Wellness Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of, and making choices toward a more holistic existence.  Wellness is not something that happens to people, wellness is a state of being.  Here at Grand Rapids Community College we have a number of ways for you to “plug-in” to wellness.  You don’t need to be a marathon runner or meditate for hours each day, but what’s your next step to becoming a healthier person for yourself, your family, you students and our community?

One way to “plug-in” to wellness, is by joining us for the viewing of the remaining five “Lunch & Learn” or “Brown Bag Lunch” educational movies. These events are created to inform and educate in a relaxed format.  A healthy lunch may be purchased for $5.00 at the “Lunch & Learn” events, and we encourage you to carry in a lunch to the “Brown Bag Lunch” events.

Please register online at http://cms.grcc.edu/currentlearning or call Staff Development at extension 4285.


Brown Bag Lunch – Except for Six

Wed Feb. 6, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Room 168 ATC (Auditorium)

Part of the ‘Successful Aging’ video series presented by the GRCC Older Learner Center. This documentary is intended for the children and caregivers of aging parents and family members. The documentary was made in 2007 by dedicated hospice volunteers who wanted a better way to discuss end-of-life care. The film is an effort to change how we view the end-of-life. Michigan documentarian Matt Burnell directed the film which tells the stories of three individuals and their families facing challenges at the end of life. The film captures the poignancy of the end-of-life experience and dignity of these unique individuals. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has said of the film, “This is a heart-felt and important film that takes a subject that most of us would rather ignore and humanizes it. From the dedicated doctors and caregivers to the heroic patients, this is the story of what will happen to all of us.”


Lunch & Learn – Forks Over Knives

Tue Feb. 12, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Room 125/127 CSC (Science)

Educational Movie – Participants will learn about eating a plant strong diet rich in healthy fruits, vegetables and beans. This movie examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.


Brown Bag Lunch – Seniors and Driving

Tue Mar. 19, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Room 120 ATC

Part of the ‘Successful Aging’ video series presented by the GRCC Older Learner Center. This is a video on aging and driving with an emphasis on the perspective of the older driver. A diverse group of older persons are interviewed about their driving ability. It depicts older persons driving and commenting on their competence or incompetence as drivers. Their perspective is not meant to be definitive but to bring about a discussion of when should older persons change their driving habits, or discontinue driving. The video is meant to bring about discussion among college students, older persons, and the adult children of older persons. It is, therefore, an excellent video to bring about class discussion or to be used in adult education classes in churches.


Lunch & Learn – Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Thurs Apr. 4, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Room 234 SCC

Educational Movie – 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well, with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.


Brown Bag Lunch – Age Happens

Wed May 8, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Room 120 ATC

Part of the ‘Successful Aging’ video series presented by the GRCC Older Learner Center. This video focuses on the psychological and physiological aspects of aging, and how exercise, proper diet, and social interaction can help prolong life spans. It also delves into the importance of identifying and treating diabetes, arthritis and other life threatening diseases at their earliest stages. It examines in depth retirement options available to seniors, including assisted living and hospice care.

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