Employee Wellness Speaker Series | Kent State University

Employee Wellness Speaker Series

The Science of Healthy

We are honored to feature our Kent State faculty as we learn together, “The Science of Healthy.” 

We hope that you may take advantage of the entire three-part series covering happiness and sleep, brain health and exercise, and the science of healthy eating. If you are not able to attend the three-part-series, please plan to attend any sessions that your schedule may permit. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Remote streaming is also available.

For full-time, benefits-eligible employees participating in the Wellness Your Way program, each session will be worth 20 points for a total of 60 points for the Fall Speaker Series. 

Light refreshments and time for questions from the audience will be part of each speaker presentation.

Jeff Ciesla, PhD

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 – 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Kent Student Center Room 310

Happiness and Health: The Importance of Sleep

Dr. Jeff Ciesla is an associate professor of psychology at Kent State University. Throughout his career, he has studied the influence of ruminative thought on depression. This research led to studies demonstrating that late-night rumination is particularly problematic for sleep, and that sleep impairment in turn worsens depression and anxiety. However, mindful meditation appears to counteract these effects, and can be easily used to improve sleep and emotional functioning. 

Dr. Ciesla will share how sleep impairments contribute to poor health, including headache, obesity, high blood pressure, and even increased risk of accidents. In addition, he will further explain how sleep impairments contribute to poor psychological health, including depression, anxiety, and general emotional dysregulation.  

The good news is that simple lifestyle changes known as “sleep hygiene” can help to improve sleep quality. Dr. Ciesla will explain and teach how you can acquire good sleep hygiene, including mindfulness meditation, to effectively improve sleep during times of high stress, depression, and anxiety.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with their sleep, we have just the subject matter expert for you, and a good nights’ sleep too!

Space is Limited.  Registration is recommended. Click here to register to see Dr. Ciesla in person

Click here to register to view the live-feed of this presentation.

Angela Ridgel, PhD, C-EP, FACSM

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 - 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Kent Student Center Room 306

Why Your Brain Loves to Exercise (and you should too)

Dr. Ridgel is an Associate Professor in Exercise Science/Physiology at Kent State University and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, a Master's degree in Biology at Villanova University in Pennsylvania and her Doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences from Marshall University in West Virginia. Dr. Ridgel completed her Post-Doctoral training at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic. 

Dr. Ridgel’s current research focus examines how exercise can promote brain health in elderly individuals, those with Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders like Multiple Sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease. She has ongoing research collaborations with University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University and University of Southern California. 

We are very excited to have Dr. Ridgel join us in our Fall Speaker Series to get us up, moving and thinking “exercise” for the brain.  As an energetic and engaging speaker, Ridgel will share the science behind exercise-induced brain changes, bring forward current evidence regarding exercise-induced brain changes in aging and neurological disorders, and discuss optimal strategies for exercising your brain and body!

Don’t be surprised if this presenter gets you “up on your feet and out of your seat” excited about brain science, and exercise!

Space is Limited.  Registration is recommended. Click here to register to see Dr. Ridgel in person

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Natalie Caine-Bish, PhD, RD, LD

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Kent Student Center Balcony

The Science of Healthy Eating

Dr. Natalie Caine-Bish is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences in the College of Education, Health, & Human Services at Kent State. Her research focuses on community nutrition and exercise education with a specific focus in chronic disease. Dr. Caine-Bish is also a faculty co-coordinator for the Center of Nutrition Outreach. 

As a featured speaker and subject matter expert in nutrition, please join us as Dr. Caine-Bish presents, The Science of Healthy Eating.  Participants will gain practical and scientifically sound information to distinguish the difference between healthy nutrition based in science vs nutritional myths in a day and age when misinformation is commonplace.

During Dr. Caine-Bish's presentation, she will put swirling fads and misinformation to rest through factual nutritional evidence accompanied by quick and easy behavior modifications that support you with your nutritional goals. In addition, Natalie will share quality sources of scientifically based nutrition information so that you may serve as your own best advocate for a lifestyle of healthy eating. 

Space is Limited.  Registration is recommended. Click here to register to see Dr. Caine-Bish in person

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