January is HLC Wellbeing Month

* Webster’s dictionary defines wellbeing as “the state of being happy, healthy, or successful”. Personal wellbeing is a universal goal that can benefit you in both your personal and professional life. Join the Harvard Longwood Campus in the HLC Wellbeing Month by attending a course below or taking advantage of the resources offered. Be sure to keep checking this site for event updates.*

We hope you attend offerings listed below and peruse Wellbeing Resources for additional inspiration and information

Wednesday, January 4**
wellbeing-karen“Yoga for Every Body”

12:15 – 1:00, Countway Library – Minot Room
Note: No registration required
Instructor: Karen Kwass: 
A MSW, RYT 500 and Kripalu certified yoga teacher, Karen has enjoyed yoga for over 20 years. She guides gentle and moderate yoga classes in a safe and supportive environment allowing students to go inwards and explore themselves.   She brings joy, compassion, an awareness of her students, and an ability to adapt or modify postures in effort to meet individual needs.
Wear comfortable clothes, bring yoga mat, water bottle and signed Release Form.

Monday, January 9**
Seminar: The Search for Optimal Diets
12:00 – 1:00, Countway Library – Minot Room
Note: No registration required

Speaker: Vasanti Malik, ScD., is a Research Scientist in the department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She obtained a MSc. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and a dual doctorate in Nutrition and Epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School. Her research focuses on evaluating dietary risk factors for obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease with an emphasis on diet quality. More recent research interests of Dr. Malik include studying nutritional drivers of the global obesity and diabetes epidemics in countries undergoing epidemiologic transition. Dr. Malik currently directs the Global Nutrition and Epidemiologic Transition Initiative; a collaborative project with 13 low- and- middle income countries that aims to reduce diabetes risk by improving diet and lifestyle. She has an excellent track record of publications and is an Associate Editor for BMC Obesity and a Review Editor for Frontiers in Public Health.

Tuesday, January 10**
Susanna Katsman
Applying Immunity-To-Change method to your New Year’s Resolutions

12:00 – 2:30, Countway Library – Ware Room
Instructor: Susanna Katsman
HTP course information/class registration
Immunity To Change method for achieving personal and professional goals was developed by Harvard professors Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey and has been used by thousands of people from all walks of life to make meaningful and sustained changes.  In this session you will learn why determination and will power are often not sufficient to achieving your goals. You will uncover hidden forces that work against your best efforts and get tools for addressing these forces so that you can make the changes you want to make by working smarter, not trying harder.

Wednesday, January 11**
wellbeing-linda-miklasIntroduction to “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”
10:00 – 11:30, Gordon Hall – Waterhouse Room
Instructor: Linda Miklas
HPT course information/class registration
This session will provide an overview of “The Maturity Continuum”, the model that serves as the foundation for Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits book and tools.  This model can be applied at the individual, team, and organizational levels to increase effectiveness in planning and organizing, time and priority management, and communication.   

Wednesday, January 11**
wellbeing-karen“Yoga for Every Body”
12:15 – 1:00, Countway Library – Minot Room
Note: No registration required
Instructor: Karen Kwass: 
A MSW, RYT 500 and Kripalu certified yoga teacher, Karen has enjoyed yoga for over 20 years. She guides gentle and moderate yoga classes in a safe and supportive environment allowing students to go inwards and explore themselves.   She brings joy, compassion, an awareness of her students, and an ability to adapt or modify postures in effort to meet individual needs.
Wear comfortable clothes, bring yoga mat, water bottle and signed Release Form.

*Monday, January 16 – Harvard University is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day*

Wednesday, January 18**
wellbeing-karen“Yoga for Every Body”

12:15 – 1:00, Countway Library – Lahey Room
Note: No registration required
Instructor: Karen Kwass: 
A MSW, RYT 500 and Kripalu certified yoga teacher, Karen has enjoyed yoga for over 20 years. She guides gentle and moderate yoga classes in a safe and supportive environment allowing students to go inwards and explore themselves.   She brings joy, compassion, an awareness of her students, and an ability to adapt or modify postures in effort to meet individual needs.
Wear comfortable clothes, bring yoga mat, water bottle and signed Release Form.

