Choose personal exercise goals, then tackle them immediately

Research from the Perelman School of Medicine reveals that having people set their own fitness goals and pursue them immediately, rather than giving them assigned goals that begin gradually, is most likely to result in lasting positive change.

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USA Today

5 things you and your college-bound daughter need to know about campus sexual assault

Susan Sorenson of the School of Social Policy & Practice wrote an opinion piece about how parents can talk to their daughters about avoiding and/or surviving campus sexual assault. “If this conversation makes you uncomfortable now, imagine what it would be like to talk to her after a sexual assault,” she wrote.


The Washington Post

Be well: Leading with purpose with Neil Blumenthal, Ursula Burns & Erika James

Wharton School Dean Erika James spoke on a panel about wellness in the workplace and corporate responsibility.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Testing, testing, and more testing on college campuses this spring as coronavirus concerns remain

Chief Wellness Officer Benoit Dubé said Penn has budgeted $20 million for COVID-related safety measures, including testing. The University plans to conduct 40,000 saliva-based tests per week.


The Washington Post

You don’t have to be great right now. ‘Good enough’ will do

In an op-ed, Lisa Servon of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design wrote about letting go of perfectionism during the coronavirus pandemic and just striving to be “good enough” instead.


Penn Nursing

What is self-care? How to cut through the marketing noise and actually practice it

Barbara Riegel of the School of Nursing spoke about the concept of self-care, which “goes all the way back to Hippocrates.” “Self-care centers upon the idea of being aware of yourself every single day and asking yourself questions like, ‘Did I get enough sleep? Did I eat right? Did I get in some exercise?’” she said.



‘Dear Evan Hansen’ tells a fictional story of suicide. But its actors field messages from very real people in crisis

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about how those behind the mental health-focused Broadway show “Dear Evan Hansen” are dealing with fan letters on the topic of suicide and anxiety. “They’re actually reaching out individually to people. That’s good that they do that. It’s actually quite responsible,” he said.