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Exploring the Impact of the Pandemic on the Body and Mind with a Virtual PACE Talk

Dr. Gardner-Nix and Dr Bhargava

A special edition of the Northumberland PACE speakers’ series will be offered next month with a virtual event exploring The Impact of the Pandemic on the Body and Mind. The first virtual PACE conversation will take place through Zoom on Wednesday, June 17 at 5:30 PM with guest speakers Dr. Mukesh Bhargava and Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix.

Dr. Gardner-Nix is a renowned mindfulness expert and the founder and owner of the NeuroNova Centre for Mindful Solutions (NNC) in Toronto. She will be joining Dr. Bhargava, who has been the Chief of Staff at Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) since July of 2017 and has been practicing medicine in the community and at NHH since 2011.

Together, Dr. Bhargava and Dr. Gardner-Nix will look at the ways the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the bodies and minds of so many around the world. This special event will start a conversation about how COVID-19 has changed and impacted the mindsets of so many and will delve into the science and facts behind the virus and the pandemic it has caused.

Beginning in 2018, the Northumberland PACE talks have been hosted as free public education sessions on a broad range of health and wellness topics and have consistently drawn large groups of community members with a range of questions and perspectives. Like the hosts of many other gatherings, the Northumberland PACE partners were forced to cancel the latter part of the 2019/20 season, postponing three previously scheduled in-person talks planned for April, May, and June as a result of COVID-19. The ongoing pandemic continues to preoccupy our community, making it a perfect topic for a ‘special edition’ PACE talk, while also testing a new virtual platform for the conversations that well may prove useful when the 2020/21 season resumes this fall.

Lasting an hour in length, each PACE event consists of a 30-minute talk, a 20-minute question-and-answer period with the guest speaker and a 10-minute moderator summary. The special virtual edition on June 17 will follow this same format, on the Zoom platform.

Bring your questions, your suggestions and your experience and join in what is expected to be another informative discussion.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited to the first 300 registered attendees. As this event is being hosted through Zoom, attendees will need a Zoom account (sign up is free), internet access, and should plan to login to the event 5 minutes prior to the start.  Register for the The Impact of the Pandemic on the Body and Mind session today at, where you’ll also find video highlights from last season’s talks and, now available, video and audio recordings from PACE talks delivered earlier this season. Efforts will be made to post a recording of the June 17th conversation on the website following the event, technology permitting, for those unable to participate live.

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