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Anti-Inflammatory Eating
"Take a Stand" Initiative
Feeling Full on Fewer Calories
Previous Health Education Events

Stress Reduction
Stress Management by Scott Plymale, LCSW, PhD, Community Health Resource Center

Managing Anxiety and Depression
Jennice Wong, LCSW focused on the subject of managing stress and anxiety. She engaged the audience with useful tips, finishing with meditation exercises that can be incorporated into daily life.
Presentaiton Materials: Managing Anxiety & Depression

Oral Cancer: What's Old and What's New?
An estimated 51,540 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx will be diagnosed in in the US in 2018. It is important that the dental community and allied dental professionals be familiar with the risk factors and early signs of this serious disease. Presented by Dr. Leticia Ferreira, the most common cancer to affect the oral cavity, squamous cell carcinoma, will be discussed with an emphasis on risk factors, signs and symptoms and how dental professional can impact the survivability and quality of life of affected patients.
Presentation Materials: Oral Cancer: What's Old and What's New?

Diabetes Health Awareness, April 9, 2018
Diabetes affects many people today and students and faculty need to become more proactive in educating our patients. Having the information and knowledge to have an educated conversation with our patients will work towards a more proactive and preventive approach in the fight against Diabetes. Presented by Dr. Kim Benton DDS, a part-time assistant professor in the department of Clinical Oral Health at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
Presentation Materials: Diabetes Health Awareness

Mindfulness/Stress Management, September 19, 2017
This workshop focused on development of a holistic view of health and wellness. Five specific aspects of wellness: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual were discussed by Scott Plymale, LCSW, PhD, and licensed clinical social worker. 

Health Risks of Smoking
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and has negative health impacts on people at all stages of life. The most current scientific knowledge about the health effects of cigarette smoking and the benefits of cessation were discussed by Dr. Ferreira, a board certified oral pathologist and a full-time assistant professor at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry .

Nutrition Consultation
The Health and Wellness Committee sponsored 25 minute one-on-one nutrition consultations with Kristin Hoppe, a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Educator, and Natural Chef. More information:

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss as it Relates to Dentistry
Dr. Rupa Balachandran and Dr. Kristin Hallstrom taught participants how prolonged occupational noise exposure can have a damaging effect on the inner ear, causing an irreversible loss of hearing and/or tinnitus.

Tai Chi
Instructor Nathan Ng taught participants the beautiful, gentle, and flowing movements of the enjoyable and deeply relaxing art of Tai Chi. The 4-week Tai Chi series was easy to learn, effective and promoted general health and well-being. To learn more about Nathan's program, visit his website:

Traditional Chinese Medicine
Presented by Helen Ye, MS, LAc

Ergonomic Stretching Class
Presented by Performance Based Ergonomics
Presentation materials: Various Stretches

Nutrition Lecture
Presented by Sharon Meyer, Nutritionist   
Presentation materials: Recipes by Sharon Meyer

Bike to Work Day Breakfast
Presented by the Health & Wellness Committee
Useful links: Bike to Work Day Website

Women's Health Week: Women's Health Seminar
Presented by Cathy Rasmusson, MHA  

How to Bike Anywhere in San Francisco
Presented by the San Francisco Bike Coalition

Employee Perks — February 2011
Presented by the Health & Wellness Committee

World Cancer Day Presentation
Presented by Drs. William Carpenter, Nejat Duzgunes, Nasser Said-Al-Naief and Benjamin Zeitlin

Diabetes Awareness
Presented by Barbara Liepman, RN, MS, CDE

Cancer Awareness Presentation
Presented by Lisa Bellini, Wellness Specialist, Hills Physicians

Omega-3: Sounds Fishy to Me
Presented by Pacific faculty member Dr. Noelle Santucci, this lecture covered the benefits of Omega-3.

Heart Health
Presented by Lisa Bellini, Wellness Specialist, Hills Physicians.
Presentation materials: Heart Health Presentation: The Beat Goes On