Pathway to Wellness – May Events

May 2nd, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

Pathway to Wellness – May Events

May is National Employee Health and Fitness Month

Downtown be on the watch for”Do 100” pop up activities on May 2 and May 9th .  Join in when you see people doing 100 and see how easy it is to get some exercise in during the day.   Other celebrations such as adult coloring and progressive relaxation will be on Monday 16 and 23. Room TBA.   Finally, a self care treats for your feet on May 30th with more details to come.   Contact Suzanne Brisk at


May Monthly Challenge for every worksite location!

The NYS Well Every Day challenge for May is: I Can Do 100. Use the number 100 and apply it to healthy behaviors in physical activity, healthy eating and solutions for managing stress. For example, try to do 100 arm circles, 100 stair steps on an afternoon break or throughout your day, 100 seconds to jog in place or hold a yoga pose for 100 seconds. State employees can register online and everyone else can track their monthly challenge on their own. For more ideas and to register on May 1st for the challenge, visit


Monday Mile walkers will meet every Monday at noon in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus for a one-mile walk. The Upstate community is welcome to participate.   Can’t make it at 12 noon? list indoor and outdoor trails at both campus locations.  For more information, visit or like us on Facebook at


Meatless Monday- Choose healthy on Monday with meatless options at all 4 Morrision locations and also at Espress Oasis.


Slimming in to Summer

A no fee, six-week (6) session of Eat Right, Move, Lose (ERML);  Slimming into Summer will begin the week of May 2nd and end the week of June 6th.  ERML is a behavior-focused weight loss and weight management program.  Meetings will be 20 minutes in length and include a weigh in, education and three to four minutes of exercise.

Choose from:

To join the groups below; please come to the first class.

• Small Cafeteria at Downtown Campus at noon on Tuesdays, beginning May 3

• Small Cafeteria at Downtown Campus at 12:30 p.m. on Tues., beginning May 3

• CAB Room 115A at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning May 4

• 250 Harrison, second floor conference room at 11 a.m. Thurs., beginning May 5

• Community Campus Dining Room 2 at 9 a.m. on Thursdays, beginning May 5

• UHCC, fifth floor at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, beginning May 5



Weight Watchers

An open house will be held for Weight Watchers at Upstate May 10 from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 115A of the Campus Activities Building,Downtown Campus.  This is an opportunity to learn more about Weight Watchers and the meetings held at Upstate. For more information, contact Ginny Russell at or 464-4042.


Taste and Try is May 18 and 19

Taste and Try- Avocado, super food, with Morrison and registered dietician Maureen Franklin will be held Wednesday, May 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Community Campus Café and Thursday, May 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Café 750 at Downtown Campus. Morrison features a different super food each month with a recipe and nutritional information. The Upstate community is welcome. For more information, email Maureen Franklin, RD, at


Quit Smoking Café is May 5th

The Quit Smoking Café will be held Thursday, May 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. The Quit Smoking Café will feature tips on how to quit smoking and smoking cessation support. The Quit Smoking Café is held on the first Thursday of each month at Upstate Cancer Center and is open to all employees, patients and family members. For more information, visit

E-cigarettes, Friend or Foe-  May 19 and 20

Theresa Hankin will talk about the latest findings associated with E-cigarettes May 19 from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the small cafeteria at Downtown Campus and May 20 from noon to 12:30 p.m. in dining room 1 at Community Campus. The program is open to the public. To register, contact Theresa Hankin at or 464-4519.


Corporate Challenge registration deadline is May 23

The Chase Corporate Challenge will be held Tuesday, June 7 at Onondaga Lake Park. The Corporate Challenge is a 3.5-mile foot race, with a focus on promoting fitness in the workplace. Join your colleagues for an evening of fitness and camaraderie. Runners and walkers of all level are welcome. The race begins at 6:25 p.m. To register, visit

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, and actively employed and paid by Upstate Medical University/University Hospital for a minimum of 25 hours per week for at least three months prior to race day. For more information, contact Suzanne Brisk at


Helmet Sale is May 24 and 25

Pathway to Wellness and Trauma Services will hold a helmet sale Tuesday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the second floor gold elevator lobby at Downtown Campus and Wednesday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Campus cafeteria. Helmets will be available for purchase at $10 each, cash or check. Pathway to Wellness will have information available on trails and maps, and Trauma Services will help with sizing of helmets. For more information, call Michelle Lewis at 464-4773.

