
Most people can honestly say they believe it’s important to spend within their means and to save money for the future. Unfortunately, good intentions are often at odds with how our mind works. For example, many people want to save for the future but have no motivation to because they have not imagined that future. This course addresses the psychology behind saving money and adopting good financial habits. It will examine recent research related to how and why people save vs. spend and identify strategies for participants to change their financial mindset and develop new habits.
Paying Off Debt While Building Wealth
In difficult economic times, many people are struggling to just keep up with monthly bills, let alone make progress on debt repayment. What suffers most is contributing to savings and investing goals. This session will focus on developing financial plans and strategies to address the dual goals of having a plan for paying off debt, while also contributing to building personal wealth. This session covers the basics (or essentials) of each area and describes practical techniques that can help you to formulate your own plan to manage your personal finances to organize a sensible debt repayment plan without sacrificing other financial goals.
Are you Financially on Track for Retirement?
One of the top financial goals for individuals and couples is to be financially secure in retirement. This goal is not one that can be planned for in just the last few years leading up to the planned retirement date, but must be set and have milestones identified throughout the different stages of life. There are many “rules of thumb” or theories on the proper amount and type of savings and investments one should have in setting aside money for retirement, but in reality, there is not one plan or solution that fits everyone.
Sailing On: A Guide to Transitioning into Retirement
Moving from a career into retirement can be a challenging lifestyle adjustment. Many adults look forward to the benefits of retirement living but then often find themselves facing many difficult issues. Today’s participants will learn ideas on how to deal with the many aspects of retirement living.
Preparing for Financial Emergencies
Many people face financial emergencies, but few have prepared adequately to prevent them from having a major impact on their personal finances. By helping people understand the types of financial emergencies and potential consequences of not being prepared, we will enable people to focus on the steps necessary to avoid hardships which can accompany the emergencies. The webinar will cover the processes and products which can help people survive the various types of financial emergencies.
EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
Mental Fitness for Optimal Brain Power
Depending on our lifestyle, we can weaken or destroy connections, or create new, stronger ones. Engaging regularly in certain behaviors and activities, like physical exercise, addressing mental health issues, meditation, and learning a new language or musical instrument, support new wiring and can make existing pathways stronger. Essentially, we can slow down or somewhat prevent cognitive decline by doing challenging mental exercises to keep our brains fit for optimal power. Join us to find out more.
The Confident You: Taking Charge of Your Life
Have you ever had something you really wanted to say to someone, but held it back because of some kind of fear or shyness? Have you ever given in to someone else’s way, and then regretted doing so because you believed strongly in your position. Do you wish you had the confidence to stand up for yourself more firmly in some situations? This webinar will give you some tips on how to add the confidence that helps you feel like you’re in control.
Loving...You! The Art of Self-acceptance
Somewhere along the way, many of us have replaced our positive self-regard with a critical voice.
Like a shadow, it hovers at our side, reminding us of our flaws and our unworthiness. To live a fulfilling, serene, happy life, we must learn to love and accept ourselves, flaws and all. This workshop covers the basics of self-acceptance, factors that contribute to a poor self-image and practical tips for loving yourself unconditionally.
Suicide Awareness and Intervention
Newly published research reveals that suicide rates have dramatically increased in the last decade. Suicide is a profoundly disturbing event and many people respond with confusion, fear, and anger when confronting it. This webinar will demystify suicide through discussion of why it occurs, the risk factors associated with suicide, and how to intervene with those who are suicidal or potentially suicidal.
Confidential Counseling- Employee Assistance Program
This 8 minute video will provide you and overview of how your Life GuidanceResources and EAP benefit can help you and your family.
Many people still believe that the emotional symptoms caused by depression are “not real,” and that a person should be able to shake off the symptoms. Because of these inaccurate beliefs, people with depression either may not recognize that they have a treatable disorder or may be discouraged from seeking or staying on treatment due to feelings of shame and stigma. As a result, many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the vast majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get
better with treatment. Intensive research into the illness has resulted in the development of medications, psychotherapies, and other methods to treat people with this disabling disorder. This workshop will identify the symptoms associated with depression, possible causes and treatments.
Gratitude: A Skill for Happier Living
Gratitude is a skill anyone can learn as an alternative to regret and fear. We can focus on the positive elements of our lives with a few simple practices. Providing sincere compliments can help us build relationships and be grateful for others. Rather than being grateful because we “ought to,” we can choose gratitude as a way of looking forward to each day.
