Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wellness May at GPS brings three special events to conclude this year's programming.

Dick Butkus brings his "I Play Clean" to Glenbard West on May 4 at 7pm.  Working to strengthen the future of sports, the program offers advice to coaches, athletes & parents about training, nutrition, attitude and the health issues involved with taking steroids.  Also appearing is Dick's son Matt who played defensive lineman for the USC Trojan football team and drives wellness initiatives through the Dick Butkus Center for Cardiovascular Wellness; and DuPage Medical Group board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Vijay Thangamani , who served as a former team sports physician for the Boston Celtics and the University of Notre Dame. Glenbard West alum Mike Hall, the winner of ESPN’s first season of Dream Job and current Big Ten Network anchor, will serve as moderator.

 On Thursday, May 7, GPS presents day of talks featuring acclaimed clinical psychologist Robyn Silverman, Ph.D.  Dr. Robyn Silverman knows how to inspire greatness in parents and their teens.  After spending years researching the areas of leadership development, wellness, and most recently, grit and fulfillment -- here is a positive approach to parenting filled with strategies to help youth set goals, realize their gifts, and achieve their dreams.

Dr. Silverman is an award-winning featured expert for the national media, regularly seen on The Today Show, ,the CBS Morning Show, and Good Morning America. Dr. Silverman is engaging, motivational, and passionate about helping youth overcome their barriers to achievement and success. She has been the consultant for 18 books on topics such as health, relationships, bullying, and child/teen development. Her book Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls & How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It is based on her commitment to help all girls reach their potential, and expands upon her groundbreaking research on body image as an obstacle to accomplishment and acceptance.

“Helping Girls Thrive : Developing Their Confidence, Goals, and Leadership”12:00-2:00 p.m.Community Consolidated School District #93, Administration Center, 230 Covington Dr. in Bloomingdale.

"Thriving Under Pressure: How to Help Youth Set  Goals, Discover Their Strengths, and the Strategies for Motivation, Leadership and Good Health". Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Glenbard South 23W200 Butterfield Rd. In Glen Ellyn.    A 6:15 p.m. A Wellness Expo with over 20 vendors will precede the 7 p.m. program.

CPDUs are available for education professionals.

 On Monday, May 11, 2015,  Washington Post award-winning journalist Brigid Schulte presents "Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time" 12:00PM -1:30PM   Marquardt Administration Center, 1860 Glen Ellyn Rd, Glendale Heights 60139.   

When Brigid Schulte, a harried mother of two, realized she was living a life of all work and no play, she decided to find out why she felt so overwhelmed.  This lead to a search for answers, and ultimately to her well-researched and bestselling book "Overwhelmed.” In this important GPS discussion we will examine contemporary scientific research on time management and learn why being overwhelmed can physically affect the brain.  What can we learn from the latest human performance and motivation-science to help us to make better use of each day? Enlivened by personal anecdotes, and humor, this program uncovers some of the misguided beliefs that – seemingly -- have made leisure feel like a thing of the past. Join us for this fresh perspective on a balanced life, as we present solutions that will lead to less stress as we discover how to find time for things that matter.

All GPS events are free and open to the public.

GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage,DuPage Medical Group, the Emmy Gaffey Foundation, and Trust Company of Illinois, with additional support from Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health at Central DuPage Hospital, FORWARD and Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence.

For information regarding GPS programs, visit or contact Gilda Ross, at 942-7668 or