Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences recognizes that, across the United States, 75% of health care expenditures ($1.87 trillion) go toward the treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. Stress is related to many of these chronic illnesses and accounts for 60–90% of all physician visits.
Mindful Extension: A Guide to Practical Stress Reduction Strategies is a pragmatic, four-week program developed by The Ohio State University College of Medicine and offered by Family and Consumer Sciences. It can be used in the workplace to reduce daily stress and increase productivity. During the program, participants learn the principles of mindful awareness and mindfulness as a group, as well as a daily 20-minute guided practice.
The content and structure of each weekly session emphasizes bodily relaxation with soft background music, preceding a discussion of mindful awareness of cognitive habits. The movements and breathing exercises learned in the program are simple and can be practiced daily. The yoga movements and music are meant to facilitate participants' ability to become aware of the life they are living so that they may respond to stress in a more effective manner.