Novant Health and MetLife are proud to sponsor the 2022 Disability:IN North Carolina Wellness@Work Virtual Conference.
Our theme for 2022 is Mindfulness and Exercise Are for Every Body!
When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
Where: This is an online event.
Join us to hear two exciting speakers who have unique approaches to exercise and mindfulness.
Amanda Kloo, PhD
Amanda Kloo, PhD is the Director of Inclusive Recreation at the National Inclusion Project, a non-profit providing businesses, community organizations, recreational programs, and schools the training, tools, and support needed to meaningfully include individuals with disabilities. She is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, a widely published author, and holds multiple consulting positions with research institutions, educational organizations, non-profits, businesses, and universities committed to advancing inclusive work, school, and leisure experiences for individuals with disabilities. Amanda is also a coach and adaptive athlete with Cerebral Palsy whose health, work, and life have been transformed by functional fitness training.
Dr. Kloo founded Project Momentum Fitness to provide free, inclusive health and fitness training to children & adults with disabilities. Amanda believes that exercise, activity, and play are not only possible for everyone-they are fundamental for everyone. Dr. Kloo lives in Mooresville, NC with her husband Rob and twin sons Isaac and Elliot who enjoy the many gifts life brings to their unique family. Dr. Kloos’ talk will focus on ways to adapt fitness routines and activities for people with all types of disabilities and how to incorporate physical fitness at work as well as at home.
David Vago, PhD
David Vago, PhD is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University where he directs the Contemplative Neuroscience & Mind-Body Research Laboratory. He also maintains an appointment as a research associate in the department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and is currently the Research Lead for the wholistic well-being company, RoundGlass. Dr. Vago is a Mind and life fellow, and a founding member of the International Society for Contemplative Research (ISCR). David’s research interests broadly focus on utilizing translational models to identify and characterize neurobiological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in the context of mental health and wellbeing.
He has been a recipient of several research grants from the NIH and small foundations, has published widely in over 75 peer-reviewed journals. As a thought leader in the field of integrative health and mindfulness research, Dr. Vago has given over 150 keynotes and has presented his research at TED-X and in dialogue with many spiritual teachers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dr. Vago will share the latest research on mindfulness and how contemplative practices such as meditation, can improve and extend and enrich our lives.