Lunch & Learns

Join Amy Jackson, our onsite Behavioral Health Counselor, the third Thursday of each month at noon. She will guide an interactive, virtual discussion on popular behavioral health topics. There will be time at the end for Q&A.

Anxiety vs. anxiety disorder: what's the difference?

June 16, Noon – 1 p.m. CT


Nobody is immune to feeling anxious. Anxiety is a natural protective response to perceived danger. It speeds up our breathing and our heartbeat, pumping oxygenated blood to our muscles as our body prepares to either fight or flee.


In small doses, anxiety itself is not a bad thing. It can push us to complete tasks or make necessary changes in our lives.


So, when does it become a problem? Anxiety can become an issue — or a disorder — when it begins to overtake smaller issues in our lives, creating a dysregulation in our system. Anxiety disorders can disrupt both emotional and physical health. And it can lead to problems at work and in our relationships. Did you know that 1 in 5 American adults suffers from an anxiety disorder?


Join Amy Jackson, LCSW, MPH, on June 16 to learn more about:

  • The basics of anxiety and anxiety disorders

  • How each can impact our daily lives

  • Possible solutions

Presentation will be posted here on the day of the event.

RSVP not required

Use this link at the time of the event to join

Physical self-care: 7 things you need to know

May 19, Noon – 1 p.m. CT


Is preventive care really important since I am young and don’t have any issues? Do I really need a mammogram every year? Does my family history matter? Are there alternatives to getting a colonoscopy? Am I too old for the HPV vaccine?

Knowing which preventive care exams and screenings you need — and when you need them — can be confusing. Our very own nurse practitioners, Dave Flecksteiner and Cathy Spencer, will answer your questions and tell you 7 things you need to know to make prevention a valuable part of your self-care routine. There will be lots of time for Q&A. 

7 tips presentation


RSVP not required

Use this link at the time of the event to join

How to draw the line...with kindness

Review the presentation from April's Lunch & Learn by clicking on the link below.


What is a boundary? Simply put, it’s a dividing line. We use boundaries all the time: We don't go into our neighbor's yard uninvited. We don’t tell jokes that could hurt or offend others. We stop answering our phones at a certain time at night.


Boundaries are a familiar concept. So why is it so hard to set personal boundaries with friends, family and co-workers? Join Amy Jackson, LCSW, MPH, on April 21 to learn:

  • The basics of boundaries

  • How to recognize if your boundaries are crossed

  • Practical tools to improve your boundary setting – in an effective, healthy way


View the presentation

Better sleep is possible

Mar. 17, Noon - 1 p.m. CT

(in honor of Sleep Awareness Week Mar. 13-19)

Sleep isn't something we give much thought to until it's a problem. But given that one-third of American adults suffer from sleep deprivation — a problem that has only worsened in recent years — it's a problem that needs attention. Lack of sleep directly affects how we think and feel.

Join Amy Jackson, LCSW, MPH, on Mar. 17 to learn the basic tenets of sleep hygiene. The information she'll share could drastically improve your sleep and positively impact every aspect of your life.


This event is over, watch for new Lunch & Learn topics coming soon.