Using the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale to Evaluate an Extension Program

The Mindful Wellness team is pleased to present a poster, Ignite and discussion table at the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) 2019 Annual Session in Hershey, PA.

Description: This presentation will share the results of using the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale with adult participants of Mindful Wellness, a program designed and taught by Extension Educators.

poster presentation on MAAS

Poster presentation

Handout for discussion table

The last five minutes of the Ignite presentation included a short mindfulness practice adapted from Chris Bergstrom’s Three Senses, Mindfulness Activity for Kids, Teens and Grown-ups.

Resources:

Mindfulness Resources for Extension Professionals

Dear Colleagues,

We are so excited to share that Mindful Wellness, an OSU Extension curriculum is now available for sale at OSU Extension Publications.

photo of flower on cover of Mindfull Wellness curriculumOSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences promotes mindfulness education as part of the Healthy Relationships team. OSU Extension staff who will use the curriculum across the state can attend an annual state-wide training or coordinate a regional training with colleagues. For more information about Mindful Wellness opportunities in Ohio and links to contacts, please visit https://fcs.osu.edu/programs/major-program-areas/healthy-relationships/mindful-wellness.

Participant AGENDA 2019 for one-day training offered to OSU Extension staff by the Mindful Wellness team.

As a suggestion to our colleagues, we like to share some online, free resources from OSU, other state Extension programs and wellness sites from other universities. This is certainly not an exhaustive list but it includes some online sources that might be of interest to Ohioans in order to learn more about mindfulness:

Thank you for your interest! We are always interested in learning from our colleagues about what works best for you. What are your favorite mindfulness habits and practices?

OHCFR Members – You are Invited to a Calm Holiday Season

pinecones and snow with title calm down for the holidays

Dear OHCFR members,

Every year, Ohio State University Extension’s, Live Healthy Live Well team offer 2 online email challenges focused on health and wellness. The challenges are most often promoted and coordinated through the local county extension office but the OHCFR board discussed the topic and wondered if it might not be of interest to OHCFR members?  This year, the winter challenge focuses on stress and wellness. Two of OHCFR’s board members, Katie and Patrice are Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educators and we have found a way to offer this free, online challenge statewide to OHCFR members. Also, OSU Extension targets this for those who live in Ohio but since it is an online challenge, it is open to any adult who is interested. So, if there are NCFR members reading this who are not in Ohio, feel free to sign up if you’re interested!

There are more details below including the sign-up. If you have any questions, please email Patrice Powers-Barker at powers-barker.1@osu.edu

Count CALM Down for the Holidays Challenge

For many, the holiday season is a busy, stressful time of the year, and it’s not uncommon for our health goals to take a backseat to the celebrations and obligations of the season. Do you want some tips and ideas to relax and enjoy the holidays in a healthful way this year? Join the Count CALM Down for the Holidays email wellness challenge for healthy living tips and encouragement to help you make you most of this holiday season.

When? November 19, 2018 – January 2, 2019

What does it cost?  Nothing – Participation is Free! 

Who can participate?  Any adult with an email account

Includes?  E-mail challenge messages sent 2 times per week, a health tracking log to help you make changes, and lots of encouraging tips!

Sign up for the OHCFR CALM Down for the Holidays challenge at: http://go.osu.edu/calmocfr18

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Mindful Wellness Presentation Materials

The Ohio State University Extension is pleased to present Using the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale to Evaluate an Extension Program as a poster at the Showcase of Excellence and an Ignite/Subject Matter Networking presentation at the 2019 NEAFCS Annual Session in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This presentation will share the results of using the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale with adult participants of Mindful Wellness, a program designed and taught by Extension Educators. 

