Wellness Seminar Series for Faculty and Staff

Human Resources partners with Cascade Centers, our employee assistance provider, and campus departments to offer wellness seminars for faculty and staff.
Each seminar focuses on a different aspect of personal well-being or an important campus topic and is free of charge. Other important information about wellness seminars:

  • They will be broadcast live via a webinar to UO Portland and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston.
  • Following each seminar, a recording of the presentation will be posted to the HR website.

Previous wellness seminars are available for viewing on the Recorded Wellness Presentations webpage.

Tips to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Psychology professor Elliot Berkman will explore the neuroscience of goal-setting and provide tips on how to create the best environment for sticking to your New Year's resolutions.

"What people neglect to realize is how deeply a given behavior -whether its's being sedentary or having bad eating habits - is embedded in your lifestyle in many ways," Berkman said.  According to his research, it's actually easier to break a bad habit by replacing it with a new habit.  "The habit formation system is one of the most powerful systems in the brain because habits, in general, are useful. Once you learn how to do something well the brain offloads that so it doesn't take up as much attention, one of the most precious resources."

Dr. Berkman will give advice on effective goal setting, including how friends and partners can help or hurt a goal, and what brain science says about the influence of publicly committing to a goal.

Tuesday, December 11th
Noon - 1:00 PM
Fenton Hall Rm 110

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