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For The University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing

This content was made possible by Grant Number NIH #R25 AT00556 from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), PI Mary Jo Kreitzer. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Special thanks to
We gratefully acknowledge the pioneering work of Roger Jahnke and Rebecca McLean of Health Action in Santa Barbara. Their innovative Circle of Life program has served as a model for our work at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. For more information on the Circle of Life program, visit the Circle of Life website at

Karen Lawson, Barbara Leonard, Mary Jo Kreitzer, Raquel Rodriquez

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Lisa Hillman
Scott Roethle
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Kerry Wangen

Based on Content Written by Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD As founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing, Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer brings more than 15 years of leadership and expertise to the field of integrative medicine. Currently, she is the principal investigator of a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health (NCCAM) education grant, the co-PI of a five year $2.1 million NIH (NINR) clinical trial of mindfulness meditation with solid organ transplant patients, the PI on a Fetzer Institute funded evaluation of the Inner Life of Healers Program, and the co-PI of a clinical trial funded by BlueCross/Blue Shield Minnesota on the impact of an integrated residential treatment program on women with eating disorders. Dr. Kreitzer is also the co-program director of an NIH funded clinical research fellowship program. In addition to her administrative responsibilities in the Center for Spirituality and Healing, Mary Jo teaches in the graduate minor in complementary therapies and healing practices and is a tenured associate professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Kreitzer earned her doctoral degree in health services research and her masters and bachelor's degrees in nursing.

Center for Spirituality and Healing Content reviewed by:
Jodi Sussner, M.S., (Human Performance and Exercise Physiology), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Stott Pilates Instructor, Certified Ashtanga yoga Instructor, Health Education Coordinator at The Marsh-Center for Balance and fitness.
Amber Murray, B.S. (Psychology/ Exercise and Sports Science), MS in progress (in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies), Teaching Assistant in Physical Activity Program at the University of Minnesota.