Small Steps You Can Take for Big Health Benefits

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Kick off National Public Health Week with this special webinar!

Heather Kearns

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Danielle Meyer

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Monday, April 5, 2021
Noon-1 p.m. EST

Join us for a conversation about steps you can take to improve your eating habits, fitness and overall health by making small, easy changes.  You don’t have to overhaul your entire life at once to reap the benefits of eating nutritious and delicious foods and engaging in regular physical activity. Small changes add up! Learn more about what you can do and start taking steps this April to improve your well-being.

About Heather Kearns and Danielle Meyer
Heather Kearns is the program director for the undergraduate Exercise Science program at the UB.  She teaches the following courses in the department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences: ES 200 Intro to Exercise Science, ES 310 Practical Applications in Exercise Science, ES 428/528 Health Promotion, Prevention & Wellness, and ES 435 Health Coaching & Behavior Modification Strategies.

Heather received her Master of Public Health degree in Health Education from Emory University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science/Fitness & Cardiac Rehabilitation from Ithaca College. Prior to coming to UB, Heather worked as an onsite Health Coach with Cigna at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL where she developed health improvement programs for team members and met one-on-one with individuals who were looking to improve their health. Her passion and experience includes guiding and motivating individuals to develop healthy lifestyles and promoting health equity and well-being for all individuals.  

Heather is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist and through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.

Danielle Meyer is the Registered Dietitian and the Clinical Director of the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Internship Program at the University at Buffalo. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate nutrition courses including but not limited to: NTR 108 Human Nutrition, NTR 523 Nutrition Assessment, NTR 524 Nutrition Assessment Tools, NTR 540 Supervised Practice. Danielle received her Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Food, Nutrition and Exercise Science with Emphasis in Dietetics at the Florida State University. As a practicing registered dietitian, she has worked in a variety of professional environments include long term care, bariatrics, but predominantly in cancer care. Danielle's passion for cancer care and working with cancer survivors and their families allowed her to become a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. ​ Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Cancer Epidemiology at the UB while also spending time with her husband, two sons, 2 cats and their dog named Sally. 

Hanalyn Podgurski will be the student moderator and is completing her MS in Clinical Nutrition as well as an internship to become a Registered Dietitian. She is a student leader and a coordinator of our Nutrition Education and Food Pantry support project at Seneca-Babcock Community Center.