National Public Health Week Lunch Lecture

Healthy Monday Syracuse, in celebration of National Public Health Week, hosts Dr. Amy Slutzky from Pet Partners of Central New York. She will speak about the Pet Partners organization and the different types of community health work done by their therapy dog teams. Then join them for a Monday Mile Walk with the dogs!

Pet Partners of CNY: Therapy Dogs As Community Health Workers

Monday, April 3
11:45a.m.-1:00p.m. (Optional walk begins at 12:30p.m.)
Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114

Lunch will be served, please register here by March 31.

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Investing 101: Getting Your Money to Work for You

When it comes to investing, our options can seem complicated and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Faculty and staff are invited to join Derek Brainard, for a lunchtime conversation about stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Learn the basics behind how they work, and how they can fit into the big picture!

Tuesday, April 11
Hall of Languages, Room 500

Register now!
If you require accommodations, please contact the Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472 or

There will be healthy snacks 

Space is limited

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Derek Brainard Portrait

Derek Brainard is the Financial Literacy Coordinator at Syracuse University. Having lived most of his adult life dedicated to building a financially secure future for his wife and daughter, Derek’s messages on money and financial coaching have touched thousands of people in the greater Syracuse area. A Syracuse native and U.S. Navy Veteran of almost 7 years, Derek holds degrees in Music from Onondaga Community College and Thomas Edison State College. He also holds a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University. On active duty, Derek ran budgets for his command and counseled peers on Personal Finance. Upon completion of his service, Derek transitioned to Financial Services as a Financial Advisor for a major brokerage, where he helped hundreds of families plan for retirement, manage their goals, save for college, and achieve financial independence.



Move More on South Campus!

The track behind the Skytop Office Building is open and avaialble for the SU community to use three days a week!

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays


What a great way to:

  • Take a break!
  • Get your steps in!
  • Have walking meeting!

If for some reason the gate is locked, contact the Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472.

Healthy Monday’s Walk With Us

Healthy Monday Syracuse and Pet Partners of CNY invites you to join them every Monday in April to walk one of their awesome Monday Mile loops!

Portion like a pro

Portion like a pro

Along with choosing healthful foods and beverages, it’s important to listen to your internal signals of hunger and satisfaction. Keeping portion sizes in tune with your body’s cues can help you feel satisfied, manage weight, and sometimes save money!

Below are some strategies to help you portion like a pro and complete the challenge!

  • How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Do you know how much food is enough for you? Do you understand the difference between a portion and a serving? Just enough for you: About food portions.
  • Start with smaller portions. A small portion may be just right to satisfy your hunger, but if not, you can always have more. Check out the small plate movement.
  • Anyone eating on the run or at restaurants has probably noticed that food portions have gotten larger. To see if you know how today’s portions compare to the portions available 20 years ago, quiz yourself on Portion Distortion by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
  • “Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full.” It sounds so simple, yet countless people struggle with putting this principle into practice. Find the balance:

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