Welcome to Wellness Wednesdays

Welcome to our Wellness Wednesday webinar series. These live, virtual classes will teach attendees the basics on a variety of wellness-related subjects. Special prize drawings during each session for participants in the Feds In Motion Challenge .

  • Let’s Move! Easy Solutions to Add Movement to Your Day
  • May 4, 2022
    at 12:00pm EDT
  • Join Dr. Kiersten McCartney for an interactive session where we’ll discuss ways to increase your physical activity throughout the day by capitalizing on tasks you’re already doing. This session will discuss ways to structure your day to increase your movement, tools to help you stay active long-term, and 10 easy exercises to incorporate throughout the day without changing your routine.
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  • Dr. Kiersten McCartney
  • Dr. Kiersten McCartney is a runner, athlete, and scientist, and the spirit of sport and dedication needed to excel at any physical level captivates her. During her first undergraduate exercise science class things ‘clicked’, she had found her space, which led to earning a masters degree in Kinesiology. After spending over 3 years as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and full-time clinical exercise physiologist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Kiersten knew pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy would further her knowledge and open up more opportunities to grow in this field. She has found a niche in combining her love of sport with her intense curiosity of the science of the human body, working to explore our individual potentials, no matter what our beginning is. Together she uses these to help others, like you, achieve their sport, health, and fitness goals.
  • Meal Prep to Support Your Workouts
  • May 11, 2022
    at 12:00pm EDT
  • While we might immediately think of stretching as the main exercise recovery tool, your diet ranks right up there. Join Chef Herb Holbert from the University of the District of Columbia as he introduces easy recipes focused on nutrition, fresh seasonal ingredients, and easy preparation. Along the way, you’ll learn a few kitchen tips and tricks from the chef that will leave you feeling like a pro in the kitchen.
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  • Chef Herb Holden
    University of the District of Columbia
  • Chef Herbert Holden is a Chef and Nutrition Educator at the Center for Nutrition, Diet, and Health at the University of the District of Columbia where he teaches healthy cooking classes and leads community cooking demonstrations. Chef Herb has a passion for food, which started at an early age. One of his favorite sayings is, “Use food in the form of medicines and medicines in the form of food.”
  • Sleep Your Way to
    Better Health
  • May 18, 2022
    at 1:00pm EDT
  • Even after decades of research, the exact reason why we sleep remains one of the most enduring and intriguing mysteries in health science. While there is much that is still to be learned about the intricacies of how sleep works, existing research sheds light on the mechanics of what happens in the brain and body during sleep. In this presentation you will learn how sleep is connected to numerous elements of physical, emotional and mental health, and get insights to improve your sleep routine.
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  • Jenny Edwards
    GEHA
  • Jenny Edwards, MA, LAT/ATC, WCP, CWC – Health & Wellness Program Administrator, GEHA

    Jenny is a licensed, certified Athletic Trainer with over twenty-five years of experience in the healthcare industry. The opportunity to have worked in multiple settings as a clinician has provided a unique understanding of the relationships each aspect of the health care ecosystem has with one another. Earning the Wellness in Clinical Practice Certification through the National Wellness Institute, Jenny was able to build wellness services within a large healthcare system. She has worked in higher education settings, where she focused on delivering healthcare strategies to community members to improve population health within communities and has spent the last fifteen years developing award-winning corporate wellness programs. Fueled by her passion for creating personal relationships to help foster health improvement, Jenny has accepted many speaking engagements, served as a mentor for the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce members through the Healthy KC initiative, served on the Healthy Kansas Hospitals Advisory Board, has also attained Faculty Member status through the Wellness Council of America and holds Financial Well-being Certification from National Wellness Institute.

  • Ergonomics for Working at Home or the Office
  • May 25, 2022
    at 1:00pm EDT
  • During this virtual Wellness Wed session you will learn ergonomic best practices to promote your safety and health while working at home (and at the workplace)
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  • Kelly Pesanelli
    Boston University
  • Kelly Pesanelli received her B.S. In Health Sciences from Boston University and went on to complete her Master’s in Physical Therapy also at Boston University. After graduation she worked in the Occupational Medicine Department at the New England Baptist Hospital for 10 years. She continued her Physical Therapy practice at the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine for the next seven years with a primary focus on Occupational Injuries. During this time she started an injury prevention program for all Boston University Custodians and Trades Workers. She then joined the Faculty at Boston Universities Sargent College for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She currently works at Boston University as a Senior Lecturer with a primary focus on the US Health Care System and the Prevention of Occupational Injuries.
  • Introduction to Yoga: A Practice to Support Your Mind and Body
  • June 1, 2022
    at 12:00pm EDT
  • Emily will guide you through some beginner friendly yoga poses and breathing practices to help calm the mind and support your physical health.  By the end of the webinar you will have learned skills that you can replicate at home or at your desk.
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  • Emily Straight
    Radiance Yoga
  • Emily Straight has been teaching flow and gentle yoga for 16 years and is the Wellness Coordinator at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. She believes that yoga is for everybody. Her goal is to offer classes that are inclusive, non-competitive, challenging, and fun.