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What sources can you trust and what strategies can you use to enhance your well-being? With an overload of information about health and wellness, it can be overwhelming to decide what is reliable.

Join us for this series featuring U of T experts who are not only doing leading edge research into the most important factors that contribute to your well-being, but are also gifted communicators and presenters. You will learn not only the science of a life well lived but also gain some very practical applications that are immediately useful.

February 23, 2018, 12-1pm, ODLC 610
The Academy of Well-Being: Making Sense of Mixed Health Messages in the Media

Every day we are bombarded with health messages in the media. These messages relate to all aspects of our life – our food and nutrition (e.g. coffee, meat, vitamins), our environment (e.g. air, water), and technology (e.g. wi-fi, cell phones) and can be confusing, often contradictory and in some cases downright misleading. As consumers of this information, we are challenged with trying to make sense of how these messages affect us and our families. Which health messages are important? How do we know the information is valid? Do you need to change based on this information?

This talk will cover the ins and outs of how to be a sophisticated consumer of health messages from the media and how to consider these messages in our day to day life.




Dr. Laura Rosella is a professor and epidemiologist at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto who studies various factors that affect population health. She designs and appraises scientific research and is an expert in dissecting health studies and determining their merit and impact. She is regularly called upon by the media to comment on health stories and their meaning and impact for Canadians.  Dr. Rosella holds a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Analytics and appointments at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Public Health Ontario. She has authored 100 peer-reviewed publications in the area of public health, public health policy, and health services research.



April 12, 2018

Work and the Quest for Meaning with colleague
Profs. Scott Schieman and Melissa Milkie, Department of Sociology

April 26, 2018

Prof. Dan Moore, FKPE

May 25, 2018
Active Wellness and Health Literacies
Prof. Margaret MacNeill, FKPE

June 21, 2018
Biomechanics/low back health
Prof. Tyson Beach