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October 20, 2020 - 8:00am --

Have you felt overwhelmed, unorganized, disconnected, or out of sorts lately? Would you just like to slow down or pause every now and then? Do you need a break? Us too! We have been spending so much time with technology, worrying about online school, or staying healthy that it has been hard to make time for play, wellness, and celebrations. This has certainly been a challenging year, and we all would like to get back to some normalcy. Waiting for normalcy is hard though. Taking a break can help reset or reposition our thoughts to help us cope. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following steps to help cope with a difficult event: take care of your body, connect with others, take breaks, stay informed, avoid too much exposure to news, and seek help with needed. Taking a break is an important part of unwinding from a stressful experience. Have you planned any breaks lately? What about play breaks, rest breaks, or snack breaks? Do you need some new ideas to “break the pattern?” With the holidays coming soon, this is a great time to learn how to help ourselves take a break so we can really enjoy family and friends throughout the holidays, which will probably be different this year. If you are ready to Take a Break!, Educators with Ohio State University Extension are ready to help! Join us for an email wellness challenge that will provide some new ideas for a breakfast break, tech break, play break, rest break, snack break, hydration break, and more! This wellness challenge might help renew commitments to eat more fruits and vegetables, play (move) more, and maximize your efforts to strive for wellness. This challenge will help you Take a Break! Join to explore how to take the break you deserve.

This FREE award-winning email wellness challenge connects participants with six weeks of tips, research, and resources to help take more breaks and make the most of them. In October, participants will receive a pre-challenge message. They will then receive twice-weekly emails starting the week of October 19th and ending November 25, 2020. Participants will have access to a tracking log and optional resources available on the Ohio State University Extension Live Healthy Live Well Blog and Facebook pages. Any adult with an email account can sign up for this wellness challenge. Visit to register.


For additional information contact Sara Meeks, Program Assistant, at or 330-264-8722.


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Sara Meeks is an OSU Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Program Assistant and may be reached at 330-264-8722.


CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit