January 28 2008
â€œThe CSHRS and the Maple Center are natural partners, as part of the mission of the CSHRS is to bring awareness into the local and university community of the richness and value of mind-body medicine,â€ said Jean Kristeller, director of the Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality and ISU psychology professor.
The Maple Center, a non-profit organization began in 2004 to provide integrative health care services, maternity care and community health education programming in the Wabash Valley. During the talk in Hulman Memorial Student Union, Room 307, David Howard, Maple Center part-time executive director and assistant professor in recreation therapy, and Dr. Kathy Stienstra, board chair, will provide an overview of Maple Center programs and priorities. Programs to be highlighted include tai chi for health and stress management and yoga for breast cancer survivors.
Howard called the universityâ€™s interaction with the center â€œvital.â€
â€œBringing together the best of people and resources within the public, private and non-profit sector is an effective and efficient way of identifying health-related needs and problems, exploring solutions and delivering services that bring about positive results,â€ he said. â€œCollaboration between ISU and The Maple Center will only lead to opportunities for greater health for us all.â€
Kristeller said The Maple Center and Stienstra have translated mind-body medicine into practice and are also interested in research to move the science forward.
â€œWe hope that as members of the ISU and Terre Haute communities become more familiar with services available at The Maple Center, we may also be able to develop research initiatives that link with them,â€ she said. â€œSuch research can provide rich opportunities for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to become involved in such work.â€
The talk is open to faculty, staff, students and the community.
Contact: David Howard, Maple Center executive director and Indiana State University assistant professor in recreation therapy, at (812) 237- 2188 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Jean Kristeller, director of the Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality and Indiana State University psychology professor, at (812) 237-2467 or at email@example.com
Writer: Jennifer Sicking, ISU assistant director of media relations, at (812) 237-7972 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A public talk about programs at The Maple Center at noon Friday (Feb. 1), sponsored by Indiana State University's Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality (CSHRS), hopes to foster additional collaboration with the center.