HLC Wellbeing Month

* Webster’s dictionary defines wellbeing as “the state of being happy, healthy, or successful”. Personal wellbeing- which includes our Career Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing, Community Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing and Financial 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!!!

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Resources
Harvard Longwood Campus Map
Tracking the Landmark Shuttle and Landmark Shuttle Schedule (HUID required)
Landmark Room Directions
HLC Wellbeing Resource Page
Wellbeing at Harvard

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Wednesday, January 3
EAP Talk:
Fixing Our Broken Sleep
12:00 – 1:00pm, Countway Library – Minot Room
Instructor:
Rick Clerici C.Ht.: Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program
HPT course information/class registration
This interactive presentation with a sleep expert is designed to help participants begin getting better sleep almost immediately. Attendees will learn techniques for overcoming these common sleep problems:
• Trouble falling asleep
• Difficulty staying asleep
• Excessive thinking
• Waking too early
• Sunday night insomnia
• Chronic insomnia
• Daytime sleepiness
• Returning to sleep
Participants will experience a guided relaxation exercise for initiating sleep and returning to sleep.

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Thursday, January 4 RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12th: 10:30am – 12:00pm. Click here to register.
wellbeing-linda-miklasIntroduction to “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”
Instructor: Linda Miklas
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.

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CANCELLED
Lunchtime Gentle Yoga
Instructor: Aimee Fox
Take a break from your workday with a gentle, breath-oriented yoga class that will help reset your mind, unwind tension, and create space in your body. This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates. All levels are welcome! Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and a sense of humor. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Note: You must bring a signed copy of the release in order to participate in this class.
If you are under 18yrs, please email hlctraining@hsph.harvard.edu as there may be extra paperwork needed.

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Monday, January 8
Unconscious Bias
10:00am-12:00pm, Countway Library – Ballard Room
HPT course information/class registration
Instructor:
Gillian Simkiss
All of us have unconscious biases that may prevent us from making equitable, inclusive decisions. Our brains rely on past cultural experience to provide data that fills in the blanks between the things we see. We understand by weaving together the information we have with the threads of information that our brains remember. We tend to make associations very quickly, based on our experience or beliefs, and more slowly when we see something counter to our experience or beliefs. This course has been created to enable to you understand bias and to find ways to mitigate unconscious bias. This course will develop the following Harvard competencies: Communication Skills and Valuing Diversity.

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Tuesday, January 9
Stress Management on the Go!
12:00pm-1:00pm, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Research and Education Bldg. Room 106
HPT course information/class registration
Instructor:
Susanna Katsman
Do you wish you had some quick-and-easy ways to manage your stress on-the-go? Whether you are stuck in traffic or waiting in a long line at the bank during your very short lunch break, come learn tips and tricks to help you bring yourself back to a calm and focused state – no matter what life throws your way! This course contributes to development of the following competencies: Continuous Learning, Managing Conflict.

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Wednesday, January 10
wellbeing-elizabeth-fratesFaculty Talk: PAVING the Path to Wellness: working toward a healthy body, peaceful mind and joyful heart
10:00-11:30am, Countway Library – Ballard Rm
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.

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Thursday, January 11
Lunchtime Gentle Yoga
12:00 – 12:45pm, Countway Library – Lahey Room
Instructor:
Aimee Fox
HPT course information/class registration
Release of Claims
Take a break from your workday with a gentle, breath-oriented yoga class that will help reset your mind, unwind tension, and create space in your body. This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates. All levels are welcome! Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and a sense of humor. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Note: You must bring a signed copy of the release in order to participate in this class.
If you are under 18yrs, please email hlctraining@hsph.harvard.edu as there may be extra paperwork needed.

