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Upstate looks at humor and wellness for National Public Health Week April 1 to 8

Humor can be the best medicine. Those at Upstate Medical University will have a large dose of it, and learn of its health benefits, when the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and the Pathway to Wellness program present a week-long celebration of National Public Health Week, beginning April 1.

“Humor is a state of mind that can lead to a happier, healthier existence,” said Cindy Paikin, program coordinator, CNY Master’s of Public Health Program. “We’ve planned several fun and informative activities that will show people just how easy it is to incorporate humor into their day-to-day lives.”

Pathway to Wellness Coordinator Suzanne Brisk, who planned the celebration with Paikin, says that the activities also promote socialization, healthy eating and exercise, all of which she says lead to a “life in balance.”

Highlights of the week include a Pathway to Wellness cart that will travel around Upstate’s Downtown Campus, noontime information sessions at the Community Campus, photo booths and a photo contest.

The Pathway to Wellness cart will include games that encourage collegiality, adult coloring sheets and crayons, prevention and wellness informational materials, and free copies of the magazine “Laughing Matters.” A photo booth will be located at each Upstate campus where Upstate individuals can take a funny picture, either alone or with their coworkers, and submit the photo to the Pathway to Wellness Facebook page where it will be entered in a contest with the chance to win a prize. Photos other than those taken in the booth may also be entered in the contest as long as they show Upstate individuals having fun or participating in a healthy activity with family and friends.

In addition, all members of the Upstate community can take advantage of C.A.B.’s offer of free use of its recreational facilities, including group fitness classes April 4 through 10. New members who purchase an annual membership during National Public Health Week will receive a 14-month membership at the annual rate. Or, the Upstate community can ask about a week pass to the Y at the traveling cart and at the Community Campus table events.

2016 Public Health Week activities

Friday, April 1

• Lecture. “I’m so stressed. I just want to light up (ways to manage stress without lighting up.)” Presented by Suzanne Brisk, coordinator of  Pathway to Wellness. Noon. Dining Room 1, Community Campus.

Monday, April 4

• Morrison’s Menu Café 750 and Community Café will feature healthy menu selections all week.

• Photo Booth – starts at 10:30 a.m. and will be available to capture your fun and healthy activities. Locations: Café 750, Downtown Campus; Community Campus Café.  Photo booth is available 24 hours a day though Thursday at 1 p.m.

• Photo Contest- Submit your funny photo to the Pathway to Wellness facebook page. Vote by “liking” your favorite photo. Prize will be awarded for the photo with the most “likes.”

• Lecture. “Healthy Defaults: making healthy choices easy.” Presented by Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Syracuse University. 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Room 114 Bird Library, Syracuse University campus. R.S.V.P. at wellness initiative.

• Walk with Us! Meet at Schine Student Center, Syracuse University campus at 1 p.m.

• The traveling Pathway to Wellness Cart will be at the Downtown Campus, stopping at the Emergency Room and Food Services Departments between 10 and 11 a.m. The cart will be in Environmental Services and Physical Plant from 2 to 3 p.m,

• Community Campus Café. Table topics at Cafe and Photo Booth.
— 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. GEM Care.
— 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Alzheimer’s and cancer screening.

Tuesday, April 5

• Morrison’s Menu-—Healthy options.
• Photo Booth Café 750, Downtown Campus; Community Campus Café/ Photo Contest.
• Pathway to Wellness Cart will be traveling through the Downtown Campus’ Nursing Floors 8 through 12 of the East Tower. 10 a.m. to noon and visiting Nursing Floors 3 through 8 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• Community Campus table topics at Café and Photo booth.
— 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.Shift work sleep disorder, Childbirth/Family classes.
— 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. AED hands-on demonstration.

Wednesday, April 6

• Morrison’s Menu-—Healthy options.
• Photo Booth Café 750, Downtown Campus; Community Campus Café/Photo Contest.
• Pathway to Wellness Cart will be visiting Upstate Cancer Center, Upstate Police and the Computer Warehouse from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
• Community Campus table topics at Café plus Photo Booth.
— 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Heart disease, nutrition.
— 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Organ donation, suicide prevention.

Thursday, April 7

• Morrison’s Menu-—healthy options.
• Lecture.  Contentment and peace:  social determinants for wellness. Presented by Kaushal Nanavati, MD, Upstate Medical University. Noon. 4507 Setnor Academic Building. Nanavati will discuss his thoughts about bringing words such as contentment, peace and love into the world of science and academia, and into our lives.
• Photo Booth closes at 1 p.m Downtown Campus.
• 1 to 3 p.m. Smoking Cessation Café, Upstate Cancer Center Atrium- Got a Minion? Stop by the café and get answers on how to quit smoking.
• Community Campus table topics at Café, Photo Booth/Photo Contest.
— 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. BMI, Womens’ Health Network.
— 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. BMI, Midwifery.

Friday, April 8

• Morrison’s Menu.—healthy options.
• Lecture. I’m so stressed. I just want to light up (ways to manage stress without lighting up.) Presented by Suzanne Brisk, coordinator, Pathway to Wellness. Noon to 1 p.m. Small Café, Downtown Campus.
• Community Campus table topics at Café.
—11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Safe Kids, stress management.
—12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Recycle Green initiatives, stress management,
• Children’s Health Fair:  Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse. Theme: Healthy heroes training with PH, DPT, medical students.
• Enter your funny photo for photo contest at Pathway to Wellness facebook page.

For more information about Upstate National Public Health Week’s contact Cindy Paikin at paikinc@upstate.edu or Suzanne Brisk, brisks@upstate.edu (Downtown Campus events) or Beth Sellers. sellersb@upstate.edu (Community Campus events).

Caption: Suzanne Brisk, coordinator of Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness Program, left, and Cindy Paikin of the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, display dozens of “Laughing Matters” magazines that will be available to the Upstate community during National Public Health Week



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