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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 29, 2003

UI Behavioral Health Specialists Offer Relief To The Stressed

Is the stress of the holidays getting to you? Help is just around the corner.

Specialists in the Department of Psychiatry and UI Behavioral Health at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will again offer their Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program beginning next month.

This program assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to change their relationship to stress, chronic pain or illness. Mindfulness Meditation is the core of the program. It involves learning how to have moment-to-moment awareness of the present, helping individuals avoid being on "automatic pilot," focused on the past or anxiously awaiting the future. This awareness of the present can enable people to respond rather than react to situations and to cultivate a greater sense of calm and well-being.

Two sessions of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program will be available. The first session will be held on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Jan. 20 through March 9. The second session will be held on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Jan. 21 through March 10. The fee for each session is $380.

For more information or to register for the required informational session, call 319-384-5089.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,