New Year, New You series aims to help people reach 2023 health goals

by | Feb 2, 2023 | What’s Happening

Michael Roizen:

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 12 pm, online, free

Michelle Segar: Wednesday, March 15, 12 pm, Sandler Family Campus, $12 (includes lunch)


To assist people in achieving their health goals in 2023, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, in partnership with Simon Family JCC’s JFit, created the New Year, New You series.

The festival’s New Year, New You series began on Wednesday, Jan. 25 with Heidi Skolnik, a thought leader in nutrition. Skolnik has overseen performance nutrition for the School of American Ballet, at The Juilliard School, and has served as team nutritionist for multiple major league sports teams, including the New York Giants, New York Nicks, and New York Mets. She spoke to an attentive crowd over lunch at the Sandler Family Campus about preventing, and even reversing age-related weight gain.

The series continues in February and March with Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer emeritus, at the Cleveland Clinic, and Michelle Segar, an award-winning researcher and health coach. Sandra Porter Leon, director of nutrition, The Neighborhood Harvest and Tom Purcell, Simon Family JCC’s wellness director, will interview both speakers.

Roizen will explain how cutting-edge science and technology will revolutionize people’s ability to live longer, younger, and better. Speaking online, Roizen will unpack a wide swath of medical phenomena—from reengineering aging cells to DNA manipulation to bionic bodies—to show how increased longevity will change lives and culture. He will also provide a concrete action plan for good health, a youthful appearance, mental vigor, and strong finances in this new world.

Segar will explain the surprising reasons why so many eating and exercise plans crash when they come up against real life. Referring to these conflicts as “choice points,” she will offer a fresh solution that will liberate attendees from past diet and workout regiments and allow the discovery of an easy, flexible, joy-infused decision tool that will guide them to finally achieve and maintain eating and exercise goals.

Tickets for Segar’s presentation are $12 for general admission or $6 for those 55+. Lunch is included. A signed book and lunch bundle is available for $37 until March 8.

Registration for both events can be found at

For more information, contact Hunter Thomas, director of Arts + Ideas, at

The Lee & Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival is held in coordination with the Jewish Book Council, the longest-running organization devoted exclusively to the support and celebration of Jewish literature.

Hunter Thomas