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The Best of the Best in Health & Well Being for 2023

December 13, 2022

As we head into 2023, we have an opportunity to explore well-being tools and resources that can help us pursue activities, choices, and lifestyles that can get us closer to the most vibrant version of ourselves.

Our team compiled some fun resources for the third year in a row to help you explore your version of well-being. The Best of the Best in Health and Well-Being is simply a guide to illuminate your health journey. And remember, only you can define what health means to you. And if you ever need support, we will be here.

Happy and Healthy 2023!

Emotional Well-Being

12 of the Best Meditation Apps of 2022 (Healthline)

The 8 Best Meditation Books for 2022

The Best Books and Apps for Breathwork—and Understanding the Mind-Body Connection


Mindfulness Books by Duke Health & Well-Being Authors

The Gift of Loving-Kindness. 100 Meditations on Compassion, Generosity, and Forgiveness
Author: Mary Brantley, MA, LMFT – Instructor, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.

Five Good Minutes of Mindfulness: Reduce Stress, Reset, and Find Peace Right Now
Jeffrey Brantley, MD – Instructor, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.

Pausing Mindfully
Riitta H Rutanen Whaley, MS, MSPH – Instructor, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program & Gentle Yoga


Don’t Know Where to Start? Assess Your Well-Being with the Wheel of Health

The Wheel of Health, a concept created by Duke Health and Well-Being, helps you understand the factors that influence your health and can help you make positive changes for your future.

Assess Yourself Here

Physical Activity & Fitness

The concept of fitness has been growing from being an activity we do to lose weight and build muscle to something we do to feel happy, proud, and in many cases, more connected to ourselves and our community.

Best Fitness Gifts –


Give the gift of relaxation with a package from the Duke Health & Fitness Center

Get a Gift Card for a Therapeutic Massage

Nutrition & Lifestyle

Top Healthy Food Blogs

52 Subscription Boxes That Are Probably Missing From Your Life


Body of Wonder (Podcast)
Insightful conversations with thought-provoking doctors, specialists, authors, and researchers at the forefront of integrative health and wellness.
Hear about the ideas and research changing medicine and explore age-old wisdom backed by modern science. Hosted by Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Victoria Maizes.

Six Free or Very Low-Cost Duke Health & Well-Being Ideas for the New Year



A Guided Mindfulness Meditation to Improve the Moment

Mindful breathing is a powerful exercise that can help you stay focused on the present moment. Combining a mindful breathing exercise with meditation can help you focus and relax. Read the instructions below to familiarize yourself with the experience. Set a timer, and as you get more accustomed to using ...


Healthy Salad Combos for a Balanced Meal On-the-Go

By Christine B. Tenekjian, RDN, Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center This guide allows you to build a delicious salad that will be a nutritionally balanced, satisfying meal. Most of the salad combinations in this template are 400-600 calories.

  1. Start in the upper left box by choosing a salad base.


Wheeling Into the New Year

Many of us use the beginning of a new year as a time to refocus, set new intentions and establish goals. The Wheel of Health used here at Duke Health & Well-Being is a great tool to contemplate the big picture and the many factors contributing to our well-being. It ...


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