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.

How to Lose Weight and Recover Our Health

Join us as we discuss How to Lose Weight and Recover our Health- with supplements and the appropriate nutrition. Nurse Jacquie Eubanks will discuss sugar, processed food, obesity, and disease. She will also inform us about diagnostic tools for managing digestive disorders, obesity and more. She’ll discuss how micronutrient testing measures deficits in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can prevent us from optimizing our health and our weight.

Presented by

Jacquie Eubanks, BSN,RN
Professional Supplement Center

When: 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday February 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

Detoxing the Body…Naturally

dr_jessica_lipham 1Come and learn how to detox your body gently so there will be little to no side effects.  The keys to gentle detox have to do with our understanding of how our bodies work.  By knowing these key secrets you will be able to apply what you learn in the class for yourself for your future cleanses or just to feel better overall!

Presented by

Dr. Jessica Lipham
Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist

When: 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday January 7, 2013

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 Dr. Jessica Lipham:

Dr. Jessica Lipham is Florida board certified and licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and is a winner of the “Nattie” or Natural Choice Award for 2012 in three separate catagories.

Holistic Practitioner of the Year
Natural Woman’s Health Specialist
Acupuncture/TCM Practitioners

Dr. J has led 14 group cleanse and juice fasts every spring and fall over the past 6 years for the Sarasota Area. Please feel free to go to sarasotahealingarts.com for more information about Dr. J and her upcoming group cleanse dates.

Celebrity Chef Craig Chasky Introduces Cooking with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Organic Digestible Essential Oils

Celebrity Chef Craig ChaskyJoin  us as Celebrity Chef Craig Chasky, formerly from the Food Network, demonstrates Organic Angel Hair Pasta with julienne veggies, sundried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts, enhanced with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils which are 100% pure, organic and digestible. Chef Craig chose Basil, Oregano and Lemon Essential Oils not only because they elevate the flavor of the dish, they add health benefits in the body such as: increasing antioxidant intake, aiding in the digestive and the respiratory system, reducing inflammation,  as well as providing a cleansing agent. There will be ample samples and surprise dessert from Chef Craig.

Celebrity Chef Craig Chasky is a private chef, caterer, culinary instructor, motivational speaker, and nutritional advisor whose success took him to THE FOOD NETWORK, New York Times, New York Magazine Yankee Magazine, Sarasota and Manatee Herald – ABC and NBC TV-NPR Radio. Today Chef Craig Chasky is empowering others to achieve their dreams by encouraging and guiding, so in turn they can be successful in their field.

Presented by
Celebrity Chef Craig Chasky

When: 6:30-8 pm on December 4, 2013

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75

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

Posture Impact on Your Health

Dr. Leigh Treco

Dr. Leigh Treco

Do you suffer from back pain, headaches, TMJ, or stiff neck and shoulders?
If so, then our next Girl Talk on Health is for you. Our body*s natural framework is designed to allow for our body to function properly. When our framework breaks down, so does our body’s ability to function, thus allowing pain, illness and disease to develop. Join us as Dr. Leigh Treco teaches us proper sitting positions at work, along with excercises and stretches to combat the cumulative stress of poor seated posture and repetitive motions.

Presented by
Dr. Leigh Treco, Chiropractor
Maximized Living of Venice

When: 6:30-8 pm on November 6, 2013

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75

Cost: FREE

RSVP to info@breastinvestigators.com or call Bree at Florida Blue at 941-308-2046

Uncovering Breast Health and Genetics

Marie Borsellino, RN, OCN, CBPN-IC

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and a good time to bring real awareness to this disease that affects 1 in 8 women, taking the lives of almost 40,000 women and 450 men each year. Our guest speakers, Marie Borsellino, Breast Health Navigator at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and Cathleen McCann, Certified Genetics Counselor at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, will help us uncover the truths about breast cancer. Marie will shed light on the myths about breast cancer, give us signs and symptoms to watch out for, and proper breast self-exam techniques. She will also enlighten us about the breast health programs available to the women of our community. Cathleen will answer questions about genetics and hereditary cancer. She will explain the differences between sporadic, familial, and hereditary breast cancers.  Additionally, she will discuss the pros and cons of genetic testing and the role of genetic counseling.

When: 6:30-8 pm on October 2, 2013

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75

Cost: FREE

RSVP to info@breastinvestigators.com or call Bree at Florida Blue at 941-308-2046

Basic Tips for Growing Your Own Food

As awareness of the health and environmental threats posed by our modern food production system grows, we find ourselves thinking about where our food comes from and wondering just what we are eating. One way of knowing exactly what you are eating is to grow your own food, but where to start? Here in Sarasota, we are fortunate that we can grow food year-round. Join us for a presentation by Michelle Stears on the basics of starting a home garden. From container gardening to raised beds, Michelle will cover some tips and options for getting started, which foods to plant when, and what basic tools or supplies you need to get started. Michelle’s advice is to start out as simple as might be necessary to make home-gardening a sustainable part of your life. You don’t need to be a seasoned farmer to successfully grow and reap your own vegetables and you don’t need to grow all of your fruits and vegetables in order to reap the benefits of homegrown goodness. So bring your questions, your gardening enthusiasm and stories, while we dig into the topic of home gardening.

About Michelle Stears:

Michelle Stears has an M.S. in International Agricultural Development from UC-Davis and dual BS degrees in Ecology and Agricultural Journalism from UW-Madison. She has worked with small-scale farming households from Madagascar, to California, and Mexico. Michelle and her family eat from their home garden year-round, thanks largely to Michelle’s husband, who is dedicated to turning their entire yard into an organic fruit and vegetable oasis.  Michelle has also acted as lead parent for her son’s school garden, planning and planting the class plots with students and teachers, and conducting weekly garden lessons on everything from “The Grasses  that Feed Us,” to identifying plant parts, to distinguishing high-nutrient from nutrient-void foods, to the biogeography of school garden plants.

Cancer Prevention and Defense Strategies for Women

Please join us for an overview and discussion of prevention strategies we women can use to boost our defenses against common cancers. In addition to prevention strategies, we’ll learn about physical signs and changes that warrant medical screening, as well as which screenings are available and important for different age groups. Dr. Mary Koshy, a board certified Radiation Oncologist who treats all kinds of cancers, will discuss signs and symptoms we should all be looking out for. Prevention is ideal and is our first goal, while early detection is a necessary part of our strategy for ensuring that cancer never steals our lives!

When:  August 7, 2013

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75

RSVP to info@breastinvestigators.com or call Bree at Florida Blue at 941-308-2046