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  • 3/27/2020, 12:30-1:45pm, Conference Call. In these uncertain times it’s essential to release fear and step into the calm. This call is offered for participants to have the opportunity to be led in guided meditation, practice letting go of stress, fear and anxiety and be present to having courage, and resilience.
  • To assist these families, the University of Pennsylvania amended the Adoption Assistance Plan. Effective March 2, 2020, the revised plan extends benefits to eligible faculty and staff for the adoption of their spouses’ children.
  • As Penn responds to the developing novel coronavirus COVID-19 situation, the University’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Division of Human Resources urges all faculty and staff to maintain awareness and follow common-sense guidelines (visit CDC.gov for details) to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on campus, at home, and in the community at large.
  • 3/30/2020, 12-12:45pm. This webinar will provide an overview of a peaceful parenting approach, focused on strengthening relationships rather than attempting to control young children’s behaviors. We will outline simple, effective, evidence-based strategies parents can implement at home, including how to put peaceful parenting into practice and address the most challenging times of the day: getting out the door, dinner time, and bedtime.
  • 3/4/2020, Wednesday, 12:30pm - 1:30pm. You may experience situations when you need to utilize assertiveness to complete a task, goal or project. In this class, we will identify personal blocks to assertiveness, identify both assertive and non-assertive language and behaviors, and learn ways to use assertiveness in everyday situations.
  • 2/28/2020, Friday. It’s FREE, good for you, and will leave you feeling refreshed as you enter the weekend. The event is BYOMat, but there will be some mats available on a first-come-first-serve basis. This session qualifies you for “10” Be in the Know Bonus Action points. FREE for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • If you’re searching for protein, flavor, and vitamins this season look no further than this delicious Seared Mahi-mahi. Loaded with lean protein, omega-3s, and vitamin B, this fish is great for your taste buds and your well-being. Homemade tomato-cucumber relish adds the perfect zesty finish. Serve with mixed quinoa or fresh salad.
  • Preventative screenings are a good first step to healthier living. No-cost heart health preventative screenings are available at local MinuteClinic locations inside CVS pharmacies on February 13 and 20.
  • 2/19/2020, Wednesday, 12-1pm. Plenty of people turn to yoga for exercise, but striking a pose isn’t for everyone. If you’ve been tempted to try it but don’t know where to start, it’s time to try chair yoga. Chair yoga is a more moderate form of yoga that’s done while sitting in a chair or using a chair for support. You get the same benefits of a regular yoga workout (like increased strength, flexibility, and balance) but don’t have to master complex poses.
  • 2/17/2020, Monday, 12:30-1:45pm. Mindfulness is “paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD Anxiety motivates us to get things done but it can interfere with what we want to do at home and at work, and how we interact with people and circumstances. In this experiential workshop, you’ll see, feel and practice how mindfulness can help you to improve your ability to reduce anxiety.
  • 2/13/2020, Thursday, 12:00pm - 1:00pm. You’ve got a lot on your plate - work, taxes, family responsibilities, a house, and more. Join our speaker, Albert Corrato, Jr., Certified Financial Planner Professional from Creative Financial Group, MassMutual, and learn how to navigate life events. This is a two-part series, so plan to attend both sessions to review!  
  • Bring the heat to Superbowl festivities with this light but satisfying version of Buffalo wings. A kick of sriracha chili sauce turns cauliflower into an MVP. This powerhouse vegetable is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Dunk these tidbits into fresh reduced-fat blue cheese dip for a winning combination.
  • February 12, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., at Learning & Education, 3624 Market Street, Suite 1A South.
    In order to get where you want to go in your career journey, it’s important to know where you are. Self-assessment is a key step in the career planning process. That’s why Penn offers the Tools for Career Assessment and Development seminar. If you’re considering a major career change, exploring job listings, or you simply want to see where you stand, this course will give you the tools to plan your next move.
