The overarching goal of this project is to determine whether mind-body practices such as
meditation or exercise can reduce the public health burden of acute respiratory infection. A
major secondary goal is to determine whether mindfulness meditation or moderately strenuous
exercise can enhance immune processes such as antibody response to influenza vaccination (flu
shots). Finally, we want to investigate the influence of stress, optimism, anxiety and
positive and negative emotion on immunity and resistance to respiratory infection.