UCF’s MRFI and DOH-Orange will host a free communication workshop called “The Fair Fight” on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the health department at 6101 Lake Ellenor Drive, Orlando. This fun and engaging workshop will help participants strengthen communication with spouses, partners, children, and co-workers. It is free and open to the public.
“When you’re stressed, your body responds by releasing hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline into your bloodstream. Your heart rate, blood pressure, and pulse all rise,” said Dr. Kevin Sherin, director of the Department of Health in Orange County.
According to the Amercian Psychological Association, stress does not merely afflict the mind; it can also affect people on a cellular level. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses – from headaches to stomach disorders to depression– and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Understanding the stress/health connection can help people better manage stress and improve their health and well-being. One of the main causes of stress is poor communication in relationships.
“Effective communication decreases stress, builds support, and strengthens relationships,” says Dr. Andrew Daire, Executive Director of the MFRI and Associate Dean for Research at the UCF College of Education and Human Performance.
During April, which is National Stress Awareness Month, health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and effective coping skills for stress.
The MFRI was created to facilitate the development of research and clinical initiatives to better support couples, marriages, and families. The Institute is celebrating its 10th year serving the community. For more information about National Stress Awareness Month or the UCF MFRI, contact Dr. Andrew Daire at 407-823-1748 email@example.com. For more information about the workshop go to www.orchd.com.