Happy for Health: The Psychology of Happiness

Happy can help lead us to healthy. Happiness is associated with improved immune system function and better overall health. For many years psychologists focused their attention only on psychological problems, but in recent years some psychologists have turned their attention to the study of happiness. These researchers have learned a lot about what truly makes people happy. In this presentation, we will discuss what researchers have learned about the physiological impacts of increasing our levels of happiness.

Presented byKathleen Monahan
Kathleen Monahan, Ed.D., NCCC
Career Counseling Sarasota

When: 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75
NOTE: Do NOT follow GPS directions. They will take you south of Fruitville.

Cost: FREE
Seating is Limited. To reserve your seat RSVP to Florida Blue at 941-308-2046

Using Power Foods at Your Holiday Table- Recap

Rachel ChambersOur Girl Talk on Health for November 4th was called Using Power foods at your Holiday table presented by Rachel Chambers, RDN, LDN, Nutritionist at Venice Regional Medical Center.  In her work Rachel guides and teaches patients to become independent in adopting personalized nutritional plans to reach their health related goals. In our talk she took these principals and applied them to our upcoming holidays.
Rachel suggested introducing healthy alternatives to some of our favorite holiday foods; such as couscous with cranberries, mint and pine nuts, wild rice salad with cranberries and peas, and autumn salad with cranberries and walnuts. She also gave us some suggestions for healthy snacks anytime like:
Hummus with whole grain crackers, soups with low sodium or home made broths blending potatoes or beans to add thickness, adding sunflower seeds or walnuts to salads in the place of croutons, refreshing cold soups like gazpacho or melon, apple slices with almond butter, cottage cheese with fruit, and pesto cottage cheese with celery among others. She also discussed healthy drink alternatives like infused waters with cucumber, watermelon, and basil, or lime, lemon or orange. Or trying LaCroix flavored seltzer waters like cran raspberry or coconut. She also suggested flavoring our foods with herbs, spices and lemon juice.
Lastly Rachel made recommendations for two books:  Mindless Eating by Dr Brian Wansick, and Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, and a food/recipe website: www.allrecipes.com which sends you daily recipes to your inbox.
Rachel can be reached at tchambers1@verizon.net

Apple-Cranberry Crisp

This easy, colorful recipe is a favorite way to get lots of delicious flavor from the apples, cranberries and walnuts, plus enjoy their many nutrients, fiber and cancer-fighting phytochemicals.

Canola oil spray

7 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced

1 cup fresh cranberries

3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

2/3 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

3 Tbsp. butter, softened or trans fat-free margarine

Frozen low fat vanilla yogurt (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat medium shallow baking dish with canola oil spray. Place apples and cranberries in dish and gently toss together. In medium bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour, nuts and butter. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture on top of fruit. Bake until apples and cranberries are bubbly and tender, about 50 minutes. Transfer dish to wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm with frozen yogurt, if desired.

Makes 8 servings.

Per serving: 268 Calories, 8 g Total Fat (3 g Saturated Fat), 50 g Carbohydrates,
2 g Protein, 4 g Dietary Fiber, 9 mg Sodium.

 

 

Summary by Norma Pitzer-Kelly

Incorporating POWER Foods Into Your Holiday Meals

Rachel photo (1)Though pumpkin has begun to dominate fall recipes, there are many other fruits and vegetables to explore this time of year and throughout the holiday season – all toting anti-cancer nutrients.
Join us as we explore recipes that incorporate phytonutrient and flavor-dense ingredients that are packed with flavor and textural appeal. Leave with new recipes using powerful ingredients likes quinoa, walnuts, and faro!
Maintaining a healthy weight is key to cancer prevention but can be challenging while socializing around the holiday table. By incorporating some nutrient-dense, highly satisfying foods into our holiday meal menus, we can indulge and feel great about it!

Presented by
By Rachel Chambers, RDN, LDN
Registered Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist

When: 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday November 4th, 2014

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75
NOTE: Do NOT follow GPS directions. They will take you south of Fruitville.

Cost: FREE
Seating is Limited. To reserve your seat RSVP to Florida Blue at 941-308-2046

Breast Density: Something every woman should know

dr._merandi-27dMammograms are the gold standard for detecting breast cancers and are an important tool that we know saves lives, but no tool is perfect, especially for women who have dense breasts.  Women with dense breasts or other risk factors may benefit from the more advanced diagnostic tools and technologies.  Join Dr. Steven Merandi for a Girl Talk on Health presentation on the topic of breast density and what every woman should know.

