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Wellness Center to start new lecture series

Hospital news | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Contact: Thomas Hottman

Goal: Empower people to make healthy changes to their lifestyles

Staff at the Sky Lakes Wellness Center will launch a new, year-long lecture series Tuesday to encourage community members to take steps toward improving their health.

The lecture series will focus on a variety of health topics, not just diet and exercise, which was the focus of the Wellness Center's Couch to 5K summer lecture series.

The goal, said dietician Jennifer Lehman, is to "inspire, motivate and empower people to make healthy changes to their lifestyle."

Lehman is a new member of the Wellness Center team, working part-time there and as a diabetes educator at Sky Lakes Medical Center. The Wellness Center has also hired a new administrative assistant, Stephanie Scott.

The Wellness Center will administer the wellness program for Sky Lakes employees, but the lecture series is meant to be applicable to both those employees and members of the community, said Wellness Center program director Katherine Jochim Pope. Both employees and community attendees will be eligible for a raffle of $50 gift cards at each lecture, she said.

With the broader focus on health for the seminar series, the first lecture topic will be on sleep and its role in health, Lehman said, including how different levels of sleep can affect your health.

The speaker for the first lecture, which will be Tuesday evening, is physician's assistant Linda Tesman.

Pope, Lehman, and Wellness Center medical director Stephanie Van Dyke all emphasized that health is about more than just diet and exercise, they said.

"It's not an all or nothing," Lehman said. "It's about making steps to improve your health."

In addition to the lectures, the seminar series also will include documentary viewings. The films, Pope said, can be inspiring and exciting in a way that sometimes lectures can't be.

"We're really excited about the variety of topics," Pope said.

Seminar schedule

Sky Lakes Wellness Center "Don't Go Extinct" 2015 Wellness Seminars will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Mabel Liskey Henzel Pavilion Community Health Education Center, 2200 N. Eldorado Ave. Raffle prizes in the form of $50 gift certificates from local business, including Fred Meyer, The Ledge, Asana Yoga and Sole, Sherm's Thunderbird Market, Hutch's Bicycle Store and the Klamath Falls Farmers' Market, will be given out at each lecture.

For more information about the seminars, call the Wellness Center at 541-880-2770.

If You Go

What: "Don't Go Extinct" Wellness Seminar
When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Community Health Education Center, 2200 N. Eldorado Ave.
Cost: Free. Participants can win a $50 gift card to Fred Meyer or Asana Yoga and Sole.

New to Wellness Center

Dietician Jennifer Lehman, left, and administrative assistant Stephanie Scott, right, are new employees at the Sky Lakes Wellness Center.