Stress, like the weather, is something a lot of people talk about but never do anything about.

And yet, notes Peg Michel, there are plenty of reasons to learn stress-reducing techniques - reasons like heart disease, TMJ, arthritis and anxiety disorders.Michel is director of LDS Hospital's new Stress Reduction Clinic, patterned after stress reduction clinics at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

The first two eight-week sessions begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, and Thursday, Jan. 24. People interested in participating in the program must be evaluated beforehand at the clinic; a referral from a physician or other health-care provider is recommended.

The clinic, which will focus on mind and body awareness techniques, is designed to complement traditional medical treatment, says Michel, who is also director of the hospital's Mind/Body Task Force.

Cost for the 26 hours of classes is $280, which includes a copy of "Full Catastrophe Living," by Jon Kabat-Zinn, plus self-teaching audio tapes. Some insurance plans may cover a portion of the costs, says Michel.

For more information, call Peg Michel or David Tate at 321-1022.