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WATCH: Enmarket Encourage Health panel on ’Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety during COVID’ – News – Savannah Morning News

The Enmarket Encourage Health in partnership with Healthy Savannah’s Educational Series LIVE broadcasts kicked off Thursday with “Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety During COVID”

Now in its seventh year, the series pivoted from its traditional lunch-time lecture format to an online broadcast this year due to the COVID-19 virus, and the new format offers the opportunity for a wider audience to tap into and interact with experts as they provide important information on nutrition, physical fitness and well-being.

On the first program, audiences will see a familiar face, as Dr. Davana Pilczuk, who hosted the lunchtime series last year, will present “Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety During COVID”. Pilczuk is an award-winning kinesiologist who specializes in the field of human performance. Pilczuk will be accompanied on the program by her husband, Bill Pilczuk, SCAD Men’s and Women’s Swimming head coach and a former world champion 50-meter freestyle swimmer.

“Stress and anxiety are rampant these days,” said Pilczuk. “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a third of Americans are now showing clinical signs of anxiety and depression. On top of that, COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn have packed an unrelenting punch on all of us and our bodies and minds are giving way to it.”

This first lecture is sponsored by Clover Health.

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Yearly schedule for the 2020-21 Enmarket Encourage Health Series, LIVE on Healthy Savannah’s Facebook page, starting at 1pm.

• October 1: Dr. Davana Pilczuk and Bill Pilczuk “Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety During COVID”

• January 7: Armand Turner, physical activity manager with Healthy Savannah’s and YMCA”s Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) grant, will present “Activity Friendly Routes to Everyday Destinations,” outlining strategies for creating activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations in order to improve physical and mental health.

• April 1: Dr. Nandi A Marshall, assistant professor of Health Sciences with Georgia Southern University, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health; will speak on “Breaking the Breastfeeding Barriers,” which highlights the health benefits for breastfed infants and breastfeeding mothers, the racial disparity that exists for many of those mothers and children, and how businesses can help eliminate those barriers.

• July 1: Courtney Collett-Conner, a dietitian with Medical Nutrition of the Lowcountry, will present “Food Myths,” focusing on how easy and affordable it can be to connect the dots between eating well and lowering the risk for chronic diseases.”

The four programs of the 2020-21 series will be hosted by Frannie Williams, a wellness guide, writer and certified yoga teacher. Williams received her MFA in performing arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and is owner of Guided Surender Wellness Studio.

While all of the broadcasts are free and available to the public, organizers are requesting that audience members virtually RSVP at www.healthysavannah.org/encouragehealthlive. Those who register will receive a friendly reminder when each show date draws near, along with special offers that encourage health.

The 7th Annual Enmarket Encourage Health education series is presented in partnership with Healthy Savannah; media sponsor, the Savannah Morning News; and community partners, City of Savannah, Gulfstream and Clover Health. By going digital this year, the series is striving to safely engage with people wherever they are.

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