Presented by
Steven Merandi, MD
Breast Imaging Specialist, Sarasota Memorial Hospital

When: 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday October 7, 2014

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75
NOTE: Do NOT follow GPS directions. They will take you south of Fruitville.

Cost: FREE
Seating is Limited. To reserve your seat RSVP to Florida Blue at 941-308-2046

Healthy Doesn’t Have to Be So Hard: Simple tools to optimize your health and feel vibrant in your body.

Ever get overwhelmed with this whole how-to-be-healthy thing? In this intro course, founder of A Wholesome Approach, Keely Henry will teach you how to make choosing the right food easy, enjoyable, and personal. You will learn to become a label detective for exactly what ingredients to BEWARE of. With plenty of handouts and fun chit-chat you will walk away with a clear understanding that will help you take charge of your well-being. Also included are tips to ditch your comfort food cycle that currently leaves you feeling tired and icky to a new cycle that still soothes yet doesn’t compromise your health.

Keely HenryPresented by
Keely Henry
Certified Health Coach – Yoga Teacher – BFA in Performance & Choreography
Food Lover – Label Detective – Pantry Protector – Movement Advocate

When: 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday September 2, 2014

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75
NOTE: Do NOT follow GPS directions. They will take you south of Fruitville.

Cost: FREE
Seating is Limited. To reserve your seat RSVP to Bree at Florida Blue at 941-308-2046

About our speaker:
Keely Sullivan-Henry is a Certified Health Coach, yoga instructor, and professional modern dancer. Knowing firsthand how hard it can be to make healthy living a lasting reality, she created A Wholesome Approach. Through health coaching and/or yoga instructing, Keely works with busy, successful, often stressed to the max people (including families) who are hungry for real change, are done dieting, and are ready to make this easy. Align those vibrant lifestyles with vibrant health! Keely received formal training in nutrition and lifestyle management techniques from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. A student of yoga since 2000, in 2010 Keely took her training a step further and participated in Yoga Shelter‘s Life Training and continued on to Teacher Training where she received 200 hour RYT.

Learn more about Keely Henry at her website www.awholesomeapproach.com

Peaceful Living and the Yoga Lifestyle: Simple Strategies to Reduce Stress and Achieve Emotional Balance

Feeling stressed out? Overwhelmed and on edge? Have you been diagnosed with an overwhelming health issue? If so, you are not alone. Women today are more stressed out than ever before, and our health is suffering as a result. It’s time to stop, take a breath, and listen to your body. It’s time to take the first steps towards feeling better. This workshop will teach you basic yoga postures, breathing techniques and small yogic lifestyle changes that will start you on your journey to a new you! No previous yoga experience necessary, just wear comfortable clothes and bring an open mind.

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Jamie Molnar, M.App.Psych., RYT.

When: 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday August 5, 2014

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75
NOTE: Do NOT follow GPS directions. They will take you south of Fruitville.

Cost: FREE
Seating is Limited. To reserve your seat RSVP to Bree at Florida Blue at 941-308-2046
About the speaker:
Jamie Molnar has a BS in Psychology and a BA degree in Spanish from the University of Central Florida, and her Masters in Applied (Clinical) Psychology from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. She is currently a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern with the State of Florida and a Registered Yoga Teacher with The Yoga Alliance. Jamie has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including college counseling, alcohol and drug treatment, pharmaceutical research, organizational psychology, and neuropsychology (with both children and adults). She is an expert in mindfulness and stress management. She currently works in private practice here in Sarasota. Learn more about her work at www.jamiemolnar.com.

“He Said, She Said” on Health and Fitness

Come hear Dr. Swor and Dr. Swor weigh in on diet, fitness, and lifestyle choices for ultimate health and longevity.

sworsworPresented by
Dr. Michael Swor,GYN, Swor Women’s Care
Dr. Gray Swor, Radiation Oncologist, 21st Century Oncology

When: 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday June 3 , 2014

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75
NOTE: Do NOT follow GPS directions. They will take you south of Fruitville.

