Academics

February 21, 2018
As I reflect on our current culture and what behavior is considered status quo, I intuitively sense that as an American culture we are overstimulated, undernourished, and disconnected from our deeper lives. I recently heard that in the leading technology country of South Korea, one of the newest forms of rehabilitation centers popping up all over is technology addiction centers. And it leaves me as a health coach reflecting on the many types of nourishment that we tend to overlook as we stay responsive to the constant external stimulation and distraction of our current society. This article is my health coach remedy for the epidemic we face.
February 12, 2018
From the moment we are born our bodies are essential to our learning, growth and relationships with others. Throughout our lives, our bodies and movements communicate much more clearly than our words.
January 29, 2018
Individuals pursue a career in coaching for many reasons, but there are some common themes. Health Coaches are committed to their own growth and wellbeing, and want to support others with that commitment.
January 25, 2018
In our world today, we are inundated by information. We pay professionals for advice, direction, and interventions. Physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and health professionals of all kinds give us treatments, directions and sometimes threats. The same is true of our financial advisers, accountants, personal trainers, marriage and family therapists, lawyers, etc. Despite all of this expert advice, we find it difficult to make the changes in our lives that we say we want to make. If we do make changes, we struggle to sustain them. Information alone does not lead to shifts in perspectives or actions. That is where coaching comes in.
January 23, 2018
Nature-based therapies bring kids outside to interact with nature while virtual reality therapy uses technology to help them experience nature from within the hospital. Nature-based therapy isn’t always accessible for patients with compromised immune systems, limited mobility or other medical issues that prevent them from leaving the hospital. In those instances, virtual reality can provide “the next best thing.”
January 18, 2018
Ten University of Minnesota integrative health and wellbeing coaching students presented their final capstone projects on Dec. 8, 2017. The health coaching program, which is offered by the University’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, requires that students complete a professional case report as a capstone project to earn a master of arts degree in integrative health and wellbeing coaching.
January 2, 2018
The click-clack of knives chopping on cutting boards and the savory smell of sauteed onions filled the air on a recent evening. Eight students from the University of Minnesota training to be doctors, nurses and counselors raced around the classroom, donning aprons instead of lab coats. Their assignment: Prepare a delicious, healthful meal to treat patients’ specific health problems.
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.
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.
November 4, 2016
This cutting-edge technology holds the promise to assist numerous patients suffering from neuromuscular disorders and other brain diseases.

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