The Amazing Wellness Race

The Amazing Wellness Race

An Interactive Wellness Experience!

  • Break away from traditional wellness events with a transformative journey of self-discovery.
  • Engage students with diverse tasks and challenges at each station, catering to different learning styles, interests and abilities.
  • Increases awareness and reduces stigmas surrounding mental health on campus.
  • Empower students to prioritize their health in a fun and interactive way, while providing a platform for personal growth, self-care, and meaningful experiences.

The Amazing Wellness Race (TAWR) is not your typical race — it's an immersive experience designed to promote mental health, self-discovery, and overall well-being. Consider The Amazing Wellness Race a hybrid of a more popularly known “Mental Health Fair”, but more interactive and enticing with exciting twists and turns - an “Interactive Wellness Experience” if you will. Throughout the program, participants will engage in a series of interactive stations with activities that emphasize the importance of both physical and mental wellness. Each station teaches different “tools” that can help improve and/or maintain wellness, where participants can take those tools and apply them in everyday life. One of the creators of TAWR is an education major, so each station was thoughtfully built to teach different learning objectives, and there is a focus on presenting multiple learning styles to cater to a diverse range of learners, interests, and abilities. Learning styles throughout The Amazing Wellness Race include kinesthetic, tactile, linguistic, visual, written, solitary and social. From affirmation exercises, trivia, board games, movement options, and more; each activity is crafted to nurture a sense of well-being and connection within the campus community.

But here's the twist — The Amazing Wellness Race isn't about finishing first. It's about embracing the journey, prioritizing self-care, and fostering a supportive environment for everyone involved. With The Amazing Wellness Race, we've incorporated some elements from the popular television show "The Amazing Race" into our wellness journey where participants will be given Route Info, Detours, Superlegs, Intersections, Pit Stops, and Fast Forwards. No Roadblocks, Speed Bumps, Hazards, Yields, or Eliminations will be in this race. Unlike the TV show, our focus is solely on promoting well-being, so no competitive or elimination elements are included. Participants will also receive colorful “Completion Tickets” after completing station activities to turn in at the Finish Line to receive our “TAWR Completion Certificate” as a tactile reminder of winning the wellness race. Of course a photo booth for social media will be present. To sweeten the deal, incentives were created for participation in every station, where participants can earn “SuperLeg Tickets” to be submitted for the “Ultimate TAWR Prize”. Whether you're a seasoned wellness enthusiast or just beginning your journey, The Amazing Wellness Race offers something for everyone.

Join The Amazing Wellness Race as we break the stigma surrounding mental health, and take steps towards a healthier & happier campus community! Empower students to prioritize their health in a fun and interactive way, while providing a platform for personal growth, self-care, and meaningful experiences. Host The Amazing Wellness Race and embark on a journey of transformation together!

Bead Who You Are
The Bead Who You Are activity is a reflective exercise where participants choose beads representing different aspects of their identity such as race, gender, language, orientation, religion, and more. Each bead is then strung onto a bracelet, creating a visual representation of the individual's multifaceted identity. This activity encourages self-reflection, exploration of one's identity, and the celebration of diversity.

Life Letter
At the Life Letter Station, each participant writes a letter to an individual that has impacted their lives in a meaningful way. The letter should express gratitude, admiration, or appreciation for the positive influence that person has had. This activity encourages relationship reflection, fosters connection through communication, and gives participants an example of how important communication is in relationships. Our words have the power to uplift and inspire, and this activity was created to help you spread appreciation and strengthen relationships one letter at a time.

Mental Health Trivia
The Mental Health Trivia Station is an interactive initiative aimed at promoting awareness and understanding of mental health and wellness topics through engaging games. Through multiple-choice, true or false, and open-ended questions, the goal is for furthered understanding of mental well-being. Get ready to challenge your perceptions and expand your knowledge!

Equity Exploration
At the Equity Exploration Station, participants play a powerful board game that illustrates the concept of privilege and systemic inequality. The game is designed to facilitate discussion around equity to promote understanding on how it can impact people on different scales, how it contributes negatively to mental health, and the importance of awareness and advocacy for equity.

Fitness Focus
The Fitness Focus Station is designed to showcase that fitness comes in various forms, where there is no “one-size fits all” approach to movement! It promotes ability inclusivity, and the idea that physical activity can be enjoyable and tailored to individual preferences and needs. The goal is to encourage participants to explore different ways to stay active for long-term movement motivation, which should also aid in body and brain health. We celebrate fitness in all its diverse forms! From traditional physical exercise to the latest TikTok dance trends, there is something for everyone to enjoy and explore. Join us for movement options designed to boost endorphins, reduce stress, and promote overall well-being.

