Welcome to the Wheel of Wellbeing (WoW) – a simple framework designed to improve people’s health, happiness and wellbeing by focusing on six areas – Body, Mind, Spirit, People, Place and Planet. This monthly newsletter provides a roundup of the latest wellbeing tips, activities, research and resources to inspire better health and wellbeing. Tap into them — for yourself, your families, workplaces, schools and communities — and help create a happier world for us all.
This month we focus on the importance of global health, celebrating diversity with Autism Awareness, protecting our planet and the benefits of dancing.
Why not use these inspiring international days to create a focal point for wellbeing activities in your school, workplace or community?
2nd April – World Autism Awareness Day
The theme for World Autism Awareness Day this year is Transformation: Toward a Neuro-Inclusive World for All. This day is dedicated to sharing stories and opportunities to raise awareness and acceptance of people with autism. You can support this day by wearing blue on this day to help raise awareness or get involved in their social media campaigns.
7th April – World Health Day
This year’s theme for World Health Day is: Health for All. The World Health Organisation celebrates this day by sharing resources and events to promote global health. There are many ways to get involved, including organising a World Day event for your community using the resources shared by the WHO. You could also organise events to encourage people to participate in sports such as an organised walk, marathons but also debates to facilitate conversations around healthy living. “Health For All envisions that all people have good health for a fulfilling life in a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.” World Health Organisation.
22nd April – World Earth Day
This years theme for World Earth Day is Invest in our Planet. The creators of World Earth Day highlight 6 ways to get involved in the movement: supporting climate literacy, fighting plastic pollution, planting trees, voting for green based parties, participating in global clean-ups and supporting sustainable fashion. “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson.
29th April – International Dance Day
This year’s theme for International Dance Day is: Dance · Future, Developing the Traditions and Expanding the Boundaries. Dancing is a great way to exercise and move your body to promote health and creative expression. Dancing can be beneficial for the health of your heart and lungs as a form of cardio, it can also support your mental health by reducing stress, but also boost your confidence and self-esteem (Fong Yan et al., 2018).
Organise an event to improve climate literacy
Why not organise an event in your community to teach your peers or children about the importance of taking care of our environment? There are many resources to help you facilitate this, including this guide.
Reduce your plastic consumption
Not sure where to start? Use this plastic calculator to see how your family or workplace can reduce their daily plastic consumption.
If you have the resources, why not plant a pollinator garden, you can use a variety of native species to support local populations of butterflies, bees, and other organisms that are critical to biodiversity. You might pick up a new skill on the way!
Move your body
Why not look through this list of types of dancing and identify an expressive form of dancing and type of music which suits you and give it a try. Can’t dance? You still enjoy the art of dancing from the comfort of your seat by watching a dancing movie. Examples include Billy Elliot (2010) and Footloose (1984).
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