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UFT Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series

Wellness tips for a healthy lifestyle
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Going over some of the alternative therapies available at the Integrative Medicine Service are (from left) Catherine Lenahan of the UFT Welfare Fund and Zenyniya Marrast and her mother, Bernice Marrast, who is a paraprofessional at PS 114 in Brooklyn, with Pepper and Dr. Wesa.

More than 60 UFT members and retirees, as well as people from cancer support networks including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, SHARE and Gilda’s Club, came to a Jan. 16 Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series seminar, held at the UFT’s Manhattan headquarters, to find out more about better health, nutrition and lifestyle. Guest speaker Kathleen Wesa, M.D., a practicing physician from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Service, lectured on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risks of disease using mind-body therapies and nutritional supplements. She focused on how to enhance quality of life for those undergoing cancer treatment or facing other health challenges, and for those interested in improving their general health. “Attendees told me that they felt inspired by the information provided by Dr. Wesa in response to their health-related questions,” said Arthur Pepper, the executive director of the UFT Welfare Fund. The center offers massage therapy, acupuncture, mind-body therapies and physical fitness classes, including yoga and tai chi. Information about the Integrative Medicine Service, which is open to the public, can be viewed on its website. For more information or to schedule a consultation visit, call 1-646-888-0800.