Improving Your Memory
Our ability to remember things is one of the most useful tools we have in our work and home lives, but the amount of things we are trying to remember at once can sometimes be overwhelming. What do you do if you have a bad memory? The truth is, most people don’t have bad memories they just haven’t learned how to use their memory efficiently. Memory is a skill, and like any skill, with practice it can be developed and improved. This workshop offers participants tips and tools for improving their memory skills.
Living Simply: Simplify Your Life
In today’s digital age, people are exposed to a vast number of choices and opportunities in all facets of life; choices about what to read, watch, listen to or purchase. The result is that people often are more distracted, confused and stressed by the increasing complexity of consumer choices and online social media activities. This topic addresses ways of prioritizing and simplifying your life through adopting a “digital mindfulness” approach.
Making the Most of Family Occasions
If you are a parent you probably share an almost universal desire to make family occasions special for your children. You also may have to overcome certain obstacles in creating your own special experiences with your children such as finances, distance from family members, and the special circumstances created by divorce, step-parenting and blended families. Many parents work overtime only to find themselves frustrated by the experience and doubtful that the end result was particularly meaningful to their children.
Coping with Compassion Stress
There is a certain type of person who not only accepts the challenges of working in a high stress emotional environment but also excels despite the demands. Whether they are working with individuals who are experiencing trauma, grief, loss, illness or other stressful concerns the people whose role it is to help others in distress are often perceived as dedicated, hardworking, selfless and compassionate. Nevertheless, it is often those whose mission it is to help others who may be at increased risk of neglecting their own self care. This training will raise awareness of the need to maintain appropriate self-care despite the demands of work and/or the pressures of home life.
Counseling and Therapy, Demystified
There are many myths about counseling and psychotherapy that ultimately prevent people from seeking the help that they need. In this session we will explore these myths and demystify the therapy process. We will look at areas where therapy might be beneficial. This session will provide some insight into what happens during a therapy session and what one can expect when seeking services. We will give an overview of different therapeutic approaches and discuss appropriate levels of care to address certain concerns.
Mindfulness: Thriving at Home and at Work
Today we are under more demands than ever, both at work and home. This program introduces you to simple mindfulness practices that can bring greater ease and effectiveness both at work and home. Learn practical ways of incorporating Mindfulness into your day that can take you beyond surviving to thriving.
Fostering Deeper Connections Through Mindfulness
Consciously attending to your relationships can foster deeper connections with your colleagues, patients, friends and family. In this webinar you will learn simple mindfulness practices, which can lead to more fulfilling relationships by clarifying perspectives, facilitating communication, and bringing greater appreciation of those you interact with every day.
Preparing for a Visit to the Doctor
The time you spend face-to-face with your physician is limited. To get the most from your health care providers and an accurate diagnosis, preparation is the key. Come prepared with the details and history of your problem, anticipate questions, know your medications and bring medical records. Good preparation will also go a long way to alleviate any anxiety you may be feeling about the appointment.
Sleep: An Essential Component of Health and Well-being
In the past five years, it has been routinely reported by researchers and the media alike that Americans are notoriously sleep deprived. There are numerous reasons why this may be the case. Yet while many people look towards improving their health via diet, exercise and ceasing bad consumption habits (e.g., junk food, cigarettes), sleep is often overlooked—or is it? Sleep medications will surpass $5 billion in annual sales within the next year. Apparently not only are Americans having difficulty getting sufficient quantities of quality sleep, they are also having difficulties getting to sleep. This workshop provides the latest research findings regarding the importance of sleep and offers participants suggestions on how to improve their sleep according to priority and quality measures.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
Using Reason to Resolve Conflict
Whether they take place in the workplace or in one’s personal life, conflicts are inevitable; however, that does not mean that they must always be damaging. When emotions are understood and reason is used to handle conflict, the result can actually be strengthened relationships rather than damaged ones. This workshop discusses how you can replace pure emotion with rational decision-making when dealing with conflict.
Kids and Meals- It Doesn’t Have to be a Battleground
Parenting children is quite a challenge in every aspect, but meals and eating habits need not be included as part of the challenge. Recent research findings are suggesting that more liberal attitudes towards allowing young children to govern their own intake is the best way to ensure that children maintain their ideal bodyweight through the rest of their lives. Contrary to earlier ideas about the parental role in ensuring their children’s nutritional and caloric needs, current research findings are supporting the idea of a much less assertive role in encouraging young kids and consequently all kids to eat.
