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UCI Campus Recreation, in conjunction with Be Smart About Safety, presents a series of events to educate and encourage us toward healthier behaviors: Health & Fitness Fridays.

UCI Campus Recreation - Health & Fitness Friday - Chef Jessica
Each Health and Fitness Fridays event will include a light lunch and a presentation from an engaging expert on a current health topic. All events will be held at the ARC at 12pm, on the third Friday of every month from October to May. You're welcome to use the ARC Facilities before or after each event for free. We will announce the speaker and topic near the first of each month, then please sign up for the Friday that you plan to attend through UC Learning Center.
10/21 – Toward a Greener Diet - UCI Hospitality & Dining

Food Day is just around the corner! Join UCI Hospitality & Dining and sample three delicious and healthy options from UCI Catering, The Anteatery, and Pippin Commons. Enjoy a Toasted Cranberry Couscous from UCI Catering, a Vegan Chicken Stir-Fry with Noodles from The Anteatery and a tasty Fruit Tart from Pippin Commons.

Sustainability Coordinator Bailey Kinsolving will also share information about UCI Hospitality & Dining’s sustainability programs, news and upcoming events.

11/18 - Updates in Weight Loss - Bavani Nadeswaran, MD; MBBS, UC Irvine Health, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of General Internal Medicine

With all the fad diets and program claims about weight loss, it’s hard to know what to believe. Join UC Irvine Health, Clinical Professor of Medicine, from the department of General Internal Medicine, Bavani Nadeswaran, MD; MBBS to learn about the new clinical evidence surrounding weight loss. There are many health risks associated with being overweight and obesity. This session will help you discover what works for weight loss, compare different diets, weight loss procedures and surgery and learn about what works best for weight maintenance after weight loss.  

12/16 - Skin Aging: From What You Eat to How You Live “The Surprising Effects of Our Lifestyle Choices - Natasha Mesinkovska, MD, PhD, UC Irvine Health, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology

When it comes to skin health, we have always focused on the very important negative impacts of exposure to Sun and smoking. However, what are some other things that affect the well-being of our skin and its integrity? Join UC Irvine Health, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Natasha Mesinkovska, MD, PhD to learn how the skin is a reflection of many internal conditions. In this engaging and entertaining talk we will touch upon how what we eat, and even where we live, affects our largest organ in the body. This is how scientific concepts can be used daily to better our livelihood.

1/20 - What is Diabetes and How to Manage It - Mary Jean Christian, MA, MBA, RD, CDE, UC Irvine Health, Diabetes Program Coordinator

Chances are, you or someone you know has been diagnoses with Diabetes. Join UC Irvine Health, Diabetes Program Coordinator, Mary Jean Christian, MA, MBA, RD, CDE to learn more about one of the top chronic conditions here at UCI. Mary Jean has been at UCI since 2004 and is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified insulin pump trainer. This session will review the types of diabetes, how the disease is diagnosed and how persons with diabetes can manage the disease to prevent the complications of uncontrolled diabetes.

2/17 - Exploring Pulses  - John Halsey, Chef Jessica, UCI Campus Recreation

Pulses, also known as grain legumes, are a group of 12 crops that includes dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas, and lentils. They are high in protein, fiber, and various vitamins, provide amino acids, and are hearty crops. They are most popular in developing countries, but are increasingly becoming recognized as an excellent part of a healthy diet throughout the world. To help heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition, the 68th UN General Assembly has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. Join Campus Recreation Chef Jessica and learn how to incorporate pulses into your cooking, diet and why they are so important to both us as humans as well as the environment.

3/17 - Chronic Lower Back Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment Options - Yashar Eshraghi, MD., UC Irvine Health, Assistant Clinical Professor from the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. Join UC Irvine Health, Assistant Clinical Professor from the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, Yashar Eshraghi, MD. to learn about diagnosing and treating chronic low back pain.

4/21 - Celebrate Earth Month - What's for Breakfast? Chef Jessica, UCI Campus Recreation

Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight. Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you focus at work, yet it's the one meal we sometimes overlook or cut out of our day. Let Campus Recreation Chef Jessica help you start your day off right with new recipes that are healthy, quick and, able to be made ahead of time. Sweet or savory breakfast items; we'll talk about them all! Join us to get excited about breakfast again.

5/12 - The Art of Building a Salad Chef Jessica, UCI Campus Recreation

Have you had your salad today? Eating salad almost every day may be one of the most healthy eating habits you can adopt. Love them or hate them, eating salads is good for us and are a super-convenient way to work in a couple of servings of vegetables and/or fruit. Growing up your salads may have consisted of a pile of wilted iceberg lettuce, a couple of shreds of carrots and a glob of Thousand Island dressing. Today our salads have become full meals, bursting with nutrition and flavor. Come Join Campus Recreation Chef Jessica for a new spin on an old classic and explore all the flavors, and ingredients that make a fantastic salad.

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If you have further questions, contact Courtney Burkes.