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Mindful : October 2017
Trust in Well-Being “Mental health and sub- stance abuse have become the most pressing health issues.... Beyond the human, family, and social toll, mental health challenges are costing our nation hun- dreds of billions of dollars annually,” says Tyler Nor- ris, chief executive of the Well Being Trust, created by Providence St. Joseph Health. The trust funds innovations that “improve outcomes on the most critical mental health and wellness challenges facing America” and advance “the mental, social and spiritual health of the nation.” New Name in Fashion When it comes to creative, contemporar y design that’s kind to the earth and to the people who make it, “mind- ful” is the new description of choice. As Lissome, a Euro- pean digital magazine and store, declares: “The Future Of Fashion Is Mindful.” Nurse Stephanie Treherne at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital makes tiny super- hero capes for babies in the ICU. In 1991, Pamela and Anil Malhotra bought 55 acres of desolate land in South India and founded SAI Sanc- tuary, which today covers more than 300 acres and is home to more than 200 endangered plants and animals. When 10 people— including a family of six—got caught in a riptide at a beach in Florida, around 80 other beachgoers formed a human chain and rescued them. EXTRA ORDINARY ACTS OF KINDNESS When asked what he does during his down time, actor Michael Fassbender said “I try go-karting whenever I can. It helps me meditate a little bit.” Not one’s usual image of meditation, but hey, whatever works? Health-Care Leader Opens Mindfulness Center offering programs and try- ing to gradually change the workplace culture,” Andy Lee, the chief mindful- ness officer at Aetna, said in a press release. “Stress affects all companies. Mindfulness is an effective way to provide people with the tools to help manage their stress.” “It’s a part of the compa- ny’s broader strategy,” said Cheryl Jones, the director of mindfulness at Aetna. “ We’re evolving beyond the mindfulness-based well- ness programs and aim- ing to create a workplace culture of well-being.” Aetna, the American- managed health-care company, has long been at the forefront of well-being initiatives for its employees and its customers. A mind- body stress-reduction pilot program in 2011 led to a 35% reduction in workers’ perceived stress, according to the company. This commitment con- tinues with the opening of a mindfulness center at Aetna headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. There, employees can learn mindfulness techniques and how to incorporate exercises into their every- day life. Aetna employees working in other offices can access the classes virtually. “This is igniting the transformation. We’re going to be 14 mindful October 2017 what’s new PHOTOGRAPHBYDENISMAKARENKO/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM,LISSOME,KRISTOFFERTRIPPLAAR/ALAMYSTOCKPHOTO