Stress Reduction Program to be offered

FARMINGTON — Franklin Memorial Hospital will offer a nine-session stress reduction program designed to teach participants practical skills to reduce stress and improve overall health and happiness. Dr. Kathleen Hickey will be the instructor, according to a news release from the hospital.

The course will consist of eight consecutive 2.5- to 3-hour sessions and includes an all-day retreat Saturday, Oct. 24. Participants should be committed to one hour of daily practice and homework to learn and practice mindfulness meditation, Hatha yoga, and body scan.

A prescreening form is available by calling 779-2381. A mandatory orientation session is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the hospital’s Bass Room. After attending the orientation, participants can decide if they would like to move forward with the complete course. Payment will be due at that time for those who wish to continue.

The cost of the program is based on a sliding scale fee according to household income. Scholarships are available to help defray costs. For additional information or to register, call the FMH Education Department at 779-2381.

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