Bill Harper, executive director of United Way of Greater Lorain County, will present an “Introduction to Mindfulness” to celebrate “United We Sweat” month on Tuesday, September 25. United We Sweat is a program of free activities for the public that take place in Lorain County and which are devoted to improving health and well-being. The program is sponsored by Live Healthy Lorain County.
Mr. Harper’s presentation will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. at United Way offices at 642 Broadway in Lorain. Below is a description of “mindfulness” and how it benefits your health.
THRIVE! Southern Lorain County is the recipient of a generous grant from United Way.
“Mindfulness”: Easing Stress, Reducing Hypertension
and Managing Diabetes
“Mindfulness meditation” is the Buddhist psychological practice of being intensely aware of what you are feeling and sensing in the moment, without being judgmental or negative.
According to the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, mindfulness involves breathing methods, imagery and other techniques that relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
In many clinical trials, mindfulness meditation has proven to be effective in managing stress, anxiety, pain, depression, insomnia and high blood pressure (hypertension).
For people with diabetes, the emotional effects of the disease can be devastating.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (part of the National Institutes of Health) reports that diabetes poses a major life stress that requires tremendous physical, psychological and emotional coping. People with diabetes can experience more anxiety, depression and feelings of being stigmatized. Because 70% of diabetics experience strokes or heart attacks, along with other conditions like blindness, the emotional stress worsens over a lifetime.
Through breathing techniques and focusing on being in the moment, whether you are sitting, walking, cooking or being with others, mindfulness can reduce negative thoughts and patterns, and bring more balance and peace to your life.
Real Tips From Real People
"To help lose weight, I go to Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice as substitutes for carbohydrate-laden foods. They're gluten-free and soy-free, with virtually no calories!" - Jenny A.
"What motivated me to lose weight and get in shape was to place mirrors all over my bedroom and walk around with no clothes on. There's nothing like seeing yourself in the raw to kick-start a fitness regime. (I live alone, by the way.)" - Maggie S.
“Librarian’s Corner: Best Reads and Views on Health and Fitness"
New picks for books and DVDs! The list is made by Janet L. Hollingsworth, MLIS, Director, Herrick Memorial Library, Wellington. They're all at the Library.
• “The Yoga Lifestyle: Using the Flexitarian Method to Ease Stress, Find Balance, and Create a Healthy Life,” by Doron Hanoch
• "Prevention's Complete Book of Walking: Everything You Need to Know to Walk Your Way to Better Health," by Maggie Spilner
• “Eating for Life: Boost Immunity, Prevent Disease, Celebrate Good Food,” by Kristi Fuller, Better Homes and Gardens Books
• "The Whole 30: the 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom," by Melissa Hartwig
• "Yoga for Arthritis"
• "Daily Stretch"
Aren't we lucky? Lorain County offers so many resources to help us all live better!
Lorain County Service Agencies
(The list is alphabetical according
to type of services)
Friends of Senior Citizens
44627 State Route 18
Wellington, OH 44090-9412
440/724-3804, tel. or
Lorain County Office on Aging
MAIN OFFICE – Elyria
320 North Gateway Blvd, 2nd Floor
Elyria, OH 44035
440/244-6261, ext. 4800
115 Willard Memorial Square
Wellington, OH 44090
440/647-0777 (direct line)
YMCA of Greater Cleveland
Diabetes Prevention Program
419/438-7345 (to register