Free Wellness Seminars
The Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center is hosting FREE online seminars and workshops during this pandemic season. The seminars are open to everyone. You are welcome to participate even if you are not a member of the Kaiser Permanente health plan.
- All seminars are online.
- Best experience is on Google Chrome. The virtual platform we use does not work with Internet Explorer.
- Just click on the purple circle on your right 5 minutes before the seminar and you’re in. No downloads needed.
- Once you enter Blackboard, type in your first name and click “Join Session”.
Exercise Effects on Blood Sugar and Insulin Resistance
Monday, January 18th at noon to 1:00 pm
Whether you are struggling with rising blood sugar levels or you just want to avoid developing diabetes, learn how exercise can lower blood sugars and increase insulin sensitivity. Melanie Perkins, MS will explain the mechanics of how exercise and movement affects your body’s ability to process blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance.
Friday, January 22nd at noon to 1:00 pm
These current times are enough to push us all to our limits. But despite the storm that swirls around us, we can learn to calm our inner spirit. Practice breathing and mindfulness techniques that help restore your spirit and give you legs to dance in the rain. Carissa Fish MS will help you learn about the basics of practicing mindfulness, and practical tools for integrating this beneficial habit into your busy life.
Gut Health Part 1: The Microbiome
Tuesday, February 16th at 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Learn how diet influences the the microorganisms in your gut and how that affects your fitness, moods, immune health. Katharine Klepin MS RDN will help you understand the importance of gut health and how to nourish it and yourself.
Friday, February 26th at noon to 1:00 pm
Mindful eating is maintaining an in-the-moment awareness of the food and drink you put into your body, observing rather than judging how the food makes you feel and the signals your body sends about taste, satisfaction, and fullness. Learn from Carissa Fish MS as she helps you learn to put mindful eating into practice.
Principles and Possibilities of Strength Training
Monday, March 8th at noon to 1:00 pm
Melanie Perkins, M.S., Exercise Physiologist, will speak about the types of strength training, the benefits of building muscle, and common myths associated with lifting weights. Learn how to program your own strength training routine with an in-depth dive into building muscle to boost your metabolism, and so much more!
Friday, March 26th at 3 to 4:00 pm
Learn how to develop new neural pathways in your brain to reduce stress and anxiety. Lucia Foster-Engen MA, BCB CCTP will teach breathing and other strategies that help improve emotional resilience.
Friday, April 23rd at noon to 1:00 pm
Gratitude teaches us how to appreciate both the rainbow and the storm. The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon things they are thankful for experience more positivity, feel more alive, and have stronger immune systems. Learn simple strategies from Carissa Fish MS that will help you begin the art of practicing gratitude.
FATS: the Good, the Not So Bad, and the Ugly!
Monday, May 17 th at noon to 1:00 pm
Fats are an essential part of your diet, but not all fats provide the same level of nutrition benefits and a few are actually harmful. Melanie Perkins MS will help you understand and identify the different types of fat, how they affect your body, and which ones you want to include in a healthy diet.
Friday, June 11th from noon to 1:00 pm
An important aspect about your self-talk is that you are always listening! Too often, we allow how we think and what we say to ourselves to be influenced by difficult life experiences and external messages that are not based in truth. Inner happiness, compassion, and acceptance of yourself and others is generated by how you speak to yourself. Come to this seminar with Carissa Fish, MS and learn how to create healthy inner dialogue and compassion for both yourself and others.
Creating Your Own Version of Comfort —
Learn the Nordic Practice of Hygge
September 8th from 3 to 4:00 pm
The Danish obsession with all things cozy is credited as one of the reasons why despite their infamously miserable winters, Denmark is always at the top of the list of the world’s happiest countries. Sofie Blicher MS will show you how to implement the concept of Hygge into your everyday life and create that warm, cozy comfort that makes for a happy life.