The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Breaking News


August 25, 2013

Free class to teach stress management

Stress becoming a gateway to emotional and physical problems is a near universal experience. For Raleigh County residents, West Virginia University Extension Service Families and Health has a new course designed to teach stress management techniques and improve mental well-being.

“Stress Less with Mindfulness” teaches the mindfulness technique to reduce stress, depression and anxiety.

Mindfulness is a psychological practice focused on teaching its students to pay attention to the present moment nonjudgmentally. The five-week program is modeled after research at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  

In 2010, Jane Riffe, WVU Extension specialist for family and human development, reviewed West Virginia’s low scores in the mental health and life evaluation sections of the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index.

“The numbers inspired the project,” Riffe explained. “I am not going to be able to make the state richer, but I can help West Virginians experience a calmer state of mind through mindfulness.”  

WVU Extension Service Families and Health agents are being trained to provide public mindfulness courses across the state. The public classes are free, and West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) participants may qualify for a reduction in their insurance premium upon completion of the course.

The course is designed to be presented over five weeks, but can be presented in one daylong session. It’s available in Raleigh County through Terrill Peck, Families and Health Extension agent.

The program was created by Riffe and Rebecca Mowbray-Smith, WVU Extension Families and Health agent in Harrison County.

For more information contact Peck at 304-255-9321 or Terrill.

Text Only
  • News Bikes 1.jpg Re-Cycle: Get back in the saddle for an outdoor spin

    Beautiful, sunny days have been visiting the Mountain State with more frequency the past few weeks and with this we think of getting outside and pursuing various activities. (Videos in story)

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • crowcookbook Kitchen comfort

    For Janet Crow of Quinwood, this Easter marks a deeply personal miracle — that of countless prayers for her physical restoration whispered by people who cared more than she could’ve ever imagined.

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Scholarship for girls in a health science field established at BAF

    In every community there is work to be done and each community member has something to contribute.

    April 20, 2014

  • Concord University mounting production of ‘Spoon River’

    Concord University’s Theatre Department will perform “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters in the H.C. Paul Theatre April 23-26 at 8 p.m. nightly.

    April 20, 2014

  • Society seeking items for Vietnam War exhibit

    The Greenbrier Historical Society is seeking photographs, artifacts and local history to include in an upcoming exhibit about remembering the Vietnam War.

    April 20, 2014

  • Rock violinist, stand-up comic to perform in free events at Lewisburg

    The Greenbrier Valley Campus of New River Community and Technical College will celebrate Student Appreciation Week April 21-25 with a number of events including two special performances that are open to the public free of charge.

    April 20, 2014

  • Dance workshop, show planned

    The stars will shine brightly over the pyramids this month — only these pyramids will be in Beckley. And these stars will both twinkle and dance.

    April 20, 2014

  • Live transmission of The Met’s ‘Così fan tutte’ at GVT

    In partnership with The MET: Live in HD series, Greenbrier Valley Theatre presents a live transmission of Mozart’s joyful and heart-rendering masterpiece, “Così fan tutte,” Saturday at 12:55 p.m.

    April 20, 2014

  • Stories give us kinship with strangers

    Editor’s note: This column by the late Bev Davis originally was published April 10, 2010.
    My dad was a coal miner. By the time I came along, he was working above ground as a tipple foreman.

    April 19, 2014

  • momrun Just do it W.Va.!

    “Missy’s here — we’re not going to win. Missy’s here…”
    Learning she was a perceived threat from two women whispering at the starting line behind her, women she had never met from among the hopping, stretching, Lycra-clad crowd, had one effect on Missy Burleson — a smile spreading as far as her feet were about to sprint her.

    April 16, 2014 5 Photos

AP Video