Health & Wellness Conference 2015

Baltimore, Maryland
Saturday, May 09, 2015

   



 

7:30–8:30am
Registration Open
 
Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Area Open
8:30–8:55am
Welcome to Wellness
9:00–10:00am
Workshop Session 1 (choose one)

1. The Science of Happiness and Forgiveness
    Delia Chiaramonte, M.D. and Dahlia Hirsch, M.D.
Why are some people happier than others?  Is it possible to increase your happiness? Research in the growing field of Positive Psychology has provided fascinating answers to these questions and more.  In this session Dr. Chiaramonte will present the latest research on optimism, pessimism, resilience and happiness and provide practical tips for maximizing the joy in your life.

2. Ayurveda’s Holistic Approach to Prevention and Healing: Creating Health from Within
    Stuart Rothenberg, M.D., FAAFP
Ayurvedic Medicine is the world’s oldest system of health care and the original mind-body science. In this presentation we will examine the fundamental principles of Ayurveda, including the body’s inner intelligence, three dosha theory, and constitutional typing. We will also consider some key practical approaches to creating balance, with focus on strengthening digestion and mind-body balance. Participants will take a brief self-evaluation quiz to help assess their Ayurvedic constitutional type.

3. Experiential Part I (30 minutes)- Six Healing Sounds of Qigong
    Mary Pinkard
The practice of the Six Healing Sounds for Nourishing Life has a long history in Chinese ancient healing arts. It is a form of breathing based on sound vibration, body posture and the five-element theory. This introductory hand-on section will offer some basic warm-up exercises in Qigong, and teach one of the most popular medical Qigong forms – Six Healing Sound Qigong, which can be used for both daily health maintenance and specific self-healing practice.

Experiential Part II (30 minutes)- Sound as a Healing Modality
    Kalpana Shere-Wolfe, M.D.
The use of sound as a spiritual and healing modality is an ancient art that spans continents and cultures. In this session we will learn some of the basic properties of sound on matter and explore the use of sound as a healing modality in the modern world.


10:00–11:00am
Workshop Session 2 (choose one)

1. The Power of Touch
   
Donna Audia, R.N.
Touch is one of our most fundamental needs. Come join us for an experiential session where we will explore the power of touch. You will learn about and practice varied healing modalities that utilize touch, including acupressure, massage and Reiki, and practice simple self-care techniques for relaxation and the release of stress.

2. Understanding Acupuncture: Advances in Neurophysiology and the Shame of Sham Acupuncture Research
   
John Reed, M.D., M.Div.
This advanced session will explore recent functional MRI research that has expanded understanding of acupuncture’s mechanism of action. Building on this knowledge, Dr. Reed, an experienced physician and acupuncturist, will teach participants to better interpret sham-controlled acupuncture research by understanding the functional anatomy of acupuncture stimulation.

3. Experiential Part I (30 minutes)- Integrating Yoga into Everyday Stress Management
   
Bonnie Tarantino, M.F.A. and Nancy McPartland, L.C.S.W.-C, M.S.
Taking a yoga class for an hour a week has been shown to reduce stress, increase balance and bring more awareness to the breath, but integrating yoga throughout your day can be even more effective. You can learn to control stress, even as you are experiencing it. Join Bonnie Tarantino and Nancy McPartland as they share clever and easy ways to use yoga as a daily tool for a more balanced and healthy life. Experience for yourself why yoga is a powerful tool for creating mindfulness, body awareness and especially physical healing and why so many are taking what they have learned on the mat and bringing into each and every moment of their day.

Experiential Part II (30 minutes)- Just this…a Mindful Pause”
   
Gina Sager, M.D.
Join us for an experiential practice in the midst of a rich and full conference. We’ll use breath, mudra and mindfulness meditation to relax, restore and renew - integrating body, breath and mind to better appreciate the gift of this (and every) day!

11:10–11:30am
Morning Break with our Sponsors
11:30–12:30pm
Workshop Session 3 (choose one)

1. Keep It Moving – Restoring and Maintaining Mobility as We Age
    Brian Morrison, D.C.
Growing evidence suggests that there is a direct correlation between quality of motion, quality of life and longevity. In this workshop, we will explore the role of movement in maximizing physical and mental function as we age. Participants will perform a variety of movements designed to uncover motion, balance and strength deficits that often remain unnoticed until a significant limitation or a painful problem occurs. The long-term effects of compensating for these deficits with altered movement patterns will be discussed. Effective strategies for maximizing function, such as chiropractic manipulation, manual therapy and exercise techniques, will be covered. Dr. Morrison will present information on how we can clinically identify movement dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system and describe some of the ways we can make meaningful functional improvements. Participants are asked to wear loose fitting clothing that will allow freedom of movement.

