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Meditation. The New Milk? It Does a Body Good!

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Contemplative practices such as mindfulness and meditation are increasing in popularity as a stress management tool and wellness strategy. They can also have an impact on work performance and medication safety. During this virtual coffee break program, we will explore the history of meditation, review the major types of meditation and outline the emerging science and health benefits behind this ancient methodology.

In the second half of the program, we will do two brief, simple practices to experience the benefits of meditation. Please have a food item such as a piece of candy, e.g., Hershey's kiss for one of the practices.

Upon completion of this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss the emerging science and health benefits associated with meditation

Upon completion of this activity, technicians should be able to:

  • Explain the effects of stress and multitasking on accuracy and memory


Lisa Wilhelm BS Pharm, RPh

Lisa Hanlon Wilhelm Resides in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Completed ASHP Executive Residency in Association Management in 1994-1995 Most of her time since residency has been spent practicing pharmacy at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., primarily in Medication Safety and Regulatory Compliance.

Lisa also worked with ASHP Advantage for over 13 years, co-facilitated the ASHP Clinical Skills Competition for 9 years and worked at the National Patient Safety Foundation for just under 2 years.

Lisa graduated in 2017 from a 2-year training program in Heart Rhythm Meditation from the Institute for Applied Meditation on the Heart (iam heart) in Tucson, Ariz., and is a Certified Heart Rhythm Meditation Instructor. Lisa has continued her training with iam heart and is currently enrolled in an advanced meditation teaching training program.

Lisa’s interest in meditation is beyond personal – she has begun to incorporate teaching basic mindfulness and heart rhythm meditation practices for stress reduction as well as to improve focus and attention to improve medication safety at Hershey Medical Center.

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