Free Integrative Health Lecture Series Continues at Windham Hospital
WILLIMANTIC, CT – August 15, 2008 – The Integrative Health Steering Committee at Windham Hospital hosts “For the Health of It,” a Wednesday evening lecture series, each month. The August event, presented by Kathleen McLaughlin, AKA Huggles the Clown, is “Caring Clown.” It will take place on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, from 7 – 9 pm in the Hospital’s Bernard & Desrosier Rooms.
The hospital clown is becoming more and more accepted with the release of studies by medical researchers, and Huggles visits patients and staff at Windham Hospital, much to the delight of all who encounter her and her sometimes corny humor. In her Wednesday evening presentation, Huggles will discuss the different types of humor, the places humors can be used, and the effects that the release of tension can have in the healing process. She will speak of some of her travels throughout the world to orphanages and hospitals in developing countries and will share a short slide show of some of the places she has visited.
Kathy McLaughlin has been a clown since 1974. She attended Clown Camp in the United States and in other countries, and has “clowned around” internationally. Her travels have taken her to many places, including Russia, with the world-renowned Patch Adams (founder of the West Virginia-based Gesundheit Institute, and the subject of a movie that starred Robin Williams). Huggles is a member of several clown associations and volunteers her time at Windham Hospital and St. Francis Hospital. She offers classes and her many talents for a variety of events.The Lecture Series is a service of the Integrative Health Service at Windham Hospital. Other offerings include therapeutic massage, Reiki, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, nutritional counseling, and the free Community Health Resource Room at Windham Hospital. Gift certificates for yoga, massage, Reiki, and acupuncture are available at the Hospital gift shop, and additional information is available on the Hospital website at www.windhamhospital.org.
The educational programs presented by Integrative Health Services are provided as a community service, and are not necessarily endorsements of a particular health regimen or practitioner by Windham Hospital. For more information please call 456-6002. In case of inclement weather, tune into WILI for cancellations.