National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day May 4th

American Diabetes Association encourages people to move once every 90 minutes.

TED Talk Speaker: Oliver Sacks

May 2nd, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

Renowned in the scientific community, Dr. Oliver Sacks is a successful physician and professor of neurology at NYU, who writes about his own patients’ accounts in his unique field of “Neurological Anthropology.” Sacks writes about a broad range of topics including: Disease, the human brain, perception, plant enthusiasts, and exotic places around the world. His memoir, Awakenings about a “sleepy sickness” pandemic that swept the world between 1916 and 1927, has even been turned into an Oscar-nominated film of the same name where Robin Williams acts out his search for the cure.

Hear the Talk 

When asked to perform a TED Talk, Sacks decides to discuss Charles Bonnet syndrome in, “What Hallucination Reveals about our Minds.” Using his patients as case studies, he explains how the visually impaired can experience vivid hallucinations, and how it is actually more common than people think.

These hallucinations can range from geometric shapes at the most basic level to cartoons or more disturbing, deformed faces. Unlike dreams however, Charles Bonnet hallucinations lack meaning behind them and are simply a sudden flash of stimulation from the brain where a connection has long been interrupted.

Sacks makes the point that although 10% of the visually impaired experience these types of hallucinations, only 1% acknowledge them because others fear they will appear mentally insane. The purpose of talking about this phenomenon Sacks explains, is so that patients are aware of what is happening to them and they aren’t afraid to speak up, but also so doctors are more informed and don’t misdiagnose.

You can watch his 2009 TED Talk here.

Read the Book(s)

The Health Sciences Library houses 9 books from the author including all 6 books from the Oliver Sacks cover-collage collection and the best-selling, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat.

EdTalks@Upstate 2016 No. 3

April 19th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter
On behalf of Faculty Affairs & Faculty Development please check out the newest EDTalks@Upstate, videos of our own faculty presenting an abbreviated version of their recent talk at the Faculty Educator Development Seminars. EDTalks@Upstate can also be accessed from the Faculty Affairs website,  when you have time and interest.

In this video, John Epling, Jr, MD, MSEd,  Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Family Medicine, discusses “Why Do WE Care About Objectives So Much?” Dr. Epling emphasizes the important links between good learning objectives and how we teach, and how we assess our learners. He describes how to write objectives, and provides a framework for organizing any instructional session. At times light-hearted (see what he does with ping pong balls), his talk serves as an example of his key points, and ends with specific action plans that will help YOU! ( 23 min.) This seminar was presented on February 23, 2016.


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Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16

April 8th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

Who doesn’t love a celebration? #NLW16 Next week, celebrate your favorite library!

This year’s National Library Week theme is Libraries Transform, reminding everyone that today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people.

Ways to Celebrate

1. Visit your library. SUNY HSL Librarians are here for you 6 days a week, and the library is typically open over 100 hours a week! We offer computer labs & classrooms, study rooms & quiet zones, therapy dogs, puzzles, coloring books & rotating art displays, we’ve got something for everyone! Have you checked out the Health+Wellness or Bestsellers collections? New books are added monthly. And if we don’t have it, we can order it from a quick delivery library and send it right to your office via inter-campus mail (learn more). The Family Resource Centers at Golisano  & the Cancer Center also offer library resources and services.

2. Show your support for libraries on social media. Follow the HSL on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtags#NLW16 and #LibrariesTransform to join the celebration on social media.

  • Add the Libraries Transform Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture.
  • Because fillintheblank #LibrariesTransform Promotion- during National Library Week create your own Because Statement. Just fill in the blank telling why libraries matter to you or your community.
3. Learn what you’ve been missing, set up an appointment with a Reference Librarian! From completing a class assignment, researching a personal consumer health issue, or for a peer review of search strategies (check out this PubMed Commons post), we’re here to partner with you to meet your information needs.






