Wellness Month

ASDA celebrated its third annual Wellness Month in September 2018.  Dental students and ASDA chapters hosted events to shine a light on the importance of personal health and overall well-being. 

Wellness is more than just eating right or getting regular exercise. Wellness requires a conscious, daily effort towards taking care of yourself emotionally, physically, occupationally, intellectually and environmentally. It requires focusing on each of these dimensions and finding a balanced way of addressing all of them, as needed.

Dental school can be incredibly stressful. ASDA wants to ensure that all of our members have access to invaluable resources and an understanding of what to do when you’re not doing well.
View the list of wellness events ASDA chapters held this year.

Wellness Month programs and activities

National ASDA will feature:

Chapter Challenge - Step Out For Wellness

The 2018 Step Out for Wellness challenge saw an increase in participation from the previous year, with 29 chapters lacing up their sneakers and tallying their weekly step counts. Congratulations go out to the chapter at Roseman ASDA for taking first place in the national challenge. Roseman rallied to combine for 39,280,149 steps, good enough for a chapter lunch sponsored by ASDA. The individual student winner was Meg Dinkel, Colorado ’21, who accumulated 802,522 steps on her own. Meg received a $100 gift card for her efforts. Congratulations to all the participants, and thanks for your commitment to wellness! 

Wellness Month is generously supported by ADA student members insurance plans underwritten by Great-West Financial. 


These webinars took place during Wellness Month 2018. View recordings at the links below:

Conquering criticism through self-compassion
Jenna Bauer, PsyD, RYT-200, assistant director for mind-body programs, University of Illinois at Chicago, Counseling Center
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Cultivating mind-body wellness in dental school: Tools for stress management & personal and professional development
Dr. Christina Pastan, director of mind-body wellness, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine 

View Recording



ASDA offers the following resources that chapters can use to promote wellness and organize events for Wellness Month: