Wellness Month



ASDA hosted its second-annual Wellness Month in September 2017. Fifty one chapters participated, hosting a variety of events at their respective dental schools. From rock climbing to yoga, ergonomics lunch and learns to therapy puppy visits, dental students explored all five dimensions of wellness. See accounts of Wellness Month activities online at #BeWellASDA.  
Wellness is more than just eating right or getting regular exercise. Wellness requires a conscious, daily effort towards taking care of yourself emotionally, physically, occupationally, intellectually and environmentally. It requires focusing on each of these dimensions and finding a balanced way of addressing all of them, as needed.

Dental school can be incredibly stressful. ASDA wants to ensure that all of our members have access to invaluable resources and an understanding of what to do when you’re not doing well. 

Click through the tabs below to learn about activities and programs hosted by national ASDA for Wellness Month 2017. 

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
Individual Challenges

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. 

ADA - Great West Disability Insurance


These webinars took place during Wellness Month 2017. View recordings of each: 



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