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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
April 28, 2009, Volume 55, No. 31

National Walk@Lunch Day: April 29

Take charge of your health by joining us as we celebrate National Walk@Lunch Day, Wednesday, April 29. The annual event, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield, teaches you how to incorporate physical activity into your work day and encourages you to increase your daily physical activity by walking at lunch every day.

Join us for an informal gathering on April 29 in front of the Ben Franklin statue on College Green at noon. All faculty and staff are welcome to participate. If you’re a member of the Penn Walking Program, you’re encouraged to wear your “I’m a Penn Walker” t-shirt and bring your pedometer. However, we’ll have sign-up information, t-shirts, welcome packets, pedometers, and clip-on strobe lights for everyone. You’ll also receive pre-established walking maps for different routes around campus. Suzanne Smith, Health Promotion Specialist in Penn’s Division of Human Resources, will lead the group walk at a moderate pace (about 30-40 minutes).

For information and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog (select “Health Promotions” from the menu) or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

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/coursecatalog or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Diversity Brown Bag—Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). May 6; noon–1 p.m.; free. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides protection from discrimination for individuals on the basis of disability. This program will explain the ADA as it pertains to the workplace. Topics will include relevant Penn policies and procedures, the best ways to identify reasonable accommodations, how to incorporate people with disabilities into the workplace, and more. Participants will also learn about the various campus offices that can provide valuable resources for individuals with disabilities and for those who wish to support them.

Brown Bag Matinee—Flight of the Buffalo. May 13; noon–1 p.m.; free. Learn how today’s leaders are making the change to letting employees lead. Flight of the Buffalo will show managers and supervisors how to develop, communicate and fine-tune your department’s vision; inspire and empower your employees; and get your employees to own the responsibility for their work and solve their own problems.

Franklin Covey’s FOCUS. May 22; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. When you have competing priorities and multiple deadlines, how do you know that at the end of the day you’ve accomplished not just some things, but the right things? This program will help you focus on how you spend your time. You’ll learn how to identify and concentrate on your top priorities, set goals that align with your most important objectives, effectively manage information, and reduce stress.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Interviewing for Success. May 27; noon–1 p.m.; free. Wondering how to set yourself apart from other job applicants? A successful interview can often be the deciding factor for many hiring managers when choosing the right candidate for a job. This workshop will teach you the elements of effective interviews and how to successfully market yourself and your skills in order to ace your next interview. You’ll learn how to prepare for a variety of different interview types and the importance of non-verbal communication when interviewing.

Your Body: From Head to Toe…

Taking care of your health means being well informed, well prepared, and capable of making good choices when it comes to your body. This series of workshops, led by physicians and health experts from the University of Pennsylvania and the Health System, will address various health issues from head to toe and steps you can take to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Pre-registration is required for these workshops, which are sponsored by Human Resources. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the sessions. For more information and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog (select “Health Promotions” from the “Browse by Category” menu) or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

Osteoarthritis Update: What You Need to Know and Do. May 14; noon–1 p.m.; free. Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage in one or more joints. It is also known as degenerative arthritis and affects more than 20 million Americans. This workshop will cover the basics of osteoarthritis, including causes, symptoms, diagnoses, treatment, and most importantly, what the future holds for this condition. It is sponsored by HR and will be led by Dr. Jonathan Garino, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: What is It and What Can I Do? May 19; noon–1 p.m.; free.Have you ever experienced tingling or numbness in your hands or wrists?  Is it just a passing cramp?  Or is it Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a painful progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist? Come learn the answer to this question and more in a workshop focusing on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, its causes, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and new research. This workshop is sponsored by HR and will be led by Dr. David Steinberg, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Quality of Worklife
Dealing with the demands of work and your personal life can be challenging. These free workshops, sponsored by Human Resources and led by experts from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Quality of Worklife Department, offer information and support for your personal and professional life challenges. Pre-registration is required. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the session. For more information or to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or kenne@upenn.edu.

Dealing with the Stress of a Changing World. May 6; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free.In today’s constantly changing world, it’s important to be able to cope effectively. This workshop will teach you traditional and advanced stress management techniques as well as how those techniques can be used in this world of constant change.

Protecting Elder Finances. May 20; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. Financial security is important to everyone, especially the elderly who have a lifetime of work and earnings behind them. If you’re a caregiver or have an elderly family member who needs financial protection, this workshop is for you. Learn about the various systems that offer support to the elderly and how to navigate them. You’ll also gain a better understanding of the many issues surrounding the elderly, such as Social Security and Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, hospital insurance, health and managed plans and benefit notices.

—Division of Human Resources

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