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A Great Way to Show Your Employees You Care About Their Health and Healthcare Issues

What’s a Lunch & Learn Seminar?

Lunch & Learn seminars are informational health programs designed by Community Health Charities and its member charities for Connecticut companies that support Community Health Charities through workplace giving campaigns.  It’s our way of thanking you for helping us to bring health, hope and healing to people across Connecticut.

Lunch & Learn seminars focus on disease prevention, coping techniques and lifestyle modification. They feature:

  • Concise, up-to-the-minute information
  • Presentations right in your workplace
  • A compact format that fits into a meal break
  • Knowledgeable presenters
  • Helpful handout materials and
  • An informal atmosphere your employees will enjoy

Is There a Charge for Lunch & Learn Seminars?

Lunch & Learn seminars are free or modestly priced for companies that support Community Health Charities. Some programs may involve minimal fees, depending on speaker availability and other variables.  Any costs will be clearly reviewed with the company prior to scheduling.

How Do I Arrange for a Lunch & Learn Seminar?

It’s simple!  Just call or email Community Health Charities’ wellness coordinator, Susan Zalewa Tupper, R.N., at 800-344-6071. You’ll get the program you want, at your site and at your convenience.

Menu of Lunch & Learn Seminars

Any of these programs can be presented at your workplace. Additional topics are available on request.

