WoW Newsletter: February 2023

WoW Newsletter: February 2023

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 women and girls in science, extending public access to literacy resources and protecting Polar Bears by taking care of our planet.

WoW Days of the Month

Why not use these inspiring international days to create a focal point for wellbeing activities in your school, workplace or community? 


 11th February – International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Photo by CDC on Unsplash 

International day of Women and Girls in Science is a great opportunity to show support for the role which woman have previously and can play in the development of Science. Statistics reflect that gender inequalities remain strong in the fields of science globally, and the United Nations place the contributions of women and girls at the front of their Sustainable Development goals. Can you name a few? Why not take the time to recognise and learn about the contributions of some famous scientists, you might be able to teach someone else something new in the process “We can all do our part to unleash our world’s enormous untapped talent – starting with filling classrooms, laboratories, and boardrooms with women scientists” UN Secretary-General António Guterres

 14th February – International Book Giving Day  

Book Giving Day is a special day celebrated by many countries worldwide. The ability to read and access to books is a privilege not everyone has in the world, likely not even in your own country! This day gives people the chance to share these opportunities with others and help out your own or other communities. If you are not able to donate through the scheme, there are ways to support this by donating to local charities or schools in your community. You can also support this by sharing the day on social media to encourage others to take part with #bookgivingday.


27th February – International Polar Bear Day

Photo by Hans-Jurgen Mager on Unsplash 
Polar Bear Day is a day focused on celebrating but also promoting the protection of Polar families in the Arctic. Climate change is a critical threat to the existence of polar bears, so it is important to consider the actions we can take to protect them. Spread awareness today by sharing some facts about Polar bears on social media, relevant tags include #NationalPolarBearDay and #PolarBearDay.

  Watch and Listen:

Expand your knowledge of Polar Bears and the ways we can protect them through this educational Ted talk.

 This Ted talk focuses on why do we need women in science, and how can we encourage and support more girls to engage in these opportunities.

Great Articles & Websites:

Antarctica Education Packs

On World Antarctic Day, Global Dimensions will share the Antarctic education pack which the co-created alongside the Harmony Project. This will include educational resources for all subjects connecting the natural environments of Antarctica.

Fun Resources

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has put together a number of fun resources to share with friends and family to celebrate World Soil Day. These include: Baking, taking part in social media campaigns, taking part in experiments and quizzes!

Choose your own winner
Do you have your own idea of who should win a Nobel prize for their contributions to humanity? Why not share your views with others and see who they come up with, you could take turns presenting and put it to a vote. You may learn about something new!

Need help?

Image by skeeze from Pixabay 

Concerned about the health and safety of yourself, family or friends?

  • If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national 24-hour Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.  You can get the latest updates here: government advice on Coronavirus 
  • If you are experiencing a mental health crisis: Lifeline Australia or phone 13 11 14 
  • visit Beyond Blue to access their Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service

Financial difficulties?

  • Click here for information on the government’s latest coronavirus financial support.


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