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Dr. Rekha Chaudhary Shares Tips on Dealing with Stress During  Pandemic
The pandemic can be a very stressful time. Here are some tips from integrative oncologist, Dr. Rekha Chaudhary, on reducing stress and improving your immune response.

Turner Farm Foundation Gives $1.5M to Create Endowed Chair for the Director of the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness


(Above, L to R: Manoj Ambalavanan, Sian Cotton, Emily Moss, Brenna Novak)

A $1.5 million gift from the Turner Farm Foundation – and a $500,000 matching gift from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Hagins Family Matching Gift Program – has established an endowed chair at the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. The Turner Farm Foundation Endowed Chair will support the director of the center in perpetuity and advance the center’s mission of improving the health of the local and global community through integrative health and wellness programs and efforts.

“This extraordinary gift means that Cincinnati will always have a center dedicated to integrative medicine,” said Sian Cotton, PhD, director of the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. “It advances our clinical, research, education and community engagement efforts and demonstrates that we have the support of both the college and the greater community."

Cotton, who has served as director of the center since 2013, is the first Turner Farm Foundation Endowed Chair. Read more >>

Coverage from the Business Courier: Farm Endows Chair at UC College of Medicine with $1.5M Gift >>

Coverage from Movers & Makers:
Turner Farm and UC Foundation Support Integrated Health and Wellness >>

Mindfulness for Transition & Change: The Center's Corporate Mindfulness Program

The Corporate Mindfulness team at the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness recently reached out to our current clients to determine the new personal and professional pain points due to current circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. With that information, we created Mindfulness for Transition & Change to give individuals concrete tools for surviving and thriving during this time of adversity.

Sessions help to turn down the noise, manage stress, and
maximize potential while providing evidence-based, relevant skills that can help during times of crisis and can carry forward in professional and personal development.

Six Weekly Sessions
  • Uncertainty: Managing unknowns and uncertainty while remaining focused on the present moment
  • Remaining Centered: Remaining calm and centered during change and transition for yourself and to support others
  • Thriving: Learning how to thrive while doing less and being more
  • Grief: Managing self or others' grief of missing out on planned or future experiences
  • Managing Fear: Managing fear surrounding self or others' health and safety
  • Focus and Performance: Maintaining a high level of performance for future experiences while reformulating goals
Session Format
Fifty-minute sessions are comprised of didactics, several guided experientials, and an evidence-based presentation introducing the benefits and evidentiary foundation for the practices. Ample opportunity for Q&A is also built in. Participants will walk away with tangible techniques they can implement immediately. The sessions can build upon each other or stand alone and are tailored to each client's needs.

Please email for further information on pricing and scheduling.

Center Faculty Recognized by
UC Women in Medicine & Science


Virtual Group Mindfulness in May

Dr. Barbara Walker is offering virtual  Group Mindfulness Meditation sessions during the month of May.  Guided meditations start about 3 minutes into the time listed. Please mute your phone when you join.  You are welcome to email Barbara Walker ( with any questions.  These sessions aim to help you hit the reset button and aid in improving your mental and physical health.   

  • Monday - Friday at 8:30 AM - JOIN

SAVE THE DATE: Oct. 17, 2020
Optimize Your Well-being

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A community event focused on integrative health and cancer survivorship. Hosted jointly by The UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness and the UC Cancer Center Survivorship and Supportive Services Program. Keynote speakers Lorenzo Cohen, PhD and Alison Jefferies, MEd, coauthors of Anticancer Livingg Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six. More details to come. Email for additional information.
Dear Friends, 

As a two-time cancer survivor, who is immuno-suppressed, I sit quarantined in my home. Upon first reflection, I miss my active life, busy with activities and friends and colleagues all day only to arrive home to a quick dinner and my computer or time with my husband, trying to squeeze in a work-out, mindfulness and a little downtime.
Upon second reflection, I have found my silver lining. The survivorship modalities I used to squeezed into my life have now taken center stage. I am cooking and eating healthier meals and finally completed an 8 week mindfulness class and can actually notice thoughts and return to my breath. I stretch and do yoga every day and workout and walk or ride my bike daily. I have plenty of time for my family and friends even if it is by Zoom or phone.  Overall, the quality of my life has improved and my body is stronger and my mind quieter.
This e–newsletter has plenty of classes, resources and a recipe or two to help you take a step back and find a silver lining is these crazy times. I invite you to find a new, improved normal with the help of our experts at the University of Cincinnati Center for Integrative Health and Wellness.
In good health,
Carrie Hayden
Community Advisory Council Chair
Upcoming Virtual Events

Every Weekday in May (M-F) 8:30 a.m.
Group Mindfulness Meditation Sessions
with Dr. Barbara Walker
Join WebEx Meeting >>

Every Wednesday, 9 a.m.
Mini Meditations
with Tina Walter for Cancer Support Community
Join Zoom Meeting >>
Meeting ID: 965-2325-2716

Wed. May 27, 4-5p.m.
Wellness Solutions for Managing Stress

Join WebEx Meeting >>
Meeting number (access code): 611 759 120
Meeting password: 4kxPvvJMY88

Quinoa, Mint, & Pea Tabbouleh

Yield: 6 Servings
  • Quinoa, rinsed 1 cup
  • Garlic clove, minced 1 -2 cloves
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 3 cups
  • Chopped fresh mint 2 cups
  • Salt to taste
  • Peas, frozen, defrosted 2 cups
  • Radishes, thinly sliced 1 cup
  • Extra virgin olive oil 5 Tbsp
  • Scallions, finely chopped 1 bunch
1. In a small pot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Place rinsed quinoa in pan to toast slightly, roughly 1 minute. Add 2 cups salted water to pan, bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover pot, cook until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, roughly 10-15 minutes.

2. Transfer cooked quinoa to large bowl and let cool slightly while preparing the other ingredients.

3. Meanwhile, toss garlic, lemon juice, parsley, mint, scallions, salt, peas, and radishes in a bowl. After the quinoa is cool to the touch, mix in herb mixture. Add remaining olive oil, toss together, taste and adjust seasonings.

4. Serve and enjoy.
Healthy UC Virtual Resources

UC Health Integrative Medicine Virtual Classes
  • Wed. May 27, 4-5p.m. Wellness Solutions for Managing Stress. Join WebEx Meeting >>. Meeting number (access code): 611 759 120. Meeting password: 4kxPvvJMY88
UC Health COVID-19 Resources
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