Adult Coloring Books Help Patients Reduce Stress

Designed by BRG patients, coloring books provide comfort to others

Baton Rouge, LA – Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. As adult coloring books top the charts at both online and local retailers, Baton Rouge General patients will soon enjoy a creative way to ease stress and reduce anxiety.

“Something about coloring helps people relax and takes their minds off illness or treatment,” said Baton Rouge General’s Arts in Medicine Supervisor Kim Henderson. “It’s comforting to zone out for a while and just focus on creating something beautiful.”

Baton Rouge General’s coloring book was designed by several patients, including Muriel Prejean, who is legally blind, but has long loved creating art. “When I was going through chemotherapy, Arts in Medicine brought painting and drawing back into my life. It was so fulfilling,” she said. “And now, it feels like I’ve come full circle. By designing these coloring pages, I’m able to give back to the hospital and hopefully help other patients focus on something besides their illness.”

Patients in several units will receive the coloring books and a set of colored pencils at no cost beginning Monday, December 21. They can also be purchased in the BRG gift shop for $10.

Recently, the American Art Therapy Association expressed its support for the adult coloring trend. “The coloring book phenomenon is helping to reintroduce art as an important component of health and wellness,” the association said in a statement.

Baton Rouge General's Arts in Medicine has touched 9,000 patients and visitors since its launch in 2012. With more than 30 volunteers and 10 artists, musicians and historians, the program brings creative activities to patients and family members through mediums such as painting, drawing, arts and crafts, music and more. Patients benefit from the therapeutic properties of creating and enjoying instruction from local artists-in-residence.

See excerpts from the coloring book.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first and only not-for-profit, full service community hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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