In 1976, after returning from 2½ years in the Peace Corps in Colombia, South America, Jackie earned her Master’s degree in Community Counseling/Psychology from her home state of Minnesota. She then worked for several years as a Program Director at a mental health center. In 1982 she founded InterAction Associates, her speaking and coaching firm.
For over 25 years Jackie has designed and presented keynotes and workshops on stress management, diversity, workplace harassment, workplace civility, and conflict resolution.
Jackie is also a Stress & Wellness Coach helping people achieve more success with less stress. She is also a member of a theater-based training group, Dramatic Results at www.dramaticresults.biz ). This five-member cast is met with rave reviews and standing ovations.
Order her 2010 published book, Let Your Body Win: Stress Management Plain & Simple and request her weekly, published, emailed column, Stress for Success at www.letyourbodywin.com.
You can now follow Jackie on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/JacquelynFergus)
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Driving your car or body towards the cliff may harm you badly and you need to manage a balance between the two for a healthy life. Stress triggers the physical fight speeding up your body and puts a momentary strain on it.
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