Staying healthy is key to being productive and happy, but can be challenging in this stress-filled world. This series on Healthy Living features eight talented scientists and practitioners who will share their research-based strategies and advice for how to achieve and maintain good physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual health.
The series is hosted by The University of Arizona Graduate Center with support from the Office for Research & Discovery, and the School of Mind, Brain, & Behavior.
The Healthy Living Series ran in Spring 2016 on select Tuesdays at the BIO5/Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building, Room 103, 1657 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721 (Google Map), from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
Use the links below to learn more about each talk. There are videos for the first four talks. Presentation slides and copies of handouts are included, when available.
- February 9, 2016: The Resilience Advantage with Ann Linda Baldwin, PhD, University of Arizona
- March 8, 2016: Lifestyle and Brain Health with Michael J. Zigmond, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
- March 22, 2016: Positive Psychology Applications for Resiliency and Well-Being with Michael Strangstalien, MA, MFT, LPC, NCC, University of Arizona
- April 5, 2016: Why Sleep Matters with Patricia Haynes, PhD, University of Arizona
- April 12, 2016: Healthy Body and Creative Flow with Sheena Brown, PhD, MPH, and Deanna Fitzgerald, BA, MFA, RYT-200, University of Arizona
- April 26, 2016: Are You What You Eat? with Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD, and Scott Going, PhD, University of Arizona
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Dr. Ann Linda Baldwin will teach and demonstrate practical tools and strategies to strengthen resiliency and improve decision-making. Based on the Institute of HeartMath's research into the physiology of optimal performance, you will walk away with concrete practices that increase wellbeing, mental clarity and emotional stability. Topics include the latest findings from optimal-performance research, skills for building resilience in the face of change and uncertainty, intelligent energy self-regulation techniques, and practical ideas for easily integrating valuable tools into everyday routines.
Talk Slides: Baldwin Resilience Advantage Presentation Slides
Ann Linda Baldwin, PhD
Professor of Physiology
Director of Mind-Body-Science
We will trace how our lifestyle has changed over the past 10,000 years and its consequences for “health span” with particular focus on the brain and the non-communicative diseases that affect it, such as neurodegenerative disease and many of the behavioral deficits that often accompany aging but can be reduced. Aspects of life style to be discussed will include stress, physical and cognitive exercise, diet, and social interactions.
Michael J. Zigmond, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology, and Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
Traditional mental health training has historically focused on functional deficits, pathology and illness. Responding to the medicalized pathology model, Positive Psychology intended to focus on resourcefulness, resiliency, human strengths, happiness and how people prosper in the face of adversity. We will chart a brief history and survey some of the principle figureheads in this movement. The words "positive" and "happiness" have some often misunderstood connotations and we will clear those up and offer practical tools that the attendee will be able to apply to his/her life immediately.
Michael Strangstalien, MA, MFT, LPC, NCC
Mental Health Clinician, CAPS
Campus Health and Wellness
It’s midnight. You’re tired. You have an early class. But, instead of going to bed, you decide to watch just one more show on Netflix. Sound familiar? Come to this talk and learn about some of the pitfalls of cutting back on sleep. We’ll also discuss what we mean by good quality sleep and why sleep is now considered as important as nutrition and exercise for our physical and mental health.
Patricia Haynes, PhD
Departments of Health Promotion Sciences, Psychology, and Psychiatry
Are you interested in learning how to improve strength, stability, and clarity of mind? Is your back sore, digestion sluggish, are your nerves fried? Come and join us for an experiential hour of mindful yoga, meditation and dialogue. Learn how to incorporate these stress management and relaxation skills into your daily life to enhance your wellbeing. No experience necessary, but bring a yoga mat if you have one.
Sheena Brown, PhD, MPH
Office for Research & Discovery
Deanna Fitzgerald, BA, MFA, RYT-200
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
School of Theatre, Film and Television
Healthy eating and regular physical activity are keys to good health and optimal function. Myths and misconceptions about what to eat and how to exercise abound. Join Scott and Melanie for an hour and get your diet and exercise questions answered.
Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD
Nutritional Sciences and Public Health
Scott Going, PhD
Professor and Head
Nutritional Sciences, Public Health, and Physiology