ASDA’s monthly Wellness Challenges ask you to change your behavior in a way that will positively affect your wellness. Each challenge varies in length and activity, but the goal is the same: to get you paying more attention to your well-being and developing good wellness habits. Each challenge will target one (or more) of ASDA’s five dimensions of wellness: emotional, physical, intellectual, occupational and environmental.

Each month, we’ll preview a new challenge in Word of Mouth. You can sign on to the challenge on ASDA’s Facebook page and play along with your fellow students. Choose your own start date, and then let us know if you successfully completed that month’s challenge.

MayWC_1080Challenge 43 (May 2019)
Goal: Share a dish with friends
When:  May chapter meeting or date of your choosing
Dimensions: emotional and physical

“A smiling face is half the meal.” – Latvian proverb

Your May wellness challenge is to share a healthy and delicious dish with friends. Tell a story about your dish: Where did you learn the recipe? Is it something you enjoyed as a child? Ask questions about someone else’s dish, too. The time spent planning and enjoying a balanced meal with friends will support your immune system – something that is extra important during these last few weeks of the academic term.

Read more about emotional wellness and physical wellness.

Next steps:
  • Invite your chapter members to bring a favorite healthy dish to share.
  • Ask them send you a link to the recipe in advance so they can be available to anyone who wants to recreate the dish later.
  • Be sure they each bring a card with all the ingredients to put in front of the dish so that people with food allergies or preferences may enjoy the meal safely.
  • Share your thoughts on social media with #BeWellASDA.
Past challenges:
Clean and green your community - April 2019
AprilWC_IGChallenge 42 (April 2019) 
Goal: Clean and green your community 
When: One day in April
Dimensions: environmental
 
Earth Day is April 22, and that provides a good opportunity to think about environmental wellness. This dimension of wellness promotes harmony between you and your environment – which includes your home, your community and the planet as a whole. When your lifestyle is respectful of your surroundings, you are practicing good environmental wellness. 

This month’s challenge is inspired by Earth Day and asks you to help make your community a greener, healthier place. Many cities and neighborhoods have regular clean-up events. Find one and volunteer to take part, picking up litter, restoring a local park, or planting trees and community gardens. Even one day spent supporting the community will bring you a feeling of satisfaction and pride in your neighborhood. 

Read more about environmental wellness. And check out this additional challenge to boost environmental wellness at home.

Next steps:  
  • At least once in April, participate in a community clean-up or environmental event. If you can’t find a structured event in your city or on campus, organize a few friends and create your own. 
  • Share photos on social media with #BeWellASDA.  
Great-West Financial® BeFit challenge! - March 2019
MarchWellnessGW_1080Challenge 41 (March 2019)

Great-West Financial® BeFit challenge!
When:
Every week in March

Great-West Financial®, issuer of ADA student members insurance, invites you to challenge yourself this March to start or continue a fitness plan that can help you stay physically and financially sharp for years to come. To participate, follow the steps below for your chance to win a  $10 iTunes gift card each week. That’s 4 weeks of prizes!

Week 1: Protect your heart and lungs — cardio week
If you’re a beginner or just starting a workout plan, start small. Maybe it’s taking a short walk every day or riding your bike to class a couple times a week. Even parking your car at the far end of the lot can add steps to your day. Walking to the next bus or train stop can be an easy way to start your new plan. And take the stairs when you can, instead of the elevator.

If you’re ready to take the next step and are crunched for time (and what student isn’t), here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Burpees can strengthen your heart and lungs, plus increase upper body and core strength at the same time
  • Run 3 times a week — it not only improves your cardio, but can help clear your mind for the day ahead.
  • Interval training (periods of fast running intermixed with periods of slower running) can help you achieve maximum results in minimal time

Goal for Week 1: Engage in 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous cardiovascular exercise, as recommended by the American Heart Association.

How to win: Post a photo of yourself being fit on Facebook and be sure to include hashtag #BeFitGWF and tag @ADAMembersInsurance. We will choose one random winner out of the photos submitted each week. If you are chosen, we will ask you to message us your email address and will send you your iTunes Gift Card!

Week 2: Protecting your joints — yoga and stretching
As you progress through your dental career, it will become increasingly important to protect your joints to avoid a disabling injury. Even if you exercise regularly, incorporating stretching into your routine now can help you prevent injuries, improve your balance, increase strength and even aid in weight reduction. It is also good for helping to relieve stress. As a result, yoga is now an integral part of many sports teams’ workout regimens. Examples for beginners:

  • Downward facing dog
  • Plank
  • Triangle
  • Tree
  • Warrior
  • Child’s Pose

NOTE: Adjust the pose if necessary — it should never hurt.