Cost: FREE
Seating is Limited. To reserve your seat RSVP to Bree at Florida Blue at 941-308-2046

About our speakers:
Dr. Michael Swor received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1981 and did his ObGyn specialty training at the University of Florida in Jacksonville.
Since the early 1990′s, he has been an assistant clinical professor in the department of ObGyn at USF Tampa and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Swor has a longtime special interest in natural health alternatives. He provides consulting services to the Natural Hormone Institute of America and helps educate and train healthcare professionals in the use of bio-identical hormones and other specialty treatments. www.sworcare.com
Dr. Gray Swor practices general adult radiation oncology in Florida with a special interest in breast cancer. She is currently on the American Cancer Society Sarasota Unit board of directors. She has published multiple journal articles and coauthored a textbook chapter on the management of difficult breast cancer cases. Website

Following Your Dreams At Any Age: Being in Optimal Shape to Do It!

Join us as we learn how to be in optimal health to follow our dreams at any age. We will discuss creating our own personal wellness plan through integrating complimentary therapies.

leahbishopPresented by
Leah M. Bishop, FNP-C

When: 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday May 6, 2014

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75
NOTE: Do NOT follow GPS directions. They will take you south of Fruitville.

Cost: FREE
Seating is Limited. To reserve your seat RSVP to Bree at Florida Blue at 941-308-2046

About our speaker:

Leah M. Bishop graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master’s Degree of Science and certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Over the past 15 years, she has worked in medical surgery, cardiology, intensive care, and case management as a registered nurse. Leah currently works alongside Doctor Karen Leggett, DO, and has received training on Midlife Women’s Health from doctor Karen Leggett, DO, including management of bio-identical hormone replacement, compounded thyroid medications, adrenal gland treatment and gastrointestinal hormone balance.

Leah also collaborates with Doctor Fred Harvey, MD, who believes that Integrative medicine combines the best of Western medicine with alternative and holistic therapies. Like Dr. Fred Harvey, Leah wants to give patients the tools and treatments to help them optimize wellness rather than naming, blaming and taming disease.

Leah’s goal is to empower patients to take charge of their health by providing primary care integrated with complementary therapies such as neuroendocrine balancing, dietary guidance, and exercise management.

http://www.leahbishoparnp.com

Healthy Snacks Anytime of the Day

Chef Nancy Waldeck

Come join Healthy Chef Partyologist Nancy Waldeck to learn how to plan ahead to make luscious lunches and snacks that you can enjoy anytime of the day!

Presented by
Chef Nancy Waldeck

When: 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday April 1, 2014

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75
NOTE: Do NOT follow GPS directions. They will take you south of Fruitville.

Cost: FREE
Seating is Limited. To reserve your seat RSVP to Bree at Florida Blue at 941-308-2046

About our Speaker:
Nancy Waldeck is passionate about eating better, enjoying life and food. A breast cancer survivor who loves translating nutritional recommendations into delicious and easy meals, her skills and enthusiasm have taken her from the kitchen crew at the TBS cooking show Home Plate, all the way to Africa where she served as Chef Instructor at the United States Embassy in Burundi. Nancy believes that food should be fast, fun, healthy AND taste great! Her enthusiasm for wine and food is evident each week in The Friday Four, an unique e-zine containing a mouthwatering recipe, quick wine tip and 2 valuable kitchen ideas. You can find it at www.tasteandsavor.com

Writing for the Health of It

Louise headshot by Cliff Roles sqThis discussion will explore the value of writing therapy for optimal health or for those recovering from serious illness. It will be a variation of the ground-breaking work by James Pennebaker whose research showed the relationship between natural language use and one’s health.

Participants will explore various forms of writing including expressive, transactional. poetic, affirmative and legacy writing. This will be a gentle, guided process where no writing skills are required and participants share only that which they wish to contribute.

Presented by

Louise Bruderle
West Coast Woman Magazine

When: 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday March 4, 2014

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75
NOTE: Do NOT follow GPS directions. They will take you south of Fruitville.

Cost: FREE
Seating is Limited. To reserve your seat RSVP to Bree at Florida Blue at 941-308-2046

About our speaker:
Louise Bruderle has over 25 years’ experience in writing, publishing and editing. In addition, she has taught creative writing locally and this past spring attended Duke University’s Integrative Medicine workshop on writing to heal. She will employ some of the healthful and helpful ways writing can help you to learn to address your health in a positive and constructive manner for you to take with you as you move forward in your life.