The Global Wellness Institute
The Wellness Moonshot:
A World Free of Preventable Disease
The Wellness Moonshot Calendar’s monthly theme
for September 2022 is ACCOMPLISH.
Authored by Renee Moorefield, CEO of Wisdom Works Group, and member of the GWI Advisory Board
AN ATHLETE UNITES ACCOMPLISHMENT WITH MENTAL WELLNESS
The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease initiative is a gigantic undertaking. So, I decided to get a new perspective about it from someone who is accustomed to accomplishing big feats—and I found the perfect person in Dartanyon Crockett.
Dartanyon is a competitive Judo athlete. He was born with Leber’s disease, a genetic condition causing vision loss, and as a child, he endured a life of extreme poverty along with the substance abuse by members of his family. Early on, wrestling and blind judo became mental and physical outlets for him, as well as avenues for lifting himself and others out of hardship. Dartanyon then stunned the world by medaling in both the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics, along with a great number of competitions worldwide.
Dartanyon’s life story is one of overcoming substantial obstacles through a deep inner drive and resilience; he’s been featured across media, from the independent news network NPR to the popular sports channel ESPN, plus in the book, Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family. He continues inspiring people today as part of Becoming Your Personal Best, a pioneering curriculum used by schools, community centers, and other youth organizations which strengthens resilience within children by drawing on life lessons from Olympians and Paralympians. Dartanyon is part of a growing movement of decorated athletes, such as gymnast Simone Biles, swimmer Michael Phelps, footballer Majak Daw, ice skater Kagiyama Yuma, and tennis star Naomi Osaka, who are shifting the narrative from accomplishment at all costs to the role mental wellness plays in living a full and thriving life.
THE ATHLETE’S ROLE IN ADVANCING WELLNESS
According to the latest report by Gallup, stress, worry, and anger are on the rise across the world. From Dartanyon’s point of view, even when we think we’re resilient, we may be not addressing cracks in our own lives. We “pull ourselves up by our bootstraps” and put on a happy face, instead of acknowledging the unresolved physical and emotional dysfunctions or traumas which may be negatively shaping our lifestyle behaviors and limiting our wellbeing. And our adverse experiences, particularly those in childhood, link with the overweightedness, heart diseases, diabetes, and other potentially preventable diseases we experience as adults.
Dartanyon gives voice to the idea that “it’s ok not to be ok.” He and all athletes have a special place in our societies, and thus, a platform for magnifying the importance of making mental health and wellness a norm, not just a discussion we have when someone is in a crisis. This amplifies what we all believe as wellness leaders: People are healthier and more fulfilled when they can include all of themselves—mind, body, emotions, and spirit.
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Do you have a #WellnessMoonshot story you want us to feature in our monthly articles or Wellness Moonshot celebrations? Let us know how you are elevating wellness in your corner of the world.
Next month, we’ll touch on what the topic OUTCOME means to leading wellness. Until then, check out each of these Wellness Moonshot articles from past years with science insights and strategies to support you on your wellness leadership journey.
RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOUR WELLNESS LEADERSHIP
- Find out more about the Becoming Your Personal Best curriculum strengthen resilience within children.
- Check out these Global Wellness Institute initiatives for resilience resources: Breathe; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Mental Wellness; Sleep; Wellness for Children; Workplace Wellbeing; and Yoga Therapy.
- Read the Mental Wellness whitepaper for evidence-based pathways to mental wellbeing.
- Measure your stress resilience via the online assessment Be Well Lead Well Pulse®.
- Get involved in the 2022 Global Wellness Summit, October 31-November 3.
- Customize The Wellness Moonshot branding assets and educational materials to meet the needs and aspirations of your company, community, or country.