October Wellness Newsletter

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.

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