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Health: A Mindful Approach

Melanie Brede, MS, RD, CEDRD, works as a registered dietitian in the Office of Health Promotion with the University of Virginia‘s Department of Student Health. She has adopted the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) philosophy into her work as a dietitian. Beyond assisting with general health and wellness, Melanie Brede specializes in other health related […]

Reading and Meditation

Written by John Lyons, Commonwealth Professor of French, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Each fall, thousands of excited, confused, worried, rushed first-year students arrive at the University, usually happy, but haunted by a distracting urgency.  It seems that everything has to be done at once and that a whole host of opportunities […]

5 Essential Reasons Why Mindfulness is a Leading Tool for Social Innovation

Written by Gretchen Ki Steidle. Steidle, founder and President of Global Grassroots, teaches an experiential course each J-Term on “Conscious Social Change”. Students learn mindfulness-based leadership practices for self-awareness and design a conscious social enterprise as a team. Steidle is the author of the new book Leading from Within: Conscious Social Change & Mindfulness for Social […]

A Different Kind of Thanksgiving Ritual

by Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN Tussi and John Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care Director, UVA Compassionate Care Initiative University of Virginia School of Nursing Adjunct Faculty, University of Virginia, Department of Religious Studies Author, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully With Serious & Life-Limiting Illness Through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness (New Harbinger, 2011) The […]