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Ad’k Health symposium highlights the power of optimism

October 22, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Adirondack Health Foundation will host the 2012 Health Symposium, "The Power of Optimism: How Joy and Optimism Ignite the Best in All of Us."

The event is aimed at increasing people's energy, creativity and playfulness to achieve their full potential.

Hosted at the Conference Center at Lake Placid, this year's symposium features keynote speaker Steve Gross, M.S.W., executive director and chief playmaker of the Life is Good Kids Foundation.

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Steve Gross spreads the power of optimism with children in Japan.
(Photo courtesy of Adirondack Health)

Gross is an inspirational speaker who will share his lessons on how to harness the power of optimism. He is a pioneer in utilizing joyful play to promote resiliency in children and their caregivers, and a leader in the field of psychological trauma response.

"I heard Steve speak at a conference recently, and the message was not only joyful but also applicable to our everyday lives," said Kathy McHugh, special events coordinator for Adirondack Health. "He is passionate about his work, about the Life is Good Kids Foundation, and about the power of approaching life with arms - and hearts - wide open. This is an opportunity people won't want to miss."

Gross has implemented child trauma intervention projects with the Center for Trauma Psychology in response to the greatest tragedies of our time, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Following the massive Turkish earthquakes of 1999 and 2000, Gross helped create a classroom-based trauma intervention to help surviving children regain a sense of safety, share their stories of survival and plan for a more hopeful future. To date, this intervention has served more than 250,000 children around the world, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Gaza, Sudan, Burundi and Nepal.

The fun-filled evening begins at 5 p.m. with the Wicked Fun Reception featuring local shops and services, live demonstrations, discounts for area businesses, door prizes and more. There will be a cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and an opportunity to mix and mingle with friends old and new.

Gross's keynote address will follow at 7 p.m. The cost is $20.

Those interested in underwriting, exhibiting or registering for the event should contact McHugh at 518-897-2321,



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