Wellness Now: Being Our Best Selves in the Current Moment
Third annual UW-Madison Wellness Symposium at Union South. Open to faculty/staff AND students looking to take care of themselves in the midst of their everyday lives
Wednesday, November 1
7:15 AM - 2:00 PM
Faculty and Staff Registration
Companion Animals Can Enrich Wellness; A Hands-on Animal Experience to Promote Stress Reduction!
7:15 am Registration Opens
7:30 am - 8:15 am Morning Activity Session
8:20 am - 9:30 am Welcome and Opening Workshop
9:45 am - 10:35 am Featured Sessions
10:45 am - 11:35 am Featured Sessions
11:35 am - 1:00 pm Lunch and Key Note Program
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm Featured Sessions
"Finding Wellness Through Belonging"
Dr. Jennifer Edgoose M.D.
• Understand how inclusivity is critical to wellness
• Review concepts of othering and belonging
• Explore issues of our identities that impact whether we feel included, or not, and consider how this impacts wellness
Jennifer Edgoose completed her MD, MPH from Columbia University and her family medicine residency at the University of Washington. She then practiced full-spectrum family medicine for over ten years at Community Health Care, a federally qualified health center in Tacoma, WA. She is now an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) and focuses her attention on care of vulnerable populations and strategies to promote health equity and community engagement. She serves as the Director of the DFMCH Office of Community Health; Director of the UWSMPH Diversity and Inclusion Advocates program; and Chair of the DFMCH Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Breath and Posture - - Zen Tools for Awakened Living
Adrienne Hampton, M.D.
So often we feel rushed, stressed, panicked, and overwhelmed. By now we've at least heard whisperings of a different way of being; intimations we'd be better off fully inhabiting the present moment. Breath and posture are the necessary and sufficient means. In attending to the breath and posture we are firmly rooted in the now, entrained with the immediate happenings in and around us. Feelings of distress recede giving way to harmonious and efficient action.
In this session, we’ll explore the relationship between breath, posture, and present moment awareness. We’ll begin by learning to observe the distracting habits of mind that hinder our connection to the here and now. We’ll then practice seated meditation, with attention to the essential elements of optimal breath and posture from a Zen perspective. We’ll move on to learn techniques for deliberate pauses that re-energize the breath and posture and re-engage us in the present moment to facilitate useful action. We’ll explore how the techniques learned in this session can be seamlessly integrate into daily living. You will leave with tools to recalibrate your physiology, and immediately avail yourself of the dynamic flow of the present moment.
Crafty Coping: Mandala Drawing for Stress Reduction
Alex Nelson, MSW and Mary Eldridge, MSW, CAPSW
Mandalas have been shown to be an effective tool for stress reduction and lowering the body's physiological signs of stress. With this session you will be able to gain the skills to create your own mandalas and creatively cope with stress.
Exercise is Medicine: Treating and Preventing Diseases Through Physical Activity
Lori Devine, M.S.
• Learn about the American College of Sports Medicines Exercise Is Medicine Initiative
• Identify top health behaviors that lead to disease and death
• Learn how exercise can reduce risk, further onset and reduction of diseases
Improve Your Own Wellbeing by Promoting the Wellbeing of Others
Melanie Hebl and Jennifer Kuhr
Are you interested in wellness? Does your office currently have a wellness program? If not, what are you waiting for? Did you know that helping others can increase your level of happiness, reduce stress and paid, reduce mild depression, lower blood pressure and event extend your lifespan? You - YES YOU - could start helping yourself and your colleagues by promoting wellness in your office today! Join us for a discussion of the 7-dimensions of wellness and learn strategies for developing a successful wellness program tailored for your office. We implemented a successful Office Wellness Initiative in 2015 and we may actually be reaping the most benefits from this experience. We feel more connected, more inspired, and we have found another purpose in the everyday by helping provide wellness related activities and programs to our colleagues. We will share with you some low risk/high reward wellness activities and highlight our successful low-cost and no-cost programs.
In this session, we will get creative and give you a chance to share your passions and ideas related to workplace wellness. Let's get up and move with an active brainstorming session to generate a list of wellness activities that you can implement in your office immediately!
