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Digital Health & Wellness Resources

This online guide to digital health and wellness resources is meant to provide the University of Oregon community with information about on-campus resources, mobile health (mHealth) apps, and strategies to evaluate mHealth apps.

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This resource guide was created by Kayla Lockwood, Digital Research & Pedagogy Specialist at the UO Libraries' Digital Research, Education, and Media (DREAM) Lab.

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Kate Thornhill, Digital Scholarship Librarian

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Bronwen Maxson, Coordinator, Undergraduate Engagement & Instructional Services

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This online guide to digital health and wellness resources is meant to provide the University of Oregon community with information about on-campus resources, mobile health (mHealth) apps, and strategies to evaluate mHealth apps. Including an mHealth App Evaluation Rubric for the UO community to use as a key resource in evaluating such apps. The UO Libraries collaborated with the University Counseling Services (University Health Services) and UO Duck Nest in creating an online guide to digital health and wellness resources available for students.

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The Digital Health & Wellness Resources Guide includes the following...

Defining Key Terms

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Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we're doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us. It is a quality that every human being already possess, it's not something you have to conjure up but rather learn how to access.

 

 

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Researchers from San Diego State University theorized digital mindfulness as a practice versus a state of mind, defining it as an intentional awareness of temporal, situational, and experiential factors in a digitally-enabled environment. In a technology sense, being “digitally mindful” is about being aware of the new role of technology in our lives and how it’s affecting you in different ways. Digital mindfulness is about making mindful, informed decisions in many areas of digital life, not simply an effort to spend less time online. (Source: Digital Mindfulness: The Role of Reflection)

Furthermore, it is important for people to achieve digital wellness (or digital wellbeing) by being physically, socially and emotionally health amidst our technologically centered world. Digital wellness is of the utmost importance for creating balance and making healthy decisions with our devices as digital health and wellness is intertwined with every aspect of health, from social, to emotional, to physical. Digital wellness isn't separated from the other areas of health. It's unique to our modern technological society, but is a piece of the puzzle that is overall health, and can have a domino effect. (Source: Supporting Digital Wellness and Well-Being)

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