April Lunch and Learn Bulletin

Each month Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment offer a number of one hour sessions devoted to the dimensions of health and wellbeing.This month, we focus on mental wellbeing, as well as how nutrition and disease prevention intersect. Learn about stress triggers and the art of relaxation, the impact of nutrition on cancer prevention, how to better understand motivation (yours and others), and some tips on how to beat the COVID blues. 

All sessions will run from 12–1 p.m. unless noted otherwise and will be delivered online. Register through the LearnCentre by clicking register and then using the “enroll” button on the top right. New to LearnCentre? Access LearnCentre and scroll down to view this event under available sessions.

Nutrition and Cancer Prevention

Katherine Ford and Marnie Newell, Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta
Thursday, April 8

Join us as we learn about the latest research on the impact of nutrition on cancer prevention and treatment, featuring two researchers from CRINA here at the U of A. We’ll learn about the importance of the interconnection between nutrition and skeletal muscle, as well as current nutritional recommendations and the impact of protein in cancer prevention. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, yet nutritional guidelines for prevention or recommendations during treatment have not been established. The second talk will focus on the role of nutritional supplementation in breast cancer therapy and the latest ‘bench to bedside’ project to address the lack of guidelines.


Doctor's orders: How to beat the big, bad COVID blues

Dr. Ted Jablonski
Thursday, April 15

Join Dr. Ted Jablonski, an award-winning family physician and educator, to learn practical tips we can all incorporate right now to improve our health and well-being. Dr. Jablonski will focus on defining stress, depression, anxiety, burn out and more importantly, his recommended strategies to fight back, and remain physically healthy, mentally healthy, resilient and happy NOW! 


The Art of Relaxation

Marla Warner, EFAP
Tuesday, April 20

Today’s life is fast-paced and leaves little time to relax and decompress. Greater pressure is being put on all of us to do more. The result is that many of us have lost the ability to simply  take care of ourselves.  This session  will explore personal stress triggers and  review some practical, easy techniques to make brief relaxation moments a natural part  of everyday life.


Understanding your motivation: Tips to get into action

Lia Daniels, Faculty of Education 
Tuesday, April 27

Join us for this session on what drives, sustains, or derails our motivation. Dr. Daniels will provide a recap of how to address common motivation issues, reframing how we motivate ourselves, and how to better understand why we don't feel motivated in certain situations. Those registered will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance from which Dr. Daniels will address FAQs as well as answering a few specific motivation-related questions. 


For information about the Lunch & Learn program, contact our office at org.health@ualberta.ca