Wellness at Williams Workshops

Wellness Seminars

Onsite Nutrition, Fitness, and Emotional Wellness Seminars

This is a list of workshops designated as eligible for the Wellness at Williams incentive. For more information about the Wellness at Williams Program, see the FAQ.

All workshops will take place in Paresky Auditorium unless otherwise noted. An Amazon gift card will be given to one random attendee at each workshop. If you attend four workshops, you will also be entered into a drawing for a Fitbit Charge.


Nutrition Basics – 2 Part Series
Attend Both: Tuesday, February 14th, 12:00pm – 12:45pm & Tuesday, February 21st, 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Learn all the basics of healthy eating from label reading and exploring ingredients to learning about hunger signals and how to manage them. This workshop will be offered as a 2 part series. (45 min. each) Presented by: Jennifer Ward RD, LDN, CLC, CPT, CHWC

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Coping with Financial Stress
Thursday, February 23rd, 4:30pm – 5:15pm

This presentation will talk about the problem of financial stress and its impact on our health. Includes ideas about: Managing and getting out of debt; The benefits of budgeting; Improving your financial health; Dealing with financial stress. (45 min.) Presented by: Mark Kenyon BS, MEd, CAGS, LMFT, LADC-I, CEAP

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
Monday, February 27th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits. Mindfulness is a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. We cultivate mindfulness through various practices to develop deep attention to the present moment, allowing the mind to become settled and centered. This workshop will teach you the principles and techniques of mindfulness and meditation and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness your day to day life. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states, in deepening sensory awareness of the body, and in becoming more attentive to the operation of your mind. You’ll come away with ideas and resources to begin your own meditation practice and for bringing meditation’s empowering benefits to every aspect of your life. (60 min.) Presented by: Lisa Laramy RN BS CDE CHWC; and Mark Kenyon BS, MEd, LMFT, LADC-I, CEAP

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The Power of Kindness
Thursday, March 9th, 4:30pm – 5:00pm

This workshop will explore the amazing impact that kindness & gratitude can have on our improving our own health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. Tips, tools, and techniques to increase the kindness that surrounds you and your loved ones will be generously shared. (30 min.) Presented by: Maureen Daniels M.Ed CHWC

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Fitness For Life
Thursday, March 16th,  4:30pm – 5:15pm

We know that most of us are not getting the recommended amount of exercise in our daily lives but did you know that physical inactivity is THE major public health problem of our time? Learn the role of exercise in both treatment and prevention of chronic disease and obesity and find out how much you need to move and ways to fit it into your busy life. (45 min.) Presented by: Kelley Cady BS CPT CHWC 

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The Power of Habit
Friday, March 24th, 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Discover how to achieve success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of your life. (45 min.) Presented by: Jennifer Ward RD, LDN, CLC, CPT, CHWC

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Blood Pressure Management: Two Part Series
Attend Both: Wednesday, March 29th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm & Thursday, March 30th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Hopkins 001

Session 1: Blood Pressure 101 – 120 over what? If you’re tired of having your blood pressure read and not understanding what it all means, this is the workshop for you. In addition to basic information on blood pressure, you will learn some simple lifestyle changes to help you improve your health and wellbeing.
Session 2: How to use a home Blood Pressure Cuff – Take control of your health and reach your blood pressure goal by learning how to check your own blood pressure at home. With daily blood pressure readings, you will be more in tune with your health and learn which lifestyle factors you may want to consider changing and when you should talk to your doctor about your medications. You must attend BP 101 to attend this workshop and receive a free automatic blood pressure monitor.
Presented by: Jennifer Nykorchuck RN BSN CHWC, & Donna Fairbank RN CHWC

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When You Eat at the Refrigerator Pull Up a Chair
Wednesday, April 12th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Find out how to break free from emotional eating, become fit, energetic, and happy by learning how to act on your own behalf with kindness, curiosity, and humor. (60 min.) Jennifer Ward RD, LDN, CLC, CPT, CHWC

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Food Rules
Thursday, April 27th, 4:30pm – 5:15pm

If you want to get fit and healthy, but are tired of keeping track of suggested fat grams, sodium intake, what foods contain Omega-3’s, food pyramids then this may be just the nutrition workshop for you. In 30 minutes you will learn a number of healthy eating tips from author Michael Pollan’s, “Food Rules” that have absolutely nothing to do with numbers or dietary guidelines. Instead, the tips are all easy to understand, easy to remember and guaranteed to be valid many years to come and will lead you to choose whole foods that are good for your health and the environment. (45 min.) Presented by: Maureen Daniels M.Ed CHWC

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Joint Friendly Fitness
Friday, May 5th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Griffin 3

Everyone knows exercise is good for you but what if you have a bad back, bum knees or painful arthritis? And what about those of us who have taken on an exercise routine in good faith only to find it left you with a lingering injury or other painful experience? The fitness industry puts out so many ideas of how to get fit but not so much info. on how to do it safely or how to work around limitations. In this workshop, you will learn the truth about what makes a good exercise, the connection between exercise and biomechanics, and tips to make workouts easier on your joints. We’ll also explore dynamic stretching and conclude with a joint friendly master class that won’t only help reduce the risk of injury but will actually build strength, stamina, and improve your performance. Please wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. (60 min.) Presented by: Lisa Laramy RN BS CPT CDE CHWC

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Are You Label Able?
Tuesday, May 9th, 4:30pm – 5:15pm

Confused by what you read on a nutrition label? This lecture will help you sort through the false advertising and give you the tools to figure out what is truly healthy and what isn’t. (45 min.) Presented by: Shannon Ashcroft MEd, CHES, CHWC, RYT, CPT

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Relax For Life: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Wednesday, May 17th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Virtually every illness we experience from arthritis to migraines, the common cold to cancer is influenced, for good or bad by our thought patterns and emotions. Volumes of research demonstrate that stress and illness can be managed and reduced through techniques that cultivate mindfulness. The more we can connect the mind and body the more we can form healthier pathways for thought, behavior, and health. Mindfulness-based stress reduction trains you to be aware of your inner life and your usual reactions to the demands of life and research shows it is a very powerful and important way to protect your health. (60 min.) Presented by: Lisa Laramy RN BS CPT CDE CHWC

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Financial Wellness Seminars

Creditability – BOTH SESSIONS ARE CANCELED
Choose One: Tuesday, April 4th, 12:00pm – 1:30pm OR Monday, April 10th, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Learn how to build, maintain or repair your credit. (90 min.) Presented by: Greylock Federal Credit Union Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors

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Build a Basic Budget
Choose One: Tuesday, April 11th, 12:00pm – 1:30pm OR Monday, April 17th, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Learn a five-step spending plan. (90 min.) Presented by: Greylock Federal Credit Union Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors

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Power Over Debt
Choose One: Monday, April 17th, 12:00pm – 1:30pm OR Tuesday, April 25th, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Learn how to break the debt cycle. (90 min.) Presented by: Greylock Federal Credit Union Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors

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