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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
September 22, 2009, Volume 56, No. 04

Your Body: From Head to Toe—Part 2

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.

Peripheral Nerve Disorders and Neuropathy: What You Need to Know;October 7; noon–1 p.m.; free.Peripheral nerves, the nerves found outside the brain and spinal cord, are a collection of motor and sensory fibers that originate from many different kinds of neurons.  Neuropathy is damage to the sensory and motor fibers found in peripheral nerves and is one of the most common neurologic disorders. This workshop will teach you about the symptoms, causes, and treatment for disorders of peripheral nerves. It will be led by Dr. Toby Ferguson, Neuromuscular Division, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. 

Embracing Aging: How to Age Gracefully; October 13; noon–1 p.m.; free.Getting older is a natural part of life, but it’s easy to forget that our lifestyle as young adults can impact our health as we age. This workshop will help you understand how to keep your body running at its best, from agility to mental acuity.  Learn simple steps that can help you stay healthy and happy as you age. This program will be led by Christine Bradshaw, assistant professor of gerontological nursing, and Sherry Greenberg, doctoral student, School of Nursing.

Quality of Worklife Workshops

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 sessions. For more information or to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or contact Ken Edwards at (215) 573-2471 or kenne@upenn.edu.

New Baby Benefit Workshop; October 6; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free.Bringing home a new child is a special time in every parent’s life. But it’s also a time for making important decisions. That’s why it’s useful to understand the full array of benefits Penn offers to help get your family off to the right start—from time off to financial support to worklife resources. This program, facilitated by experts in Human Resources and the Provost’s Office, will show you how to make the most of these benefits.

Effective Communicating Strategies with Your Toddler and School Age Child; October 15; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. As a parent, it’s not always easy to communicate effectively with your child. But this workshop can help. You’ll learn about common issues that parents of young children face and how to address them. Whether you live in a blended, single-parent, or so-called traditional household, this program will teach you the basics about child development, socialization, and education, as well as how to set limits and boundaries. 

The Sandwich Generation Survival Guide;October 21; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free.Raising a family can be incredibly rewarding. But it can also take a toll on your emotional wellbeing, especially if you’re a member of the “sandwich generation”—providing simultaneous care for both your aging parents and your children. If you’re wondering how best to handle the competing demands of children and parents, this workshop can help. Learn time management techniques and strategies to care for children and the elderly.  You’ll get a better understanding of how to support the different generations in your family without neglecting your own needs and priorities. 

Effective Communication Strategies with Your Teen and Adult Children; October 28; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. Do you ever have trouble connecting with your teenage child? This program will teach you how to establish and maintain meaningful levels of communication with your child. Topics will focus on confronting feelings, accepting challenges, changing the covenant, communication methodologies, dealing with difficult subjects, spirituality and religion, and sex and sexuality.

Related: New Benefit: Funeral Planning Services; 2010 Models of Excellence Program


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