Thursday, January 19**
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Quality Cancer Care and Support
10:00 – 11:30, Countway Library – Minot Room
Instructor: Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program
HTP course information/class registration
A diagnosis of cancer is both overwhelming and devastating. Most people enter the medical system lacking the knowledge and understanding to effectively navigate the process. This can cause increased anxiety. In this course, you will learn: what to expect during early stages of a cancer diagnosis through to the treatment phase; the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges that ensue; and multiple ways to claim back one’s power – for individuals and families. The use of complementary therapies, traditional medical treatments, diet, and exercise will also be explored. When it is complete, you will have gained a working knowledge of quality cancer care.

Thursday, January 19**
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Boost Your Resilience to Prevent Burnout
12:00 – 1:00, Countway Library – Minot Room
Instructor: Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program 

HTP course information/class registration
Stress is a part of everyday life. Since we can’t eliminate it, learning how to recognize the signs of stress overload and boosting our ability to handle stressful situations can help. Understanding our own reactions to issues and planning ways to boost resilience can help us thrive in the midst of stress. Join us and learn ways to build your personal resilience by understanding the current research on resilience, practicing evidence-based healthy habits and using self-care to stay mindful. Join us for an interactive discussion about: Recognizing stress symptoms to prevent burnout; characteristics of resilient people and ways to boost your own resiliency to stress.

Thursday, January 19**
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Proactive Adult and Elder Caregiving
2:00 – 3:30, Countway Library – Minot Room
Instructor: Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program
HTP course information/class registration

Adult caregivers frequently juggle multiple responsibilities, including work, family, and care of an aging parent or family member. Employees are often caught off guard when an elder or older adult experiences a medical crisis. Planning proactively for the care of a parent or loved one, such as understanding the different levels of care, costs, and available resources, can help mitigate the stress of caregiving and provide more options. This seminar offers:
*An overview of strategies and types of providers to best prepare for the demands and complexities of caregiving
*Resources to proactively lay the groundwork for adult and elder care support before an unexpected event occurs
*A look at the emotional side of caregiving and available resources for support.

Monday, January 23***
wellbeing-gloria-yehFaculty Talk: Mind-Body Exercise for Cardiac and Respiratory Health
12:30 – 1:30, Countway Library – Minot Room
Note: No registration required

Speaker: Gloria Y. Yeh, MD, MPH – Dr. Gloria Yeh is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a clinician researcher in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at BIDMC, Director of the Mind-Body Research Program and the Harvard Medical School Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Integrative Medicine. Her research focus is clinical efficacy, physiological and psychosocial mechanisms of mind-body exercise in complex chronic disease. She is principal investigator or co-investigator on a number of NIH-funded clinical trials including those investigating tai chi and meditative breathing in patients with cardiac and respiratory disease. She is also a primary care physician at Healthcare Associates and a member of the Cheng-Tsui Integrated Health Center at BIDMC.

Tuesday, January 24***
wellbeing-elizabeth-fratesFaculty Talk: PAVING the Path to Wellness: working toward a healthy body, peaceful mind and joyful heart
12:00 – 1:00, Gordon Hall – Waterhouse Room
Note: No registration required

Speaker: Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD is trained as a physiatrist and a health and wellness coach. Her expertise is in lifestyle medicine, and she works to empower patients to reach their optimal level of wellness by adopting healthy habits. Recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Frates is helping to shape the scope of this new specialty. She is an award-winning teacher at Harvard Medical School and developed and taught a college lifestyle medicine curriculum at the Harvard Extension School, which is one of the most popular courses offered at the school. As the Director of Wellness Programming at the Stroke Institute for Research and Recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Frates has created and implemented a twelve-month wellness program for stroke survivors and their caregivers. She is co-author of the book, Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering Your Health and Preventing Another Stroke and co-author of three chapters on behavior change in different medical textbooks, and multiple journal articles on lifestyle medicine topics including exercise prescription, connection prescription, lifestyle medicine case series, and walking meeting for sustained weight loss. Dr. Frates is passionate about developing programs focused on lifestyle medicine and wellness.

