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Mindfulness Meditation

While there are thousands of meditations available on apps and online, there is power in practicing as a group.  It helps strengthen our connections, helps create an environment of group support, and helps those participating to stay motivated and committed to a regular practice. 

Dr. Barbara Walker is offering virtual  Group Mindfulness Meditation sessions during the month of April.  Three session times are available (morning, afternoon and evening). Guided meditations will 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. 

  • Monday - Friday at 8:30 AM - JOIN
  • Monday - Thursday at NOON - JOIN
  • Monday - Thursday at 8:30 PM - JOIN

These sessions aim to help you hit the reset button and aid in improving your mental and physical health.     

UC Student Keeps It Upbeat in the Midst of COVID-19
UC student and her family keep it upbeat and creative in the midst of COVID-19
In the midst of intense times, the Holliday family knows just how to keep you smiling and your foot tapping. They have created a music video expressing their thoughts about coronavirus and how it has upended everything. Abby Holliday, a senior studying social work at UC, got things going. 
Immune-Boosting Warming Tea Recipe
from Turner Farm Chef Stephanie White
Yield: 1 quart (4 cups)
  • Water, 5 cups
  • Cinnamon Stick, 2
  • Ginger, peeled + sliced, One 2-inch piece
  • Turmeric, peeled + sliced, One 2-inch piece
  • Black Peppercorns, 5 each
  • Honey, 2 Tbsp, optional/adjustable

(1) Pour the water into a large pot. Add the cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and black peppercorns. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and either let steep or let simmer for about 30 minutes (depending on how strong you want the tea to be).

(2) Remove from the heat and carefully remove the cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric. Add the honey and stir until completely dissolved, if desired. Serve warm or let cool, then refrigerate for several hours (preferably overnight) until chilled.

Peeling the ginger and turmeric with the edge of a spoon (rather than a vegetable peeler) will both be easier and less wasteful. It is recommended to also wear gloves while working with turmeric, as it will stain things easily.

Ground turmeric can also be used if fresh is unavailable: use 1 Tbsp of ground turmeric for this recipe.

Make a big batch of tea and either drink the leftovers chilled, or reheat at your convenience! The tea will last about a week in the fridge if cooled properly.
Visit the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness for additional resources.
Dr. Barbara Walker, Integrative Health and Performance Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Staff from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden delivered hundreds of tulips to UC Health Medical Center to brighten the days and nights of healthcare staff and patients.  (Note: the zoo is also on lockdown and all personnel are wearing masks and sterile gloves to deliver the flowers.) Thanks to Stephanie Fultz for coordinating.
(Photo and information courtesy of Cathy Crain, Advisory Council member for the UC CIHW)
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