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Vaassen to Speak about Mind-Body Connection to Wellness

September 20, 2016: Mimi Vaassen, assistant professor of Physical Therapy at Clarke, will discuss her battle with breast cancer and the importance of taking care of one’s health on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall. The event is part of the Mackin-Mailander lecture series.

Vaassen’s lecture is titled “Mind, Body-Spirit Connection to Health and Wellness: My Personal Story.” In this lecture, she will discuss caring for oneself through prayer, meditation and stress-reducing methods. These methods lead to advocating for one’s healthcare.

“I will be talking about the mind-body connection with regards to illness, how stress affects the immune system, how to de-stress through meditation and calming thoughts, and the power of prayer in healing illness,” Vaassen said. “I will be also be discussing my personal journey with breast cancer and how the mind/body connection affected my healing, the power of prayer with my healing and how to be assertive with your own health care, and the decisions made when you find yourself faced with an illness.“

This lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.



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