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Tags: Wellbeing
September 20, 2017
The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has been awarded the first phase of a cooperative $11.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study non-drug approaches to prevent chronic low back pain, which could lead to reduced opioid use.
June 14, 2017
Gratitude is a wonderful word. It also can be a challenging practice, particularly when life presents challenges. It did not always come naturally for me. I was raised to say “thank you” and I learned that lesson well, yet my delivery was often perfunctory and distant, consistent with a comfortably numb life.
June 12, 2017
"For all of his many contributions to human health throughout the past 70 years, I cannot think of a more worthy person for the Center to be named in honor of than Earl Bakken. He is a man of paradox: an engineer who envisions a world of high-touch integrated healing, a leader who inspires others, but lets them go their own way, an introvert who will happily stand on a convention floor for 12 hours at a time, talking to other dreamers and prospective adopters of his ideas." - Bill George, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic

Continue reading: The Vision of Earl Bakken

May 22, 2017
My stepson will graduate from high school in a few weeks - a big deal for him, his mom, for all of us. My oldest son will have his own big deal at the end of May when he graduates with an M.B.A. These big life events affect many around them: extended family, professionals, friends. Our family isn’t unique; hundreds of thousands of students will walk across a stage somewhere this spring, carrying the full gamut of emotion. Individually and together, we’ve worked for years to prepare for school graduation.

Continue reading: Graduation

January 20, 2017
Amazing innovations in photography are coming along faster than most of us, even the pros, can keep up with.
January 12, 2017
Food plays a significant role in health & wellbeing. New UMN course teaches medical students how to cook for their bodies, with hopes that they can convey this knowledge to future patients.
December 29, 2016
Kristin Neff, PhD, one of the world’s leading experts in the field of self-compassion, visited the Center for Spirituality & Healing as a Wellbeing Lecture Series speaker in 2014. Her innovative work — encompassing more than a decade’s worth of research and measurement — aligned closely with the Center’s focus on wellbeing, and also with its flourishing mindfulness program.
December 15, 2016
Current treatment options for chronic pain focus on managing pain & symptoms. That often includes prescription painkillers. But with the growing opioid epidemic, more people are considering alternative options. A recent clinical trial from researchers at the Center for Spirituality & Healing explored that trend, looking specifically at chronic neck pain in older adults. The study analyzed costs and outcomes for three different treatment recommendations for chronic neck pain. The results were published in The Spine Journal.
December 12, 2016
During her years as a hospitalist, Kate (Venable) Shafto, M.D., noticed her health waning. It was never anything drastic, but the signs were there. So, she adjusted her lifestyle and implemented changes like clean eating and practicing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Spirituality & Healing. Soon, she noticed that those choices melded into her care and teaching, too.

Continue reading: Food Matters

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