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The Science and Art of Stress Management
Melissa Lee

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Are you stressed? Who isn’t? According to the 2017 Stress in America survey, extreme stress appears to be on the rise, and many feel it negatively influences their mental and physical health. Learn more about how stress affects your health and what you can do about it. We will discuss emerging research on the stress-disease connection and learn strategies to outsmart the stress response. Our goals will include building stress resilience, making stress work for us rather than against, and relearning the lost art of relaxation. The program will combine multi-media, lecture and self-reflective exercises to identify your stressor and current coping techniques through group discussion. Attendees will participate in class activities to learn new strategies to manage stress such as cognitive restructuring, deep breathing, and meditation - just to name a few! 

1. Fight or Flight 101: Discuss the science behind the stress response including the good, the bad, and the ugly.
2. The Stress-Disease Connection: Explore historical and emerging research on how stress may contribute to disease and what you can do about it.
3. Outsmart Your Stressors: Learn behavior strategies to reduce stress-inducing circumstances and build stress resilience for the unavoidable/unchangeable stresses of life.
4. The Art of Relaxation: Learn relaxation techniques to find moments of peace and tranquility in a busy world.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Melissa “Mel” Lee is an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College, where she has taught courses in health and stress management since 2002. She earned her BS and MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and an MBA from FAU; she is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and Stress Management Trainer. Professor Mel began her career in corporate and university health and then spent the last eight years as a clinical consultant in the operating room for medical devices used in spine and brain surgery. She is now pursuing a PhD in Health Science at Nova Southeastern University with a research focus on stress resiliency. Melissa is a not only an instructor but also a student in the lifelong process of managing stress.

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date: Tuesdays, April 10, 17, 24; May 1
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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