Being well

John Lawrence’s message from April 23, 2018

Back in March when I was recovering from surgery, I received some “get well” cards. People sent their best wishes for my speedy recovery and encouraged me to feel better. As the saying goes, it’s the thought that counts, and I did appreciate their sentiments. But I also knew that to get well, I had to do something. So I followed my doctor’s advice, got up and moved, and made sure to get enough rest.

We have to take steps to get well before we can be well, and that is the point of “What About Me? My Wellbeing,” a workshop series that our human sciences specialists teach throughout the state. The research-based program covers taking time for yourself, relationships, finances and physical health. You could call it a get well card with an action plan. Did you know?

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Director Deb Sellers and a team of human sciences specialists and other extension staff developed the series, using a framework that includes a comprehensive and integrated approach to being well. This approach is a good fit with human sciences education in family life, family finance, and nutrition and wellness.
  • Human Sciences piloted the workshop series with about a dozen counties in 2016, taking it statewide last year. They offer the series for work groups, community organizations, child care professionals, faith-based organizations – basically, any group of adults interested in improving their quality of life.
  • The specialists aren’t telling people what they should be doing; rather they’re providing research-based information. Participants then take time to reflect on their lifestyle choices and make plans to meet their own individual goals.

As Iowans have been contemplating their relationships, finances and physical health through this workshop series, they’ve come to understand that being well isn’t something to achieve and check off a bucket list. Instead, it’s an ongoing journey and is different for each person.

More notes

  • ISU Extension and Outreach was not asked to share in the forth-quarter reversion this fiscal year. President Wintersteen has made it a priority to minimize the impact of any cut on students and Iowa State’s core missions. (See the story in Inside Iowa State.)
  • The proposed draft 4-H policy on LGBTQ youth is no longer posted and is going through the ISU review process. Any final guidance issued will consider the comments received, as well as Iowa State University policy, State and Federal law, USDA guidance on these issues, and input from our campus, state, and local community partners. ISU Extension and Outreach is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive atmosphere for all Iowa youth participating in 4-H programs and activities.

— John D. Lawrence
Iowa State University Vice President for Extension and Outreach

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