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Mind Body Wellness Challenge

Wellness Challenge

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University of California, Davis
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Davis, CA 95616

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Environmental Wellness

Environmental Wellness is one of the seven aspects of wellness.  We may not think much about Environmental Wellness as part of an overall wellness plan, but our environment and how we feel about it can have a huge impact on the way we feel.  Environmental Wellness encompasses not just our relationship with the planet and nature but our relationship with our personal surroundings as well.  When our personal surroundings are well cared for, clean and organized, we experience a greater sense of comfort and less anxiety.  Environmental Wellness also affects the other seven aspects.  It’s hard to feel good when your space is messy or disorganized.  Caring for our homes and other personal environments also helps us maintain a sense of personal care.

Specific ways to improve our Environmental Health right here in Davis include:

TRANSPORTATION

One of the biggest impacts we have on the planet is a direct result of the way we move ourselves around. Fortunately this is easy to do here in Davis.   You might consider walking, biking or using Unitrans, at least a few days a week.  Maybe you can carpool with a friend?  Check out these options here at UC Davis at the GO CLUB.  Remember all of these alternatives effect other pieces of the wellness wheel—social (meeting new people on the bus or carpooling), physical (riding your bike), financial, (parking passes are pricey), and emotional (not fighting the 5:00 rush out of the parking lot)!

FOOD

It stands to reason that our collective food choices have a huge impact on the planet, and with the global food industry shipping products further and further around the world, and with farming becoming ever more intensive, this impact is only getting bigger.  There are four principles that can help guide you to greener meals: eat local, eat seasonal, eat organic, and finally, eat less meat.  Here in Davis we are fantastically fortunate to have an abundance of healthy food right at our doorstep.  Visit the Davis Farmers Market, or the UC Davis Farmers Market opening at the Silo at the beginning of the spring quarter.

CLOTHING

The global garment industry ships great distances and often employs the liberal spraying of harmful chemicals.  Cotton is, in fact, one of the most heavily sprayed crops on the planet, so it stands to reason that our choice of clothing can have a major ecological impact. Fortunately, solutions are out there. Organic cotton, and other alternative fabrics like hemp, flax or bamboo are becoming increasingly common, as are high-end fashion items from recycled materials. And then, of course, there are the trusty vintage and thrift stores so beloved everywhere--style never goes out of fashion.  Some of the local favorites: SPCA Thrift Store, All Things Right and Relevant,  Aggie Re-Store, as well as Thrift Town, and Goodwill both with multiple locations throughout Sacramento.

The UC Davis Wellness Portal lists many resources on the Davis campus and surrounding community for improving your environmental health.

Environmental Wellness Challenge Ideas

  • Ride your bike, walk or take public transportation instead of driving.
  • Recycle and compost.
  • Plant and tend a garden.
  • Use natural cleaning products.
  • Choose your own healthy habit in this category.
  • Remove clutter from your home or office
  • Join a local environmental improvement group such as Putah Creek Council, even if just for the seven weeks of the challenge.