2. Increasing Local Sustainable Foods – at Home & in Institutions in Your Community
   
Louise Mitchell, P.T., Gina Navarro, C.H.C., C.N.C., and Tarah Ranke, M.P.H., M(ASCP)
Most of our food is produced on large-scale, industrialized farms where pesticides, antibiotics, confined feedlots, and genetically engineered foods are used regularly.  The problem with these common practices is that they are having an impact on our health, and they put the health of future populations at risk through exposures in our environment.  Individuals, families and institutions want to purchase more foods that are grown or raised using environmentally sustainable farming practices, but these foods often cost significantly more.  Also, the different types of sustainable foods and labels can be confusing, and challenging to differentiate.  Find out from our experts at CIM’s Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment how and why to purchase more local sustainable foods. Discover cost-saving strategies you can use or share with others to purchase and/or grow and produce more healthy, local and sustainably produced foods at home, at work, and in the hospitals, nursing homes and schools in your community.

3. Experiential Part I (30 minutes)- Loosen Up! It’s Time for Self-Massage
   
Rebekah Frizelle-Owens, L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B., C.P.M.T., C.I.M.I.
Let’s face it – we could all use a good massage, but we can’t always get one when we need it. In this 20-minute session, learn creative techniques to tend to your tight muscles in between massage sessions. Using your hands, a tennis ball, a golf ball and other props, learn to quell those knots all on your own.

Experiential Part II (30 minutes)- Healthy Food=Great Taste!
   
Jennifer Helene Popken-Leeds
Planning what you will eat is key to making healthy food choices. Rather than being a victim of your circumstances, change the paradigm and regain control. In this session we will learn simple and fast solutions to ensure that you stay fueled with healthy foods throughout the day ensuring heightened immunity, increased energy, weight loss and clearer mental acuity.

12:30–3:00pm
Lunch
 
Keynote Speech Option 1

Our Synthetic World: Explore How the Products We Use Everyday Affect Our Endocrine System
Heather White, J.D., Executive Director, EWG
Each and every day we are all exposed to hundreds of unique synthetic chemicals. What effects do these chemicals have on our bodies and how can we limit our exposure to the most harmful compounds? EWG’s Executive Director, Heather White, will help answer these questions focusing on a group of chemicals that affect the hormone system, called endocrine disruptors. These chemicals can be found in many consumer products and in our environment and can affect how your body regulates hormone levels. Using EWG’s cutting edge research, White will not only inform the audience of the hazards of endocrine disruptors, but also provide easy tips for reducing your exposure.

Keep it Moving with Lynne Brick


 
Keynote Speech Option 2 *New*

Optimizing Gut Health: A Key to Improved Digestion and Beyond
Chris D'Adamo, Ph.D.
Dr. Chris D’Adamo will present an overview of the links between the gut, digestion, and overall health. Presentation material will include helpful diagnostic tools and integrative treatments for common (but often undiagnosed) disorders of the gut including intestinal permeability, delayed food intolerances, Celiac disease and non-Celiac gluten sensitivity, dysbiosis, hypochlorhydia, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Dr. D’Adamo will discuss cutting edge science linking gut health, autoimmune disease, and emotional health as well as integrative treatment pathways to optimize gut health including, probiotics, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, custom-tailored elimination diets, and stress management techniques.


Keep it Moving with Lynne Brick
3:00–3:30pm
Afternoon Break with our Sponsors 
3:30–4:30pm
Workshop Session 4 (choose one)

1. Therapeutic Arts - An Experiential Modality
   
Lolly Forysthe- Chisolm and The UMMC Inpatient Integrative Care Team
"Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is - no matter what form it takes - you are still, you are at peace." `Eckhart Tolle. Join members of the University of Maryland Medical Center and Center for Integrative Medicine’s, Integrative Care team for an experiential session of expressive arts, guided imagery and live therapeutic music that will facilitate relaxation and connect you to the present moment.

