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Center for Integrative Health and Wellness

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a formal eight-week program including a day-long intensive that was created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979.

MBSR can help increase awareness of habitual negative reactions to stress or other stimuli, allowing us to relate to ourselves and the world in a new way. MBSR helps us recognize the moments of choice before reaction to make conscious decisions in the present moment.

The UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness offers the 8-week MBSR program and holds general MBSR information sessions throughout the year.

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Registration for the 8-week course is $450 and includes 20 hours of class time for this evidence-based program with over 30 years of research support. Discounts are available for UC and UC Health employees and students, and Academy of Medicine Cincinnati Members. Payment plans are also available.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Collaboration with Cincinnati COOKS!

"I didn’t think it was going to work, but it works, and I’ve tried all types of methods to relieve stress.”

"We began to find who we were and where we are (in life).”

"It exceeded my expectations. This type of mindful relaxation is like yoga for the mind.”

These reviews are just a few of the accolades lauded by students who participated in an 8-week course on stress reduction at Cincinnati COOKS! — a free culinary job training program for under and unemployed individuals operated by the Freestore Foodbank.

The course was coordinated by the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, led by MBSR-trained facilitator Dr. Meera Murthi and made possible with funds gifted by the Vijay R. Sanghvi Family Foundation. The gift was designed to provide integrative medicine therapies, such the practice of mindfulness-based stress reduction, to Greater Cincinnati’s under resourced communities.

The course involves both formal mindfulness practices, such as awareness of breath, sitting, walking meditation, yoga, body scans, and weekly exercises all of which were geared towards cultivating mindfulness and awareness in everyday life.

Read more from the UC Academic Health Center >> Sanghvi Gift Funds Mindfulness Course at Cincinnati COOKS!

Dr. Murthi Meditating

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