Goal for Week 2: Engage in a total of one hour of stretching exercises throughout the week or take one yoga class.

How to win: Post a photo of yourself being fit on Facebook and be sure to include hashtag #BeFitGWF and tag @ADAMembersInsurance. We will choose one random winner out of the photos submitted each week. If you are chosen, we will ask you to message us your email address and will send you your iTunes Gift Card!

Week 3: Protecting your strength — weights and strength training
Loss of strength and muscle mass begins earlier than you might think. After age 30, you begin to lose as much as 3% to 5% per decade. So, the sooner you get and stay active, the better your chance of staying healthy throughout your life. But if you’re looking for reasons that are more immediate, studies have shown improved performance on academic tests following exercise.

  • Weight workouts: dead lift, bench press, shoulder press, squats (with weights or without)
  • Push-ups
  • Forward lunges
  • Planks
  • Bicycle crunches
  • Double leg lifts
  • Mountain climbers

Goal for Week 3: Work on strengthening your core muscles 3 times this week for at least 15 minutes per session or longer.

How to win: Post a photo of yourself being fit on Facebook and be sure to include hashtag #BeFitGWF and tag @ADAMembersInsurance. We will choose one random winner out of the photos submitted each week. If you are chosen we will ask you to message us your email address and will send you your iTunes Gift Card!

Week 4: Protect your financial future — register and activate your ADA student members disability and life insurance
Your financial wellness is just as important to your long-term well-being as physical fitness. And one of the easiest ways to start protecting your financial health is by registering for ADA student members disability and life insurance, issued by Great-West Financial and offered to you at no cost as a benefit of your ADA student membership.

Goal for Week 4: Register or log in to your ADA student members insurance account at insurance.ada.org/protect. After you register your account, you can request activation of no-cost ADA student members disability and life insurance.*

How to win: Post the following on Facebook in week 4: “Protecting my financial future. #ADAStudentInsurance” and tag @ADAMembersInsurance. We will choose one random winner out of the photos submitted each week. If you are chosen we will ask you to message us your email address and will send you your Itunes Gift Card!

Next Steps:

  • RSVP to the Great-West Financial BeFit Challenge event on ASDA’s Facebook for your chance to win one of four $10 iTunes Gift Cards per week.
  • Participation is easy.
    • Weeks 1 – 3, simply take a photo of yourself doing the challenge and post it on your chapter’s Facebook page with #BeFitGWF and tag @ADAMembersInsurance. We’ll reach out if you’ve won!
    • For Week 4, simply register or log in to your ADA insurance account and post to Facebook for your chance to win one of four $10 iTunes gift cards.

* Activating is optional and not required to participate, but you must be an active ADA Student Member to be eligible to win an iTunes gift card.

The federal government has just updated recommendations for physical activity for the first time in 10 years. "The new guidelines demonstrate that, based on the best science, everyone can dramatically improve their health just by moving — anytime, anywhere, and by any means that gets you active." — Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Visit www.insurance.ada.org, call 855.411.5194 or email planspecialist@greatwest.com for more information and to learn about coverage provisions, limitations, terms for keeping coverage in force and the option to convert to member coverage after graduation by paying ADA member premiums and maintaining ADA membership.

Student coverage is issued regardless of your condition if you are under 45. If you are 45 or older, you can apply for the no-cost coverage and all student program features by providing proof of good health. Coverage renews automatically each academic year. Individuals may convert coverage to the plans for practicing dentists after graduation by paying ADA member premiums and maintaining ADA membership.

Benefits are not payable, as defined by the respective policy, for death or disability resulting from a sickness, disorder, physical condition, or symptom that existed or was treated within 12 months prior to enrollment.

This material is not a contract. Benefits are provided through a group policy (Nos. 104TLP Term Life and   1108GDH-SDP Student Disability) filed in the State of Illinois in accordance with and governed by Illinois law, issued to the American Dental Association by Great-West Financial®. Coverage is available to eligible ADA members and in all fifty states and US territories under the aforementioned group policy.  Each insured will receive a certificate of insurance explaining the terms and conditions of the policy.  GWL&A is not licensed in New York, but eligible members residing in New York may request and ultimately receive coverage under the aforementioned group policy. Great-West Financial® is a marketing name of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, Corporate Headquarters: Greenwood Village, CO; Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company of New York, Home Office: NY, NY, and their subsidiaries and affiliates. ©2019 Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company. All Rights Reserved. RO 708803-0119

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