Using Kindness to Achieve Success and Happiness
Kindness is an admirable aspiration for anyone, and it also can be an effective way to achieve success. By being concerned about others we can build relationships and gain support. By serving others we can be happier about ourselves. Kindness can be more than the right thing to do, it can be a path to success and happiness.
Helping Your Child Set Goals for the Future
Helping your children to explore and identify their interests from an early age not only aids them in defining themselves, but will also help them make decisions about how they want their life to be. The more exposure you can give your children to the opportunities available to them, the more likely they will set exciting and achievable goals for themselves as they grow into adulthood.
Initiating Difficult Conversations
There are conversations in which the stakes are high: asking for a raise, ending a relationship, giving acritical performance review, confronting disrespectful behavior, apologizing or disagreeing within a group. This workshop is about developing the skills to initiate the conversations which most people find difficult, unpleasant and generally avoid. You will learn the practical skills involved in framing a problem without blame or defensiveness and how to keep the conversation productive.
Talking About the Tough Subjects with Your Parent or Older Loved One
How do you talk with your parents or aging loved ones about issues associated with aging such as money, moving, health, wills, driving and safety? The webinar will discuss approaches and strategies to effectively address these and other concerns that impact the elderly adults. Various examples will be used as exercises to prepare participants to respond to these challenging situations. The training will also discuss ways to involve siblings and/or whether to get assistance from eldercare professionals.
Kids and the Internet: Becoming a Cyber Savvy Parent
In a relatively short timeframe, computers have gone from being a space-age dream to an everyday reality for many people at work, home and school. Children are learning how to use computers at younger ages— many are more computer-savvy than their parents! How does a parent support the need for their children to be familiar with computers in today’s society without letting the computer dominate their child’s time?
Bringing Out the Best in Others
Whether in your personal or your professional life, are you the kind of person that brings out the best in others? Do people shine around you, or do they tend to withdraw, hesitant to show their best? Some people seem to have a knack for challenging, motivating and inspiring their friends, family members and coworkers. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to do your part to make sure others are at their best around you.
Becoming a Better Listener
Statistics show that people remember only half of what they hear, even moments after they’ve heard it. Surprising? The fact is that while most of us like to think we’re good listeners, almost everyone needs to improve their listening skills. This workshop offers a fresh approach to this common problem.
The Emotionally Health Teen: Dealing with Issues of Substance Abuse, Depression, Suicide, and Eating Disorders
The teenage years are a period of major social, hormonal and emotional change and can be difficult both for the teens as well as their families. Finding the most effective way to meet your child’s growing need for independence and increased responsibility as well as keep them safe and healthy is a challenge for many parents. Knowing how to talk with your teen about, and identify symptoms of depression, suicide and eating disorders can help you assist your teen in navigating adolescence successfully.
Giving Effective Feedback in Personal or Work Situations
Giving effective feedback is difficult. Most people avoid opportunities to give constructive feedback and give infrequent and often unhelpful positive feedback. This session addresses strategies on how to deliver effective feedback at work or at home. The training will offer multiple examples and provide participants with ample practice to learn how to give feedback that helps individuals improve performance.
Responding to Behavior that Makes You Feel Uncomfortable
Most people have at some point been subjected to unexpected behavior that is unwelcome; behavior that is aggressive, lewd, provocative and socially inappropriate. This may occur in the workplace, at social gatherings or in public venues. In many of these instances our ability to respond effectively is often compromised because of fear, confusion and/or inexperience in addressing unwanted behaviors. This course examines the nature of unwelcome behavior, how and why we respond the way we do, and offers insights into how we can be prepared to effectively respond in the future when confronted with unwelcome behaviors.
Building Your Child's Self-Esteem
The National Association for self-esteem defines self esteem as: “The experience of being capable of meeting life’s challenges and being worthy of happiness.” While this sounds remarkably simple, developing and maintaining healthy self image is a challenging task. Poor self image accounts for many problems that have greater impact upon adults. Starting young children on a path towards confidence in who they are and their abilities is vital, to increase the likelihood of a more satisfying, self-assured life for them as adults.
