About Taking Care Of You

About the Taking Care of You program

Taking Care of You: Body, Mind, Spirit is a research-based community program for adults that offers practical strategies and experiences to better deal with stress and life’s challenges. Managing life’s challenges in a healthy way allows us to take better care of ourselves and our overall health.

  • Developed in 2009 by an interdisciplinary team of University of Missouri Extension faculty
  • Includes research-based principles and techniques of positive psychology (the study of what causes optimal functioning and well-being) with an emphasis on mindfulness
  • Meets for four program sessions in small classes of 10-20 participants
  • Each week program participants explore topics through small group discussion, self-reflections and hands-on activities
  • Was assessed by a rigorous program evaluation showing significant improvements in:
    • perceived stress levels
    • health promoting lifestyle behaviors

As a participant you will learn strategies to:

  • Take better care of all aspects of your health — body, mind and spirit
  • Become more aware of the mind-body connection and how to use this awareness to improve your health
  • Respond with thought versus reacting automatically to life’s stressors
  • Discover opportunities in life’s challenges
  • Develop healthier habits that can lead to healthier you
  • Find ways to become a happier person
  • Simplify your life
  • Live more in the moment

Read what participants say they have gained from the program

Listen to MU Extension on the Go podcasts for information on this program and related topics

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