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SOLD OUT: Refresh Your Soul 2020 — Promoting Healthy Living


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Monday, March 16, 2020

Episcopal Retirement Services’ 
Parish Health Ministry presents a day devoted to promoting healthy living.

Keynote Speaker

BlueZonesKeynote - Blue Zones: The 9 Lessons for Living Longer

Nick Buettner and his team study the world’s Blue Zones, communities whose residents live with optimal health and vitality to a record-setting age. In his talk, Nick shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits – the
Power 9® – that keep people healthy past age 100. Nick debunks the most common myths about healthy living and aging well, and offers a science-backed blueprint for the average American to live longer, better.


About Keynote Nick Buettner

Buettner2019-RYSOver the last 20 years, Nick Buettner has led 17 expeditions to over six continents around the world. Three of these expeditions were to Blue Zones regions—places with the longest life expectancy and where people reach age 100 more than anywhere else in the world. Nick worked with his brother Dan Buettner, National Geographic, and a team of longevity researchers to identify and explore these pockets of the world where people were living longer, better lives. He was the Executive Producer of the Blue Zones expeditions to Okinawa, Japan; Costa Rica; and Ikaria, Greece. As an executive for the Blue Zones, he is responsible for taking the Blue Zones longevity lessons to 50 communities across the United States. The Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being initiative that positively impacts the health of over 5 million people across the country. 

General Session Featured Speakers

Jennifer Molano, MD
Sleep: An Important Ingredient for Brain Health

Molano2019-RYSSleep is critical to healthy living. Dr. Molano will discuss the importance of sleep and its impact on brain health.  She will share an overview of sleep and normal changes with aging as well as a more in-depth discussion on how sleep issues can affect changes in the brain. Lifestyle behaviors that impact the brain, such as physical activity and a healthy diet, will be explored. Dr. Molano will also provide valuable tips to improve sleep. 

Jennifer Molano, MD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati Department of Neurology.  She specializes in sleep medicine, Alzheimer's disease, memory disorders, and behavioral neurology. She is a highly respected physician and researcher and has published countless articles in her field including articles on Alzheimer’s and dementia and the interface between sleep and cognition. Dr. Molano has received numerous awards including Top Doctor in Cincinnati (Cincinnati Magazine) in 2019, the UC Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Patient Experience Award.


Dave Caperton

Connect, Engage and Enjoy - Little Things that Change Everything!

CAPERTON2019-RYSOur DNA determines much about how we age but practicing healthy habits can help you make the best of the genetic hand you’re dealt. Those habits certainly include a good diet and regular exercise, but research now confirms that loving connections and a healthy mindset play perhaps as big a role in our long-term health as what we eat and how much we move around. The good news is that simple daily choices can improve your connections to others and your emotional and physical well-being. These ‘joy hacks’ can make you healthier, happier and less stressed. In this program by speaker, author and former comedy writer and performer, Dave Caperton, you’ll laugh while you learn choices that lead to healthy and joyful living for all the days ahead.

Dave Caperton is a national speaker and author who blends laughter and research to show how living and working with intentional joy is an act of leadership, courage and a disciplined will. He has presented for over 800 successful organizations, Fortune 500 companies and top healthcare, education and government institutions all over North America on the ways that a culture of joy drives success, unleashes creativity, strengthens health, increases engagement, super-charges learning, fosters compassionate service and disrupts stress. As a veteran award-winning educator, performance consultant, radio personality, stand-up comedian and comedy writer, Dave fuses laughter with research-based content to provide concrete steps to move organizations and individuals joyfully in the direction of their goals. Dave is the author of Happiness Is a Funny Thing, a book he describes as why-to guide for realizing more happiness, health, and healing laughter.

Kelly Rogan, MS, LSW, LICDC-CS

When Helping Becomes Harmful

Rogan2019-RYS Finding a sense of purpose in helping others is a beautiful, gratifying experience.  But when care partners lose themselves in the process, their health and well-being can suffer. This session will provide caregivers valuable insight into codependency, compassion fatigue, and resilience. 

Kelly Rogan has worked as a family therapist for over 30 years in crisis intervention, private practice, and alcohol and drug treatment programs.  Her areas of expertise include codependency, spirituality, and women’s issues.  Her passion is witnessing people realize their own self-worth by staying true to themselves and walking their path of recovery.  She currently works as the Family Program Coordinator at Bethesda Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program as well as founder of Wisdom & Wellness Consulting, and Kelly Rogan Mosaics. 


