Better Me Programming

These sessions focus on helping you achieve your personal wellness goals to promote a healthier living and working environment.

Series

The Wellness Certificate Series is a collaborative program developed by Student Wellness, Better Me, and the Center for Professional Development to educate faculty and staff about trending wellness behaviors, unhealthy and risky behaviors and their impact on success at RIT. By engaging in this certificate, faculty and staff will have a better understanding of some of the health-related issues for our students, ourselves, and the resources available to support our community.

Courses

An overview of alcohol issues and concerns. Topics will explore early historic use of alcohol, the impact on health, relationships, and academics. Early warning signs of use will be identified. Resources for on and off campus will be shared.
New sessions to be announced.

  1. Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Should we support or impede students’ use of technology? What are the benefits and risks of various forms of technology? Should we meet young people “where they are” or stick to more traditional methods? This presentation hopes to start a conversation regarding the role of technology at an institution with “technology” in its name. Participants will learn about national and RIT-specific trends and will be encouraged to share their personal perceptions of student technology use. Discussion surrounding the benefits and consequences of technology use will be explored and best practices will be shared. 

New sessions to be announced.

  1. Monday, October 27, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  2. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Updates regarding the Smoking Policy Task Force and the recommendations to revise the smoking policy (C16.0) will be reviewed. Current issues and research related to e-cigarettes usage will also be discussed.

  1. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  2. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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If you suffer from back pain, you are not alone. In our modern society today, back pain has reached epidemic proportions and even here at RIT low back medical claims continue to trend higher and higher each year. Consider these statistics: 

  • Approximately 80% of us will have at least one episode of low back pain during our lifetime.
  • Back pain lasting at least two weeks affects one in seven of us annually.
  • Back pain is a leading symptom for physician visits.
  • Back pain is a leading cause of work-related disability, and accounts for one third of all workers’ compensation costs.
  • The costs associated with the treatment of low back are estimated to be $100 billion annually in the US.

This foundations course is a six week, practical workshop based on the Gokhale Method.  Participants will learn to sit, sleep, stand, walk and bend in ways that protect and strengthen your bones and muscles, in ways for which the body was designed. Lessons include:

  • Stretchsitting
  • Stretchlying (on your back)
  • Stacksitting
  • Stretchlying (on your side)
  • Your Inner Corset
  • Tallstanding
  • Hip-Hinging
  • Glidewalking

 
This is a six week course that will meet every Wednesday beginning on October 29, and ending on December 10.  There will be no class the week of Thanksgiving, October 26.

  1. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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The American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program is designed to help participants stop smoking through proven strategies of the quit process.  This four-week one-hour per session classes includes information on nicotine addiction and its health implications, the immediate rewards to quitting smoking, activities to help employees determine if they are ready to quit, preparing for the quit attempt by learning from your past quit attempts, medication, social support and creating a quit plan.  Participants will learn techniques to manage nicotine withdrawal, working through tough situations to prevent relapse.  Please join Sue Grace, James Dickinson, and Keith O’Connor, health fitness specialists who will lead these classes.

 

This 4-week session meets 1 hour per week.

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Poor sleep habits (referred to as hygiene) are among the most common problems encountered in our society.  Tips and techniques for good sleep hygiene will be discussed as well as the impact poor sleep has on work and academic performance.

  1. Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  2. Monday, March 16, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Have you always wanted to work out at RIT but are unfamiliar with what facilities and programs are available? Learn everything you wanted to know about the Hale Andrews Student Life Center and Gordon Field House recreation facilities and programs through a walking tour. Wear your sneakers!

  1. Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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This presentation serves as an introduction to the CPD Wellness Certificate Series.  An overview of the full series is provided, and the mission and goals for the Wellness Initiative in Student Affairs and the Better Me program for faculty and staff are reviewed.
New sessions to be announced.

  1. Friday, February 6, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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This workshop will explore the history, varieties and strengths of marijuana as well as signs, symptoms and short/long term-effects of use. discussion will include current trends as well as implications of the current medicalization/legalization movement as well as recent NYS passage of medical marijuana.
 

  1. Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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We will review national trends related to the mental health of college students and discuss the impact on our campus of the mental health issues of students.  Services and resources on campus will be  will be outlined as how to make a referral.  Off campus resource will be highlighted as well.

  1. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  2. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Learn a mindful whole-person approach to manage stress. Enhance self-awareness and overall well-being- for oneself, and to assist students with managing stress more effectively.

  1. Monday, November 10, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
  2. Monday, April 20, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Join us for a presentation busting common nutrition myths.  Topics to be busted include, dieting, gaining muscle, food fads, exercise, supplement use, and fluids.

You will leave the presentation ready to make better nutrition choices for a lifetime of wellness.

  1. Friday, October 10, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  2. Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Participants in this session will be invited to examine various relationships in an effort to understand the complexity of relating to people who play various roles in their lives. Platonic, Familial, and romantic relationship dynamics will be explored while paying particular attention to common relationship pitfalls.  Self-esteem, assertiveness, healthy and unhealthy relationships will be covered.

New sessions to be announced.

  1. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  2. Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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This workshop will explore the current trends of opioid and prescription drug use as well as warning signs, symptoms and short/long term-effects of use. Discussion will include the reasons behind the increase of use. Resources will be available for support and treatment.

 

  1. Friday, October 3, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  2. Monday, February 23, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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