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Aug 11, 2023

Our conversation today with Cori Pence, Communications Specialist with Northwestern Community Services Board Prevention & Wellness Services is part of a year-long partnership with Northwestern Community Services Board highlighting eight different dimensions of wellness. Their "Rooted in" campaign is in its third year with 2023's message: Rooted in Wellness. Each month they will encourage community members to get involved by either participating in a monthly challenge, attending a Lunch and Learn session, or accessing resources on their website.

The goals of the campaign are to deliver the following messages of wellness:
• To raise awareness about how being mentally well impacts not only one part of who we are;
• To encourage community members to become mentally well;
• To foster connection and resilience in our communities by emphasizing wellness.

This month's topic was Environmental Wellness. Seven Bends State Park Ranger Tom Stevens joined us to discuss the role a public park can play in achieving environmental wellness. We talked about all the things you would think of: hiking, biking, canoeing/kayaking, as well as family outings and even volunteering to boost your environmental wellness. We also touched on how our interior surroundings can have an impact. Cori offered tips for organization, setting up a specific space if working from home, and how to create boundaries between household chores and work tasks.

Tom reminded us that Seven Bends State Park also has a tale trail and play space for parents to bring their children. Seven Bends State Park is a day-use park located in the geographically unique Seven Bends area of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Seven Bends State Park provides public access to the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and features two hand-carry boat launches, picnic areas, one single family-sized picnic shelter, vault restrooms, and 8 miles of hiking trails. They are open from 6am - dusk each day. Learn more on their website: and by following Friends of Seven Bends on Facebook.

You can find more details, resources, and information about physical wellness on their website: 

“Rooted in Wellness” is a collaborative project. Prevention and Wellness works closely with local coalitions to reach each community in their service area. These include Family Youth Initiative, Page Alliance for Community Action, Warren Coalition, and Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition. In addition, the campaign hopes to bring awareness to 2 statewide initiatives: Activate Your Wellness and Lock and Talk Virginia.

Each month there will be a call to action with tips, activities, and education to build up a specific dimension of wellness. There are various ways to engage in the campaign including through social media. Stay up-to-date by following @NWCSBWellness on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for infographics, photos, resources, and quotes. As this campaign is yearlong, be sure to visit regularly for updates and schedule of monthly activities. Share posts and include the hashtag #NWRootedinWellness. Get involved. Be creative. Take photos that reflect what wellness means to you and tag @NWCSBWellness on social media with the hashtag #NWPhotoVoiceChallenge. Implement #NWRootedinWellness into your everyday life this year.

Yard signs with wellness messages are also available as part of this effort. Reach out if you are interested in displaying a FREE sign by emailing See signs? Take a picture and be sure to tag @NWCSBWellness and use the hashtag #NWRootedinWellness.

Click here to listen to prior conversations about the Rooted in Wellness campaign.