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Oct. 17, 2020 & Jan. 23, 2021
Optimize Your Well-Being
FREE Virtual Symposium Series

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A virtual community series 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.

Managing Pain, Medication-Free


(Pictured Above:Debra Stoner. Photo credit. UC Health/Debra Stoner.)

Debra Stoner always tries to live her life to the fullest. Playing with her 12 grandkids, outboard powerboat racing, motorcycle riding or camping in her 23-foot travel trailer, all became difficult. At times, she couldn’t even put on her own shoes. Debra’s flat feet and traveling job as a calibration tech led her to have a stress fracture in her foot. An MRI also revealed Debra had four bulging disks, two of which had ruptured.

At only 54 years old, Debra could hardly walk, sleep or live her life the way she wanted. Done with her pain, she decided to visit a nearby pain management practice hoping to get treatment and ultimately relief. She left her appointments with only prescriptions to opioids and anti-inflammatory medications. Regardless, she stayed positive and hopeful she could get back to her life, even if it meant taking daily medications.

Unfortunately, the anti-inflammatory pills inadvertently gave her stomach pain. The opioids made her foggy, unable to drive and oftentimes prohibited her from even leaving home. The worst part though was their inability to relieve her pain. She wanted a new answer and one that did not involve more medications.

After spending several days researching what her other options were in Cincinnati, Debra stumbled upon UC Health Integrative Medicine acupuncture services and pain management capabilities at the UC Health Pain Medicine Center.

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Learn More About UC Health Acupuncture >>

Combating ‘Chemobrain’ with Music


(Pictured Above: Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology at UC, UC Health neuro-oncologist and co-director of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute’s Brain Tumor Center (center), in her lab at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. Photo credit/Joe Fuqua/UC Creative + Brand.)

UC colleges collaborate to develop app to look at music therapy's impact on the brain after cancer. Music as medicine has become a more widely adopted concept over the years and considered as complementary therapy for a number of health issues. However, Center affiliated faculty Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD, wondered specifically how it could help patients with neurocognitive problems.


Mindful Music Partnership - UC Health Integrative Medicine + TheWell.World


The UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness (via UC Health Integrative Medicine) is partnering with with Stacy Sims and TheWell to implement a Mindful Music program with support from the Harold G. Schott Foundation.  Mindful Music is currently offered at UC Health in the MS infusion suite, via the UC Health Associate Wellness program on the LINK, with plans to expand to UC Medical Center inpatient services in Fall 2020.

In early 2020, TheWell collaborated with UC Health's Integrative Medicine to bring Mindful Music to patients and caregivers in the infusion suite and waiting areas of the UC Health Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health care world shifted to testing, preparedness and staff well-being. The Mindful Music program was able to pivot to provide virtual playlists for employee well-being. Instructions on how to access playlists, that soothe your mind, body and spirit with mindfulness and classical music, poetry and guided meditation, created especially for UC Health by The Well.World, in partnership with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and other arts organizations.

Learn about the Center's Mindful Music Program >>

Brian Raphael Nabors, Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degree in Composition at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and A Mindful Moment Trustee, shares his thoughts on this years Mindful Music playlist.

How to Start and Maintain a Daily Meditation Practice - Meera Murthi Ph.D.

Depending on what is possible for you, here are some suggestions for developing your practice:
Develop a Formal Practice
  • Commit to a consistent time
  • Decide your duration (2 or 5 or 10 minutes or however long)
  • Find a consistent location (bed, cushion, car, office)
  • Find a body posture that keeps your alert. It is not your posture but attending to yourself with dignity that is ultimately important.
  • Follow a guided practice and a teacher whose voice, style, language and method speaks to your needs
  • Be at ease in the body (comfortable clothes, warm or cool, etc)
  • Focus on breath. If breath is a difficult place to focus, find  objects of focus ( sounds, body sensations, sights)
  • Participate in a meditation group to support your practice
Develop an informal practice
  • Find ways to meditate throughout the day with your eyes open ( brushing your teeth, driving, bathing, walking, eating, attending to patients, sending an email, talking to your kids). You are already breathing. Just welcome it into your ever-present awareness.
Attend to yourself
  • Practices can be triggering. Meditation can bring us into an encounter with histories of suffering in our bodies and communities. Attend to your window of tolerance. If you feel overwhelmed, take a compassionate break. You can open your eyes, sip some water, breathe, put a hand on your heart to settle, self-soothe.
  • Center your daily practice on kindness, compassion, and soften regardless of whether you encounter calm, bliss, self-judgment, harsh criticism, racing thoughts, distraction, boredom, frustration, anger, rage, numbness, fatigue, craving. We are not good or bad meditators and there are no good or bad meditation sits.
We meditate to encounter the majestic, petty, raw and ever-changing landscape of our humanity, and to learn to be in wise relationships with ourselves, and our communities.