President’s Week Wellness Events

April 8th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

Join Pathways to Wellness as we celebrate President’s Week Wellness:

Monday 4/11, 12 noon: Join SU for a  walk starting on Irving Ave in front  of Weiskotten Hall.

Tuesday, 4/12:, 11:30-1pm: Stretching to New Heights with a New President! Join Doctorate of Physical Therapy students  Joe and Niomi as they  help you  stretch at the small cafe.
Sponsored by Pathways to Wellness.

Join the Think Green Committee 4/22 for Earth Day at the HSL

April 7th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

The Think Green Committee will be at the Health Sciences Library on Earth Day to educate the community about  Upstate’s Recycling Initiatives and other eco-friendly tips for your home. Join us for giveaways, and get your Think Green Cup for $7! Read up on why you should own a Think Green Cup.

Learn more about Upstate’s Think Green Committee.

What: Earth Day event by the Think Green Committee

Where: Upstate Health Sciences Library

When: Friday, 4/22, 11AM-1:00PM







Upstate Art Club opening reception tonight, 4/6

April 6th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

The Upstate Art Club returns with its third annual show at the Health Sciences Library. This year features 22 artists from the Colleges of Medicine, Graduate Studies, and Health Professions with media spanning photography, oil, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, ink wash, sculpture, and more! This year also features a new initiative: portraits of dogs waiting for adoption at local shelters. It’s a wonderful showcase of Upstate student talent, and many works are also for sale. The opening reception is Wednesday, April 6th from 5-7pm, with desserts provided by Mrs. Kelder’s Cakes. Please come by any time during the month of April to view the pieces and support the students in their professional (and artistic) goals.

Healthy Pet Project is April 8

April 5th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

The Healthy Pet Project will offer The Prepared Pet Owner: The Basics Friday, April 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. in 3508 Setnor Academic Building. Information to be presented include pet basics, how to be a prepared pet owner, how to maximize your pets potential for good health, how to assess your pets health, how to avoid common hazards and how to prepare for an emergency. Designed for new or seasoned pet owners, this course will help you prevent avoidable problems and maximize your pets potential for good health. The presentation parallels pet concerns with people concerns, and explores how to improve health for everyone. There will be time to share personal stories and ask questions. To register, contact Cristina Pope at or 464-7086.

Participants will receive a pet first-aid kit. The two-hour course is a required prerequisite for our Advanced First Aid Course, which teaches important skills such as CPR, and mouth-to-snout breathing. This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

Follow the Healthy Pet Project on Facebook. April Book of the Month

April 5th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

PsychOnline Book of the Month: April 2016

Title: Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Edited by Robin L. Hansen, M.D., and Sally J. Rogers, Ph.D.

You can access the Book of the Month from the home page at

The accelerating advancement in research in neurodevelopmental disorders—including autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, and more—has enormous implications for clinical practice. Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders provides clinicians with up-to-date information on the impact these advances have on the standard of care in the range of disorders commonly encountered by both primary and subspecialist physicians.

Replete with tables, illustrative figures, key points, and suggestions for further reading, Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders helps clinicians meet the challenge of providing the most up-to-date and effective care for their patients.

You’ll have access toAutism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders as a PDF download for the month of April at

Join us for Wikipedia + Health on April 6th

April 4th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

Presentation and discussion led by Lane Rasberry, Wikipedian-in-Residence at Consumer Reports® 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
2231 Weiskotten Hall
Upstate Medical University
Refreshments provided

Wikipedia has been the world’s most popular source of medical information for most of its 15-year existence. Who manages this information and how? Please join us for a tour of Wikipedia’s health content and a discussion about its impact and potential for distributing accurate and up-to-date information to a worldwide audience.

Interested in helping to improve Wikipedia’s health content? Bring a laptop or tablet with you! The discussion will be followed by a one-hour hands-on “edit-a-thon” to get you started.

For more information, contact:
Amy Slutzky – UPSTATE Health Sciences Library
(315) 464-7091 /

Sponsored by Consumer Reports.