Coming Soon:  Handout

For more information and contacts, please visit OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences on Mindful Wellness

 

Previous Presentations:

  • Mindful Wellness at the 15th Annual National Land-Grant Diversity Conference on Thursday February 7th, 2019.  This session will look at mindfulness research, practice a mindful exercise and be inspired to consider how mindfulness fits into your work in the community. Mindfulness practices help strengthen capacity for non-judgement and compassion for self and others. Mindfulness exercises are accessible and adaptable for a wide variety of audiences. Handout: Participant Handout Diversity Conference 2019
  • Mindful Wellness at the 2018 NEAFCS Annual Session Thursday September 27, 2018.   This session will introduce Extension educators to the Mindful Wellness curriculum designed to strengthen the mind-body connection and promote holistic health and wellness across the lifespan.  Handout:  MW handout NEAFCS 2018
  • Programs offered to OSU Extension, FCS staff 2017

Introducing Mindful Wellness to OSU Extension FCS

Ignite Mindful Wellness 2018

Thursday October 26, 2017, Mindful Wellness Breakout Session #1

blue wall with quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Presenters: Patrice Powers-Barker, Shannon Carter, Marie Economos, Kathryn Green, Melinda Hill, Pat Holmes, Christine Kendle, Terri Worthington, FCS Educators

Short History

In 2013, OSU Extension FCS Educators had a very unique opportunity to participate in a new partnership on the topic of mindfulness.  FCS Extension Educators participated in an eight week mindfulness training and additional team meetings.  Eventually, a four week session of lessons was created to teach in the community.  One unfortunate challenge of this 2013 program was the lack of opportunity to train more OSU Extension staff to teach it.

The six presenters were trained on the 2013 mindfulness program and have continued to teach about mindfulness in their counties as well as personally practice it. We are excited to share that OSU Extension has a new mindfulness curriculum in peer review that has been designed by – and for – Extension staff!

PowerPoint 10/26/17  Mindful Wellness Intro FCS 17 

 

Handout Mindful Wellness ,FCS Conference

 

Interested in attending the March 6, 2018 training for Mindful Wellness? Sign up here to receive additional information.

Save the Date March 6, 2018

 

Reference List for Mindful Wellness 2017 FCS Conference

Brown, K. W., & Ryan, R. M. (2003). The benefits of being present: Mindfulness and its role in psychological well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 4, 822-848.

HHS Strategic Plan: Strategic Plan FY 2014 – 2018 (2014, March 10). Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from https://www.hhs.gov/about/strategic-plan/strategic-goal-3/index.html#obj_d

Levy, D., Wobbrock, J., Kaszniak, A., & Ostergren, M. (2012). The effects of mindfulness meditation training on multitasking in a high-stress information environment. Graphics Interface Conference

Mazurek Melnyk, B. (2017). Make time for mental workouts: Activities that stimulate our brains are important as we move through life. Ohio State Alumni Magazine.  Retrieved from: https://www.osu.edu/alumni/news/ohio-state-alumni-magazine/issues/may-june-2017/make-time-for-mental-workouts.html?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVRZM1ltTTJNVFZpTkROaCIsInQiOiI4bkZXN2JERmxvb1V0Yjl5dVFKUDI4M1RndWk1ZWtvczUwWnJhTGxxN2hSbUo0NkNpdk9ieGtOcHlZU1duUGFTM1dLZFZlK0d1aUtaUngrSjVhZndROW52VEsyV0N6XC9Pc1YzNG1udWRVcHJrNlJ5U0lldUlOQ0kzbk00K0VJbXIifQ%3D%3D&utm_campaign=UNIV%20Connect%20July%202017%20Non-Openers&utm_medium=email&utm_source=EOACLK

Mindfulness: Learning to live in the moment. (2013 October). Special Report, Supplement to Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Retrieved from http://healthletter.mayoclinic.com/health/pdf/283/201310.PDF

Wang, Z., & Tchernev, J.M., (2012). The ‘myth’ of media multitasking: Reciprocal dynamics of media multitasking, personal needs, and gratifications. Journal of Communication, 62 (3), 493-513. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2012.01641.x