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ASDA celebrated its inaugural Wellness Month this past September. Dental students, schools and ASDA chapters hosted events emphasizing the importance of personal health and overall well-being. In total, 43 of ASDA's 66 chapters participated in Wellness Month events.

Wellness Month programs and activities

ASDA chapters were encouraged to plan and carry out wellness-related events throughout the month of September at their respective schools. What kinds of events did chapters hold?

  • Lunch and learns on managing stress, work-life balance, smoking cessation, repetitive stress injuries and nutrition
  • Group yoga and meditation classes
  • Volleyball, flag football and kickball tournaments
  • Health fair, where dental students got free health screenings
  • Fresh fruit deliveries

National ASDA featured:

  • Wellness webinars: weekly webinars will be available for all members on a range of topics
  • Blog posts on wellness
  • Social media posts and contests
  • Chapter challenges with prizes


Visit ASDA's YouTube channel for the Wellness Month webinar recordings:

Dental school: Why so stressful?
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
Watch it now. 

Substance Misuse in Dental School: Getting Help, Giving Help
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Watch it now. 

Living a delicious life: Seven principles of prevention that aren’t about the food
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
Watch it now. 


The Step Out for Wellness Challenge saw 18 ASDA chapters mobilize their members and tally total steps walked in the month of September. Congratulations to Penn ASDA, who combined for 22,180,182 steps and ran away with a win! The individual ASDA member with the most steps walked was Derek Tang, Utah '19, with 709,209 total steps in September. Derek won a $100 Nike gift card for his efforts. In total, ASDA members combined for 110,212,873 steps walked during Wellness Month!

Instagram Video Contest 

Congratulations to Roseman ASDA (@rosemanasda) on winning the video contest and a $50 Amazon gift card.


ASDA offers the following resources that chapters can use to promote wellness and organize events for Wellness Month:


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