...Creating the Life We Want to Live

We each face our own, ever-changing set of personal and work-related challenges and opportunities. These interactive seminars can inform, inspire, and support you in this process, with research-based strategies, tips, and information to help you be better prepared for whatever life presents next.

Eating Well to Live Well...Now and Later

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Heidi Roth, R.D., L.D.N., B.S.; Owner, Heidi Roth Nutrition

The nutritional decisions you make now can set you up for ongoing wellness and enhanced quality of life. During this research-based seminar, you will learn about the steps you can take to:

  • Promote cognitive functioning (A healthy diet is not only good for your body, but also for your brain!)
  • Prevent muscle loss (Without intervention, we lose about 5–7 pounds of muscle each decade after age 30!)
  • Maintain strong healthy bones (We all lose bone mass as we age, but women are at especially high risk of osteoporosis post-menopause.)

Tick-Talk: Tips for Preventing Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3002 (Singleton Auditorium)

Presenter: Howard M. Heller, M.D., M.P.H.; Associate Medical Director, MIT Medical

Spring is upon us! You can finally shed those winter clothes and frolic through the fields and woodlands…but you may still be wary of rolling up your sleeves, thanks to those eight-legged buggers we call ticks. Ticks, as we know, spread Lyme disease, a syndrome also known as the “great imposter,” as it mimics over 350 different medical conditions. Lyme disease is now a global concern, and those of us living in New England are among the highest at risk. So…it’s time to have the tick-talk.

This seminar will provide you with:

  • Tips for avoiding and preventing tick bites and Lyme disease
  • Information to help you recognize tick-infested areas
  • An overview of Lyme disease—including symptoms and available treatments
  • Intervention strategies if a possible tick bite has occurred

Pathways to Well-Being: Focusing on What Matters

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D.; Certifying Coordinator, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist and Focusing Trainer, The International Focusing Institute

Did you know that the average person requires five positive comments to cancel out just one negative? This type of negative thinking is common, and it also serves as a roadblock to well-being. So, if you want to learn how to retrain your brain, join this interactive workshop. In this seminar, you will:

  • Learn about the benefits of positive and mindful thinking for emotional and physical health
  • Explore and bring focus to experiences and aspects of your life that carry the most meaning and joy
  • Learn simple techniques to enhance and deepen positivity
  • Discuss approaches to incorporating these techniques into your regular routine

The Art of Interpersonal and Emotional Intelligence

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Lauren Mackler, M.A.; Author, Consultant, and Educator

In this interactive presentation, you will learn the art of interpersonal and emotional intelligence. Following this seminar, you will have practical tools for:

  • Communicating more effectively 
  • Bridging differences more creatively
  • Resolving conflict more confidently

These skills can be applied to cultivate healthier personal and professional relationships, self-fulfillment, and overall well-being.

Picking Your Pup: Choosing the Best Dog for Your Lifestyle

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: NE49-5000 (5th floor; L and T Lab)


Amanda Leef, D.V.M.; Veterinarian and Owner, Heal Veterinary Clinic

Melissa McCue-McGrath, C.P.D.T.-K.A.; Co-Training Director, New England Dog Training Club

Hounds, sheepdogs, and spaniels, oh my! With all the different breeds, shapes, and sizes out there, it’s hard to know which pooch will best complement your or your family’s lifestyle. Join this seminar for information that will help you pick your pup, and set you both up for a “paw”sitive life together. During this discussion, you will receive:

  • An overview of different dog breeds, including temperaments, size, and activity level
  • Tips around choosing a dog that “fits” your lifestyle
  • Criteria to consider when finding a dog through a breeder or a shelter
  • Information about costs, including healthcare, grooming, training, and hidden expenses you may not know about

Couples and Money: What's Love Got to Do With It?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Ina Bachman, L.I.C.S.W., T.I.W.C., C.E.A.P.; Founder and Coach, Bachman Coaching

This seminar will examine the powerful impact money has on relationships. During this discussion, you will:

  • Analyze how couples think and communicate about money
  • Understand why couples fight about money
  • Explore simple tactics for avoiding money roadblocks that may affect your relationship
  • Receive advice around building a resilient partnership that can withstand financial concerns and challenges

Opioid Abuse Awareness (Webinar)

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The opioid epidemic has become a national public health issue with an alarming increase year over year in addiction, crime and deaths. KGA has experienced an increase in EAP cases involving opioid abuse, including parents worried about their children, managers and HR professionals concerned about their employees, and individuals seeking support. In this webinar, participants will learn:
  • The biological and social factors contributing to this epidemic
  • How to spot the warning signs of opioid use/addiction
  • Available treatment options
  • How to connect with others coping with addiction
  • How the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help

Fixing Our Broken Sleep (Webinar)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
This interactive webinar with a sleep expert is designed to help participants begin getting better sleep almost immediately. Attendees will learn techniques for overcoming these common sleep problems:
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Excessive thinking
  • Waking too early
  • Sunday night insomnia
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Returning to sleep
Participants will experience a guided relaxation exercise for initiating sleep and returning to sleep.

Boost Your Resilience (Webinar)

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Stress is a part of everyday life. Since we can't eliminate it, learning how to recognize the signs of stress overload and boosting our ability to handle stressful situations can help. Understanding our own reactions to issues and planning ways to boost resiliency can help us thrive in the midst of stress.  Join us and learn ways to build your personal resiliency by cultivating a positive attitude, practicing healthy habits and using self-care to stay mindful. Join us for an interactive discussion about:
  • Recognizing stress symptoms to prevent burnout
  • Characteristics of resilient people
  • Ways to boost your own resiliency to stress