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August is National Wellness Month

Posted at 2:45 PM, Jul 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-28 14:45:54-04

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