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Published on February 06, 2019

2019 Health & Wellness Teaching Day

Register now

March 21, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton
Binghamton, New York

For more information contact Cathy McPherson at the UHS Internal Medicine Residency Program at 607-763-6674
Register online here

Nourishing the Mind and Body

(Formerly UHS Weight Management & Chronic Disease Teaching Day)

Presentations On:

  • Food Insecurity-Ignite a Culture of Food Dignity
  • Mindfulness to Improve Health
  • Milk, Milk Alternatives, Organic vs. Non-Organic Farming
  • The Healthy Health Care Professional
  • Elderly Nutrition
  • Power of Art as an Intervention for Memory Loss

Seminar Faculty:

Abigail Copenhaver, MS, RDN, CDN
Owner, Registered Dietitian Farmstead Nutrition & Consulting

Clancy Cash Harrison, MS, RD, FAND
TEDx Speaker, Registered Dietitian Food Justice Advocate

Kelvin Lee, MS, RD, CDN
Clinical Dietitian UHS Hospitals

Rachael Leonard, LMSW
Mindfulness Specialist Decker Student Health Services Center SUNY Binghamton

Christina Muscatello, ED.M.
Co-founder & Program Director Memory Maker Project

Patricia Salzer, RD
Workplace Wellness Consultant Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Registration Forms

Who Should Attend?

Health care providers, physicians, counselors, dietitians, nurse practitioners, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, social workers, students and teaching professionals.

Learning Objective

Attendees will demonstrate learning from the presentations as evidenced by pre and post test statistical analysis. Attendees will demonstrate areas where they expect to apply new knowledge to practice. They will also demonstrate examples of new knowledge retention and application to practice through three month post seminar survey.


You can also get agenda and more information by downloading the brochure here.
  • 8:00am Registration/pretest/continental breakfast

  • 8:30am Introduction/collect pre-tests

  • 8:40am Food Insecurity: Ignite a Culture of Food Dignity
    Clancy Harrison, MS, RD, FAND

  • 9:40am Mindfulness to Improve Health
    Rachael Leonard, LMSW

  • 10:40am Break

  • 11:00am Food Demonstration

  • 11:10am Milk, Milk Alternatives, Organic vs Non Organic
    Abigail Copenhaver, MS, RDN, CDN

  • 12:10pm Lunch/Vendors/Exercise*
    outdoor walk (weather permitting) or pilates, compliments of The Pilates Salon

  • 1:15pm Workplace Wellness: The Healthy Health
    Care Professional
    Patricia Salzer, RD

  • 2:15pm Elderly Nutrition: An Analysis of Past and Present
    Research in Achieving Optimal Nutrition
    Kelvin Lee, MS, RD, CDN

  • 3:15pm Break

  • 3:25pm Power of Art as an Intervention for Memory Loss
    Christina Muscatello, ED.M.

  • 4:25pm Wrap Up/Post Test/Evaluations

Pending Approval for CNE

This activity will award 6 contact hours of continuing nursing education for those who attend the entire program and complete an evaluation. United Health Services Hospitals is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Approver Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Approved provider by the New York State Board of Physical Therapists for 6 contact hours.

Disclosure Policy:

To ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all certified CME activities, Upstate Medical University requires that all planners, faculty and individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that might be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest. Detailed disclosures will be made in writing prior to speaker presentations.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Upstate Medical University seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you have a disability which might require special accommodations, please call (607) 763-6674.


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center 225 Water Street, Binghamton, NY • (607) 722-7575

From I-81 Northbound: Exit 5 (Front Street). Turn left onto Front Street, straight to East Clinton Street and turn left. Go over bridge and turn right onto Water Street. Hotel will be on your right.

From I-81 Southbound: Exit 5 (Front Street). Turn left onto Front Street, straight to East Clinton Street and turn left. Go over bridge and turn right onto Water Street. Hotel will be on the right.

From NY-17 Eastbound: Exit 72 (Front Street). Right at light onto Front
Street. Turn left at third traffic light onto East Clinton Street. Go over bridge and turn right onto Water Street. Hotel will be on the right.

From NY-17 Westbound: 17 West to 81 North Exit 5 (Front Street). Turn left onto Front Street, straight to East Clinton Street and turn left. Go over bridge and turn right onto Water Street. Hotel will be on the right.

From I-88 Westbound: Follow I-88 to I-81 South Exit 5 (Front Street).
(See above)

From Binghamton Regional Airport: Follow Airport Road (turns into Stella Ireland Road). Go through three traffic lights and take exit onto Route 17 East.
(See above)

Note: This program has no commercial support.

Planning Committee

Melody Barton, RN
Cardiac Nurse Navigator (CHF)
UHS Heart & Vascular Institute

Lina Begdache, PhD, CNS-S, RDN, CDN, FAND
Assistant Professor
Health and Wellness Studies Department
SUNY Binghamton

Megan Farmer, RN, BSN, CLC
Stay Healthy Kids Wellness Program Coordinator
UHS Stay Healthy Center

Joy Forsberg, RN, BSN, CDE
Diabetes Nurse Educator
UHS Diabetes & Endocrinology Center

Christine Foy, MS, RD, CDN, CDE
Diabetes Educator
UHS Diabetes & Endocrinology Center

Cathy McPherson
Administrative Assistant, UHS Medical
Education Residency Program

Celeste Pazzaglini-Mack, RN
Employee Wellness Coordinator
Nurse Direct
UHS Stay Healthy Center
Community Education

Rebecca Robins, MSL, RD, CSO, CDN
Clinical Dietitian
UHS Oncology

Linda Wasser, OTR/L
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Director
UHS Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Also Sponsored By:

  • Southern Tier Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • SUNY Binghamton Health & Wellness Studies Dept.
  • UHS Department of Food & Nutrition
  • UHS Diabetes & Endocrinology Center
  • UHS Heart & Vascular Institute
  • UHS Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • UHS Oncology
  • UHS Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
  • UHS Stay Healthy Center

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