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The Center's Stay Healthy 101 is a speaker series aimed at preventing illness and promoting wellness through education. To arrange for a talk at your organization by one of Holy Name's healthcare experts, please contact Hilda Ventimiglia, MSN, RN, Manager of the Center for Healthy Living at 201-833-3000, ext. 7332 or email:  hventimiglia@holyname.org


Breast Cancer - Are You at Risk?

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancerrelated deaths in women; approximately one in eight will be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer. The good news is there are things a woman can do to reduce her personal risk for developing breast cancer and to make decisions concerning her health. Learn more about lifestyle choices and screening recommendations.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone aged 50 years or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be prevented. Learn about aspects of colon health, as well as the tests that should be on your routine screening agenda.

Skin Cancer - Prevention and Screening Recommendations

Each year, more than one million Americans develop skin cancer. Fair-skinned people are particularly at risk. Learn about the types of skin cancer, what to look for on self-examination and suggestions for protecting yourself from UV light.


A Woman's Heart

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, but many women do not know that they are at risk. Learn about risk factors and symptoms unique to women and lifestyle changes that you can make to improve your health.

Know Your Numbers

Risk factors for heart disease fall into two categories: those that can be changed and those that can't. Learn more about the tests that measure the controllable risk factors including blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI, and lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk.

Stroke - B.E. F.A.S.T.

Stroke - sometimes called a brain attack - is a medical emergency. Immediate treatment can protect the brain and enhance chances for a successful recovery. Learn about a simple tool - B.E.F.A.S.T. - and how remembering it can help you take action for someone you care about.


Complaint-Free Living

When we complain, we are using our words to focus on things that are not as we would like. When we truly begin to notice our words, we begin to notice our thoughts. When we notice our thoughts, we can change and ultimately reshape our lives. Learn what you can do to move from a complainer to an optimist.

How Happy Are You?

Are you truly happy or just getting by? More importantly, do you think there is anything you can do to move from a merely pleasant life to a meaningful life? We will explore how discovering and applying your best qualities to your daily life can help you travel the path to fulfillment.


To reminisce is to indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events. Conducting this "life review" can increase one's sense of personal identity and meaning. Come take a trip down memory lane and learn how reminiscing can be good for your health.

Taking a Vacation from Stress

Even if your plans do not include a vacation away from home, it is still important to find ways to diminish everyday stresses. Although a certain amount of stress is necessary and even good for us, unrelieved stress in excess can have detrimental effects on almost all body systems. Learn simple things you can do to refresh your mind and find relaxation.

The Medicine of Laughter

One of the signs of overall well-being is the ability to maintain and enjoy one's sense of humor. Humor has many benefits: It actually causes us to produce hormones that elevate mood and promote healing, it gets us through tough times, and it helps us find more joy in life.

Wellness has long been an admirable goal, but in recent years, health care has increasingly turned its focus to keeping people healthy in addition to caring for them when they are sick. Wellness involves more than just an absence of disease, and remaining healthy requires active participation on your part. Learn about steps you can take to maximize your health and your role in working with your healthcare professional.

Other Health Topics

Advance Directives

As much as we don't want to think about it, there may come a time in our future when we are no longer able to communicate our decisions concerning ourselves and our healthcare. Learn more about advance directives and how to start the conversation with your loved ones.

Antibiotics: Friend or Foe?

There was a time when antibiotics were the cure-all. However, antibiotic overuse has led to the emergence of drug resistant superbugs as well as wiping out the body's good bacteria. This leads to diseases that are difficult to treat and may, in fact, be life-threatening. Learn more about this emerging public health crisis and what you can do to protect yourself.

Are You Getting Your Zzzzzz's?

A good night's sleep is essential to your health and well-being, but there are many things that can interrupt your rest. A poor night's sleep can cause more than just fatigue. Some disturbances, like sleep apnea, can have serious health consequences. Learn more about specific sleep problems and how good sleep hygiene can help you get a good night's rest.

Brain Fitness

Just as we need to exercise our bodies, we also need to exercise our minds to keep them fit. Some research has shown that brain stimulation can help prevent age-related cognitive decline and can also improve normally functioning minds. Learn ways to engage all of your senses daily, and have some fun with brain teasers.

Immunizations: You Never Outgrow the Need!

Vaccines are not just "kid stuff." Did you know that immunity from certain diseases can wane over time, leaving adults vulnerable to such illnesses as whooping cough, pneumonia and shingles? Learn what immunizations or boosters are recommended for adults to protect you and your loved ones, especially those who are immune-compromised or too young to be fully immunized.

Prevention of Food-Borne Illnesses

The United States has one of the safest food supplies in the world, yet more than 48 million cases of food-borne illnesses are reported annually. The young, elderly and immune-compromised are most at risk, yet everyone is susceptible. Learn about food-borne organisms that can cause disease and the wide range of illnesses they trigger.