Bright Nights Community Forum: Stress: How It Affects Your Brain And How To Manage It

Tuesday October 2, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Stress is part of everyday life. There are many instances when it can be helpful, but stress can also have the opposite effect, harming our emotional and physical health, and limiting the ability to function at home, at work, and within relationships. Bodies react to stress by releasing hormones to help cope, but this also takes energy away from other brain functions.

To provide practical strategies for managing stress and greater understanding of the neuroscience of stress mechanisms, the U-M Depression Center presents this Bright Nights Community Forum. Brian Mickey, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and a member of the U-M Depression Center, will outline the interaction between stress and the brain, and what we can to do help reduce the negative effects of stress. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts.

Lost It Fast, Lose It Forever

Local speaker and fitness coach Pete Thomas, just released a book entititled, 'Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever: A 4-Step Permanent Weight Loss Plan from the Most Successful "Biggest Loser" of All Time'. As a contestant in Season 2 of NBC's The Biggest Loser, Pete lost 185 pounds and won the $100,000 at home prize. Watch our videos of Pete @ AADL: GOOD HEALTH Makes Life Worth Living With Pete Thomas (2011) and Pete Thomas And UM Experts Discuss Overcoming Obesity And Winning At Health (2009).

Want to work out with Pete? Go to Ann Arbor Recreation and Education to register for the Slim U Boot Camp.

What is a PASREP and How do I Get One?

Have you ever heard of PASREP? To qualify for this program you must be a Michigan resident and meet the following PASREP eligibility requirements: Have a functionally significant disability and are employed or have an offer of employment working a minimum of 24 hours per week & earning at least minimum wage. A PASREP helps break the barrier to going back to work by assisting with out of pocket costs. This can help bridge the funding gap caused by lost benefits. PASREP recipients receive reimbursements for personal assistance expenses. Contact your regional representative for more information about this program.

Free Community Flu Shot Clinic

Are you or a member of your family at increased risk of getting the flu or experiencing flu-related complications? If so, you may want to receive a flu shot. The University of Michigan Health System will have an open flu shot clinic on Thursday September 27 from 1:00-6:0 PM at the West Willow Community Resource Center. If you are unable to make it that day, perhaps you'll find another option in Washtenaw County here. If you would like to know more about Influenza, take a look at our select sites. These are websites vetted for you by our aadl staff, and are very informative.

Health Benefits Of Indian Spices With Veronica "Rani" Sidhu, Author Of "Menus And Memories From Punjab Meals To Nourish Body And Soul"

Monday September 10, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Spices and herbs are nature's pharmacy and this timely topic will be discussed by Veronica "Rani" Sidhu, author of "Menus and Memories From Punjab: Meals To Nourish Body And Soul." Rani learned to cook North Indian dishes using an array of fragrant spices and herbs. Punjab is the "melting pot" of South Asia.

Colorful photos will enliven the discussion of spices and food of this fascinating region whose culture goes back 5,000 years. Attendees also will be able to taste a famous Punjabi dessert, Sevian (Toasted Vermicelli Pudding) - a recipe from her cookbook! This event also features a book signing and books will be for sale.

Fifth Third Bank eBus

In partnership with SOS Community Services, the Fifth Third Bank eBus will be at 101 S. Huron St. in Ypsilanti on Tuesday, August 21 from 9am to 3pm. At the eBus you can get a free copy of your credit report as well as credit counseling, receive home foreclosure prevention information, sign your child up for free or low cost health insurance, and community representatives will be available to talk about other resources for health, dental, food, and other basic needs. For more information, call 1-800-246-5372.

Care for the Caregiver

If you are providing care for a loved one, be sure to attend Care for the Caregiver on Thursday, July 26, 6-7:30 pm at Cancer Support Community, 2010 Hogback Rd., Suite 3 in Ann Arbor. This workshop will address the emotional roller-coaster you may face while adjusting to these demanding new roles and responsibilities. It will also provide suggestions for caregivers who experience feelings of helplessness, guilt, anger and fear while they also try to take care of themselves. The Ann Arbor District Library has created a Public List, Resources for Caregivers, of books and DVDs in their collection. For more information about Care for the Caregiver or to RSVP call Bonnie Dockham at Arbor Hospice, 734-975-2500.

Yoga for Women July 23 with Victoria Duranona

Monday, July 23 | 7-8:30 PM | Downtown Multi Purpose Room

Give yourself 90 minutes to do yoga, relax, and celebrate womanhood. As women we dedicate much of our time to nourish others. Take this time to work out and pick up yogic tips from yoga instructor Victoria Duranona.

Commit to Quit

Want to quit smoking? Not sure how to get started? Packard Health is pleased to present Commit to Quit, a free two-day clinic designed to help you quit smoking and formulate a plan for success. The clinic will be held on Monday July 23 6:00 - 7:30 PM and Tuesday July 24 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Class size is limited, and registration is required. To register, call 734-971-1073 by Friday, July 20.

Men's Health Awareness Month: Top Men's Health Issues, Tests And Treatment Options

Tuesday June 19, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

June is Men's Health Month!

Join an expert medical panel as we learn more about several top health issues for men - and new, emerging treatment options that YOU need to know.

Panelists and their topics include: Annette Schork, RN, BSN, OCN: General Men's Health Topics and Tests: Heart Disease and Diabetes (what to look for and testing guidelines); Marwan Fakih, MD: Colon Cancer & Jeffrey S. Montgomery, MD: Prostate Cancer. This event is cosponsored by the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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