Practical Stress Reduction Strategies

Mindful Extension

Dr. Maryanna Klatt asks participants to picture a hurricane. The chaos and destruction is all around the edges of the hurricane. Mindfulness helps participants stay in the calm eye of the storm.


The American Psychological Association has reported that the United States is “on the verge of a stress induced public health crisis”. We all have stress. Stress, and its debilitating physiological impact, is an issue costing America billions of dollars, both on an individual and societal level. People who practice mindfulness are better able to manage stress and cope with illness, anxiety, and depression.


Jon Kabat-Zinn is recognized as the Father of Western Mindfulness as he has researched the effect of mindfulness meditation on chronic pain patients at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for decades. He created a stress reduction program called Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). In his book, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, he defines mindfulness. "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally."

Maryanna Klatt, PhD, Associate Professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine has designed and researched the impact of an 8-week mindfulness intervention, called Mindfulness in Motion: Stress Reduction for Busy Adults. Her research is based on a variety of high-stress populations. If you would like, read Maryanna Klatt’s story, Mind and Body – Reconnect Yours.

Mindful Extension: A Guide to Practical Stress Reduction Strategies

Mindful Extension: A Guide to Practical Stress Reduction Strategies, is a pragmatic 4-week program developed by Dr. Klatt that can be easily implemented in the workplace to reduce daily stress and increase productivity. Mindful Extension promotes daily mindfulness practice and teaches the science behind the art of mindfulness.

  • Taught by a trained Ohio State University Extension Educator
  • Meet as group for 1 hour per week on-site (4 weeks total)
  • Weekly session includes discussion of mindful awareness principles and a bodily relaxation with soft background music
  • Fee includes a set of guided mindfulness practice tracks and 1 yoga video to aid in daily, individual 20-minute guided practice
  • The movements and breathing exercises can be used in everyday settings without the need for special exercise clothing, tools or equipment.

Mindful Extension is intended to serve as an introductory class for individuals interested in learning more about mindfulness and its demonstrated health benefits. Mindful Extension is an effective tool to reduce stress, increase productivity, resiliency, work engagement, and a healthier lifestyle.

Mindful Extension: A Guide to Practical Stress Reduction Strategies across Ohio

In 2013 Dr. Klatt trained Ohio State University Extension staff on her 8-week program and then she designed the 4-week Mindful Extension: A Guide to Practical Stress Reduction Strategies to be used as an Extension program across the state. Currently there are eight Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educators who are trained and available to schedule Mindful Extension programs across the state. For general questions about Mindful Extension: A Guide to Practical Stress Reduction, please contact Carmen Irving. To schedule a program with a trained Extension Educator near you, please use the following contact information:

Shannon Carter
Fairfield County (Lancaster)

Patricia Holmes
Montgomery County (Dayton)

Marie Economos
Trumbull County (Cortland)

Christine Kendle
Tuscarawus County (New Philadelphia)

Kathryn Green
Clark County (Springfield)

Patrice Powers-Barker
Lucas County (Toledo)

Melinda Hill
Wayne County (Wooster)

Terri Worthington
Geauga County (Burton)