Health and wellness are two concepts that often are used to mean the same thing; however, there is a few key differences!
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (illness).”
WHO defines wellness as “the optimal state of health of individuals and groups,” and wellness is expressed as “a positive approach to living.”
Wellness is the steps that you take to reach the goal of being healthy. For example, wellness is seeking out activities and nutritious foods, taking time for your mental health, and making lifestyle changes that lead to an overall improvement in your wellbeing. An individuals Health is compromised anytime they have an injury or an illness/disease diagnosis.
There are 6 layers to Wellness that we’ll unpack right now:
Physical: Remaining healthy is a key pillar to wellness! This is based off of our diet and our ability to stay mobile.
Intellectual: Your brain is a lot like a muscle, it enjoys being exercised!
Emotional: Our emotions can directly impact how we feel physically! When we’re in emotional pain, our tolerance for physical pain is lower and vice versa.
Environmental: Being able to live in a safe and happy environment directly impact our wellbeing!
Social: Humans are social creatures and we desire to interact with each other!
Spiritual: Spirituality is the recognition of something bigger than yourself!
Keep these things in mind when you think about your health and wellness! Are there certain aspects that you could change in these 6 categories that could you lead you to a healthier happier life?!
Since March of 2020 pretty much everything has gone virtual; our classrooms, our workout classes, how we interact with loved ones, and so much more. Unfortunately, this form of communication can create a type of fatigue that we’re not used too!
To help avoid this burn out:
Avoid multitasking: If you were at an in person work meeting, you wouldn’t be working on four different projects on the side! Your attention would be given to the meeting. Do your best to be present by closing other internet tabs, silencing your phone, and put a pause on other projects.
Build in Breaks: When I started working from home, I didn’t feel like I could take breaks; this caused me to burn out quickly! Take time to get up and move around or stretch!
Switch to Phone Calls: While nothing beats face-to-face interactions, take a break from video chatting and give your loved ones a phone call for some social interaction!
Switch Offline: Online, optional, classes have made working out or learning a new skill from home extremely easy. Sometimes it might be best to work on things you already know how to do or do a simple home workout.
Zoom meetings and virtual classes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon; with that said, it’s important to remind yourself that you don’t always have to be “on”. It’s important to insure that you’re getting enough offline time in order to recharge and reset.
We want to start the New Year on the right foot by packing this first blog post full of Mental Health Resources! In 2019, Within Dunn County 11% of the population reported frequent Mental Health distress (you can read more about this here). Our goal is to give the Dunn County community the tools it needs to reduce that number or help alleviate some of the symptoms related to this distress.
Feel free to check out any of these great resources of share them with a friend!
The Jacob’s Swag Foundation: The Got Your Back App powered by Jacob’s SWAG is a new digital platform for suicide awareness, prevention, and education. There are tools custom built for the user to help cope with anxiety and depression.
Taking Care of You: Taking Care of You is workshop where adults learn effective stress reduction strategies for their body, mind, and spirit. By completing the full workshop, participants gain more than 30 possible techniques to support their well-being.
SMART Recovery: Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives.
Smiling Mind: Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.We suggest 10 minutes a day. What are you waiting for?
These are just a few of the resources available for free online! You can always do a quick Google search to find quite a more options!
Have you been looking to buy gifts for your friends and family? Consider buying something local!
There are many businesses around town that offer gift cards, meals for carryout, or products! Check out this Facebook event created by the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce! It has frequent posts showcasing the shops and products that are having holiday deals!
Do you have a local shop or know of a good deal? Let us know and we’ll be happy to share it!
Health Dunn Right may have gone virtual in March of this year but that doesn’t mean we’re not still holding educational events!
Check out some of our upcoming events to see if you’d be interested in attending!
Healthy Environment Presentation: Every month the Healthy Environment has a presentation in the first half hour of their meetings. Check out the HEAT page to see recordings of past presentations!
Mental Health & Wellness: Is offering a “Remaining Resilient During Challenging Times” seminar! Zoom sessions on 3 consecutive Tuesdays: Dec 1, 8, 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Registration required for this FREE but limited space series by Wed, Nov 25. You will be sent a link to join. RSVP Here: http://remainingresiliant.rsvpify.com
Looking for more events? Check out our Facebook page! We’re continually sharing other organizations online events!
When COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic back in March we all scrambled to adapt to the situation at hand! Ordering your groceries online, working from home, and online school all became a part of our new normal!
Health Dunn Right had to adapt as well! We had to find a way to still accomplish our goals while still get all of our members together to brain storm their amazing ideas!
Our solution was the same as many other work places, Zoom. Each Action Team and the Steering Committee still meet once a month via Zoom! It’s allowed us to continue our coalition work while protecting each other from a potential COVID-19 exposure!
What have we accomplished during this time?
Healthy Environment (HEAT) team has started a monthly newsletter and successfully transitioned a new co-chair into leadership!
Chronic Disease Prevention (CDP) has continued to post tips on maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle on our social media pages!
Alcohol, Nicotine, and Drug (AND) has TWO brand new co-chairs!
The Mental Health & Wellness (MH) team has put together a brochure specifically related to mental health services provided in Dunn County during COVID-19.
Our Housing (HAT) team has created a plan with the City to conduct a housing study in the future!
All five Action Teams have written grant proposals for the 2021 fiscal year!
Our plans and timelines may have changed but our Action Teams still remain successful and active!
Health Dunn Right (HDR) is Dunn County’s Health coalition. The mission of the coalition is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and our community within Dunn County through advocacy, collaboration, education, and peer support.
The idea for Health Dunn Right has been discussed since 2015 when the first Dunn County Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was conducted through a survey that was sent out to community members; this survey helped us understand what the residents of Dunn County viewed as weaknesses! After all this data was taken and analyzed, the coalition came to life on July 16th, 2019 during a Community Health Coalition Conference held at UW-Stout! At this conference the results of the CHNA were revealed; this data was then used with community input to help create the County Health Improvement Plan. This improvement plan is a great starting point for the health disparities that the Action Teams will focus on
September of 2019 is when the five Action Teams began meeting monthly. These teams are made up of concerned citizens within our community, individuals who have lived experience relating to the team and those who are content experts. Having a variety of individuals at our meetings allows us to think about all sides of the health issues that we’re addressing!
A Health Dunn Right Steering Committee meets monthly to discuss how each team can be best supported, any current needs we see within the community, and any buisness items that affect the whole coalition. The Steering Committee is made up of the Co-Chairs from each Action Team and a few of the Community Partners who helped bring HDR to life!
Are you interested in becoming a part of Health Dunn Right? Contact us here to let us know!