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The 2021 “Best of the Best” in Health and Well-Being

December 21, 2021

As we navigate these unchartered times, self-care has become more important. This year we curated fun and helpful resources to help you expand your well-being toolbox. Interested in getting curated well-being resources directly into your inbox? Subscribe to our  Duke Health & Well-Being newsletter.


Mary Brantley, Duke Health & Well-Being MBSR instructor: “One of the many wonderful things about meditation is once you end a formal sitting meditation, the benefits do not have to stop. There are many different ways to meditate, to bring your attention into the present moment.” Explore the various angles of meditation with these podcasts and books. Curious about mindfulness. Check out our mindfulness programs currently open for registration.

Best Meditation Podcasts 2021
The 7 Best Meditation Books of 2021 – Read your way to less stress and a clearer mind.

Breathing & Breathwork

Every system in the body relies on oxygen. From cognition to digestion, effective breathing can provide you with a greater sense of mental clarity and help you sleep better, digest food more efficiently, improve your body’s immune response, and reduce stress levels. Discover new ways to breathe yourself into a healthier self.

12 Best Books on Breathing and Breathwork – 2021


The pandemic has redefined people’s fitness routines. We now have more options than ever to remain active, from sophisticated home exercise equipment to virtual packages with your favorite wellness facility to safely attending classes at your local gym. Motivate your loved ones with a fitness-supporting gift, decide the best home-exercise option for your home or give the gift of health with a personal training package.

The best home exercise equipment to buy in 2022
Best fitness gifts for 2021
Virtual or In-Person Personal Training package at Duke Health & Fitness Center


At Duke Health & Well-Being, we believe “food is medicine.” Try new healthy recipes, and add texture and flavor to your meals while supporting your digestive, nervous, and immune systems.

40 Healthy Food Blogs to Follow Right Now

Sleep & Rest

Sleep has emerged as one of the most important aspects of well-being. Poor sleep health is a common problem, with 25 percent of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of every 30 days. Like nutrition and physical activity, sleep is a critical determinant of health and well-being. Give the gift of rest with the Sleep Foundation’s best sleep gifts.

Sleep Gifts: What to Give for Better Sleep

Interested in learning integrative techniques to improve rest? Sign up for our January Health & Well-being Smarts Seminar.

Timeless Well-Being Tools That Don’t Cost Money

  • Keep a journal
  • Practice gratitude
  • Connect with friends and family
  • Take a mindful walk

Disclaimer: We have not utilized or evaluated every item in these lists and are in no manner endorsing them. We are sharing the resources for your exploration in the hopes that you might find some that resonate and support you.


Cultivate a Sense of Awe: 6 Ideas to Experience Wonder

Experiencing awe has been proven to impact our emotional well-being significantly. These moments can transform our perspective and enrich our lives while providing mental and physical benefits. In this article, we will explore the key benefits of awe and provide five practical ideas to help you cultivate a sense of ...


6 Tips to Sit Less and Move More

Living a sedentary lifestyle can have a significant impact on your health. Inactivity is associated with various health risks, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The good news is that incorporating movement into your day can help combat these issues. Here are six tips to help you sit less ...


10 Tips to Detect Nutrition Misinformation Online

Carolyn Kleffman, MS. Nutrition Intern at Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center. Christine B. Tenekjian, MPH, RDN at Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center. Protecting ourselves from nutrition misinformation online can be difficult. Testimonials and paid content creators can be very convincing and push products on consumers. Below, ...


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