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"When I am in my relaxation mood, I enter a quiet, deserted beach…I collect all my positive thoughts and smile…My negativity is left to wash away on the shore…Relaxation has helped me handle my problems in a more calm and respectable way."High School Student
Newark, NJ
EDUCATION INITIATIVE
With stress in schools on the rise, the Mind/Body Medical Institute adapted its pioneering mind/body medical programs in 1991 to create the Education Initiative (EI). The EI presents a curriculum of easy-to-learn life management skills that combine relaxation response techniques with stress management, coping skills, and healthy lifestyle behaviors.

The EI's effective "train the trainer" model comprises two phases: In phase one, we offer teachers and other members of the school community a curriculum that has proven to be beneficial in their personal as well as professional lives. In phase two, our staff demonstrate how the interventions can be integrated into the classroom, nurses' office, and counseling practices. The model can sustain itself as school staff, once trained, can continue to teach these skills to students throughout their careers.

Over the years our EI programming has been well received by hundreds of teachers and other school personnel as well as by children of all ages and diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. We have brought our programs to schools in South Central Los Angeles, Newark, and neighborhoods of Boston as well as to private institutions such as Milton Academy, the Taft School, and Dana Hall. While it is impossible to make each day at school stress-free, equipping the school community with stress management tools can result in an educational experience in which students are calm and ready to learn and teachers are re-energized and focused.

More Information
For more on the Education Initiative, contact Marilyn Wilcher at 617.991.0102 x208 or email mwilcher@mbmi.org
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A Student-Led Meditation
Relaxation Exercises
Herbert Benson, MD President,
Mind Body Medical Institute and
Mind Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School.