For the past 7 years, WVU Dining Services has been providing monthly wellness newsletters to its 200+ employees. Each month has little articles that cover different aspects of wellness. As a nutrition student and dietetic intern, my job requires that I almost exclusively focus entirely on the nutrition aspect of wellness, which falls under the “physical wellness” portion of the Wellness Wheel.
The Wellness Wheel is something I was introduced to in college a couple of years ago. My manager for one of my jobs met with me and helped me choose specific, attainable goals for each portion of the wheel. Broad examples include:
- Spiritual wellness – participating in spiritual activities
- Emotional wellness – learning how to manage stress
- Intellectual wellness – opening yourself up to new experiences
- Physical wellness – exercising regularly
- Social wellness – developing friendships
- Environmental wellness – working to ensure the stability and longevity of our natural resources
- Financial wellness – learning to differentiate between luxuries and necessities.
So, when I was told I’d be in charge of designing and writing up the October wellness newsletter, I appreciated the opportunity to learn and teach others about different areas of wellness rather than sticking to 100% physical wellness.
The format of the newsletters are typically the same each month. There is a main article relating to any aspect of wellness, a recipe, a fitness article, stress management article, and a smoking cessation article, all of which I was responsible for writing for this October. There’s also an emotional wellness in the workplace-type article that another employee is responsible for each month, and a list of employee birthdays that month.
The newsletters are sent out at the beginning of the month, so I spent most of yesterday morning putting it together so it’d be ready for printing next week. Here’s a sneak peek of my contribution to the October Wellness Newsletter below. You can click on the picture to enlarge it.