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July 20
7th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival

July-August 2013
Penn Program for Mindfulness Summer 2013 Course Offerings

September 22
Penn's Second Annual 5K for the IOA and Memory Mile 

September 28-29
UPHS/Penn 2013 MS City to Shore Ride

October 18
PPMC’s 2013 Cultural Diversity Conference

November 9, 2013
2013 Penn Medicine Heart Walk

July 20
7th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival
12 – 7 pm
Saunders Park (39th and Powelton)
Join Penn Medicine faculty and staff along with West Philadelphia residents at the 7th annual Lancaster Ave Jazz Fest! Come early for the uGO Fitness Challenge, starting at 10am. For more information, please visit the Lancaster Ave Facebook page.



July-August 2013
Penn Program for Mindfulness Summer 2013 Course Offerings
The Penn Program for Mindfulness is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Management program that teaches individuals how to use meditation as the primary tool for long-term stress management.  Mindfulness meditation is taught in a completely practical way as a powerful tool to manage the physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms of stress.  

Mindfulness in Education
Mindfulness in Education: an Introductory Workshop for K-12 Teachers, Counselors and School Personnel. August 21, University City
Mindfulness Practice Support (For experienced and practicing meditators)
July through August- twice monthly, 2-hour practice and discussion sessions

Advanced One-Day Retreats  (Pre-requisites apply, registration subject to approval)
July 28, 2013 - Developing Genuine Self-Compassion

For more information or to register, go to Click here to join our mailing list and receive announcements of upcoming events.)


September 22
Penn’s Second Annual 5K for the IOA and Memory Mile

Mark your calendars for Penn’s Second Annual 5K for the IOA and Memory Mile Walk on Sunday, September 22. This year, the event will start at Shoemaker Green, between the Palestra and Franklin Field, and run through Penn Park. Medals will be awarded to the top male and female runners in several age groups. The 5K Run will begin at 8:00 am; the Memory Mile Walk at 8:10 am. Free parking at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and post-race refreshments will be provided.

Proceeds will help further research by Penn’s Institute on Aging for the treatment and care of patients with Alzheimer’s, neurodegenerative and other age-related diseases. Last year’s race proceeds supported two pilot projects for young investigators “in novel areas which might not otherwise be funded, to potentially identify new opportunities for understanding the diseases and identifying new therapies,” said PJ Brennan, MD, senior VP and chief medical officer of UPHS.

Last year’s race raised $40,000; this year’s goal is $50,000.  Ask your friends and family to support your run! To register, click here and select "Online Registration."



September 28-29
UPHS/Penn 2013 MS City to Shore Ride
2013 MS City to Shore Cycling on September 28 and 29

This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the Bike MS City to Shore Ride, in which Team UPHS/Penn, will, with your help, again be the largest team! We’re counting on new and veteran cyclists to keep the momentum going strong and join the team this September 28 – 29, for an even more successful year.  The Team is working with Gary Scheib, UPHS chief operating officer, HUP executive director and the team founder, to set a system-wide goal again of recruiting 300 team members and raising $150,000 this year.

As always, there is truly an option for everyone:  you can choose to participate as a cyclist, a virtual cyclist (if you can’t ride, but want to fundraise), or a volunteer at the team’s Finish Line tent. Register by July 26, and receive a free Team UPHS/Penn jersey.

Thanks to you, the 2012 team of 318 members raised an amazing $158,385 and qualified for the highly-coveted finish line tent and won five awards: Largest Overall Team, Largest Corporate Team, Top Fund Raising Team, $100,000 Club, and Millennium Circle Team.

Garry Scheib and more than 13,000 local people living with MS are again counting on you for what’s sure to be another outstanding year for the Team UPHS/Penn. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the movement to Create a World Free of MS™.  We can’t do it without you!

For more information contact Team Captain, Dan Wilson, MBA, BSN, RN, FABC, vice president, Allied Health and Ambulatory Service at or Suzanne Brown, MS, RPh, director, Pharmacy, at  



Friday, October 18, 2013
2013 Cultural Diversity Conference
Philadelphia Heart Institute
Room 106
Penn Presbyterian’s Cultural Diversity Committee invites you to attend the fourth annual Cultural Diversity Conference. This year’s event will focus on topics related to health literacy. The morning session will feature a keynote address by Victoria Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief nurse executive, and recipient of the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ 2013 Prism Diversity Award. The afternoon session will include a two-hour hands-on workshop on improving communication between healthcare providers and patients with low health literacy, led by Aracely Rosales, chief content expert and multilingual director at Health Literacy Innovations. Save the date and stay tuned for more information on the conference program and registration information. 



November 9, 2013
2013 Penn Medicine Heart Walk
Walk alongside the Penn Medicine community, American Heart Association (AHA) and people of all ages from the Philadelphia area at the 2013 Philadelphia Heart Walk and support the fight against heart disease and stroke!

Penn Medicine will once again support the American Heart Association’s Philadelphia Heart Walk, held on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Citizens Bank Park. This year, for the 15th Annual Heart Walk, the Penn Medicine challenge is to raise $135,000 and recruit more employees, patients, friends and families to walk with us than ever before.

By participating in the Heart Walk, you will help fund groundbreaking research to develop new therapies and better treatment options for cardiovascular disease and stroke

To become a team captain, register as a walker or make a donation, please click here, or contact Kate Balog, Business Development Director for the American Heart Association, at 215.575.5241 or If you are already registered, you are encouraged to view the Heart Walk Participant Tool Kit for fundraising ideas and resources.

PAH Penn Medicine Heart Walk team leaders are Danielle Heffner and Joanne Ruggiero.

Employees who sign up are also eligible for the 2013 incentives.  Learn more about the Heart Walk Incentive Program today!

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