Lunch & Learns

Our lunch and learns offer staff and faculty a learning environment which promotes healthy lifestyle choices by increasing awareness, and supporting lifestyle changes.  Lunch and Learns also offer an opportunity to gather, create connections and build relationships, which helps support your social-emotional well-being. We know that healthier lifestyles among faculty and staff will in turn create happier, more productive individuals who benefit themselves, Macalester, and the greater community.

Our lunch and learns will be held on Zoom until further notice.

Upcoming Lunch & Learns

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Bone Health and Osteoporosis

Andrew Cozadd, PA-C with TRIA Orthopedics

Bone health and osteoporosis prevention isn’t just for women 65 and older, it’s for anyone who has bones. Understanding what factors can affect your bone health is important not only for your overall health, but your quality of life! The more you know, the more you’ll be able to maintain good bone health as you age to reduce your risk of osteoporosis and fracture.

Join us for a WHAM Lunch and Learn covering bone basics including an overview of osteoporosis from risk factors through prevention and treatment. Learn now to make improvements, and apply them to your daily life. Register to join us on Wednesday, November 16 from noon to 12:50 on Zoom.


Past Lunch & Learns

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Shinrin-Yoku: Walking Towards Workplace Wellness with Forest Bathing

Kristen Mastel, University of Minnesota, and Nourished Through Nature, LLC

The health and wellness movement of forest therapy has made its way to Minnesota. Over the past 40 years, studies have shown that forest bathing increases immunity, decreases stress, improves sleep, mood, mental focus, and enhances emotional resilience. Nature is not just for the weekends or after-work walks. Instead, learn how everyone can integrate nature mindfulness into their work throughout the day whether in an office setting or working remotely.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 19 from 12:00-12:50 pm.   Lunch will be available in the Weyerhaeuser Boardroom at 11:45 am for those who have registered by Monday, October 17.  Kristen will give a presentation for the first half, and then we will join her outside for some guided forest bathing.  This event will take place rain or shine so please dress accordingly.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

WHAM 101

Kelly Fang, WHAM Committee Co-Chair, along with special guests.

Well-being emerged as one of the central themes of Macalester’s strategic plan.  Whether you’re new to Macalester, wanting to prioritize your well-being, or you’re a leader looking for ways to create a resilient and thriving team, WHAM strives to create opportunities for staff and faculty to care for their physical and mental well-being, all while building meaningful connections and creating a sense of belonging. 

Join us on Wednesday, September 21 from noon to 12:50 on Zoom, where you’ll get to hear from three leaders: Jenn Haas, Chief Information Officer and VP of ITS, Tom Halverson, Dean of the Faculty, Armstrong Endowed Professor in Mathematics, and Kyle Flowers, Executive Director of Residential Life, about why and how they support their employees’ well-being. 

We’ll be joined by a few of our wonderful WHAM instructors who will introduce themselves and share what you might love about their class.  And, you’ll meet our health and wellness coach, Kelly Fang.  

April 27, 2022

Banishing Burnout

Christy Kallevig, Extension Educator for the University of Minnesota Center for Community Vitality

Burnout was prevalent even before the pandemic. We must pay attention now more than ever. In this presentation, we’ll take a look at the drivers of burnout, factors that can increase our wellbeing, the role organizations play and what you can personally do to spark change.

Our presenter is Christy Kallevig, Extension Educator for the University of Minnesota Center for Community Vitality. Christy joined Extension’s Center for Community Vitality in 2016. Christy’s primary focus of work is alumni of Extension leadership and civic engagement programs, MARL (Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership), Vital Connections On Air (podcast series), and teaching and supporting leaders to grow emotional intelligence.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Care for Your Neck & Back

Steve Soderberg, TRIA Neck & Back Strengthening Program

Most of us will experience some kind of neck or back pain in our lifetime. It might be caused by an injury like slipping on ice, or a loss of strength from underuse.  Sometimes, neck and back pain can happen with age or be a symptom of an illness.  No matter the cause, WHAM wants to help you learn how to care for your neck and back, and get back to the things you love. 


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Therapeutic Approaches for Healthy Aging

Laura J. Niedernhofer, MD, PhD, Director, Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism, UMN, and Paul Robbins, BA, PhD, Associate Director, Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism, UMN

The fraction of the world population who will be 65 years old or greater will double between 2015 and 2050. Eighty percent of those individuals will have at least one chronic disease.  We know exercise and diet can have positive effects on chronic diseases, however additional therapeutic approaches are needed to extend the period of healthy aging for the world’s aging population. Join us on November 18 when Drs. Laura Niedernhofer and Paul Robbins from the University of Minnesota present their work on developing therapeutics, targeting the hallmarks of aging, that have advanced to clinical studies.

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Laura Niedernhofer joined the University of Minnesota in July 2018 to direct the new Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism (iBAM) and Medical Discovery Team on the Biology of Aging. She is also a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at UMN.

Paul Robbins is an associate director at the Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics. He has served as professor of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute.