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by | Jan 1, 2024 | Featured, Well-being

As we usher in the New Year, it’s crucial to reflect on the significance of prioritizing both physical health and mindfulness in our lives.

Embracing a healthy lifestyle becomes more than just a resolution; it becomes a commitment to our overall well-being, something we all deserve!

Engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining a balanced diet, and ensuring sufficient rest are the bricks that build the foundation for a healthier, more vibrant life.

Part of the practice of mindfulness is being fully present in the moment without judgment (especially towards ourselves). Cultivating mindfulness allows us to step back, breathe, and appreciate the present. Whether through meditation, mindful breathing exercises, such as the 4.7.8 approach (see the next page on how to), or simply taking moments to connect with our surroundings, mindfulness helps reduce stress, enhance mental clarity, and foster a deeper sense of self-awareness. It can be as simple as taking a walk around the block and noticing the air, the trees, the sounds, and the smells of our surroundings.

The synergy between physical health and mindfulness is undeniable. Regular exercise not only contributes to physical fitness but also releases endorphins, promoting a positive mindset and reducing stress. Mindfulness complements this by encouraging us to appreciate the journey of our health and well-being, fostering positive relationship with ourselves.

As we embark on the new year, let’s embrace the interconnectedness of our physical and mental health, recognizing that the pursuit of well-being is a holistic and ongoing journey.

The New Year provides an opportune moment for us to reevaluate, reset, and renew our priorities. Let’s get there together!


We wish you good health and much happiness.


A few more resources for our UNPHC EdX topic of the month: Health & Wellness

  1. Outdoor Fitness Adventures:
    Utah is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, and we encourage you to take advantage of it! Discover local trails, parks, and outdoor fitness activities that cater to all age groups. The Utah State Parks website (stateparks.utah.gov) is an excellent resource for finding the perfect spot for your next adventure.
  1. Nutritious and Delicious:
    Eating well doesn’t have to break the bank. Utahns, especially families and seniors, can benefit from the Utah State University Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program. Visit their website (extension.usu.edu/fcs) for practical tips on budget-friendly, nutritious meals and cooking workshops.
  1. Silver-Haired Wisdom:
    Seniors in Utah have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. Connect with like-minded individuals through the AARP Utah website (states.aarp.org/utah) for information on events, resources, and community initiatives tailored for seniors.
  1. Mental Wellness Hub:
    Maintaining mental health is vital for overall well-being. Utah’s own NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a plethora of resources and support for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. Visit their website (namiut.org) for valuable insights, events, and support groups.
  1. Utah Healthcare Resources:
    Navigating the healthcare system can be complex, but Utah has a variety of resources to help. Check out the Utah Department of Health’s website (health.utah.gov) for information on local clinics, public health initiatives, and programs specifically designed to support families and seniors.
  1. Intergenerational Connections:
    We believe in fostering connections between generations. Consider joining local programs that promote interactions between seniors and families, such as the Utah Senior Centers Association (utahseniorcenters.org)
  1. 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise:
    The 4-7-8 breathing technique involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding the breath for 7 seconds, and exhaling for 8 seconds. This breathing pattern aims to reduce anxiety or help people get to sleep. It is a form of pranayama, which is the practice of breath regulation.

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