Wonder Woman Wednesday – Mindfulness

OSU Leadership Center and Community Development in Medina County Extension hosted Wednesday webinars during March 2022 with the theme of Wonder Woman Wednesday. This page shares the resources from the Wednesday, March 30th session.

Sign up TODAY: Join the OSU Extension Live Healthy Live Well 6-week email challenge. The spring 2022 challenge focuses on the dimension of health and wellness. Look for your county here or sign up with the state option or with Patrice in Lucas County.

Want to learn more about your local Ohio State University Extension? Locate an office here: https://extension.osu.edu/lao

Looking for free mindfulness practices? Try the OSU Wexner Medical Center Mindfulness Practices https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/integrative-complementary-medicine/resources/mindfulness-practices

Considering an app for your mindfulness journey? https://osuhealthplan.com/sites/default/files/2020-09/meditation-apps.pdf

Please don’t delay in seeking additional care for mental wellness. If you have any questions please use:

Set Your Intention for the day 3-Minute Mindful Practice To Start Your Day (2016) by Hillary Wright at Mind Body Green

In week #4 of Wonder Women Wednesday on careers, the presenter shared the J Flowers Health Institute Wellness Wheel Worksheet https://2w5y7415e67d1ns5kb10c0n3-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/jflowershealth.com_wellness_wheel_worksheet-1.pdf

List of books related to mindfulness: https://u.osu.edu/powers-barker.1/2021/12/15/on-the-bookshelf-mindfulness/

Short 3 minute video: Why Mindfulness is a Superpower, narrated by Dan Harris, Animation by Katy Davis  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6T02g5hnT4

Descriptions of mindfulness used in the presentation: surfing, puppy and leash, computer with too many tabs open, car in neutral, pause, space

Blog post Spilt Milk – To Cry or Not to Cry – Patrice’s mindfulness journey

OSU Extension, Educational Resources across the lifespan:

If you have any additional questions or want to share about your mindfulness journey, please contact Patrice at powers-barker.1@osu.edu 


Bishop, S.R., Lau, M., Shapiro, S., Carlson, L., Anderson, N.D., Carmody, J., Degal, Z.V., Abbey, S., Speca, M., Velting, D., &  Devins, G. (2004) Mindfulness: A proposed operational definition. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 11, 230-241.

Martin, W. (2009). The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents. Hachette Book Group. New York: NY

Powers-Barker, P., Carter, S., and Worthington, T. (2019). OSU Extension Publications. https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/mindful-wellness/

Why Mindfulness is a Superpower: An Animation (n.d.). Happify. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6T02g5hnT4

Wickham, J. (2015, February 16). Mindfulness and our mental health. Mayo Clinic Health System. Retrieved from http://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/mindfulness-and-our-mental-health

OHCFR Members – You are Invited to a Calm Holiday Season

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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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