NSYMCA'S "Lunch and Learn" Returns Live for the First Time Since the Pandemic

  • The NSYMCA's Y.E.S. (YMCA Educational Series) May speaker series will feature its first live "Lunch and Learn" presentation on May 18.

    The NSYMCA's Y.E.S. (YMCA Educational Series) May speaker series will feature its first live "Lunch and Learn" presentation on May 18. Courtesy of North Suburban YMCA

Updated 5/11/2022 3:24 PM

It's been a long two years of virtual "Lunch and Learn" presentations from Y.E.S. - the North Suburban YMCA's Educational Series. But as of May 18, all of that changes as the Y hosts its first live "Lunch and Learn" speaker series, featuring experts from the healthcare community. The event will be offered live and virtually with lunch served to in-person participants.

The May 18 "Lunch and Learn" program sponsored by Always Best Care North Shore, is entitled, "A Holistic Approach to Your Health and Wellness," and includes a panel discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m. The program is designed to help participants connect all of their healthcare providers to complement their well-being and recovery path. The event is free and open to the public, but it requires prior registration. Registration is limited for the in-person lunch and closes on May 16.


Hosts Kim Nyren, director of Community Investment & Events director at the North Suburban YMCA and Samantha Breden, Business Development manager at Always Best Care North Shore will welcome panelists Charmaine Conaghan, owner and executive director of Always Best Care North Shore; Lori DeBlock, Healthcare manager at Fox Rehabilitation; Nora Rosenau, occupational therapist at Fox Rehabilitation; Lydia Nader, MS, RDN, LDN, sports nutritionist at the Illinois Joint and Bone Institute; Titus Mason, Home Health specialist at Kindred Home Health; Dr. Ricardo G. Senno MD, MS, FAAPMR from the SENNOGROUP; and Rebecca Cavour, community liaison at Sanctuary Hospice.

"All of us at the Y are so excited that things are starting to get back to in-person events. The Y's virtual programs have proven to be a valuable and effective way for the community to connect in the absence of in-person gatherings. But nothing can replace the informal, spontaneous interactions that regularly occur at live events," said Kim Nyren, director of Community Investment & Events, North Suburban YMCA. The Y will continue to hold virtual events even as the Y returns to in-person programs.

"We are so proud to support the NSYMCA's Y.E.S. series. The Y does so much to help all ages throughout the Chicago area," stated Samantha Breden, Business Development manager of Always Best Care North Shore. "The Y's mission of giving back and providing resources to the community aligns with our Always Best Care values. This panel presentation is made of up like-minded healthcare professionals who are coming together to share their expertise so that people have the knowledge and resources they need."

The YMCA Educational Series (Y.E.S.), is variety of free presentations offered by experts in their field. Each program is free and open to the public, and is available on the NSYMCA pod cast library and YouTube channel. The Y.E.S. Series has tripled in size over the last two years and received the 2020 YMCA excellence award in programming. For more information or to register for Y.E.S. programs, visit the North Suburban YMCA at nsymca.org, or call (847) 272-7250.

About the North Suburban YMCA

The North Suburban YMCA services Northbrook and 14 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help its residents become healthier, more connected, and confident, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The NSYMCA focuses on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility and is a charitable organization, inclusive and welcoming to all in our community. Learn more at NSYMCA.org.