Seminars 2016



Liz Neporent
7 Secrets to Weight Loss You Don't Know About
9:00 -10:00am

You’ve heard that weight loss is about 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise. The “big two” as researchers call them, are important. But the truth is, it’s more complicated than that. Join health expert Liz Neporent, managing editor at Medscape WebMD, as she explains the science of weight loss and seven other things besides diet and exercise that can help you tip the scales in your favor.

Liz Neporent is a managing editor at Medscape/WebMD. She is the former health reporter and social media director for ABC News and author and coauthor of 15 health books including the bestseller Fitness for Dummies. She also serves on the emeritus board and is a national spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. Liz is a dedicated runner, having completed 25 marathons, 6 ultramarathons and countless road races. Follow her on Twitter @lizzyfit and on 
Instagram @lizzyfit1





Ilyse Schapiro, Ms, Rd, Cdn and Hallie Rich
Should I Scoop Out My Bagel? and 99 Other Answers to Your Everyday Diet & Nutrition 
Questions to Help You Lose Weight, Feel Great & Live Healthy

Dietitian Ilyse Schapiro and health expert Hallie Rich are “Dear Abby” meets Sex and the City meets Dr. Oz. They’re realistic in their approach to nutrition—they know people will cheat on their diets, dine out, consume alcohol, and have (hopefully plenty of) sex. They also know people really want answers they can understand from an expert. And now their answers are here for you as they speak about Should I Scoop My Bagel? And 99 Other Answers to Your Everyday Diet and Nutrition Questions to Help You Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Live Healthy.

Based on the authors’ twenty-five years of combined experience, Schapiro and Rich will cover a multitude of topics that constantly top the list.


Questions include:

  • I eat only salads and I’m still not losing weight. What am I doing wrong?
  • Is it time to get on the gluten-free bandwagon?
  • What does “natural” even mean?
  • If I eat well, why do I need to take a multivitamin?
  • And more….


With so much information available, the authors of Should I Scoop My Bagel? will give you the tools to sort through the BS and know what is truly important and relevant to your health.

Authors Ilyse Schapiro, MS, RD, CDN, is the Founder & President of Ilyse Schapiro Nutrition, a nutrition counseling and consulting practice. As a nationally recognized expert in the field of nutrition, Ilyse is sought after time and again to offer perspective on nutrition trends and healthy living. Before launching her own private practice, she was a dietitian at Joy Bauer Nutrition and served as a clinical dietitian at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Hallie Rich is proud to be a third generation vitamin industry executive and entrepreneur. She has followed in her family’s lauded footsteps as an innovative force in the industry by creating the award winning alternaVites brand of melt-in-your-mouth powdered vitamins. She has redefined how people take their daily vitamins and is regarded as a pioneer and expert in her field. Hallie received her BA with honors from the University of Michigan.






Slam Down Heart Healthy Cooking Challenge
11:00am-12:00 noon

There’s no reason cooking competitions have to stay on Food Network—and who said they couldn’t be healthy? That’s why we’re bringing in three local chefs to go head-to-head in our Slam Down Heart Healthy Cooking Challenge. Moderated by Bruce Paley, executive chef of the Bowery Dugout, our chefs will use locally grown ingredients to cook a meal using only an electric frying pan and butane burner. And did we mention they’d be timed?

Competing will be Ed Carpino of Sysco Food Services, Alphonse Squillante of Canoe Hill Vineyard and Luis Cruz of the Bowery Dugout.

The chefs will have to cook not only using limited resources but also in a pop-up kitchen with only five minutes to gather their ingredients and twenty minutes to cook their meals. Once time runs out, chefs will present their meal to a panel of judges and a winner will be chosen based on quality, taste and presentation. Bon appetite!



Laura Corio, M.D
The Change Before 
the Change: Everything You Need to Know 
to Stay Healthy in the Decade 
Before Menopause

Perimenopause is a woman’s natural transition into menopause, and can occur as early as 35 for some women. In her talk, Dr. Corio will detail the symptoms and bodily changes during this time and tell you the best ways to address them. With a full understanding of the health risks and the best treatments both traditional and alternative, you can have happy and healthy perimenopausal and menopausal stages during your life.












Joel Weintraub
Humor for the 
Health of it

Can you think of a better way to invest an hour? How would you like to learn how to discover a fresh perspective on life while learning how to view the world through a comedian’s eye? Would you like to learn how humor can increase creativity, productivity, memory and reduce the incidence of disease? Discover all this and more while you learn how to change from a state of depression and anxiety to one of happiness, hope and productivity.

Joel Weintraub  is a “humorous educator” who has managed to merge the formerly disparate worlds of comedy and education. By combining his professional comedy experience with his master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and his bachelors in Health Education from Temple University, Joel has entertained and educated audiences as diverse as Nurses, Dietitians, Physicians, Foster Parents Associations, Attorneys, HR Professionals, Fortune 500 Companies, Accountants, Superintendent Associations, Teachers and even Burglar Alarm Installers. From the “World Bank” to Dangerfield’s Comedy Club to major radio stations, the local news and the Food Channel … they have all laughed and learned with “Humor for the Health of it”.





Michaela Karlsen
Gluten-Free Diets: Fact, Fiction, and How to Eat GF Healthfully

Gluten-free diets are becoming ever more popular as many consumers feel better avoiding wheat or gluten-containing foods, but there can be just as many health pitfalls in gluten-free eating as there are in typical diets. This talk clarifies what is known about avoiding gluten, how a gluten-free diet can be a step up or a step down, and offers easy steps for creating and maintaining a healthy, gluten-free diet and lifestyle.

Micaela Karlsen is the author of A Plant-Based Life, to be released in July 2016, as well as contributor to the New York Times bestselling book Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health. Micaela holds an MSPH (Master’s) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Ba in Psychology from Cornell Univeristy. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, in Boston, MA.