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Mind Body Wellness Challenge

Wellness Challenge

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Davis, CA 95616

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Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness involves expanding knowledge/improving skills through scholastic, technical, or cultural endeavors. The number of cells in our brains start to decline in our mid-20's, but research has shown that the number of connections between brain cells can continue to grow if we exercise our brain with intellectual endeavors. Challenging your brain on a regular basis will encourage the formation of new neural connections. So you see, it really is a case of “use it or lose it.”

Intellectual Wellness Challenge Ideas

  • Learn/practice a challenging new skill.
  • Delve into current events.
  • Read a classic or intellectually stimulating book.
  • Attend a lecture or watch/listen to an educational show.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Plan detailed travel to somewhere you have always wanted to go.
  • Take a class through Staff Development and Professional Services.
  • Choose your own healthy habit in this category. 

The following websites feature brain teasers, puzzles, and other intellectually stimulating activities:  

Reading, of course, stimulates the brain. Check out our own campus authors at the following link:


A visit to a museum is very intellectually stimulating:


An educational television show can increase your intellectual health:


And, cultural events expand the brain:


Learning a new language, while challenging, has been shown to result in big increases in brain function:

  • UC Davis Extension: Spanish Without Walls