ISU Extension – Muscatine County to Host Four-Week Wellness Workshop in February | Local






At noon on February 3, ISU Extension will host the first part of its free four-week educational workshop, “What About Me? My Wellness” at the Muscatine County Extension office, located at 1601 Plaza Place.


Andrea Grubaugh



MUSCATINE – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Muscatine County hopes to help its residents learn to take care of themselves, especially during their most stressful times.

At noon on February 3, ISU Extension will host the first part of its free four-week educational workshop, “What About Me? My Wellness” at the Muscatine County Extension office, 1601 Plaza Place.

According to Barbara Dunn Swanson, humanities specialist for ISU Extension, the wellness program was developed long before the recent pandemic, first implemented in 2017.

“At first, we marketed it to employers, as a benefit for their employees,” Swanson said. “Employees who take care of themselves have been shown to be attentive at work and need fewer health benefits.”

Previously, the program was offered to MUSCO Lighting employees. However, the February sessions are open to any local adult who registers.

“As we see through the program, many of our service agencies and employees spend so much time caring for others. This hour is the time for them to dedicate it to themselves, thinking about their own personal well-being,” Swanson said. “We have all been affected by the unintended consequences of (the pandemic), so the need for additional self-care strategies can be a big protective factor for all individuals.”

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