TODAY is the last day to input steps for week 1

Log your steps TODAY!

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The Get Moving Challenge’s primary goal is to encourage participants to increase their active movements everyday by obtaining at least 10,000 steps daily.  But that’s just scratching the surface of wellness.  Every day Work Well encourages faculty and staff to focus on all 7 Dimensions of Wellness to promote lifelong well-being. Read on about each Dimension:

Spiritual Wellness is a personal dimension that involves possessing a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that help give direction to one's life. It involves a high level of faith, hope, and commitment to your individual beliefs, providing a sense of meaning and purpose. People can express their meaning and purpose in life through nature, art, music, religion, meditation, or good deeds performed towards others. Research has consistently indicated that spirituality cannot only help people recover from serious illness, but it can help people live longer and enjoy life more.

Social Wellness is learning good communication skills, developing intimacy with others, and creating a support network of friends and family members who care about and love you for who you are. Friends can serve as a source of encouragement and reinforcement for practicing healthy habits such as proper nutrition and exercise, and abstaining from risky behaviors such as smoking and drinking. To protect your health and wellness; stay connected to people, form new relationships, and participate in various social activities. Social Wellness also includes showing respect to others and preventing harm of others.

Occupational Wellness is a journey that involves preparing and making use of your gifts, skills, and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in your life. The choice of profession, job satisfaction, career ambitions, and job performance are all-important components to your path. It also includes using resources at your place of employment and outside to enhance your growth. Broadening your Occupational Wellness might include: professional development opportunities, worksite wellness, purposeful training or reading, resume building, and conferences.

Environmental Wellness is an awareness of the state of the earth and the effects of your daily habits on the physical environment. It consists of maintaining behaviors that minimize harm and create a safe environment. Although some environmental concerns are beyond your control, there are things that can be done to promote Environmental Wellness and promote a healthier earth for the future.

Intellectual Wellness is characterized by the ability to make sound decisions and to think critically. It encourages openness to new ideas, motivation to master new skills, and a sense of humor, creativity, and curiosity. People who possess a high level of intellectual wellness strive for personal growth and are willing to seek out and use new information in an effective manner for personal and social development. They have an active mind to grow, learn and engage the brain to prevent memory challenges. This could include taking an enrichment or community course, learning a new language, staying up with current events, attending theater or arts activities, or doing brain-simulating activities such as crossword puzzles.

Emotional Wellness encompasses optimism, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and the ability to share feelings. Emotional Wellness is a dynamic state that fluctuates frequently. Another critical element of emotional wellness is the ability to manage stress. Stress can occur when external and/or internal resources exceed the resources of the person. Techniques for managing stress and fulfilling your emotional wellness bucket include: surrounding yourself with a positive support network, eating well, managing your time appropriately, and practicing relaxation techniques and exercising.

Physical Wellness is more than just the absence of disease. Physical Wellness encompasses a variety of healthy behaviors including adequate sleep, regular exercise, proper nutrition, and abstaining from harmful habits such as drugs and alcohol. It means learning about and being able to identify risk factors for disease, get regular medical checkups, and protect yourself from injuries and harm. Developing these healthy habits today will not only add years to your life, but will enhance the enjoyment and quality of those years.

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The Get Moving Challenge is in its 2nd week. Enter your steps by the end of today.  Each following week, you will keep track of your steps or convert them from other forms of activity (swimming, strength training, stair climbing…).  The goal is get you moving or to get you to move MORE.  And of course, each week there are chances to win individual or team prizes with a $200 Grand Prize given at the end. 

The Get Moving Challenge runs from April 7th - May 4thSign up and log your steps today!

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