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Wellness study participants

University employees sought for six-week stress management program study


8:36 a.m., Jan. 15, 2016--University of Delaware employees are being sought to participate in a research study considering a stress management program.

The research is being coordinated by health promotion graduate student Jenna Ferguson in cooperation with the Applied Health Behavior Science Laboratory, Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, and the University’s Employee Wellness Program.

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It will investigate the feasibility and process for developing and implementing a Mindful Employee and Occupational Wellness stress management program for employees, a program that is rooted in mindfulness-based interventions.

The study will measure pre- and post-stress levels of participants, who will be asked to attend six one-hour sessions over a six-week period.

Sessions will be held from 5-6 p.m., Thursday evenings, beginning on Feb. 18. Participants will receive a $10 gift certificate for each workshop they attend, and participants who have attended all six sessions will receive an additional $20 gift card.

Ferguson is working on the project with Michael Mackenzie, assistant professor of behavioral health and nutrition, who will facilitate the six-week program.

Those with interest in participating are asked to contact Jenna Ferguson at

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