  1. Nutrition Today: Facts and Fallacies
    Each day seems to bring another report on diet and health. This practical program from the American Diabetes Association cuts through the confusion, providing sound information on current nutritional recommendations, as well as how to use food labeling to make smart choices.
  2. How to Maintain a Healthy Heart
    The American Heart Association offers advice on reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. You’ll learn how exercise, nutrition, smoking and stress affect heart health; and how to spot early warning signs of heart attack and stroke.
  3. Keep Moving with Arthritis
    Arthritis affects one in every six Americans, from young children to older adults. The Arthritis Foundation presents up-to-date information on how to prevent, recognize or treat the more than 100 types of arthritis and to keep moving and stay active.
  4. Seven Simple Choices
    Many cancers can be prevented by simple lifestyle choices and these choices are within the control of every individual.  The American Cancer Society provides answers and information about simple ways to enhance personal health and help prevent cancer while encouraging audience members to implement these changes.
  5. Caring for the Alzheimer’s Patient: You Are Not Alone
    Understand what Alzheimer’s disease is, how it affects those who have it and what it means for caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Associations of Connecticut will provide information on available resources, dealing with difficult behaviors, financial implications, legal concerns and coping with the strain of caregiving.
  6. The Basics of Asthma in Connecticut
    Almost every family in Connecticut is touched by asthma, and its incidence is on the rise. Get the facts on this troubling -- and sometimes deadly -- condition, including common triggers and treatments, as well as tips on coping with asthma from the American Lung Association.
  7. Breast Cancer:  Every Woman’s Concern
    Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer to be diagnosed among women and the second leading cause of death in women.  Learn about reducing your risk for breast cancer and about the importance of early detection.  Become informed about self-breast exams, clinical exams and mammography.  Breast cancer is every woman’s concern and this presentation will help you better understand the disease.
  8. Alzheimer’s Disease:  Warning Sign You Should Know and What to Do
    Understand what Alzheimer’s is and know the warning signs.  The Alzheimer’s Associations of Connecticut will provide information on common symptoms, answer frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s Disease, and provide information on available resources.
  9. Preventing and Detecting Diabetes
    Learn from the American Diabetes Association how you can reduce your risk of diabetes or delay its onset. Become familiar with the early warning signs and symptoms of the disease and get advice on understanding diagnosis and treatment.
  10. Rebuilding Bodies … Rebuilding Lives
    Learn about resources available to help people affected by stroke, brain injury, amputation or neuromuscular disorder.  The Easter Seals Greater Hartford Rehabilitation Center provides outpatient rehabilitation for people recovering from these life-changing events, emphasizing community re-entry and return to work.
  11. LifeSight: Your Future with Good Vision
    From Prevent Blindness Connecticut, a discussion of how vision changes over a lifetime and what you can do to safeguard your sight. Topics, which can be adjusted for the audience, often include working wisely with computers and how to select eyewear that blocks damaging ultraviolet rays.
  12. Sickle Cell Disease: Getting it Straight
    Connecticut residents of many racial backgrounds have sickle cell disease, and many carry the genetic trait that can cause the disease in their children. The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Connecticut Chapter, will explain how this all-too-common disease affects the body, what the current treatments are and why it’s critical for people to find out if they carry the trait.
  13. Women and Heart Disease
    Heart disease is too often thought of as a problem of middle-aged men. In fact, heart disease knows no such boundaries. That’s why the American Heart Association offers this special program focusing on the unique health risks women face with regard to heart disease. This session is appropriate for men and women.
  14. A Blood Pressure Primer
    What is high blood pressure? What does it do to you? How can you tell if you have it? Get answers to these and other key questions from the National Kidney Foundation, with special attention to the kidney-related complications of high blood pressure (hypertension).
  15. Protecting Your Family from Brain Injury
    Injuries to the brain can be devastating.  Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading killer and cause of disability in children and young adults and prevention is the only cure. Get tips from the Brain Injury Association of Connecticut on how to prevent traumatic brain around the house, on the road, playing sports, and more.  Topics can be tailored to meet company requests.
  16. Options in Smoking Cessation
    You can quit smoking!  Over 1 million Americans quit smoking every year.  This informative program provides an overview of the American Lung Association’s seven-session Freedom From Smoking program as well as discussing the latest in pharmaceutical aids, health effects of smoking and the benefits of quitting.  When you’re ready to quit, the American Lung Association of Connecticut can help!
  17. Disability Awareness
    People with physical disabilities can remain productive members of the work force, often with only simple accommodations. Learn what types of workplace accommodations have been successful in many companies, and get basic information about the Americans with Disabilities Act from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  18. Babies and You
    Try this worksite prenatal health program by March of Dimes, Saving babies, Together to help women and men have healthy babies. The program discusses lifestyle behaviors and other factors than can affect a baby’s health from conception to birth. Topics include stress reduction, exercise, nutrition, genetic counseling, prenatal care, preconception planning and more.
  19. Exercise for a Healthier Heart
    The American Heart Association discusses the importance of exercise to good heart health. Learn how physical activity can help prevent heart disease or help cardiac patients back to better health.
  20. Kids Like Us
    A unique program for children aged 2 to 10 who’ve lost a brother or sister to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Special group play and art therapy activities help youngsters express and accept their feelings. The program is presented by the Connecticut SIDS Center.
  21. How Can I Help?  Tips for Dealing with Grief
