Bringing Mindfulness Programming to Corporate and Community Wellness Programs
Original Air Date: July 22, 2015
Presenters: Lucy Sternburgh, PhD, RCEP, CWP, CWWS, CWWPM,
and Hanna Reising, MPH, CWP
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Persistent high stress has been shown to be related to negative outcomes including personal and professional burnout, absenteeism, lower productivity, lower job satisfaction, and turnover. Addressing stress and emotional exhaustion addresses the root cause of many common health behavior risk factors such as poor nutritional habits, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, tobacco use, and overweight/obesity.
The research and application of Mindfulness in health and well-being to address chronic stress and resilience building has increased exponentially in recent years. Mindfulness is now being recognized as a critically important component of wellness, in education, law, business, and nearly every sector of society.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based 8-week program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979. It uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and movement to help people become more mindful and focused on the present moment.
Learn about MBSR and other Mindfulness-based Interventions (MBIs) as ways to implement corporate and community wellness programs. Empower others to awaken to their lives, and live with a greater sense of presence and compassion.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
About the Presenters
- identify the operational definition of mindfulness.
- identify the history and development of mindfulness in the modern world.
- explore various opportunities for implementing mindfulness programming in corporate and community wellness settings.
Lucy Sternburgh, PhD, RCEP, CWP, CWWS, CWWPM, is the Manager of Employee Wellness & Community Health Promotion at Beaumont Health System. She is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager, Intrinsic Coach®, Certified Wellness Speaker, and earned her PhD in Health Promotion & Wellness. Lucy is also a Special Lecturer at Oakland University within the Wellness, Health Promotion program, and very much enjoys sharing her passion for wellbeing with others. She has completed over 500 hours of training as a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS. Lucy is especially passionate about encouraging others to take great care of themselves, and believes that health, happiness and well-being are contagious!
Hanna Reising, MPH, CWP is the Program Coordinator for Community Wellness & Program Assistant for Employee Wellness at Beaumont Health System. She is a Certified Wellness Practitioner and has her Master’s in Public Health with a focus in Health Policy & Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Wellness, Health Promotion & Injury Prevention from Oakland University where she was a 4-year varsity basketball player. Hanna’s athletic career sparked her interest in health—both physical and mental—which led to her career in wellness and community health. A desire to help people, particularly youth, has driven Hanna to work with a number of research-backed health and wellness programs which are delivered to schools and non-profit organizations within the Metro Detroit area. She truly believes that knowledge is power and enjoys helping people be the best version of themselves.