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Friday, January 12
Mindfulness Basics: Meditation, Chair Yoga & Mind-body Nutrition Strategies for a Greater Sense of Aliveness

12:30 – 1:30pm, Landmark Center 3rd Floor Conference Room 004
Release of Claims
Registration for Mindfulness Basics
Each time we give ourselves permission to pause and be present we develop new neural pathways and retrain our mind to do so more effortlessly with each attempt.  While mindfulness is a subtle practice, when we put in the effort, the benefits are profound on our sense of well-being.  As part of this session, we will sit together in a meditation, move our bodies right in our chairs, and learn about mind-body nutrition strategies that can create a radical shift in your health, overall well-being and relationship with food.  Be prepared to tune in to your subtle body and walk away feeling a sense of calm and connection.   Work-out clothing not necessary, but clothing in which you can move is recommended. Note: You must bring a signed copy of the release in order to participate in the class exercises. If you are under 18yrs, please email hlctraining@hsph.harvard.edu as there may be extra paperwork needed.
Speaker: Karoline Barwinski is a yoga teacher, health and wellness coach, and Program Manager for the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Center for Health and the Global Environment.  As part of the SHINE program, Karoline is helping integrate a greater focus on worker health and well-being in the workplace through evidence-based research.  Her passion is exploring workplace health and employee well-being in the context of corporate sustainability, believing that a healthy, engaged, productive, and supported employee base is vital to a successful enterprise.  Karoline received a Master of Science in Global Business and Finance from Georgetown University and a certificate in Dynamic Psychology of Eating and Mind-body Nutrition from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.  She is a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher and has taken Vipassana meditation courses at the Dhamma Dhara Vipassana Meditation Center. 

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Monday, January 15
Harvard University is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Tuesday, January 16
Stress Management on The Go!
*LANDMARK CLASS: 10:30am-11:30am, Landmark Ctr., 4th Fl. W – 414A
HPT course information/class registration
*LONGWOOD CLASS:
1:30pm – 2:30pm, Countway Library, Ballard Rm
HPT course information/class registration

Instructor:
Susanna Katsman
Do you wish you had some quick-and-easy ways to manage your stress on-the-go? Whether you are stuck in traffic or waiting in a long line at the bank during your very short lunch break, come learn tips and tricks to help you bring yourself back to a calm and focused state – no matter what life throws your way! This course contributes to development of the following competencies: Continuous Learning, Managing Conflict.

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Wednesday, January 17
Yoga for Every Body
12:00 – 1:00pm, Countway Library – Lahey Room
Instructor:
Karen Kwass
HPT course information/class registration
Release of Claims
Take a mid-afternoon break with a mindful Kripalu yoga class designed to calm the mind and body. You will be gently guided through physical postures and breathing techniques to release tension and restore balance. Leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates. All levels are welcome! No experience necessary, please bring a yoga mat and water bottle and wear loose comfortable clothing. Note: You must bring a signed copy of the release in order to participate in this class. If you are under 18yrs, please email hlctraining@hsph.harvard.edu as there may be extra paperwork needed.

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Thursday, January 18

HLC Elder Caregiving Support Group
12:00 – 1:30pm, Countway Library – Ballard Room
Instructor:
Audrey Zabin
Join your peers in a comfortable and confidential environment to learn and share your knowledge about navigating the maze of all that is elder caregiving today. Topics include: health insurance, health care, Medicare and Medicaid, assisted living and finding the right home health aides – all challenging and sometimes frustrating questions. The group will be coached by Audrey Zabin from AZA Care Management. For information about AZA and Audrey’s biography, go to http://azacaremanagement.com/about-us/caring-professionals.

 

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Housing Seminar
12:00pm – 1:30pm, Countway Library – Minot Room
Instructor: Harvard Housing Office
Harvard and affiliated hospital faculty, staff, and retirees are invited to attend a free seminar to discuss:
Buying a primary residence – Topics include:
How much can I really afford to pay?
What type of special loans are available?  (first-time buyer, physician, and more)
How to secure that new home in a competitive market.
How does the process, from offer to acceptance to closing, work?

To register:  http://www.huhousing.harvard.edu/home-buying/seminars

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Friday, January 19
EAP Talk:
Quality Cancer Care and Support
9:30 – 11:00am, Countway Library – Ballard Room
Instructor:
Cari Ryding: Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program
HPT 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.

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Monday, January 22

Faculty Talk: Wellness in Oral Health and Overall Health
12:00 -1 :00pm, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, REB Auditorium
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.