    People deal with grief in different ways. This seminar from the John D. Thompson Hospice Institute will help you understand your own feelings on the loss of a loved one, or compassionately support someone else who has experienced a loss.
  22. Caregiving:  Resources and Questions for Now and In the Future
    The American population is aging and our demographics are changing.  Over 43 million people have disabilities and the number will continue to grow.  This workshop presented by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, focuses on resources for caring for older adults or adults with disabilities; identifying places to reach out to for assistance and techniques to maximize your own healthwhile extending support to your loved ones.
  23. Give Yourself a Break: Simple Tool for Managing Stress
    Stress is a fact of life, but how you handle it is up to you. Learn easy techniques to use on or off the job to recognize stress, reduce its negative effects and channel it in healthy, productive ways.  Sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Connecticut.
  24. Beyond the Blues: Recognizing Depression
    This session will help you recognize the difference between feeling a little blue and suffering from clinical depression. The Mental Health Association of Connecticut discusses key indicators of depression and the many effective treatments now available to people who suffer from this common clinical illness.
  25. The Heart-Healthy Diet
    Eating habits play a significant role in a person’s risk of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and obesity. This American Heart Association program offers information, skills and motivation to enjoy a heart-healthy diet.
  26. Prostate Cancer:  Let’s Talk
    Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men and the second leading cause of death from cancer in men.  Learn what prostate cancer is, why it’s often called “the hidden disease”, who is at risk, what kind of testing is available and what the treatment options are. In addition, find out about the American Cancer Society’s programs and services for men with prostate cancer.
  27. Sparring with Diabetes
    Learn the warning signs of diabetes, how to recognize and treat low blood-sugar levels, and how to manage diabetes when traveling.  The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation will show how close monitoring can help diabetics avoid deadly complications, and provide an update on research toward a cure.
  28. Back to Sleep: What Everyone Should Know About SIDS
    Get an update on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) from the Connecticut SIDS Center. Using materials from the National Institute of Health and the National SIDS Alliance, the Connecticut SIDS Center discusses what is known about SIDS, and what can be done to reduce risk.
  29. Progress in the Fight Against Cancer
    While there is reason to celebrate in the fight against cancer, there is still, also, reason for concern.  Learn about the American Cancer Society’s achievements and our role as leaders in research, early detection, prevention and advocacy.  Get the latest cancer facts and figures, find out how cancer affects the workplace and how to adopt healthy worksite practices.
  30. Stress and Your Heart
    Learn from the American Heart Association how the human body responds to stress, how that response relates to cardiovascular disease and what you can do to better manage the inevitable stressors of life.
  31. Stimulating Simulation
    Imagine what it would be like to have a disability that impairs your vision, slurs your speech, creates unstable balance, causes weakness, paralysis and bladder problems.  The National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers an interactive disability awareness program.  Come together to increase your sensitivity to people with disabilities.  Learn about “disability etiquette”, how to talk with someone with a disability, things to think about at your business and ways to include all people in your programs.
  32. Giving the Greatest Gift
    The decision to be an organ or tissue donor may be the greatest gift you ever give your family. The National Kidney Foundation tells the compelling story of what your choice can mean to the people you love -- and to those you’ve never met.
  33. Cerebral Palsy-Know the Facts and Figures
    Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination.  It is estimated that some 500,000 children and adults in the United States manifest one or more of the symptoms of cerebral palsy. Learn what the causes and effects of cerebral palsy are and how it can be prevented and treated.
  34. Advocacy-The Sharpest Sword in the Fight Against Cancer
    Cancer is not just a medical, social or economic problem; it is very much a political issue.  Decisions directly affecting the war on cancer are made every day in city council chambers, at school board meetings, in every state house, the White House and the Congress of the United States.  Learn how the American Cancer Society leads the charge in advocacy to truly serve the patient and how we impact millions of lives, saving many of those along the way.
  35. Protecting Your Family from Second-Hand Smoke
    Over 4,000 chemicals and compounds are released into the air when a cigarette is lit, 43 of them are proven to cause cancer in humans.  Learn the facts about second-hand smoke from the American Lung Association of Connecticut. 
  36. Cancer: Where to Turn for Answers
    The American Cancer Society has numerous programs for cancer patients and their families.  Learn about our Road to Recovery, Reach to Recovery, Look Good…Feel Better, I Can Cope, Man to Man and other programs and services we offer and how you can access answers to your questions about cancer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  37. Lupus: The Hidden Disease
    This program presented by the Lupus Foundation will explain Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, its symptoms, how to live with chronic disease and how to help find a cure. 
  38. What is Multiple Sclerosis?
    Understand the facts about the most commonly diagnosed neurological disease among persons 20 to 40.  Presented by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, this program focuses on the physical and emotional aspects of living with this chronic illness.  Treatments, research and things that can make living with Multiple Sclerosis a little less devastating are discussed.
  39. Ticked-off about Lyme Disease?
    Learn more about how you can combat Lyme disease, an illness that afflicts more than 11,000 Connecticut residents and visitors each year.  The Lyme DiseaseFoundation conducts a 20-minute slide show and discussion program about Lyme disease and other tick-borne disorders.  The program provides valuable information on transmission, symptoms, testing, treatment and prevention.
  40. Epilepsy in the Workplace
    Presented by the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut, this program will help you identify, recognize and provide appropriate response for seizures and people with epilepsy.