Living with Vitality and Resilience
Bob McGrath, PsyD, ABPP
This workshop will include practices for being more appreciative of life, of doing for others, being mindful, meditating, laughing more, smiling, and overcoming NDD. (One has to participate to find out what NDD is). Participants will also discuss of strategies for taking care of your body, including best strategies for sleeping well, well, and being physically active.
Mindfulness Now: Practical Strategies for Immediate Relief During Your Busy Day
Small steps can lead to impressive outcomes in sustaining yourself. You’ll hear practical wellness suggestions that take neither a lot of time nor effort—but have been shown to help improve health.
Not a Silver Bullet: How to Get the Most From Your Fitness Tracker
Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, Ph.D.
Have you held off on buying a Fitbit or other fitness tracker because you’re not sure it will help you get more active? Or perhaps you already own one, but it goes unnoticed on your wrist (or even worse, lies at the bottom of a drawer!). Fitness trackers can be a wonderful tool – if they combined with some simple, evidence-based practices to maximize your ability to make real, lasting change in your lifestyle.
At this session, participants will have the opportunity to try different current brands and models of trackers, explore the dashboard interfaces for each, and learn about how to choose a tracker that best meets their needs and interests. Participants will also engage in hands-on activities to create a personalized action plan that will help them get the most benefit from using a fitness tracker, whether their goal is to get more active, manage weight, or improve their sleep habits.
The End of the New Year's Resolution in One Word
Carol A. Aspinwall, MS
For many of us, New Year's resolutions equal one word -"failure". However there is a better way to make a change in your life - a simpler, more intentional and focused process that you can learn in this session. We will explore the thoughtful selection of your "one word" for the year and strategically making this applicable in many/any dimensions of wellness in your life. You will leave with a brighter and more positive outlook to what had once been the dreaded New Year's resolution.
Bring Head + Heart to the Table
This workshop will focus on the HeartMath Institute whose mission, in part, is “to help people bring their physical, mental and emotional systems into balanced alignment with their heart’s intuitive guidance.” Together, we’ll learn simple, in-the-moment and powerful tools to:
• Bring more ease and connection into all your relationships
• Maximize performance while minimizing stress
• Foster more heart in all you do
• Lessen fatigue and build resilience capacity
• Stop energy drains and use energy more effectively
The techniques and technologies of the HeartMath Institute are used worldwide by individuals, and throughout all forms of organizations. We’ll explore the institute’s work, tools, and technologies, and touch upon the exciting work HeartMath is doing not only focused on the individual, but also at social and global levels.
Nancy Parkinson and Megan Larkin
Participants will learn about the documented benefits that companion animal interactions can provide. This includes a brief literature review that shows people who interact with dogs and cats have reduced stress, increased longevity and overall improved mental health and wellbeing. During this session, several guest teaching animals from the School of Veterinary Medicine will be on site to interact with and enjoy the company of participants. As not everyone is able to own animals, we will provide resources for various organizations in Dane County where students, faculty and staff would be able to interact with animals through shelters and other organizations. We hope that participants leave the session feeling relaxed and able to seek out additional animal interactions that will both provide meaningful benefits in their overall health, in addition to connecting participants with service opportunities around the area that benefit animal wellbeing. (Please note participants with allergies are advised that live animals will be participating).
Healing Hands Drum Workshop
In this session participants will have the opportunity to learn about the rejuvenating benefits of playing music through a highly interactive drumming workshop. The workshop will focus on wellness, vulnerability and basic techniques in Latin percussion. By the end of the workshop participants will learn basic drumming technique, the benefits of playing music and collaborate as a group on a song.
Mindfulness, The Tao, and the Clarity of Repetition
Come explore mindfulness using repetitive movements interspersed with short meditations. The movements will be gentle, broad and sweeping capturing the rhythm of your breath with the sensation of movement itself. Each meditation will use a different hook to focus your awareness. Wear comfortable clothing. No mats required. Participants will explore moving in a new way; open joints, spiraling actions. They will experience a variety of avenues into mediation: breath, visualization, sensation, sound, and acupressure points.