Black History Month 2022 – Wellness Resources

Black Health & Wellness

This year's theme for Black History Month is Black Health and Wellness. The following resources have been crafted with Black Health and Wellness in mind to empower you to live your life fully. Additionally, click on the buttons below to read stories from your colleagues about what Black History Month means to them or share your own story.

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“Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it.”

–Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Cultural Wellness

Cultural wellness refers to our awareness and understanding of and intrinsic respect for our own identities and background as well as the diversity and richness present in the cultural backgrounds and identities of others.

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Who Said That?

Who Said That? is a fun trivia game that challenges you to identify which historical Black leader said that quote. Find out just how much you know about famous quotes in Black history. Compete against your friends and have fun learning together.

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Black History is American History

In this talk, Okalani Dawkins discusses the importance of including more emphases on Black History within our educational system. Watch now to learn more about Black leaders in American history.

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21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

Participate in this 21-day challenge to read, listen, connect, and reflect to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity. Participate at your own pace.


Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness

Our emotional wellness manifests in our ability to meet the world with optimism, trust and a sturdy sense of self-esteem.

Video Series

Sharing Hope

Sharing Hope is a three-part video series that explores the journey of mental wellness in Black communities through dialogue, storytelling and a guided discussion. Hear their stories.

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Black Mental Health Matters

What is “Black Mental Health” and why does it “Matter”? Hear Phillip’s journey of trauma, resilience, and advocacy in this passionate talk.

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Mental Health and Wellness Podcasts

If you are searching for a variety of free information about mental health and wellness, check out this list of relatable podcasts created with Black wellness in the forefront.

For more information about mental health, check out this resource: African Americans | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness.


Social Wellness

Social Wellness

With more than 50,000 employees combined, the UF and UF Health community is practically a city unto itself! Find support and like-minded people by perusing the resources found here.

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Wellness Challenges

Participate in one of our guided wellness challenges to create positive habits in a fun way. Improve your social wellness by organizing a challenge with a team of coworkers.

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Get Connected

Looking for ways to get connected at UF and in our community? Discover a wide range of UF networks and communities of practice as well as local professional and recreational organizations.

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Dealing with Microaggressions

Microaggressions are indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group. Find out how this collection of individuals embraces diversity and actively combats microaggressions.


Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual Wellness

Our spiritual life is an often-overlooked aspect of wellness, but our guiding beliefs, principles and values provide us with deeper meaning and purpose.

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Meditation and Mindfulness

Explore meditation and relaxation resources, including live-streamed classes, pre-recorded sessions, and a self-guided meditation challenge. Sign up for a weekly mindfulness email and receive presentations by field experts.

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Coping with Stress

Spirituality looks different for everyone. However you view spirituality and religion, many agree that nurturing your spiritual health is an important aspect in wellness and plays a crucial role in coping and managing stress.

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Self-Inquiry Discussion Group

Join the discussion and try to answer the questions of life like, what am I? how did I get here? what happens when I die? This group meets biweekly on Saturday afternoons.


Environmental Wellness

Environmental Wellness

Interdependence with our surroundings and the natural world make the environment an important aspect of our overall well-being.

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Outdoor Afro

Outdoor Afro is a national, not-for-profit network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. Check out the resources they have on their website and social media.

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Connecting to your Environment

Learn ways to slow down and enjoy the environment you’re in. Learn how to relax, kick off your shoes, and connect with nature and the world around you.

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Get in Touch with Nature

If you’re looking to get outside today, check out these resources which supply you with all the information you’ll need to submerge yourself in local beauty.


Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness

Adopting smart fiscal management practices and preparing for short- and long-term expenses can help ensure we are “fiscally fit.”

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Financial Literacy Series

Through a series of webinars hosted by UFHR Wellness, you will learn sustainable ways to increase financial literacy and develop healthier financial habits like saving for retirement, reviewing your insurance, and managing your credit.

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Free 1-on-1 Financial Counseling

If you’re interested in understanding and organizing your finances, sign up for 1-on-1 virtual financial counseling. Services are offered to individuals who are undeserved, including those living in rural communities, those with chronic illnesses or those struggling to make ends meet.

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Tackling Racial Gaps in Finance

The 2019 national Black poverty rate was more than double the white poverty rate in the U.S. (roughly 22% compared to 9%, respectively), as reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Check out the link below to learn how to tackle financial challenges.


Occupational Wellness

Occupational Wellness

Our day-to-day work provides personal fulfillment that maximizes our talents. Find resources here to support you in your goals.

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Personalize Your Workspace

Your workplace environment often can affect your mood and behaviors at work. If you struggle finding the balance between your work life and your personal life, try one of these tips to create your own personal paradise at work.

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Addressing Bias in the Workplace

Watch this short video to learn about what biases in the workplace look like and how to avoid loaded language. You will also learn information about how to support a diverse workplace.

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Combatting Racism and Place-ism

In this video, Dr. Nwando Olayiwola discusses how health care should not be determined by the color of your skin or your zip code. Watch this inspirational talk to learn how we can do better at combatting racism and place-ism in the workplace.


Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness

Proper nutrition, exercise and disease prevention all add up to a healthier you!.

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Colon Cancer Awareness

The overall incidence rate of colorectal cancer is increasing in young adults, particularly young African Americans. If you are 45 years or older, the time to get screened is now. Contact your primary care physician with any questions or concerns and to schedule your screening.

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UF Health Fitness and Wellness Center

In the United States, African Americans are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes than their white counterparts. Physical exercise is an important part of prevention of these diseases. This wellness center offers personal training, 30-minute small group training classes, and fitness equipment that is open to all.

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Healthy Eating Inspiration

Research shows that how you spend your time on social media can impact your mood and even your outlook on life. Whom you follow on social media can also shape and play a role in your health and weight loss goals. If you need healthy eating inspiration, check out and follow these healthy eating influencers.


Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual Wellness

As lifetime learners, our intellect is fed by an openness to new ideas, our capacity to think and to question, and our willingness to master new skills.

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African American Wellness Project

Learn more about your overall wellbeing with this comprehensive FREE resource. Explore a variety of information covering multiple health topics, gain access to a symptom checker, learn how to get the most out of your medical appointments, get the latest COVID updates, and more!

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Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is not afraid to speak up or ask questions. In this talk, Luvvie shares three questions to ask yourself if you’re teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down — and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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Mastering New Skills

If making a commitment to learning is one of your New Year’s resolutions, or even if you just want to start a cool new hobby this year, browse through this list of resources to find out how to master new life skills.

Looking for your next read? Check out this list of must-read books by Black authors.