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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
October 30, 2007, Volume 54, No. 10

Nutrition 101: From A to Zinc

If you’re like most people, you have plenty of questions about nutrition: What should I eat before and after a workout? How can I choose smarter, healthier foods at the grocery store or in a restaurant? Which vitamins should I be taking, if any? Get answers to these questions and more when you join Human Resources for the Fall 2007 wellness series “Nutrition 101: From A to Zinc.” For more information about the workshops included in this series and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.asp or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@hr.upenn.edu.

Yes, You CAN Prevent Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity! November 7; noon–1 p.m.; free. Do you have a history of Type 2 diabetes and/or obesity in your family? If so, you have a higher risk for developing those diseases than most people and may be at risk for long-term damage to your heart, kidney, nerves, blood vessels, and/or eyes. Gain the knowledge you need to make preventive health decisions so that you can maintain or improve your current health status. This workshop is led by Linda Sartor, clinical nutrition specialist and certified diabetes educator in HUP’s department of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism.

Vitamin and Mineral Basics, November 14; noon–1 p.m.; free. Can I take vitamins with food or do I need to take them on an empty stomach? Which vitamins should I be taking, if any? If I take a multi-vitamin, do I still need to eat fruits and vegetables? Get the answers to these questions and the knowledge you need to make better nutrition-related decisions. You should leave the workshop knowing the basics about vitamins and minerals, and feeling confident in your ability to choose a multi-vitamin. This workshop is led by Dr. Charlene Compher, associate professor of nutrition science from Penn’s School of Nursing.

Professional and Personal Development

Improve your skills and get ahead in your career by taking advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources! You can pre-register for programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click “Course Catalog” at the top of the page), or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Brown Bag Matinee—Communicating Non-Defensively, November 7; noon–1 p.m.; free. This program explains that we must be responsible for the ways we deliver and receive messages. It highlights the eight keys to non-defensive communication, causes and symptoms of defensive behaviors, and most importantly, skills for breaking the “Defensiveness Chain.”

Writing Efficient Email, November 8; 9 a.m.– noon; $75. Learn the components of good writing, and how to apply them so that you write clear, concise, active and well-organized email. Find out what makes email writing and etiquette different from any other format of business writing. Acquiring micro- and macro-editing skills by revising your own work is an integral part of the class.

Star Achievement™: A Certificate Program for Administrative Professionals; begins November 14; multiple dates; 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.; $100. This program for frontline and administrative support staff runs from November 2007 through March 2008, with roughly one session per month. Build the fundamentals to increase your productivity and job satisfaction, and learn to enhance your administrative skills, attitudes, relationships and professionalism. The program will conclude with two half-day courses in Business Writing.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Successful Interviewing, November 20; noon–1 p.m.; free. Learn how to prepare for and succeed in interviews, from the types of interviews you might encounter to how to present yourself and your skills effectively and the importance of nonverbal communication. Put your knowledge to work by role-playing a few interview questions. Finally, watch a video titled “How to Ace the Interview.”

Introduction to the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, November 28; 9 a.m.–noon; $75. Taking the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) inventory and receiving feedback will help you identify your unique gifts. The information enhances understanding of yourself, your motivations, your natural strengths, and your potential areas for growth. It will also help you appreciate people who differ from you. Understanding your MBTI type is self-affirming and encourages cooperation with others.

Work-Life Balance

Dealing with the demands of work and your personal life can be challenging. These free workshops led by experts from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Work & Family Benefit provider offer information and support for your personal and professional life challenges. Note that each workshop listed below will include an optional Q&A period from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/workshop.asp or call (215) 573-2471.

Reaching Your Financial Goals, November 15; noon–1 p.m.; free. Lay out a course toward your financial goals! This workshop offers suggestions on and real-life examples of how to plan for your future. Participants will learn about troubleshooting and organizing strategies, looking at the big picture and evaluation methodologies.

Difficult Conversations, November 29; noon–1 p.m.; free. Acquire specific skills and strategies for effecting “win-win” outcomes to difficult personal and/or professional discourses. Key points include maintaining the mission and power, remaining assertive and handling internal reactions.

Maintain, Don’t Gain; One of the toughest times of the year for maintaining and/or losing weight is the winter holiday season, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. While the holidays are a time to celebrate and enjoy time with family and friends, many of these activities revolve around food. Human Resources wants to help you avoid gaining weight during this challenging time by again offering a “Maintain, Don’t Gain” holiday weight maintenance program. This proven program provides motivation and support to participants, as well as gifts for those who participate and succeed. More details are available at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/maintaindontgain.asp.

—Division of Human Resources

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