Vero Beach, FL (PRWEB) September 06, 2012
eMindful Chief Scientific Officer, Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD, will open the second day of this year’s Benefit Forum & Expo Conference in Phoenix on Tuesday Sept. 11.
Dr. Wolever is Director of Research for Duke Integrative Medicine which is at the forefront of research about the clinical efficacy of Mindfulness. She will begin the conference Tuesday with a 7:00 a.m. mindfulness practice session and brief presentation titled, “Mindfulness and How It May Cut Healthcare Costs.” The session will introduce participants to mindfulness and discuss how employers can introduce mindfulness to employees to encourage wellness and productivity.
“The experiential session will give participants an introduction to mindfulness, and an awareness of a few of the essentials of this practice,” Dr. Wolever said. “While the presentation will focus on actual practice, it will briefly review highlights from the research into mindfulness and its impact on stress reduction, as well as the role stress plays in many of the unhealthy behaviors that can contribute to chronic disease.”
As an indication of the growing scientific interest in mindfulness, the number of research studies cited in MedLine grew more than ten-fold during the decade ending in 2011, to more than 450.
The American Psychological Association estimates that 43 percent of U.S. adults suffer adverse health effects from stress including reduced immunity to illness, increased risk of diabetes, and weight gain.
Dr. Wolever was the principal investigator on a recent study published in April in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology that found that an online mindfulness program by eMindful significantly reduced stress and improved sleep quality within a large sample of employees of a major national insurer. Additional analyses using an even larger sample from the same study showed a real-world link between stress and health care costs: Those reporting the highest levels of stress had medical costs nearly $2,000 more annually than those reporting the lowest levels of stress.
eMindful provides evidence-based mind-body wellness programs for managing stress, chronic disease, smoking cessation, and other areas of significant cost and productivity loss for employers and insurance companies. It is the only company delivering live, interactive, mind-body wellness curriculums in online classrooms. An independent third-party assessment instrument has consistently validated a return on investment of 800 percent or more during the first year for employers adopting eMindful’s curriculums. The company’s programs are designed to scale rapidly and can be deployed within 30 days to any client, large or small, around the world.