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05.05.22 | Community

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Every year, millions of people deal with the daily struggle of living with a mental illness. One in five adults in the United States live with a mental illness, and because they are so prevalent today, the spotlight is beginning to shift to explore just how society collectively can work together to setback the concerning numbers. 

Throughout May, we will be celebrating National Mental Health Awareness Month. First celebrated in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month remains as significant as ever for a myriad of reasons. Mental illness often goes ignored unless tragedy strikes. This month-long observation helps shed a spotlight on the importance of caring for mental health and the weight of taking it just as seriously as any other disease. 

Not only is it critical to care for your own mental well-being, but also those around you. Regularly checking in on family, friends, and even neighbors can leave a profound impact on each of their lives. However, maintaining good mental health includes everything from your food choices and physical activity to your sleep schedule and stress management

By taking the initiative to care for yourself and your loved ones and being open to discussing mental health with others, the more normalized it will become, creating a healthier, more vibrant world. Although the stigma around mental health treatment still exists, thanks to celebrations like National Mental Health Awareness Month, more and more people are beginning to learn to be more open about their mental well-being. 

Because mental health is even less commonly discussed in adult communities, we encourage you to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month and help pilot the movement for a healthier, more vibrant world where mental well-being is at our forefront.

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10.29.20 | Health & Wellness

Vibrant Living Breakdown: Moderate, Regular Physical Activity

We don’t believe in living a passive life; we believe we should be active participants in our own health, wellness and happiness. That’s why Sage Collective created 9 Ways of Vibrant Living, a model that champions high-quality living, and the backbone of our philosophy. Today, we’re unpacking the first of our nine components: moderate, regular physical activity. 

In a recent blog post, we broke down the surprising health benefits of going for a brisk-paced thirty-minute walk each day — and even discovered that going for a walk can have parallel health benefits to going for a run. This goes to show that physical activity doesn’t all have to be intensive, but rather, incorporating moderate, regular activity can prove highly beneficial on its own.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends older adults partake in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. This activity can include leisurely behaviors such as walking, dancing, gardening, hiking or swimming, or even occupational behaviors such as performing household chores or participating in family and community activities. 

According to Mayo Clinic, the benefits of fulfilling this weekly recommendation include controlling your weight; combatting health conditions and diseases such as stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and anxiety; as well as improving mood and boosting energy levels, promoting better sleep, and even increasing your chances of living longer. 

And the bottom line underscoring it all: incorporating moderate, regular physical activity into your daily life can be fun and enjoyable, especially in social settings. That’s why Sage Collective incorporates physical activity as part of our vision for our residential campus. We know that taking the first step isn’t always easy, and that’s why we’re pursuing more vibrant ways of living together. Together, we can hold one another accountable, encourage healthy behaviors and embark on a collaborative, joyful journey to more vibrant ways of living. 

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