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Wellness for the Health of It

Free seminars, workshops and trainings for the UH Community to learn about health and wellness topics that relate to the Nine Dimensions of Wellness.

By attending an Wellness for the Health of It workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a variety of strategies related to the topics presented to reach a holistic health and wellness mindset.
  • Formulate a definition for the dimension of wellness presented and identify activities to incorporate into their life.


January 30, 2019

Physical Wellness- Game On!! The Benefits of "Sportification" and Gamification" to Physical fitness and Wellness

DWPhysical activity works wonders for our overall wellness, and we know this through decades of rigorous research.  Despite this knowledge, people still don’t meet the daily physical activity recommendations, from young children to older adults.  Dr. Walsh will discuss how this trend is getting worse and is likely to continue unless we change the way we offer and promote physical activity. 

11:00am – 12:00pm
Wellness Classroom

David Walsh, Ph.D., is an Clinical Assistant Professor of Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston. 

February 27, 2019

Cultural Wellness- Loneliness and Travel: A Tuareg Case Study

susanProfessor Rasmussen explores the impact of travel on wellness and illness, specifically, the relationship between loneliness and mobility, dispersion, and return in social, economic, and political upheavals. Data are based on this anthropologist’s field research in Saharan regions of Niger and Mali,  West Africa, among the Tuareg, who speak Tamajaq, are predominantly Muslim, and practice persisting but disrupted semi-nomadic herding, caravanning, and labor migration. The focus is on narratives and cases of travelers and their loved ones at home who have experienced loneliness, local cultural meanings of loneliness, the consequences of expressing this emotion, and ways of coping with it. This ethnographic case study suggests the need to explore diverse ways of experiencing, expressing, recognizing, and treating loneliness and other emotions across cultural settings.  

11:00 am – 12:00pm
Student Center South- Midtown Room

Susan Rasmussen, Ph.D., is a professor of Anthropology in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Houston. 

March 20, 2019

Social Wellness- That's Not Fair? How Fairness Shapes our Social Wellness

GeraldProfessor Savage considers how fairness affects and is affected by one’s social relationships. By reviewing his ongoing research, he will alert listeners to how interactions shape fairness perceptions as well as to how fairness perceptions and identities drive such important outcomes as group formation and social inequality.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Wellness Classroom

Scott Savage, Ph.D., is an Associote Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Houston. 

April 16, 2019

Environmental Wellness- Low Carbon Cities and Health

priyankaCommunity health and greenhouse gas (GHG) are two super-indicators for sustainability. Communities that are setting aggressive targets are leading the way in terms of developing and managing sustainable healthy cities. Dr. race will discuss some of the common and emerging metrics for low carbon and healthy communities.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Student Center South, Midtown Room

Bruce Race, Ph.D., is a professor of Architecture and Director, Center for Sustainability and Resilience in the College of Architecture at the University of Houston.