  • 2/11/2020, Tuesday, 12:30-1:30 pm. Dental Health and Overall Health - Healthy mouth, healthy body: The link between them may surprise you. Taking care of your teeth isn’t just about having a nice smile and pleasant breath. The condition of your mouth is closely tied to your overall health. Find out how oral health is linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more at this interactive seminar with experts from Penn Dental Medicine.
  • 2/6/2020, Thursday, 11-12 pm. Let your body reward itself with movement! Join us for this Gentle Yoga session and explore the natural movements of the spine with slow and fluid moving bends and soft twists. During this session, you will flow into modified sun salutations that loosen those tightened muscles and joints of the lower back, neck, shoulders, and wrists. And as an added bonus, you’ll get a workout in the process. Mats and props will be provided.
  • The demands of life sometimes require that we request a leave of absence from work. Whether it’s time off to take care of a medical procedure, bond with a new addition to the family, or fulfill military obligations, following the proper leave application process is important. Penn is making an administrative change to that process.
  • With support from the Provost’s office, Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) and Penn Libraries is launching an exciting new program: Weekly Themed Wellness Walks. Walks will be led by staff, faculty, and students across campus, who will start each walk by briefly talking about a topic of their choice. This is a great opportunity to get outside, learn something, and meet your fellow Penn students, staff, and faculty.
  • Full-time faculty, students, and staff of Penn Law can now access all the content on Washington Post.com and through mobile apps. Create a free Washington Post Account with your Penn Law email address to get started. 

  • At any stage of your career, it pays to grow your retirement nest egg. Even a small increase in saving may lead to big returns over time. New IRS annual retirement contribution and Saver’s Credit limits for 2020 may give you an opportunity to boost your retirement savings.
  • Friday, January 31, 1:30 to 3:00. At this forum, the governance and management team will describe Penn’s Workday accomplishments, continuous improvement program, and the 2020 road map, which includes new functionalities.
  • This warm, savory butternut squash soup is a powerful combination of flavor and nutrients. Simmered with garlic, onions, tomatoes, and spices this fragrant soup delivers vitamins A and C, along with beneficial fiber. Find the recipe here!
  • Learn how Steven Grant moved from a temporary customer service job to a full-time position supporting faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences!
  • 12/11/2019, Wed, 11am-12pm. This presentation focuses on ways to prepare for the breadth of emotion often associated with the holidays. It will provide effective ways of coping with stress and practical self-care options in to replace unhealthy modes of coping.
  • 12/6/2019, Friday, 12:00pm - 1:00pm. The walk will be approximately 2-miles and we will inform you when we have reached the 1-mile mark in the event that you need to exit the walk early. We hope you will be able to join us. Bring your water bottle and don’t forget your bring along a colleague and your sneakers!
  • 12/3/2019, Tuesday, 12:00-1:00pm. Come learn tools that will keep you on track during the holidays while still enjoying yourself. You will leave with a clear plan on how to reach your health goals over the holidays.
  • 12/2/2019, Monday, 12:30-1:45pm. See how mindful communication can help you become more intentional, engaged and effective both at home and in the workplace! No prior meditation or mindfulness experience necessary.
     
  • 11/25/2019, Monday, sessions from 10:30AM-2:00PM. Sign up for a free and confidential biometric screening, which measures your blood pressure, blood sugar (glucose) and non-fasting cholesterol: total and high-density lipoproteins (HDL)
  • 11/22/2019, Friday, different sessions from 9:00AM to 1:30PM. All full-time and part-time benefits-eligible Faculty and Staff can attend this FREE flu vaccine clinic at New Bolton Center on Friday, November 22nd, 9am – 2pm, with advance registration suggested.
  • The winter season means cold, snow, potential school closures, little runny noses and a host of other events that may require you to find backup care for family members. That’s why Penn has a variety of programs and partnerships that help bring peace of mind.
  • 11/21/2019, Thursday, 12:00pm - 12:30pm. In honor of the Great American Smokeout, join the Healthy Penn Partnership and beautify Penn’s campus with a cigarette butt clean-up walk! We will split up into small groups to cover an assigned section of campus.