Wellness Month programs and activities
ASDA chapters are encouraged to plan and carry out wellness-related events throughout the month of September at their respective schools. View the list of wellness events ASDA chapters held this year.
National ASDA will featured:
- Wellness webinars: weekly webinars for all members on a range of topics (including relationship wellness, anxiety and depression and more)
- Blog posts on wellness
- Social media posts and contests
- Chapter challenges with prizes
ASDA members shared their wellness activities on social media using #BeWellASDA. Some were randomly chosen to receive prize packs, including gift cards and gear from RXBar, CorePower Yoga and Nalgene.
This is how I #BeWellASDA
Use the images in the social media toolkit to show off your wellness activities. On your own or with other ASDA members, take a photo that shows off how you live out one of the five dimensions of wellness. Include one of the bubble signs in the toolkit in the photo, and use hashtag #BeWellASDA. (Tag @dentalstudents on Instagram when you post.) Submissions will be shared on ASDA's national social media channels, and there will be occasional prizes awarded at random.
Work Out with ASDA
ASDA would like you to share your favorite workouts with us! As an individual or together with your chapter, create a short video of your exercise routine (up to 2 minutes) and post it on Facebook. Use hashtag #BeWellASDA and #WorkoutWithASDA (tag @dentalstudents on Instagram). Submissions will be shared on the national ASDA Facebook page throughout September. This way, ASDA members across the country can participate in being physically active and promoting wellness together.
Chapter Challenge - Step Out For Wellness
The 2017 Step Out for Wellness challenge saw an increase in participation from the previous year, with 25 chapters lacing up their sneakers and tallying their weekly step counts. Congratulations go out to the chapter at Pennsylvania ASDA for their second consecutive win – Penn rallied to combine for 20,789,063 steps, good enough for a chapter lunch on national ASDA. The individual student winner was Brian Greco, Connecticut ’20, who accumulated 1,146,389 steps on his own. Brian received a $100 gift card for his efforts. Congratulations to all participants, and thanks for your commitment to wellness!
Wellness Month is generously supported by ADA student members insurance plans underwritten by Great-West Financial.
These webinars took place during Wellness Month 2017. View recordings of each:
Predental wellness: Dealing with rejection
Erica Ashauer, M.A., director of health professions advising, Elmhurst College, and Sable Muntean, LECOM '18
- Recipes and helpful hacks for healthy eating
Sue Hoss, co-owner, Main Dish Media
- Balancing relationship wellness and dental school
Michelle Montero, PsyD, sport and performance psychology consultant, Alchemy Performance Consulting, LLC
- Surviving dental school: Overcoming stress, burnout and depression
Michael F. Myers, M.D., professor of clinical psychiatry, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
ASDA offers the following resources that chapters can use to promote wellness and organize events for Wellness Month: