WeCOPE – is an interactive, evidence-based program that helps adults cope with life stress. WeCOPE has been shown to reduce stress and depression, increase positive affect, and improve health behaviors. Dr. Judith Moskowitz’s work is based on the research that even in the context of life stress such as serious illness or death of a loved one, positive emotions can and do occur and have unique coping correlates and adaptive consequences. Managing life’s challenges in healthy ways allows participants to take better care of themselves and others.
Sessions meet once a week for one hour. The seven sessions encourage practicing skills such as mindfulness, savoring, positive reappraisal, gratitude, and goal setting among others.
- Agricultural Adaptation (closed group pilots) – please contact the educator to join a group
- WeCOPE – closed group programming in session, please check back soon!
Register here: https://go.wisc.edu/5cf394
SELF COMPASSION 101
How can we become our own inner friend versus our inner enemy? Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned and practiced to enhance our health and well-being. In this program, we will learn about the three main components of self-compassion and how research supports the use of this skill to build our coping and resiliency skills. We will also explore different self-compassion exercises and how to develop a personal and consistent practice.
Program Learning Objectives:
- Identify the three main components of self-compassion
- Understand the benefits of self-compassion
- Participate in three different self-compassion practices
- Develop an initial self-compassion plan of practice
Join us for one hour of mindfulness, self-kindness and connection as we learn about and practice a research-based strategy to improve your physical, emotional and mental health.
Current “Live” Sessions: upcoming sessions TBD
Pre-recorded Session: (from April 7, 2022): https://youtu.be/BYw1PWQ3eO8 (You must complete a course evaluation to get sent the post workshop resources)
Course Evaluation: https://forms.gle/s1WjDz97uemUZLsq9
EIGHT WAYS TO WELLNESS
Wellness is often categorized into several interconnected dimensions. It’s a holistic integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. During these interactive workshops, participants will learn more about each of the eight dimensions along with ways to help create harmony with the dimensions they choose to focus on. There are 8 workshops in total, but participants can choose what session they want to join and how deeply they want to connect with the material. The more you learn, the greater you can impact your holistic wellness.
All of the sessions are interrelated; we recommend all eight sessions to get the most out of the topics. However, each topic may be done independently, or choose a mix that is best for you!
- Occupational Well-Being: Personal satisfaction and enrichment derived from one’s work
- Physical Well-Being: Recognizing the need for physical activity, sleep, and nutrition
- Intellectual Well-Being: Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
- Environmental Well-Being: Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
- Spiritual Well-Being: Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life
- Emotional Well-Being: Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
- Financial Well-Being: Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
- Social Well-Being: Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
All sessions are 60 minutes in length. An optional 60 minute Eight Dimensions of Wellness overview presentation is available as well.
FOOD STABILITY and SECURITY
Food Safety News You can Use from the Division of Extension.
Extension has information that you can use to keep yourself and your family food-safe.
Quick Tips: Farmers Market Vendors
Wisconsin has a vibrant local foods culture, and you are sure to find customers eager for your products. Be sure to follow the rules that govern preparation and sale to help ensure public health and protect your brand!
Note: In spite of what many web sites say, Wisconsin does not have a cottage food law. Vendors must comply with Wisconsin regulations to sell in the state.
This information is available as a handout
The Division of Extension offers free training in March and April for food and agribusiness entrepreneurs. The series will cover best practices in social media and marketing, strategies for overcoming labor challenges, collaborative marketing and distribution options, culturally rooted food business development, and an introduction to Growth Wheel, a tool to guide small business development. All sessions will be delivered via Zoom. Registration is required.
Each program is on Monday from 10:00 – 11:15 AM.