The Mindfulness at Work™ (mindfulness meditation) and Viniyoga Stress Reduction (therapeutic Viniyoga) programs were part of the “Mind-Body Stress Reduction in the Workplace” clinical trial, and the study results were published recently in the online version of the
Participants in the mind-body stress reduction treatment groups (mindfulness and Viniyoga) showed significant improvements in perceived stress with 36 and 33 percent decreases in stress levels respectively, as compared to an 18 percent reduction for the control group as measured with the Perceived Stress Scale. Participants in the mind-body interventions also saw significant improvements in various heart rate measurements, suggesting that their bodies were better able to manage stress. The study results were demonstrated using these new programs that are about half the length of other commonly used mind-body interventions. Building on the success of the study, both programs are now available to Aetna’s self-insured commercial customers.
“Stress can have a significant impact on physical and mental health, so there is a strong need for programs that help people reduce stress as part of achieving their best health,” said Aetna Chairman and CEO
Importantly, among all individuals who were screened for the study, those reporting the highest stress level (top quintile) had nearly
“The connection between higher stress levels and higher medical costs is logical. Highly stressed individuals are at greater risk for many different health conditions, such as coronary heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, depression and anxiety, and obesity,” said Dr.
Mindfulness at Work™ and Viniyoga Stress Reduction Programs
Mindfulness at Work™ is a stress management program based upon the principles and practices of mindfulness meditation. Developed and offered by eMindful, the program teaches relatively brief (5-15 minutes) mindfulness practices that explicitly target work-related stress and work-life balance, and are specifically designed to be used at work.
The study analyzed the impact of the Mindfulness at Work™ program in two different settings with the same content. While one group received in-person instruction, the other group accessed the program through a virtual online classroom that used video, audio and instant messaging chat. The study showed statistically equivalent results between the online mindfulness classes and in-person delivery, and retention was better in the online classes.
The Viniyoga Stress Reduction program is a 12-week therapeutic yoga-based program developed by
The study participants included 239 Aetna employees in
Since the study concluded in 2010, Aetna has expanded the availability of the programs to all Aetna employees nationwide. In addition, Aetna began implementing the mind-body stress reduction programs with several customers and has received strong interest from other customers in a wide range of sectors, including financial services and health care service providers.
“We have seen first-hand how these mind-body programs have helped our employees deal with stress more effectively and help them achieve better overall health,” said
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.4 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for
eMindful, Inc. (www.eMindful.com) is the nation’s leading evidence-based provider of live, online mind-body wellness programs. Its courses are led by highly credentialed instructors who deliver engaging curriculums in a virtual classroom to participants around the world. With the ability of participants and instructors to interact with each other in a real-time format the resultant experience produces an effective and efficient means of learning. eMindful, Inc. is based in
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