Kluge Foundation supports
U.Va. stress reduction program
the fast pace of today's world, stress affects us in many ways.
How we respond to stress may contribute to our health and well
being. The John W. Kluge Foundation on behalf of Maria T. Kluge
and John W. Kluge has committed $500,000 to support the University
of Virginia Health System's Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program.
The gift will allow the program to expand and act as a foundation
for a more comprehensive and coordinated approach to alternative
and complementary medicine at U.Va.
have seen firsthand the benefits of this program," said Maria
Kluge, known as Tussi. "The program works and can have a
profound, positive, lifelong effect. I am very excited about the
commitment the University of
Virginia Health System has made to promote and support this
by the departments of Family
Medicine and Internal
Medicine, the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program crosses
clinical areas to aid patients, families and U.Va. faculty and
staff experiencing stress. Currently, the program offers an eight-week
course with intensive training in meditation, yoga, breathing,
mild stretching and relaxation exercises. The classes have been
found to help those with anxiety, depression and chronic pain.
The course is directed by its founder Allie Rudolph, associate
professor of family medicine, and Dr. Matt Goodman, associate
professor of internal medicine.
classes have been well received so far, and we look forward to
expanding the program," Rudolph said. "We feel the constrictive
reaction to stress can contribute to illness and disease, whereas
a mindful response promotes wellness. In our classes, we teach
expanding awareness of our attitudes and beliefs as a means of
shifting from reaction to response on a physiological level."
explained she first met Kluge at a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
teacher's training program, led by Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University
of Massachusetts Medical Center. Together, they brought the program
Kluge Foundation is a family foundation created by Albemarle philanthropist
John Kluge, husband of Tussi Kluge. Over the years, the foundation
has made a number of gifts to health care and wellness initiatives
at U.Va. For information on the Stress Reduction Course, call