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Juneteenth – A Time for Personal Reflection and Wellness

Submitted by amanda.dumsch@… June 17, 2024
Calendar of wellness activities. Graphic of a red, white, and blue lotus flower. Logo for 8CRE, pronounced acre. Registration link for the 19 Days of Wellness.

As we approach Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States, it’s a fitting time to reflect not only on the U.S. history but also on how this pivotal moment can inform and inspire our modern lives.  Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas—two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The delay in the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas symbolizes the broader challenges faced in the fight for freedom and equality. This day serves as a powerful reminder of resilience, hope, and the ongoing struggle for equality and justice.

Today, Juneteenth is more than a historical milestone; it’s a day of reflection and celebration, recognizing the progress made and the work that still needs to be done in creating equitable opportunities for all. As we honor this day, we can also commit to fostering environments where everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to thrive.

NIH OITE is partnering with Supporters of the 8 Changes for Racial Equity (8CRE, pronounced acre) in a virtual observance of Juneteenth. Supporters of 8CRE encouraged NIH leadership to shift mindsets and push equitable change forward. As an official advisory group to NIH, Supporters of 8CRE continue to partner with NIH on a range of efforts to address equity, diversity, and inclusion.

You can join the celebration by focusing on wellness for yourself, your family and friends, and your community through June 19. Find inspiration in the calendar below to pursue activities for financial, physical, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional and psychological wellness. If you’d like to share your wellness activity, then post and mention @Support8CRE with #19DaysOfWellness to inspire others and promote racial and ethnic equity. Let's make a difference together!

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Juneteenth 19 Days of Wellness Calendar

June 1 - Say something nice about yourself

June 2 - Check your credit score

June 3 - Listen to your favorite music

June 4 - Discuss a household budget

June 5 - Wellness Webinar on Resilience; NIH-only

June 6 - Follow a tai chi video

June 7 - Learn about a civil rights hero

June 8 - Reflect on what you’re grateful for

June 9 - Enjoy time in nature

June 10 - Engage in deep breathing

June 11 - Enjoy a Juneteenth podcast

June 12 - Start a savings challenge

June 13 - Take a dance class

June 14 - Organize a game night

June 15 - Read spiritual texts

June 16 - Take a nap

June 17 - Pathways to Health for All Webinar; Open to all

June 18 - Building Belonging Hybrid Event; Open to all

June 19 - Celebrate! Join the NIH Fitness Center virtual workout; Open to all

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