The Wise & Well U workshops are back this winter! Please see the line-up below. We have added a couple of new workshops. Check them out!
Create a Budget, Ditch Your Debt, and Start Saving for the Future, Jan. 17, noon to 1 p.m., Humanities 210
Doug Stucki from Fidelity will show you how to recognize the importance of managing debt and steps for maintaining healthy financial fitness to help you reach your financial goals.
Estate Planning. Jan. 23, noon to 1 p.m., Humanities 210
Sara LC Hulford from Elder Law Offices of Barry M. Meyers will present an overview of the essential estate planning documents. This includes discussing the importance of powers of attorney for financial matters and health care matters, health care directives (often called a living will), last will and testaments, and community property agreements.
Disclaimer: Western has invited representatives of this law firm to Wise & Well U workshops to provide general information about personal legal planning that may be of interest to our faculty and staff. The invitation is not an endorsement or recommendation of this law firm. The information that is provided at this workshop is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice. Your subsequent use of the information should be treated accordingly.
Ergonomics: Reducing Stress and Strain on Your Body, Jan. 29, noon to 1 p.m., Humanities 210
Ergonomics is the science and practice of fitting living and working environments to the people in them. For the workplace this “fitting” helps reduce stresses and strains on the body which may be related to activities of the job. We'll discuss specific posture and other concerns that can help you be more comfortable at work and at home.
Emergency Preparedness, Feb. 6, noon to 1 p.m., Humanities 210
Are you prepared for a disaster? Preparedness is a personal responsibility. Getting prepared can feel daunting and overwhelming, but doesn't need to be. Come get some ideas and recommendations on emergency preparedness at work and home.
Eating for Health & Success: Breakfast & Pre-Exercise Nutrition, Feb. 8, noon to 1 p.m., Humanities 210
Come join Darcie Hill, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and WWU's Wellness Administrator for Faculty & Staff to chat about food and nutrition. This session will highlight the importance of eating breakfast and strategies to make it quick, affordable, and easy. We will also address ideal timing and composition of what you eat before you exercise, so you can get the most out of your workouts. There is a possibility of enjoying a couple breakfast recipe samples, but you'll just have to come and see for yourself!
Legacy Letters, Feb. 13, noon to 1 p.m., Humanities 210
During this workshop, we'll begin writing legacy letters for ourselves and our heirs.These documents—ranging anywhere from a paragraph to a book in length—can include our favorite stories, our values and beliefs, and our hopes and tributes. In the session, we'll have the opportunity to reflect on our lives and provide gifts for loved ones. We"ll also discuss ways we might leave legacy letters for present and future colleagues when we retire.
Margi Fox teaches in the English Department at Western. She has given the legacy letters workshop to a wide range of groups, including the Palliative Care Institute, the Community Foundations of Washington State, and Western's Extended Education program. In addition, she has a WWU TEDx talk on the subject of wills: The Afterlife of Wills: Why Legacy Matters.
Learn the Basics of When and How to Claim Social Security, Feb. 21, noon to 1 p.m., Humanities 210
Doug Stucki from Fidelity will help you understand how Social Security works, tell you about considerations for how to claim your Social Security benefits, and decide when to take your Social Security benefit.
Retirement:Emotional and Psychological Aspects, March 13, noon to 1 p.m., Humanities 210
Matt Gilbert from EAP will help you look at the process of retirement from an emotional and psychological perspective. Explore the two-fold process of retirement (pre and post). Examine paths retirees often take upon entering into retirement and dispel some common myths and misconceptions that people often make. Examine a few strategies designed to promote and maintain a higher rate of satisfaction throughout the retirement process.
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