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Calendar of Events and Webinars

Calendar of Programs and Events

Check back in January for the latest calendar of events

Educational Webinars by Topic

FINANCIAL HEALTH

College Savings Plan

Learn more about how to start saving now for college expenses through the 529 College Savings Plan.

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.

 

STRESS MANAGMENT / MINDFULNESS /  EMOTIONAL HEALTH

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.

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 then 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.

PHYSICAL HEALTH

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

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.

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.

WEIGHT WATCHERS

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:
• How to Eat What You Love, Do What Moves You, and Shift Your Mindset
• The SmartPoints system and WW FreestyleTM program
• Digital and Mobile Tools

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.

Cooking with Julie:  Solutions for the Holidays 

It's often called "the most wonderful" time of the year...but the holidays can also be super stressful and a time when healthy eating falls by the wayside.  From office potluck parties and cookie swaps to hosting friends and family; it can be a challenge to stay on plan.  In this webinar, Julie shares easy, WW friendly ideas so you can enjoy the holidays and stay on track.  From ZeroPointTM appetizers and party dips, to no-stress entertaining tips, and strategies to navigate holiday party menus; you'll learn just how well the WW FreestyleTM program fits into the holiday season.  Join us for this interactive session, and learn real life tips from a Weight Watchers chef and recipe developer.

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.