Unlock Your Story
The Unlock Your Story Station is a transformative activity that invites individuals to share their personal stories of overcoming challenges. In exchange for their story, participants receive a key with a semicolon symbol, which they can turn into a keychain. This symbolic gesture not only serves as a reminder of their resilience, but also helps raise awareness for mental health stigmas. Through this activity, students learn the profound impact of vulnerability, empathy, and connection. By sharing stories, participants discover that they are not alone, and that their experiences have the power to inspire and support others. This activity underscores the importance of seeking help, offering support, and breaking the silence surrounding mental health issues. It empowers students to create a supportive community where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued.

Gratitude Gallery
The Gratitude Gallery Station invites participants to express appreciation and reflect on positive aspects of their lives. As this piece of art fills, it becomes a visual representation of the collective gratitude within the community. By displaying this artwork in public spaces, the community celebrates and reinforces a culture of gratitude. Encouraging gratitude expression helps individuals focus on good things in their lives, which can promote mental well-being and resilience. Overall, Gratitude Gallery serves as a reminder to appreciate the simple joys in life, which can also foster a more positive and supportive community environment.

Body Positivity
During the Body Positivity Station, participants experience the importance of self-love, acceptance, and appreciation through practicing positive affirmations. By practicing positive affirmations and meditation, participants are more likely to cultivate a mindset of body positivity and appreciation, with a goal of creating a healthier relationship with self. After completing the activity, participants are welcome to write their most powerful affirmations on a pocket mirror. Taking the mirror with them serves as a tangible reminder to embrace their unique self and foster confidence in their own skin. Don’t forget the importance of celebrating your body, you only get one of them!

DETOUR/SUPERLEG: Social Butterfly
The Social Butterfly Station is an effective activity for friendship building, and also a challenging program for some participants who are not extroverts. THAT’S OKAY! Doing healthy things outside your comfort zone is where growth happens, and some even say that’s where magic happens. Choose this activity, and it will teach you one of many strategies in starting dialogues with someone new. The goal is to spread kindness, promote social interaction & connections, and possibly even new friends.

Wellness Kits
Need a creative DIY project that enhances your mental and emotional health? Plants are the perfect companion in setting a peaceful environment perfect for alleviating mental health disparity symptoms such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Each kit includes simple step-by-step instructions on how to put the kit together, and how to care for the air plant. Choose between an Air Plant, Moss Art, or Sand Art Kit to take home or complete during your race today! Keep Calm and Plant On!

Inspiration Grids
Do you ever find yourself feeling so overwhelmed by everything you want to achieve? Goal setting has never been so easy! The Inspiration Grid is a vision board recreated. It is the ultimate goal setting tool that is conducive for continued growth and goal adjustments. This inspiration grid will help keep your focus and motivation to elevate your essence and achieve your dreams. Take one home or create one during the race, whatever fits your pace.

Hydration Station
Please take one of The Amazing Wellness Race custom water bottles! This water bottle was created to motivate you to drink water consistently throughout the day. Hydration is crucial for mental wellness, so fill it up and enjoy being quenched.

Pause 4 Paws
Invite The Amazing Wellness Race roving therapy and service dog, Storm! The dog handler will walk around with Storm throughout the race to greet any participants who would like to say “hi”. Storm LOVES humans, and will generously be anyone’s best friend. Animal therapy is proven to improve the wellness of many, so consider inviting Storm to your race!

The learning objectives presented at each station give participants tools to help improve and/or maintain mental wellness if utilized. Listed below are learning objective topics:

Bead Who You Are: Self Love, Self Acceptance & Community Building
Life Letters: Communicating Emotions, Expressing Love & Kindness, Socialization, Forgiveness and Friendship
Social Butterfly: Socialization, Kindness, Friendship & Community Building
Body Positivity: Body Positivity, Self Love, Reflection & Acceptance
Fitness Focus: Physical Health *Extra Credit: Advocacy & Community Building
Mental Health Trivia: Increase Knowledge on Mental Health Topics and Strengthen Mental Health Awareness, Understanding & Knowledge
Equity Exploration: Racial Equity, Compassion, Understanding & Knowledge, Community Building
Unlock Your Story: Personal Sharing, Belonging, Community Building, Advocacy, Understanding & Knowledge
Gratitude Gallery: Expressing Gratitude, Reflection & Community Building Finish Line: Follow Through & Encouragement

Add-On Booth Learning Objectives
Wellness Kits: Relaxation & Creativity
Inspiration Grids: Reflection, Growth, Creativity, Goal Setting & Encouragement
Hydration Station: Promotes Hydration for Physical & Mental Health
Snack Station: Promotes Healthy Eating & Physical Health
Pause for Paws: Animal Therapy, Love, Kindness, & Relaxation