“Health is more than just the absence of disease. Health is about jobs and employment, education, the environment, and all of those things that go into making us healthy.” – Joycelen Elders
Weather you choose to believe it or not; where you live, who you surround yourself with, and how you spend your time has a pivotal influence on your emotional, spiritual, mental and physical well-being.
Consider Sweetheart Circle on campus; would students bring their pets to roam the beautiful greenery if he or she felt that the area was unsafe for their beloved animals or risky for their personal safety? Would they hang their hammocks and nap mid-day if the area was cluttered with garbage and noise pollution? These activities are made possible because of small efforts to support environmental wellness as an overall wellness plan. The environment and how we feel about it can have a huge impact on the way we feel overall.
Are you engaged in the process of Environmental Wellness? Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I recycle?
- If I see a safety hazard, do I take the steps to fix or report the problem?
- After using a public area do I leave it looking the same or better than when I arrived?
- Do I volunteer my time to worthy causes?
- Am I aware of my surroundings at all times?
- Do I look for opportunities to use my bicycle instead of my vehicle or car pool with a friend?
If you’ve said “no” to some or most of these, here are a few actions you can take to achieve greater environmental wellness:
- Be aware of the earth’s natural resources and their respective limits. This includes the concept of replenishing what you use such as planting a tree or volunteering with the University garden. Contact the Center for Sustainability for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Live a life accountable to environmental needs, both in the present and in the long-term. Instead of buying a brand new water bottle every day; invest in reusable water bottle and refill it at the numerous water fountains found around campus.
- Realize the effects of daily habits on the world. Don’t litter, clean up after your pet and take the responsibility to learn the life skill of recycling.
- Be cognizant of your personal safety and the safety of fellow human beings. Report safety hazards, trust your gut and be diligent because even the smallest effort could save a life.
Help to reduce your impact and support Environmental Wellness by joining us for a Bike-In Movie at Sweetheart Circle on Friday September 11, 2015 at 8:00pm and for Campus Beautification Day on Friday September 25, 2015 at the Rotunda from 10:00am-2:00pm.