Mindfulness for Every One

At-Risk populations

Poverty and marginalization increase the likelihood of stress and stress related illnesses. Mindfulness programs for persons with chronic conditions related to lifestyle choices or conditions such as substance abuse, unsafe sex, obesity and anger management may lead to healthier decision making as well as improvements in disease indicators. While mindfulness has demonstrated strong impact on those with middle to upper socio-economic status, introducing and incorporating mindfulness programs within the low-income, inner city context may be challenging. Teaching and programmatic adaptations of mindfulness interventions can be specific to a low income, largely minority population with serious chronic illness and often histories of substance abuse and/or incarceration.

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