Much peace and warmth
Meera Murthi. MS., Ph.D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
MBSR Instructor
MSC Instructor

Center Mindfulness Resources >>

Virtual MBSR Training FEB-MAR 2021 >>

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Mental Well-Being

Discount on Workplace Mindfulness Programming 
To honor October's mental health awareness week and to acknowledge the recent increase in the stress of individuals and organizations across the country, the UC Workplace Mindfulness Team is pleased to offer a 25% discount on any workshop booked for the month of October.

Our most popular one-hour virtual workshop: Practical Tips for Increasing Mindfulness and Resilience in the Workplace
Mindfulness is a simple mental practice, validated by science, that can enhance focus, resilience, productivity and overall mental and physical well-being. This one-hour workshop introduces the science and impact of chronic stress, the concept of mindfulness, current research, the personal and professional value of mindfulness, and tangible applications of simple and effective mindfulness practices for improved well-being. All participants receive digital resources to support sustained, self guided practice after the session, and access to email support.
Other workshop topics include:
•  Managing Uncertainty in a Constantly Changing World
•  Mindfulness and Peak Performance
•  Habit Formation and Mindfulness
•  Managing Attention Instead of Time for Efficiency and Well-being

Please email Meriden McGraw to discuss scheduling and programming. 

Meriden McGraw, MS, MPH

Center Mindfulness in the Workplace Information >>
Upcoming Virtual Events

Every Monday beginning Sept. 14 at 8:30 AM
Mindfulness Sessions
with Dr. Barbara Walker
Learn More & Register >>

Oct 17 & Jan. 23, 9:30 AM-1:30 PM - Optimize Your Well-Being: Prevent.Heal.Thrive
A symposium series focused on integrative health and wellness and cancer survivorship.
Learn More & Register >>

FEB 2-MAR 23, 2021 Virtual Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Training with Dr. Meera Murthi. Groups meet weekly on Tuesday evenings. Register Online >>
Sweet Potato Hummus
  • 1 large sweet potato, cooked & mashed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chick peas, drained, rinsed
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, halved
  • 1½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and purée until smooth.

Seasonal Produce Guide >>
UC Health Integrative Medicine Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites or acupoints.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 513-475-9567 (WLNS). Prior to your visit, we also recommend contacting your insurance company regarding specific coverage or reaching out to our physician billing specialist at 513-475-9567.
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Undergrad Integrative Health and Wellness Certificate

A virtual poster of research involving the UC Undergrad Integrative Health and Wellness Certificate was presented at the 2020 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health.

Novak, B., Lyle, K., Pallerla, H., Moss, E., Sacco, J., & Cotton, S. (April 28 - May 1, 2020). The development and evaluation of an undergraduate integrative health certificate program [Poster session]. International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, Cleveland, OH.

Learn More About the Certificate Program >>

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Center Receives Foundation Grant to
Support Teacher Resiliency Training


In August 2020, the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness received a $12K+ grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation to support teacher resiliency training in Cincinnati Public Schools.

This 8-week (1 hour/week) evidence-based, virtual mindfulness training reduces stress and increases resilience by teaching tools to improve self-regulation and stress management, and thus improve teaching ability as we enter the unpredictability of Fall 2020 and beyond.

For more information about our resiliency training & mindfulness in the workplace offerings >>
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