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The Best Meditation for a Stress Headache

It’s true; the best meditation for a stress headache seems to be mindfulness meditation. In a new study from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, people who meditated for just 20 minutes a day saw their pain tolerance rise in 4 days. Volunteers learned an ultra-easy technique called mindfulness meditation that teaches you to focus on your breath and Read more

Do this to Reduce Teen Sports Injury Risk by 68%!

Adolescent athletes in all sports, levels, and abilities have one thing in common. They hate being injured! They also hate it when they don’t perform as well as they know they can. The good news is by doing this one simple thing; you can improve performance mentally and physically, and reduce the risk of injuries by 68%. “Scientists have Read more

Understanding Fear and Stress

FEAR AND stress are very similar. They oftentimes feel the same. If we truly understand fear and get a clear picture of what is happening when we feel fear, we can oftentimes dispense with the need to fear things at all. We can make the fear disappear! In class, when we begin our focus on fear, I start with Read more

Do You Have the Winter Blues, or is it SAD?

Do You Have the Winter Blues, or is it SAD? Many of us dread the coming of winter, the darkness, the cold, the increased risk of getting the flu. About 10 to 20 percent of the American population suffers from what is commonly referred to as the “winter blues.” A smaller percentage, from about 4 to 6%, suffers from a more Read more

Are You the “One” in Five Americans that Shows Signs of Chronic Sleep Deprivation?

Are You the “One” in Five Americans that Shows Signs of Chronic Sleep Deprivation? Do you ever get frustrated because you can’t find your keys? Have you ever walked into a room and don’t remember why? Are you ever afraid that you may be on your way to Alzheimer’s? Here is what chronic sleep deprivation can do to you . . Read more

What is Stand Up Paddle Yoga?

What is Stand Up Paddle Yoga? Water is a calming, natural stress reliever. Perhaps that is why so many of us love to sit and listen to the sounds of the ocean, or to a babbling brook, or to the waves of a lake lapping against the dock. Water is great for fitness too. Besides the regular water sports like swimming, Read more

Too Old for Yoga? Nope

Too Old for Yoga?   Nope Do you know anyone who is suffering from osteoporosis, arthritis, curvature of the spine, depression, stress, or just not being able to reach down and tie their shoes? In a study done by The American Journal of Public Health, Yoga was found to help those who were in their 60’s who suffered from “dowager’s hump” Read more

Yoga for All Kids - especially those with ADHD and hyperactivity!

Yoga for All Kids - especially those with ADHD and hyperactivity! Yoga for kids is great!– it helps them to relax which kids need to do! It also teaches them to listen to their bodies, something we all need to do, and it accomplishes this without the kids losing attention or becoming bored. Yoga is a great physical activity that helps Read more

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Dr. Michael Olpin is a professor of Health Promotion at Weber State University and is the director of WSU’s Health Promotion Program. He is also director of the WSU Stress Relief Center. He earned his Ph.D. in Health Education from SIU, and his Master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Health Promotion and Psychology from BYU.

He has taught at six institutions of higher education including Southern Illinois University, Concord Universty, West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, and BYU. He has been teaching at Weber State for 14 years. Though he has taught nearly every health course, his focus during this time has been primarily on stress management, mind/body wellness, mental & emotional wellness, and wellness coaching.

Mike has presented many classes, seminars, and workshops on stress management and wellness at the national, regional, and community level.

He has been happily married for 25 years and enjoys 4 amazing kids. Among other things, he has been basketball and baseball coach for his kids’ teams.

Mike recently finished his fourth edition of a textbook on stress management titled “Stress Management for Life: A research based experiential approach.” This text is being used by many colleges and universities around the country and Canada. He has produced a DVD, a CD and a video with guided relaxation exercises. With Sam Bracken, a FranklinCovey author, Mike recently published the ground-breaking book on preventing stress titled, “Unwind: 7 Principles for a Stress-Free Life.” Another recently published book he wrote is titled, “The World is NOT a Stressful Place: Stress relief for everyone.”

Mike’s personal website can be found here.

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Shanyn Olpin
Shanyn is an Adjunct Professor in the Health Promotion and Human Performance Department at Weber State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and her Masters in Community Medicine from West Virginia University School of Medicine.

She has been a community health project coordinator, grant writer, served on public grant selection committees, and a textbook reviewer. She has also been an editor for PE Central, a website for teachers. Her favorite professional focus is teaching. Some of the university classes that she has taught include Fitness for Life, Community Health, Educational Testing and Evaluation, Personal Health, Adolescent Health, Elementary Health Education, and Healthy Lifestyles.

For over 20 years, Shanyn has dedicated her professional life to become an accomplished writer, speaker, and teacher. During that time, she has researched and taught about health and wellness, gaining an extensive background in nutrition, exercise science, and the mind/body connection.

In Shanyn’s words, “I am happily married to my best friend Mike who is also a Health Professor and Stress Management Guru at Weber State University. We have four great kids and we love being back in Utah. I have lived in Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, West Virginia and Utah. I love to read, write, exercise, go to all of my kid’s events, create things, and work on any of a dozen projects that I always seem to have going.”


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