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Wellness—it’s not about the numbers Athenaeum

Our latest issue of Athenaeum has hit stands across campus, and it’s another good one. If you’ve read my last few blog posts, you know that our cover story shines the spotlight on wellness at RIT. Our story helps answer questions like, “What is wellness?” “Why is wellness important?” “What can I do to get started?”

I’m hoping that our readers will be inspired to eat a little healthier, exercise a little more or take steps to control their lives—financially, emotionally, physically—maybe a combination of all of these things.

Personally, I’ve learned that wellness isn’t just about losing ‘X’ number of pounds or dropping a couple of pant sizes. For the first time in 13 years, I’m taking an exercise class on campus (and I love it). I notice that I have more energy. For a working mother of two (three, if you count my husband), that’s priceless. At home, I’m even climbing the stairs two at a time—while carrying a full laundry basket. I’m making healthier food choices, and realize that there is life without soda pop.

But, I still have a long way to go. Managing my stress, at home and at work, has always been challenging for me. And if you talk to my husband, he’ll say that my debit card has been enabling my financial “un-wellness” for years. I’ll work on that next.

Most importantly, though, I’ve learned that wellness is a journey, not a destination. And I’m more than OK with that.


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