Inaugural Vail Living Well Experience set for Feb. 6-9

VAIL – Vail Living Well, the Vail-based organization founded by John and Jamie Stone to continue the evolution of Vail as a destination for health and well-being, will present its inaugural Vail Living Well Experience (VLWE) in conjunction with the Sonnenalp Hotel Feb. 6-9, 2013. The event, called “Stressing Gracefully: The Science and the Art,” focuses on how to manage positive and negative stress to live a healthier life.

Renowned health psychologist and researcher Eli Puterman, Ph.D. will lead daily discussions and activities throughout the retreat, which will focus on identifying and managing stress in order to live a more healthy life. In addition, attendees will ski with Olympian Cindy Nelson, practice yoga with international instructor Katie Brauer and snowshoe with world champion adventure racer Mike Kloser. Programming will take place at the Sonnenalp Hotel, based in Vail Village.

“Everyone has stress in their life. Some stress is good for us, but how you manage stress is what determines its effect on your overall health and well-being,” said Jamie Stone, president of Vail Living Well. “We worked with Eli last September and knew his open and inviting presentation would be perfect for our first Living Well Experience. The intent is to give attendees an opportunity to understand their own stress and learn how to manage it in order to live better.”

Puterman explains that it’s crucial for people to understand the science of stress in order to learn the art of managing it. If stress is unmanaged, it can have a negative long-term effect on health and well-being, even increasing risk for disease. There are also distinct differences in the manner and type of stress each gender experiences. Puterman will address these and many more topics throughout the course of the retreat.

Each day of “Stressing Gracefully” will incorporate two interactive sessions: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Puterman will introduce a premise and then allow attendees’ questions to flow into a free form conversation about various stress-related topics. In the middle of the day, attendees will participate in activities with Nelson, Brauer or Kloser, armed with tips and suggestions to learn how to live in the moment rather than ruminating on the stresses of life.

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For more information or to reserve a spot and book lodging for the Feb. 2013 Vail Living Well Experience, contact Patricia McNamara at 970-479-5434 or email .

For more information about Vail Living Well and the programs and events that it produces, visit, Facebook or call Vail Living Well’s™ concierge at 970-343-9918.

The Vail Living Well Summit and Vail Living Well Experience bring respected doctors, researchers and athletes together, along with health conscious individuals to connect, learn, share and have fun in the beauty of Vail. Both the Vail Living Well Summit and the Vail Living Well Experience use evidence-based interactive and experiential programming for maximum takeaway for both attendees and presenters. Topics include fitness, nutrition, cognitive and emotional well-being, heart health, preventive medicine, longevity and stress, sleep health, and cutting edge breakthroughs in health and well-being.

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