ERS Walk & Talk Podcast

ERS Walk & Talk Podcast

Join us on a 20-30 minute walk while we talk about health, wellness, and life in general. From the Employees Retirement System of Texas, podcast host Lacy Wolff walks and talks with her mentors, friends, experts and leaders about health and wellness.

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September 10, 2021 30 min

Steven White: Building Culture to Support Brain Health

Lacy walks and talks with “recovering multi-tasker” Steven White, Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Brain Health, University of Texas at Dallas, as he walks around the Dallas campus. In our 08/20/2021 podcast, Dr. Sandra Bond-Chapman explained the impact of chronic multi-tasking on our brain health and productivity. What does a work environment look like when it supports...

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Lacy walks and talks with Dr. Sandra Bond-Chapman, founder of the Center for Brain Health at University of Texas at Dallas. What is brain health and can we really improve it beyond a certain age? Why is multi-tasking as bad for our brain as smoking is for our lungs? Dr. Bond-Chapman answers these questions and give proven strategies you can use to boost your cognitive efficiency by as much as 30%. Want to complete a task in almost ...

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Lacy walks and talks with her boss, Porter Wilson, Executive Director of the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS), as he hikes the hills of his northwest Austin neighborhood. Porter describes how his physical activity has had to change over the years and how he uses music as his fuel. How did a musician and Capitol Tour guide find himself as the leader of a state agency decades later? What does health and wellness even have t...

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Lacy walks and talks with Andrea Johnson and Christine Graham in their respective Austin-area neighborhoods. Feeling in control of our finances and working toward money goals is good for our mental health! As financial educators at the Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commission (OCCC), Christina and Andrea share the top questions they get from the public around money. From building your first budget to understanding your credit rep...

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Lacy walks & talks with Dr. Marco Palma, behavioral economist and director of the Behavior Lab at Texas A&M University. Through research, Dr. Palma and his team are discovering what motivates our behaviors, like food choices and spending. Why are we reluctant to change our behaviors, and how can we trick our brains to make better decisions? Learn how “commitment devices,” social support, and mood can influence our behaviors...

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Lacy walks & talks with David Yebra, U.S. Army veteran and Director of Training and Leader Development at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Director Yebra shares how he stays motivated personally and some strategies that can help all of us to become, not just physically active, but the person you want be. What does physical activity have to do with performance and leadership? Find out from seasoned leader in his 50s who...

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Lacy walks & talks with Dr. Tim Church, one of the country’s leading clinical thought leaders in exercise and obesity research. Find out how just starting to move, like taking a short stroll, has an outsized impact on your health. If you do one thing to ensure you keep up your movement practice, what should it be? Dr. Church explains why even though “more is better,” it’s not as much as you’d expect. Just getting started is key...

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Lacy walks and talks with Texas State Parks Director Rodney Franklin, who oversees 88 state parks, encompassing 640,000+ acres of natural beauty. Dir. Franklin shares why more doctors are prescribing time in nature and where to find the often-overlooked natural spaces near you. With limited options during the pandemic, more people discovered state parks and new ways to experience the outdoors -- from the gulf coast beaches to t...

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Lacy talks to Mike Harper, supervisor of the Fitness & Wellness Unit at the Texas Department of Public Safety, as he walks his East Austin neighborhood in between rain storms. Having lost his father to an early heart attack, Mike motivates us to engage with our own health and to make an annual wellness visit to the doctor. He shares the surprising reasons men are more reluctant than women to go to the doctor and why “knowing yo...

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In this 23-minute Walk & Talk, Lacy talks to Baker Harrell as he walks up hills in his Austin neighborhood. Growing up with obesity in rural Mississippi in the 1980s, Baker describes a pivotal childhood moment in a department store dressing room that not only changed his life, but also the lives of his family members. His experience ultimately led him to found an organization empowering Texans to lead healthier lives called It’...

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In this 26-minute Walk & Talk, Lacy talks to Megan Humphrey, a mental health counselor with the Texas Department of Public Safety, while Megan walks along a trail near her Austin home. Megan de-codes loneliness as a biological hunger to connect with each other, what it means to have meaningful connections, how social media fails us in this department. She also shares her strategies for recognizing thoughts and sensations around...

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In this 27-minute Walk & Talk, Dr. Janet Mitchell talks to Lacy from her treadmill on a very windy day in Lubbock, Texas. A former personal physician to Laura Bush and spouse to the Texas Tech University Chancellor Ted Mitchell, Dr. Mitchell shares her passion for women’s health and how prioritizing her own health made her a better parent. Dr. Mitchell describes the dawn of both “aerobic” exercise and preventive medicine, right...

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In this 20-minute Walk & Talk, Lacy walks in her Pflugerville neighborhood while talking with one of her mentors, recently retired DPS Director Gary Albus in Lubbock, Texas. Through his trademark storytelling, Director Albus shares his simple routine for staying fit – both physically and emotionally -- in retirement and in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Learn the wisdom he found in “Rule of 168,” the secret to asking gre...

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April 20, 2021 1 min

Welcome to the ERS Walk and Talk Podcast! 

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