Learn to manage stress through Tai Chi and meditation during free lunchtime courses offered by the UAB Resource Center.

Counselor John Quenelle teaches the introductory meditation class for stress management that begins Tuesday, Aug. 12 and meets every Tuesday through September. This simple, ancient practice has been shown in many studies to alleviate the mental, emotional, and even physical effects of stress, to help with pain management and generally improve quality of life.

The popular Tai Chi class taught by Counselor Alesia Adams begins Thursday, Aug. 14 and meets each Thursday through September. Tai Chi is a slow-motion exercise with movements that gently build strength and flexibility, improve balance and help you relax. Students will learn how to reconnect with their physical body to regain confidence, trust and courage to meet the challenges of life. The class is appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness, and no experience is necessary. Comfortable clothes and flat shoes are recommended.

Both classes meet from 12:10 p.m. until 12:50 p.m. at the Resource Center in Suite 330, 21 Office Plaza South at Magnolia Office Park, 2112 11th Ave. South.

Registration is required, but employees may begin attending classes at any point. Call the Resource Center at 934-2281 for more information or to register, and visit www.uab.edu/eap for a map and directions.

Attend one of these classes and be entered into a random drawing for a Resource Center T-shirt that will be given away in each class during the last week in September. Attend all scheduled sessions of a class during August and September will receive a free Resource Center T-Shirt.

The Resource Center EAP provides counseling and wellness programs for UAB employees and their family members. Counseling is available for a variety of issues, including grief, depression, stress, relationships, divorce, abuse, addictions, work-related problems and many others.

The Resource Center also assists faculty and staff in supervision of employees who are experiencing job-performance issues. UAB Resource Center services are strictly confidential and are provided at no cost to UAB employees and their family members.