Experts

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.”
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.
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 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.
August 31, 2016
Have you ever thought about making a wellbeing goal? Improving your personal wellbeing can actually help you achieve your academic and professional objectives by giving you the energy and health you need to manage stress, stay focused, and connect to what you find most meaningful.
August 29, 2016
There has been a lot of attention recently on bullying in schools and the detrimental impact on students' mental health and wellbeing. In 2015, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill that requires school districts to develop and enforce a plan to reduce bullying. Not surprisingly, bullying doesn't end on the playground.
January 26, 2016
Dying is an uncomfortable topic of conversation. No one wants to bring it up, not even our doctors. Unfortunately, this leads to miscommunication about how a person wants to die. In fact, about 7 in 10 Americans would prefer to die at home, but only about a quarter of them actually do. “There is a fundamental disconnect between what happens and what we want, and that stems from a lack of communication about dying,” says Frank Bennett, MDiv., senior fellow in the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing and former hospital chaplain and minister. “Most care providers frame the conversation around therapeutic interventions, because that’s their focus, but patients think in terms of goals, hopes and fears.”
December 2, 2015
On calm mornings and evenings, the sandstone cliffs, rising hundreds of feet from the lake, are perfectly reflected below. While working with art models, the images, for me, always start with the landscape and my feelings about the land. I strive to utilize the figure as a way to connect the viewer in a deeper way to the sense of place. What does it feel like to be immersed by this environment?
December 1, 2015
At the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, we often talk as a team about the importance of living the work, and not just doing the work.

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