What’s the Buzz About Our Health and Wellness

A 360 degree lens on healthy living and a healthy earth

FELS, the Foundation for Educators at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, will present its annual FELS Talk on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 7pm in the Virginia Kirshner Auditorium at Lincoln-Sudbury, 390 Lincoln Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts.

The featured topic this year is What’s the Buzz About your Health and Wellness: A 360 degree lens on healthy living and a healthy earth. The evening will feature a slate of panelists who are professionals in a wide variety of areas that impact everyday living: organic farming, bee keeping, healthy home and personal care, healthy treatments for mind and body, conservation and the environment, and healthy life choices for teens. The panelists will discuss agricultural, environmental, physical, emotional, and mental approaches to our health. How are the health of bees a barometer of the earth’s health? How does making a full change in personal care and household product use impact the health of those using those products? Why organic? What is the impact of stress on our physical wellbeing?

The six panelists and moderator for the evening are schedule to be (subject to change):

Jen Barsamian, Consultant, Pure Haven Natural, Organic Personal and Home Care Products, Sudbury MA. After years in the corporate sector Jen’s life was detoured by a family health crisis. She began to investigate any potential causes of the myriad of neurological illnesses in the US and her research has led her to her current business – coaching families to lead a toxin-free lifestyle. She is founding member of “One in Two” a panel of doctors, scientists and educators who are working to create awareness of the fact that one in two children in the US struggle with some form of chronic illness.

Christopher Collins, Environmental Science/Earth Science faculty and Environmental Club advisor at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Chris will serve as moderator for the evening. He has spent his life committed to the study of the environment in some way. His work has been through filmmaking with National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and PBS, as a National Parks Service Ranger in North Dakota, with the Red Cross Climate Center in Indonesia, and now at Lincoln-Sudbury.

Ari Kurtz, Owner/Head Farmer Lindentree Farm, Organic CSA, Lincoln, MA. Ari and his wife Moira have been operating Lindentree Farm in Lincoln for 25 years. Lindentree is one of the first CSA’s in Eastern Massachusetts and currently have about 200 member shareholders. Lindentree Farm also began the Lincoln Farmers Market almost 30 years ago and continues to sell their Certified Organic vegetables and berries there on Saturday mornings. Lindentree Farm focuses on producing the most delicious and nutrient dense vegetables for our CSA members and all our customers by building healthy soil to grow our crops.

Rick Reault, Owner/Operator of New England Beekeeping/Carlisle Honey in Tyngsboro, MA. His passion is maintaining healthy honeybee colonies in New England using organic beekeeping management practices. He has taught beekeeping classes for 18 years through Acton-Boxborough Adult Education, Tyngsboro Recreation Department, the Essex County Beekeepers, and Codman Farm in Lincoln. Rick’s classes have contributed to more than 1,000 new beekeepers.

Susan Shields, Wellness Faculty at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Susan has been a Wellness Educator for the past 25 years teaching in suburban, urban and rural high schools. She is the Wellness Department Coordinator and Peer Leader coordinator at LSRHS. Her specific areas of interest are on youth empowerment and leadership and adolescent resiliency. She is the faculty advisor to Students Together Empowering Women and the Youth Peer Tutoring program.

Judi Weinstein, Acupuncturist and Owner of Acupuncture Family Practice, Sudbury MA. Judy is a licensed acupuncturist and occupational therapist practicing in Sudbury and is on staff at Emerson Hospital. Having been in practice since 1980, Judy is well versed in a variety of diagnosis. These include pain conditions, headaches, concussions, reproductive disorders, oncology, digestive disorders, allergies and more. Regardless of age or condition, Judy’s goal is to enable the patient to experience the maximum level of function in order to accomplish life goals. She also utilizes chinese herbal medicine, and specialized therapeutic techniques.

In addition, a Lincoln-Sudbury student member of the LSRHS Environmental Club is tentatively scheduled to participate on the panel.

The format for the evening will be approximately an hour of directed questions from the moderator, followed by opportunities for audience questions.

Admission will be $10 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Foundation for Educators at Lincoln-Sudbury, www.FELSGrant.org.
FELS is a non-profit organization that awards enrichment grants to Lincoln-Sudbury High School faculty and staff to pursue their professional and personal interests and passions. FELS was founded in 2000 to offer parents a tangible way to show their appreciation to the L-S professional staff for the unflagging dedication, tireless effort, and genuine caring they routinely offer our children. The FELS Talk was designated The Faye Goldberg-Scheff Memorial Lecture in 2012, to honor the memory of Goldberg-Scheff, a cherished member of the FELS Board.