Jennifer Eddy is a Certified Child Life Specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She works primarily in the Children’s Specialty Center, an outpatient clinic setting.

Jennifer Eddy is a Certified Child Life Specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She works primarily in the Children’s Specialty Center, an outpatient clinic setting.

Wellness is a term that has been thrown around a lot lately in the media. Many wonder what wellness actual means and how it can be incorporated into everyday life.

The goal of wellness, according to alternative practitioners, is to encourage a balance of health and happiness that will contribute to an overall feeling of well-being or soundness, or “awareness and the initiative to improve one’s state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental, social and/or occupational health.”

Wellness programs are geared toward facilitating life improvements by introducing participants to complimentary therapies that encourage positive lifestyle changes. Wellness programs are often pursued by people seeking recovery from an illness or specific health condition or by those interested in improving their overall health.

Child life specialists from The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital now facilitate a Teen Wellness Program that incorporates team building, complimentary therapies and social supports with the goal of helping teens develop:

  • Further Coping Skills
  • Self-Confidence
  • Communication

Many complimentary therapies that have been introduced thus far are Yoga, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Tai Chi, smoothie-making, movie-making, and crafting. The group is very much teen-driven. We tailor themes to meet the interests of our teens. “Group is a place to get away from all of the stress and be who you really are in a warm, safe, comfortable environment!” said long-term group member Victoria White.

If this group seems to fit your teen’s needs, we encourage you to contact us. Here are the details:

WHO: Teens with a Chronic Illness

WHERE: Children’s Specialty Center Waiting Room

WHEN: Quarterly from 6:00-7:30pm in 2015 (Jan 21, Apr 15, July 15, Oct 21)

CONTACT: Jennifer Eddy at 802-847-4526 to sign up at no cost.

Jennifer Eddy is a Certified Child Life Specialist at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. She works primarily in the Children’s Specialty Center, an outpatient clinic setting.

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