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Wednesday, January 24
EAP Talk:
Healthy Eating on the Run
1:30 – 2:30pm, Gordon Hall – Waterhouse Room
Instructor:
Heidi Roth, R.D.N. : Harvard’s EAP
HPT course information/class registration
Lack of time is a major reason why many people forego healthy eating. Our eating habits have changed, with fast food readily available and more people eating meals in their car or at their desk. In this seminar, you’ll learn: • Which fast foods are healthy foods and which you should avoid • How to choose and prepare healthy foods for busy times • How to make food your friend

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Thursday, January 25

Flex Work Information Session for Staff
9:30am – 10:30am, Countway Library – Minot Room
Instructor: Nancy Costikyan
HPT course information/class registration
Come to this one-hour overview of Harvard’s updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines. You will learn about how to develop a well-thought out flex work proposal and discuss it with your boss; why you don’t need to state your reason for submitting a proposal, potential business advantages of flex work; the criteria managers will use to decide to approve or deny your proposal, and what is meant by an “equitable process of fair consideration for all proposals”.

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Flex Work Information Session for Managers
12:00pm-1:00pm – 10:30am, Countway Library – Minot Room
Instructor: Karen Kelly
HPT course information/class registration
Come to this one-hour overview of Harvard’s updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines. Managers will get a quick tour through the newly available guidelines to learn about proposing, discussing, evaluating and managing flex work; the business advantages of flex work; the wisdom of trial periods; how to renew, tweak and end existing arrangements; how to ensure an “equitable process of fair consideration for all proposals”; and special considerations for managing telework.

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Lunchtime Gentle Yoga
12:00 – 12:45pm, Countway Library – Lahey Room
Instructor: Aimee Fox
HPT course information/class registration
Release of Claims
Take a break from your workday with a gentle, breath-oriented yoga class that will help reset your mind, unwind tension, and create space in your body. This course is intended for Harvard Longwood Campus staff, faculty, post docs and affiliates. All levels are welcome! Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and a sense of humor. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Note: You must bring a signed copy of the release in order to participate in this class.
If you are under 18yrs, please email hlctraining@hsph.harvard.edu as there may be extra paperwork needed.

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Monday, January 29
EAP Talk: Proactive Elder & Adult Care Planning
10:30am – 12:00pm, Countway Library – Ballard Room
HPT course information/class registration
Instructor: Audrey Zabin, AZA Care Management & Harvard’s EAP
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.

**FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ELDER AND ADULT CAREGIVING SUPPORT GROUPS ON THE HARVARD LONGWOOD CAMPUS, CLICK HERE OR SCROLL DOWN***

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Workplace Well-being: Latest Research and Strategies You Can Implement Today
2:00 – 3:00pm, Landmark Center 3rd Floor Conference Room 004
Registration for Workplace Well-being
More and more organizations are touting the benefits of a healthy workplace on both the health and well-being of employees and the success of the organization.  But what exactly is being measured when it comes to employee health and well-being?  And what are the results of this research?  The Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise is at the cutting edge of measuring worker health and well-being and integrating the results in the business context.  Learn about what matters when it comes to measuring worker health and well-being, some of the exciting results from our research, and health and wellness strategies you can implement today to feel a greater sense of well-being in the workplace and at home.
Speaker: Karoline Barwinski is a yoga teacher, health and wellness coach, and Program Manager for the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Center for Health and the Global Environment.  As part of the SHINE program, Karoline is helping integrate a greater focus on worker health and well-being in the workplace through evidence-based research.  Her passion is exploring workplace health and employee well-being in the context of corporate sustainability, believing that a healthy, engaged, productive, and supported employee base is vital to a successful enterprise.  Karoline received a Master of Science in Global Business and Finance from Georgetown University and a certificate in Dynamic Psychology of Eating and Mind-body Nutrition from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.  She is a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher and has taken Vipassana meditation courses at the Dhamma Dhara Vipassana Meditation Center.

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Thursday January 30
Seminar: The Search for Optimal Diets
11:00am – 12:00pm, Countway Library – Minot Room
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.

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Wednesday, January 31
EAP Talk:
Flourish
11:30am – 1:00pm, Countway Library – Minot Room
Instructor:  Katherine McHugh: Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program
HPT course information/class registration
Based on the book by Martin Seligman, Flourish is about moving beyond our limitations, and understanding the science of well-being. Incorporating mindfulness with the latest in positive psychology, we unpack the vital components of emotional intelligence and resiliency, identify positive traits and strengths in ourselves and others in order to not only bounce back from adversity but to vibrantly grow.

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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.