Conference Registration and Cost

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VIP Speaker Luncheons

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Be Well: An Owner's Manual for Whole Health
by Lauri Nandyal, MD

Statistics confirm that over 80% of our chronic illnesses are related to life choices much of which are within personal and community control, leaving us much less at the mercy of infectious diseases or our family inheritances than we may have thought.  With a better understanding of our biologic and physiologic responses to stress, diet, sleep, movement, relationships and core values, we can better position ourselves to own our health.  Over one hundred years ago, Thomas Edison said, "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his/her patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." 

With mindful living, and conscious, healthy choices about the how and what we eat, the way we structure our wake and sleep time, how we move, how we communicate and build community, we can expand Edison's predictions ensuring that the best doctor of the future is actually the patient! 

Come get a peek at the owner's manual for your own body, rediscover your healer within, and reclaim and retain your well-being!

Lauri Nandyal, MD is an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor and Integrative/Functional Medicine Consultant at UC Department of Family and Community Medicine. While firmly supportive of the benefits of Primary Care, she felt it was important for her to assist patients with primary prevention and disease avoidance rather than simply early detection of disease. With that spirit of curiosity, Dr. Nandyal sought additional training in Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine, specialties that address the root causes of ill health and prescribe lifestyle interventions for health creation. She is passionate about partnering with her patients and their communities towards addressing underlying, modifiable, lifestyle factors that contribute to their biological balance such as sleep, nutrition, movement, stress modification, emotional and spiritual wellness, and social connectedness. 

The Blue Zones of Happiness

by Nick Buettner Buettner2019-RYS

What makes us happy? Most people are misguided or just plain wrong. Living our best life involves optimizing how we evaluate our life, how we experience it from day to day and how to live out our purpose.  Following the model he pioneered with Blue Zones of Longevity, Buettner worked with Gallup to identify the happiest regions of the happiest countries in the world and distilled their lessons. He also drew from data representing 95% of the world’s population and a consensus of the world’s top experts to debunk some commonly believed myths. Using stunning National Geographic photography, Nick brings the stories and concepts to life, offering an evidenced-based, long-lasting strategy to set up your life to live your happiest.

Support vs. Enabling with Addiction

by Kelly Rogan Rogan2019-RYS

Cincinnati and our surrounding communities have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic and addiction.  Families and loved ones, afraid and desperate to be helpful, often get into patterns of enabling behavior which further drain resources and energy while not solving the problem.  Kelly has been working with families for over 30 years and is frequently asked, “How do I support my loved one without enabling?,”  “How do I get through the day without worrying and obsessing?,” and “How will I ever trust again?”  During this luncheon, we will discuss how to know if one is being supportive or crossing into “enabling territory” as well as more focus on trusting one’s self rather than other people.

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Conference Location

The Cintas Center at Xavier University, Schiff Family Conference Center, 1624 Herald Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207

Contact Hours

Nursing - This CE Activity, OLN-S-3025-19, offered by the Episcopal Retirement Services Parish Health Ministry has been approved for 4.25 contact hours by the Ohio Board of Nursing through the approver unit at the Ohio League for Nursing (OBN-006-92) and the program is approved to be offered through October 28, 2020.

Occupational Therapy - Approved by the Ohio OTPTAT Board - OT Section 4 contact hours. Approval #161566.

CSWMFT - The Ohio CSWMFT Board program has approved 2.5 clock hours of professional continuing education for Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists. Approval #MCST03204384. Contact Rhonda Johnson at rjohnson@erslife.org. for additional details.


Representatives from many community organizations will be available to share information and answer questions during the breaks.

Refunds & Cancellations

All requests for refunds MUST BE RECEIVED no later than Wednesday, February 19, 2020. 
Questions? Call 513.979.2246.

Hotel Information

Refresh Your Soul Conference attendees can take advantage of a special group rate until
February 22, 2020 of $124* per night at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn Cincinnati/Midtown, 2145 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, 45207.  To register, call 1-800-445-8667 and be sure to mention the Refresh your Soul 2020 room block.  You can also register online by clicking here.  

*Not Including Hospitality Tax.

Come Refresh Your Soul with us!



Event Date & Time

Refresh Your Soul Conference
Monday, March 16, 2020 
9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Registration, exhibitors and continental breakfast open at 8 a.m. Conference starts promptly at 9 a.m.


event Location

The Cintas Center at Xavier University
1624 Herald Ave,
Cincinnati, OH 45207

Get In Touch

Tricia Ettinger
Email: tettinger@erslife.org
Phone (513) 979-2246

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