Wednesday, January 25**
wellbeing-karen“Yoga for Every Body”

12:15 – 1:00, Countway Library – Ballard Room
Note: No registration required
Instructor: Karen Kwass: 
A MSW, RYT 500 and Kripalu certified yoga teacher, Karen has enjoyed yoga for over 20 years. She guides gentle and moderate yoga classes in a safe and supportive environment allowing students to go inwards and explore themselves.   She brings joy, compassion, an awareness of her students, and an ability to adapt or modify postures in effort to meet individual needs.
Wear comfortable clothes, bring yoga mat, water bottle and signed Release Form.

Thursday, January 26***
wellbeing-jodi-detjenConversation on Work/Life Integration for Women 
12:00 – 1:00, Countway Library – Ballard Room
***Attendees get a free copy of Jodi’s book “The Orange Line”***
Note: No registration required

Speaker: Jodi Detjen
 Shift your mindset about your career. Define your own life. Professor Jodi Detjen will speak about the skills required for living an integrated life of work, family and personal identity based on her research in the book “The Orange Line.” She dispels old myths that trap women into outdated but pervasive ideals and rigid behavioral rules for the ideal woman. Instead she calls on women to change their belief system, to reframe their assumptions, shed their guilt and live and work smarter. On “The Orange Line,” women do not need to choose between work and life, they can claim their power to live both fully. Ms. Detjen is a professor of management at Suffolk University, MBA program director, and managing partner of Orange Grove Consulting, a consultancy focused on helping organizations achieve gender parity. 

Thursday, January 26**
Susanna Katsman
Applying Immunity-To-Change method to your New Year’s Resolutions

1:30 – 4:30, Countway Library – Minot Room
Instructor: Susanna Katsman
HTP course information/class registration
Immunity To Change method for achieving personal and professional goals was developed by Harvard professors Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey and has been used by thousands of people from all walks of life to make meaningful and sustained changes.  In this session you will learn why determination and will power are often not sufficient to achieving your goals. You will uncover hidden forces that work against your best efforts and get tools for addressing these forces so that you can make the changes you want to make by working smarter, not trying harder.

Monday, January 30***
wellbeing-lisa-simonFaculty Talk: Wellness in Oral Health and Overall Health
1:00 – 1:45, HSDM, REB Auditorium
Note: No registration required
Speaker: Lisa Simon, DMD is HSDM’s Fellow in Oral Health and Medicine Integration. After graduating magna cum laude from Yale University in 2010, she received her dental degree with honors in global and community health from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2014. In 2015, she joined the faculty of HSDM after completing a community health center-based General Practice Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance- HSDM.  Dr. Simon has been honored with numerous awards for her dedication to the underserved. She was the inaugural recipient of the Lois K. Cohen Award for excellence in global health. She was awarded the Anthony Westwater Jong award by the American Association of Public Health, the Colgate Research Award by the American Association of Women Dentists, and the Rising Star award by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.  Dr. Simon’s work focuses on improving access to care for vulnerable populations and integration of oral health and medicine. Her research addresses barriers to oral health faced by low-income individuals in urban and rural areas in the United States, and effective use of interprofessional education to heighten the oral health knowledge of primary care providers, and the role of dentists in medical teams.

Tuesday, January 31*****
Work/Life Panel
12:30-1:30, HSDM, REB Auditorium
Note: No registration required
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HLC Faculty, Postdocs, Staff will share their approaches to meeting Work/Life challenges such as; integrating their unique identities with their careers, overcoming cultural expectations in achieving their goals, building resilience in the times of hardship, nurturing their interests outside of work, and attending to the needs of their children and elders.
Eman Ansari, MD, MPH (HMS/Boston Children’s Hospital), Daniel Costa (HSDM), Jessica Halem (HMS), Josiemer Mattei, PhD, MPH (SPH), Fred Tabung, PhD, MSPH (SPH)

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Chair Massages and Vendor Fair
1:30-3:00, HSDM, REB Lobby
Note: No registration required

Learn about resources in the areas of childcare, adult & elder care, exercise, career, real estate, financial planning, LGBTQ and more.

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We hope you attend offerings listed above and peruse Wellbeing Resources for additional inspiration and information.

Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact hlctraining@hsph.harvard.edu in advance of your participation.

Disclaimer: Harvard University does not approve or endorse any products or services offered by vendors or speakers at the Wellness Month events.