Virtual gratitude program in Northwest Wisconsin drew over 500 participants

October 31, 2018

In January, the Community Engagement & Wellness department in Northwest Wisconsin hosted a free virtual community program that encouraged community members to practice gratefulness in an effort to improve mental well-being and overall health.

Over 500 community members participated in the program, and the majority of those who completed the program evaluation reported that they felt the program had a positive impact on their level of positivity.

Upon registration, participants were invited to print journal sheets from the website on which they journaled during the 30-day program. Each day, participants recorded things for which they were grateful, and noted they deliberately performed an act of kindness and spent time being in the moment. Mayo Clinic Health System communicated via email with participants through a welcome, midpoint and final message.

Over 500 community members participated in the challenge, with over 100 being under age 18. After the program was completed, 34 percent of adult participants completed a post-survey to evaluate the experience. The following chart shows how the level of self-reported positive thinking shifted before and after the program:

Ninety-one percent of participants said they are moderately to extremely likely to participate in the program again.

Pre- and post-challenge perception of positive thinking

This is one example of how Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin is impacting mental health, which is one of the priorities on the community health needs assessment. An enhanced version of this challenge will launch in February 2019.

Community Engagement & Wellness and Public Affairs collaborate to present free or low-cost health and wellness opportunities that can impact the health of the community. Community Engagement & Wellness activities help contribute to an enhanced quality of life and demonstrate our commitment to community health and vitality.