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OIA Photography Competition Open

The Office of International Affairs is now accepting submissions to the annual international photography competition. All students, staff, faculty, visiting scholars and alumni are eligible to participate!

Entries will be accepted through October 6 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Our categories are People, Places and Arts & Culture. There will also be People’s Choice awards for the photos that receive the highest votes via the Facebook voting phase.

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Wellness Update

A Message from the Chief Wellness Officer


Hello Everyone,

As we get into the swing of the new academic year, it is important to remember the impact that physical activity has on our overall well-being, especially during these unprecedented times. Physical activity not only helps us to keep heart healthy and boost our immune systems, but it is a great stress reliever.

According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, we want to engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week. This can be broken down into a more manageable 30 minutes five days a week or increments that are best suited for you (e.g., 10 minute recovery activity breaks three times a day). Research shows that being physically active improves quality of life, sleep and overall brain health, while decreasing our chances for a chronic disease to develop over time. Learn more about how to get physically active.

People are often confused about what counts toward those 150 minutes each week. The American College of Sports Medicine states that any duration of physical activity (even 11 minutes a day) can be associated with overall improved health outcomes. In other words, the more times we are able to move from our desks, the more we are improving our health.

Here are three ways you can become more active throughout the day without breaking a sweat:

·     Take the stairs at home or in your workplace

·     10 squats at your desk or in your home office

·     Dance to your favorite music

Remember, some physical activity is better than none at all. You can do it! Take one bite of the bundle of carrots at a time!

Stay well!

Poetry Workshop coming October 1

Medicine & the Arts Presents: Inviting Readers Into Your Poems with Charlene Fix

October 1
noon-1 pm

This workshop will focus on a technique that poets use to invite readers into their poems: the crafting of images. Image-making is high on the list for most poets. In this workshop we will:

  • Consider what images are.
  • Examine them at work in a few poems by great poets.
  • Practice moving from abstract to concrete.
  • Write a poem in response to a prompt designed to elicit poems rich in images.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Caitlin Donahue ( Requests made by September 18 will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Click below to register. Space is limited, and your ZOOM link will be provided once your registration is confirmed.



Medicine & the Arts is part of the Linda C. Stone, MD, Program for Humanism & the Arts in Medicine and is supported by grants from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, the OSU College of Medicine Alumni Society, the Wexner Medical Center Service Board and generous donors to the Medicine and the Arts Fund with the OSU Foundation.

Become a Buckeye Wellness Innovator

Share your love for wellness and inspire your colleagues! Ohio State’s Buckeye Wellness Innovator (BWI) program seeks faculty and staff for its September 2020 cohort. You will receive training, tips, suggestions and opportunities to coordinate and attend special events. If you are interested in promoting health and wellness activities and initiatives in your workplace and want to get to know other BWIs from across campus, apply to the program and attend the free online orientation on Monday, Sept. 21 from 1–5 p.m. Contact Lauren Battista with questions.

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Mindfulness in Motion Program Registration Is Open

Mindfulness in Motion is an eight-week evidenced-based program that teaches you the tools to combat burnout while increasing your resiliency and overall quality of life through mindfulness. Faculty and staff are formally invited to participate in the upcoming resiliency sessions for health care professionals, set to begin the last week of September, sponsored by Gabbe Health and Wellness. Registration closes Monday, Sept. 14. Email to get started.

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Calming yoga-based movement

This four-week series will offer gentle yoga-based practices aimed to build resilience and stamina for living with the changes COVID-19 has brought to all of our lives. No experience or registration is necessary. All are welcome and encouraged. Each week we will use simple movement, breathwork, and meditation focusing on effects such as exhaustion, insomnia, isolation, overstimulation, and anxiety. Live classes are Tuesday mornings 8-9 a.m. in September. Sponsored by the Center for Integrated Medicine and Gabbe Health and Wellness.
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Supporting caregivers during COVID-19

Supporting caregivers during COVID-19

The disruptions of COVID-19 threaten to increase gender inequities by limiting women’s time and access to childcare. This summer, The Women’s Place conducted a university-wide survey to assess these gendered impacts. Visit our website for survey results and to learn practical tips for supporting employees and students as caregivers during the pandemic.
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On Campus Opportunities to Give Blood