2. Integrative Approaches to Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
   
Kalpana Shere-Wolfe, M.D.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not relieved by ordinary measures such as rest or sleep. It may manifest in a variety of symptoms that often include weakness, muscle aches, impaired cognitive function, and insomnia. This session will review the causes, clinical manifestations and integrative treatment strategies for generalized fatigue and CFS.

3. Experiential Part I (30 minutes)- Increasing Your Vitality Through Ayurveda
 
 Susan Weis-Bohlen
Susan will lead the group in an exercise designed to identify your Dosha - the individual mind/body constitution. Learn why some people are more creative and spacey, why some are fiery and hot-headed, and why others are earthy and nurturing. Susan will offer some quick fixes to help you find balance through food, exercise and meditation.

Experiential Part II (30 minutes)- Healthy Food=Great Taste!
 
  Jennifer Helene Popken-Leeds
Planning what you will eat is key to making healthy food choices. Rather than being a victim of your circumstances, change the paradigm and regain control. In this session we will learn simple and fast solutions to ensure that you stay fueled with healthy foods throughout the day ensuring heightened immunity, increased energy, weight loss and clearer mental acuity.

4:30–5:30pm
Workshop Session 5 (choose one)

1. An Introduction to Yoga Therapy for the Health Care Professional
   
Ali Dashti, R.Y.T.
The growing field of yoga therapy in the United States is now gently touching the edges of mainstream medicine. Training programs around the world are being developed in order to respond to the growing demand of yoga teachers to further explore and master the important intersection of this ancient Vedic knowledge with western medicine. Please join special guest Ali Dashti, a world-renowned yoga therapist under the tutelage of BKS Iyengar, as he shares the timeless and powerful healing properties of yoga therapy. Experience the powerful therapeutic principles the asanas, pranayama and yogic philosophy offer to the health care provider who wishes incorporate more non-invasive treatments into their health care practice.

2. The Ins and Outs of Overcoming and Coping with Adverse Food Reactions
    Erin Peisach, R.D.N., C.L.T.
The presentation will explore various adverse food reactions, including food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities, explaining their etiologies, symptoms, and diagnostic tools. After a food issue is properly identified, an appropriate diet plan should be developed and implemented to improve symptoms associated with adverse food reactions. The presentation will review practical implementation tips for following an elimination diet program-- developing a realistic meal plan, grocery shopping tips and tricks, adherence during travel/social events, and other insider details. Additionally, the presentation will discuss a maintenance plan to prevent future development of adverse food reactions and create a long-term, sustainable, balanced diet.

3. Experiential Part I (30 minutes)- Six Healing Sounds of Qigong
 
 Mary Pinkard
The practice of the Six Healing Sounds for Nourishing Life has a long history in Chinese ancient healing arts. It is a form of breathing based on sound vibration, body posture and the five-element theory. This introductory hand-on section will offer some basic warm-up exercises in Qigong, and teach one of the most popular medical Qigong forms – Six Healing Sound Qigong, which can be used for both daily health maintenance and specific self-healing practice.

Experiential Part II (30 minutes)- Sound as a Healing Modality
 
  Kalpana Shere-Wolfe, M.D.
The use of sound as a spiritual and healing modality is an ancient art that spans continents and cultures. In this session we will learn some of the basic properties of sound on matter and explore the use of sound as a healing modality in the modern world.

5:30pm
Conference Ends
 

Payment Instructions

  • This option is for UMMC Continuing Education Registrants only.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR REGISTRATION

    Thank you for registering for the 2015 Health and Wellness Conference!  HR cannot issue payment for the conference without the proper documentation. In order to take advantage of HR's offer to pay for the conference outright you will need to do the following:

    1. Save a copy of your registration confirmation to your desktop. 

    2. Fill out the Employee Continuing Education Application located on the UMMC Intranet and save it to your desktop.

    3. Email both documents to education_benefits@umm.edu within 48 hours of receiving this email.  Please be sure to cc: cimevents@som.umaryland.edu.  Due to the popularity of the conference, we are only able to hold your place for 48 hours.  Registrants who fail to email the proper documentation within this 48 hour period run the risk of losing their place at the conference. 

    4. Upon receipt of payment from HR, your registration status will be changed from "pending" to "confirmed".  This process can take up to four weeks from the day you submit the paperwork to HR. 

    If you have questions about this process please contact the HR Service Center at 855.486.6747

    If you have questions about the conference itself, please contact cimevents@som.umaryland.edu.

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