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2021 Cardinal Walk
This year, we celebrated wellness as a community by participating in the first-ever Cardinal Walk Challenge. Throughout the month of July, together we completed 1,093 wellness challenges.
You chose from our list of wellness challenges or created challenges of your own, and you shared your experience to promote the value of self-care to your colleagues. Your challenges ranged from invigorating workouts, like running or high-intensity interval training, to peaceful walks in nature to recenter your mind. You took time to:
- Cook healthy food with your family
- Connect with loved ones and work colleagues on Zoom or in-person over coffee
- Explore new locations while walking for exercise
- Work in your home gardens
- Prioritize your nutrition by cooking new healthy recipes and planning meals
- Reach out to friends and family to promote emotional well-being
- Take stretch, meditation or yoga breaks throughout the day
- Focus on getting enough sleep
- Limit your screen time, including checking email and social media
- Listen to music
- Made time for fun family activities, including kayaking and completing projects for local organizations
- Express gratitude and appreciation to others
- Volunteer with various organizations or lend a helping hand to someone in your life
- Try new types of exercise or increase the frequency/intensity of exercise you were already doing
- Spend time outdoors and connect with nature
- Ride your bike, swim, dance and find joy in physical movement
On August 4, we gathered virtually to celebrate our achievement at the annual Cardinal Walk. We recapped our collective achievements during the Cardinal Walk Challenge, shook our hips to the Cha-Cha-Slide for an energizing warm-up and took a walk — apart but together — from wherever we were. You sent us photos of walking in your neighborhood and spending time with family and pets for an active mid-day break. Some of you were on campus and shared pictures of you connecting with colleagues on a short walk. Others connected with colleagues off-campus for a group walk.
Most importantly, you used both the challenges and annual walk to focus on your well-being in a way that is meaningful to you, and we hope that you enjoyed the experience.