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August is National Wellness Month

Posted: 2:45 PM, Jul 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-28 14:45:54-04
August is National Wellness Month
August is National Wellness Month
August is National Wellness Month

August is National Wellness Month.

During those 31 days, people are asked to focus on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines.

Research has shown self-care helps manage stress and promotes happiness. Whether you challenge yourself to a new yoga pose or try a different spa treatment, make a small change and impact your health in positive ways.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day and only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. In addition, more than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, and more than 80% of adolescents do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth.

Eastern Michigan University works hard every day to change those statistics (in adults and youth) through a number of initiatives, including its Wellness WOOF program, which brings licensed therapy dogs from Therapaws to connect with EMU community members. To learn more about the EMU program, visit https://www.emich.edu/studentaffairs/news/wellness-woof.php