Breathing Techniques From Our GEM Curriculum
Wood Chopper Breath 🪓
Standing tall with your feet flat on the floor and positioned hip-distance apart, breathe
naturally and quietly. When breathing in, we are going to imagine that we are lifting the
axe over our head, before exhaling and imagining us swinging our arms down towards
our legs, as if we were chopping the wood.
INHALE through your nose, and clasp your hands together, slowly raising your arms up
over your head.
EXHALE and pull your hands down towards your legs as you say “HA” to chop the
This breathing exercise helps get any tension out of our chests, arms, shoulders, and jaws.
Escape the Vape
Did you know, the number of U.S. high school students who reported using vape products in the past month nearly doubled from 11% to 21%?
National Drug Facts Week- March 20th – March 26th
Visit our website’s Upcoming Events Page for more information: Here
March 12, 2023
Register Here: Facts Week
For more information or questions, feel free to reach out to Lindsay Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to help the environment while improving your physical wellness? Join Delaware 4-H and Consequence of Habit in plogging, an activity that combines jogging and picking up litter. Throughout the year, we are hosting multiple plogging campaigns, where you can pick up litter while jogging/walking in local neighborhoods and parks.
Join campaigns such as Plogging for Prevention (October and March), Plogging for the Earth (April), or Plogging for Physical Fitness (all year). When filling out this form, please indicate which campaign you are participating. However, feel free to sign up to plog anytime! You can always plog for a purpose! Plog alone, with friends and family, or with your school or club.
Participants will receive gloves, trash picker sticks, garbage bags, and safety tip sheet to use when plogging.
Monthly raffles are drawn for those who plog and sends the pounds of trash or number of bags collected, or a picture of your group plogging to email@example.com. The more you plog the more chances you will have in the raffle.
LIVE EVENTS THIS SPRING
Friday, March 24, 2023
Plogging for Prevention
Join us on the UD Green on Friday 3/24/23 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM !
Stop by the DE 4-H table to pick up your plogging supplies or to register.
We will be available to answer questions and get you started on your very own plogging campaign.
Friday April 14, 2023 from 10:00- 12:30.
This day we’ll meet and Plog the Pomeroy Trail and Tour the UD Farm.
Register Here for either or both live events: Spring Plogging
Walk & Roll
WALK+ROLL COMMUNITY-BASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CLUBS APRIL – MAY 2023
Want to give physical activity a try but don’t know where to start?
Know how to exercise, but don’t want to do it alone?
We have just what you need!
Beginning this Spring, the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, in partnership with community organizations throughout the state, will be hosting FREE Walk+Roll community-based physical activity clubs. Led by Walk+Roll Leaders who are CPR-certified, sessions will consist of a warm-up, light stretching, a walking/rolling session and a cool down
.Join us this Spring to walk and roll into better health!
Parking & Meeting Location: University of Delaware Paradee Center, Staff Parking Lot, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901Day/Time: Wednesdays, April 19, 2023 – May 24, 2023, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Walk+Roll Club Location: St. Jones River Trail: http://www.udel.edu/0010327
Recommended Parking Area: Public Parking Lot, 601 South Madison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801Meeting Location: Hare Overlook Pavilion, Poole Place and RiverwalkDay/Time: Tuesdays, April 18, 2023 – May 23, 2023, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Walk+Roll Club Location: Hare Pavilion 5KNote: This site has a bilingual Spanish Walk+Roll Leader
Parking Location: Glasgow Park, 2275 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702Meeting Location: Frazer Farm House PorchDay/Time: Fridays, April 21, 2023 – May 26, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Walk+Roll Club Location: Glasgow Park Loop Trail
All sites are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Mears.
Register Here: Walk & Roll
Walk With Ease
Register Here: Walk With Ease
FREE Mental Health First Aid Training via Zoom
March 21, 20239 am- 3:30 pm
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
With the growing need for services and resources to help those living with mental health conditions, as well as substance use and addiction, everyone can play an important role in helping those in crisis.
You will also receive a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support.
The course will be offered in two parts. The first part is offered online in a self-study format, takes about 2 hours, and needs to be completed before the live session. The second part will be offered live via Zoom.
This session will be held March 21st from 9am-3:30pm. You will receive the link for the self-paced session and Zoom info for the live session after you have registered.
Registration closes on March 6, so please register early.
Register Here: Mental Health First Aid
Healthy Living Retreat
Looking ahead to April 21st and 22nd, mark your calendars for the 2023 Healthy Living Retreat in Hockessin, DE at the Girls Scouts of Chesapeake Bay Camp Facility!
Teens and adult mentors will be invited for a weekend retreat.
Click and Register Here for the Healthy Living Retreat
This month’s $100 Amazon Plogging Gift card goes to…
Daniel and Luna Burton
Way To Go!
Dates to Remember
March 2023: National Drug Facts Week- March 20th – March 26th
April: April 14, 2023 from 10:00- 12:30. Plogging the Pomeroy Trial.
April: April 21st and 22nd, mark your calendars for the 2023 Healthy Living Retreat in Hockessin, DE at the Girls Scouts of Chesapeake Bay Camp Facility! Teens and adult mentors will be invited for a weekend retreat.
April: April 19th through May 24th– Walk with Ease and Walk&Roll