The Weight Watchers Experience
During this Webinar, a Weight Watchers expert will take you on a guided tour of the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program, including these topics:
• Digital and Mobile Tools
• The SmartPoints system and WW Freestyle program
• How to Eat What You Love, Do What Moves You, and Shift Your Mindset
WW - All About the App
Backed by the latest nutritional and behavioral science, WW helps millions lose weight. Whether you're new to WW or just thinking about joining, it all starts with the WW app. In this webinar with Lisa Shaub, a WW (formerly Weight Watchers) Coach in both workshops and to VIPS for over a decade, you'll get a demo of our easy-to-use app, with all the tools you need, including food and activity tracking, barcode scanning, a restaurant finder, thousands of recipes, 24/7 Chat with a Coach and much more. Whether you're tech-savvy or a complete novice, this is not your grandmother's Weight Watchers!
A Transformation Story
During this webinar, Lisa shares her powerful yet relatable story. How she struggled for years, found long-lasting success with our program and went on to become not only a Weight Watchers Leader, but one of our VIP coaches. Her transformation over the years includes career challenges, family changes and all sorts of ups and downs. Join us for an interactive and honest session, and learn real tips from someone who has transformed her life and the life of many others.
Cutting Time in the Kitchen
Does lack of time get in the way of your health goals and cooking at home?
This workshop begins with an easy knife skills course, the foundation for more delicious and efficient cooking. This lesson is then reinforced by a simple cooking concept that saves both time and money, while boosting your confidence. Maybe you’re already focused on improving your health and well-being and have a routine in place that’s working for you. Or perhaps you’re just starting a weight loss journey and are eager to form new habits. And then it happens: you have to travel for work, or to an upcoming family reunion, or for a long-planned weekend getaway. And you’re wondering how you’re going to stay on track. No worries – we have you covered. In this webinar with Lisa Shaub, you’ll get strategies and ideas to make sure eating on the road doesn’t get in your way of accomplishing your health goals. A WW (formerly Weight Watchers) leader and VIP coach for over a decade, Lisa has lost 50 pounds on Weight Watchers and helped thousands of others work towards their own weight loss goals.
Healthy Eating on the Road
Work weeks are busy and we often need to prepare speedy meals and snacks in small batches. It can be a challenge to come up with fun, fresh, Smart Point friendly ideas when cooking for 1 or 2. Julie will share some of her top tips for making meals in smaller amounts so you're not bored eating the same dish every night or stuck with a fridge full of leftovers! She'll cover shopping lists, some of her favorite ingredients to keep on hand, tips to customize recipes to serve 1 or 2, and more. Join us for this interactive session and learn practical tips from a WW chef and recipe developer! Join us for this interactive session and learn real life tips from a Weight Watchers chef and recipe developer.
Cooking with Julie: Cooking for 1 or 2
You’ll discover the positive differences he’s experienced in many aspects of his life and hear how he was able to master and personalize the program to fit around his busy life as a husband, a dad and as one of the guys. Matt’s a member first but he’s also a WW employee, meaning he’s able to share insights, perspectives and real honesty as to how to be successful.
A Transformation Story
During this webinar you’ll hear Matt’s transformation story and how his success with WW impacted the lives of his family and those around him as much as his own.
The New WW Experience
During this Webinar, a WW expert will take you on a guided tour of the WW FreestyleTM Program, including these topics:
•How to Eat What You Love, Do What Moves You, and Shift Your Mindset
•Our SmartPoints system and WW FreestyleTM program
•Digital and Mobile Tools
Get behind the scenes, interact with our expert and ask questions in this engaging setting.
Cooking With Julie: ZeroPoint Cooking
One of the best things about WW Freestyle is the flexibility to enjoy what you love plus the freedom of 200+ foods that are now Zero Points. Even better? They can be use to make so many amazing ZeroPoint appetizers, snacks, soups, meals, and even desserts! In this webinar, Julie shares easy recipes and looking tips to show you fun and sometimes surprising ways to take advantage of ZeroPoint ingredients in your cooking and entertaining. Whether you're a WW member or not, join us for this interactive session and learn real life tips from a WW chef and Recipe Developer who's created 100's of ZeroPoint recipes.
FITNESS - GUIDED EXERCISES AT YOUR DESK
It’s no secret that physical activity plays a very important role in our physical and mental health. So why don’t we get enough of it? Our body needs to move every 90 minutes for about 10 minutes. A simple way to increase your movement is to build it into your work day. Below are a couple of videos that you can do at your desk.
A Guided Stretch Routine
This 6 minute video will guide you through several energizing stretches.
A Guided Resistance Band Exercise Break
This 10 minute video using resistance bands is a quick and fun way to add energy to your body, mind and soul.