LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2021) — During the week of May 3-7, University of Kentucky's third annual well-being week offers employees live, in-person events; online meetups; new blog posts and videos; and a special episode of the “Becoming Wildly Resilient” podcast for community building and self-care.
Moving Forward with Our Well-Being acknowledges that, while we continue to live through challenging times, we are beginning to see more opportunities to connect with friends, family, colleagues and the world outside our doorsteps. UK HR Health and Wellness and Work-Life are here to help you take steps toward better well-being.
Employees are invited to attend both live and on-demand events at various times and locations. Some of these opportunities include:
- An outdoor group fitness class at the Memorial Hall amphitheater (also available by Zoom).
- “Music and the Gift of Presence,” a presentation about how embracing music in everyday life helps to inspire and motivate us, ease our burdens and lift our spirits.
- The ever-popular Monday Meditation and Untangle Tuesdays on Facebook Live.
- A mindfulness self-compassion workshop, the first of a four-week series that will guide you to learn, practice and bring more self-compassion into your life.
- “What Has ‘Safe at Home’ Brought to the Kitchen Table?” an interactive chat about how we’ve fed ourselves differently over that past year, what worked and what didn’t, and how we can carry our positive habits forward.
Employees will also have the opportunity to participate in a Step Up Challenge. Register by May 1 through your health and wellness dashboard and the MoveSpring app. Then, get 6,000 steps in at least five out of seven days from May 2-8 (and don’t forget to sync with the MoveSpring app). If you complete the challenge, you will receive a UK tumbler. There will also be special content and workouts posted on MoveSpring and the UK MoveWell Fitness Facebook page throughout the week.
For more information on all the events presented during well-being week, view the full schedule here.
HR in-house mental health counselors, dietitians, exercise specialists and health coaches are available with free individual and group support to UK employees, spouses, their families and retirees year-round.
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