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In the News: Experiences with nature good for your overall health

Nature can provide you with more than fresh air and a nice view. In fact, nature can enhance your overall health and wellbeing.

The Center for Spirituality & Healing’s Jean Larson, Ph.D., was featured in the December issue of Minnesota Health Care News and discussed nature’s health benefits…

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Research Snapshot: U of M investigators find listening to music helps ease anxiety, reduces medication use in ICU

Surrounded by beeping, bustling, monitors and machines that help a patient breathe; the intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital isn’t exactly what you would call a stress-free environment. Worries proliferate easily for ICU patients who are often awake but cannot speak or act independently after having experienced anything from a severe car accident to open-heart surgery.

As they focus on recovery and hospitalization outcomes, patients in the ICU may soon be able to put some of their worries to bed thanks to new University of Minnesota research.

recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found music reduces anxiety for individuals who are critically ill and need assistance from a mechanical ventilator to breathe. Listening to music was also found to reduce the amount of medication nurses gave patients to help calm them.

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In the News: Karen Lawson, M.D., featured in Global Advances in Health and Medicine

Karen Lawson, M.D., director of Health Coaching at the Center for Spirituality & Healing, was featured in the May issue of Global Advances in Health and Medicine. Her article, which is titled “The Four Pillars of Health Coaching: Preserving the Heart of a Movement”, discusses the role of health coaching in health care settings, its past, and the potential it holds in the future.

Health coaching is a relatively new and developing profession designed to meet the needs of people who wish to improve their well-being in the midst of complex healthcare options. At its foundation, health coaching is practiced from a holistic perspective that sees each patient as a healthy being, wise and the ultimate expert in their own healing journey…

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Music therapy shown to help children, others with developmental disabilities

With more than 5,000 music therapists in the U.S. today, music therapy is a practice that is growing in demand, popularity and relevance in today’s health care.

Today’s music therapists work in a variety of health care facilities including psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitative facilities, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centers, agencies serving persons with developmental disabilities, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, schools, and private practice.

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Therapy animals provide U of M students with a stress reliever during finals week

Yesterday, Health Talk provided U of M students with some tips to keep their mind and body sound during finals week.

Earlier this week, the Center for Spirituality & Healing partnered with the Magrath Library and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to provide students with some much needed stress relief during finals week by bringing in therapy animals including 21 dogs and Woodstock, a therapy chicken.

This fun three-day event even garnered considerable media attention from the Minnesota Daily, WCCO-TV, KSTP-TV and the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., discusses “The Science of Positivity” in latest Wellbeing Series presentation

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the featured speaker for the latest University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing Wellbeing Series presentation.

Fredrickson’s presentation, “The Science of Positivity”, will share evidence for the many effects of positive emotions, both in the moment and over time. According to Fredrickson, these effects trigger upward spirals toward a healthier, more vibrant and flourishing life.

Event details:

Who: Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

What: Center for Spirituality & Healing Wellbeing Series, “The Science of Positivity”

When: Friday, September 28, 2012

3-4 p.m. Lecture

4-4:30 p.m. Q&A followed by reception

Where: Coffman Memorial Union Theater

The cost is $20 for the general public, free for University of Minnesota students and a 10% discount is available for UMAA/UMRA members.

To register please visit

To view more presentations by Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., please follow the hyperlinks below:

The Positivity Ratio

Positive Emotions

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