BHI will host its annual conference at Harvard Medical School October 20-23, 2016. This year's course, “Mind Body Medicine: Its Role in Compassionate Care,” will provide hundreds of clinicians and mind body practitioners from across the globe an opportunity to explore cutting-edge research, share best practices and discover new strategies for treating patients. The 3½ day Continuing Medical Education (CME) course will be held at the Joseph Martin Conference Center in Boston.
Keynote speakers include Dr. Margaret Chesney of the UCSF Osher Center and Dr. Steven Southwick of Yale University. Dr. Chesney has conducted extensive research into the role of the individual in the promotion of personal health, prevention of disease, and the maintenance of optimal well-being across the lifespan in positions at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Medicine and at the Center for Advancing Health in Washington DC, among other postings.
The course has been accredited for 26.75 contact hours for physicians and nurses; applications are pending for social workers, counselors and psychologists.
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Please join us Sunday, September 25th for De-Stress Boston, the free stress reduction/relaxation session that kicks off Boston’s HubWeek. This free, two-hour program of mind-body, meditation, stress reduction techniques and music is hosted by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. It is a wonderful way to start your week.
The theme for De-Stress Boston this year is the intersection of mindfulness, happiness and music. Dr. Herbert Benson, Director Emeritus of the BHI will lead the crowd in a relaxation response exercise and Folie A Quatre, a quartet of MGH clinicians and researchers, will not only perform, but explain how music can positively impact mental health.
Laura Malloy, BHI’s Director of Yoga Programs, will lead the crowd in laughter yoga, and our keynote speaker is Dr. Robert Waldinger, who directs the Harvard Study on Adult Development. Dr. Waldinger’s TedTalk on happiness has reached hundreds of thousands of viewers and is often cited in the news.
Read more: BHI to Host De-Stress Boston Sept. 25th as part of HubWeek
The first sight of a yellow school bus can cause excitement and anxiety. The best way to prepare students for back-to-school is to do just that – prepare them.
“Children thrive with routine; it’s important that as we get back to school, we get back into those routines that kids can rely on – going to bed on time, eating healthy, limiting screen time,” said Marilyn Wilcher, Director of the Resilient Youth (RY) program at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (BHI) at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Rana Chudnofsky, MEd, is a former Massachusetts school teacher who works with students, educators and families through the Resilient Youth and Resilient Schools programs. Back-to-school worries can vary according to children’s age and interests, but the one constant should always been open lines of communication, she says.
Read more: Back-to-School Strategies that Promote Positivity and Cultivate Resilience
The core belief of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) - that teaching patients mind body approach like meditation and yoga can reduce their stress and improve overall physical health – was proven correct in a preliminary study published this fall in the journal PLOS ONE. The study found that patients who participated in BHI programs reduced their medical visits on average by 43% in the year after taking part.
The study was led by Dr. James E. Stahl of the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment. Dr. Stahl was previously affiliated with BHI and is Chief of General Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
“Our study’s primary finding is that programs that train patients to elicit the relaxation response – specifically those taught at the BHI – can also dramatically reduce health care utilization,” Dr. Stahl said. “These programs promote wellness and, in our environment of constrained health care resources, could potentially ease the burden on our health delivery systems at minimal cost and at no real risk.”
Read more: Study Shows BHI Participants Reduced Doctors Visits by 43%