February 23 - February 29, 2020

"We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our devices." They said it so well. The National Day of Unplugging is March 6, 2020, so RecWell invites you to UNPLUG. What do we mean?!

  • Americans spend an average of 7 hours on technology daily. 
  • A good balance of time spent on and off technology is beneficial to both physical and mental health.
  • “Unplugged” likely means something different for everyone, whether it’s not using your phone while you’re with others, avoiding email during dinner, or spending less time on social media.
  • Exercise can improve sleep, decrease feelings of depression, help protect against feelings of anxiety, boost self-confidence, and improve focus and productivity.
  • Disconnect from technology and connect with us in person! 

With something for everyone, Recreation & Wellness offers multiple opportunities to do so. Become more mindful of your time and better balance it with exercising, having meaningful conversations, spending time outdoors, playing sports, or anything else that enhances your overall health and wellbeing. Use those extra "unplugged" hours each day doing something good for you, and just enjoy the world and people around you! Whatever you take away, we hope that you get involved, be active, and live healthy.

Unplugged 2020

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While our Unplugged campaign typically lasts a week during the academic year, we understand that there's great value in unplugging more often than that. That's why we hope this concept becomes top-of-mind past this campaign. There's so many things happening around us and ways to disconnect from technology. 

Save these cards and share them on your social accounts to let others know you're taking a break! 

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How do you UNPLUG?

We want to hear from you!

  • Did you participate in any of our programs or events over the last 2 weeks?
  • Did you learn anything new about Recreation & Wellness?
  • How has spending less time on social media or with technology helped you? 
  • Have you done anything else recently to unplug? 

Share your RecWell story

Why do you RecWell?

Or, maybe you participate with us year-round. If you haven't already told us why you participate in RecWell programs, services, or events, we'd love to hear from you! Share your story to help encourage and motivate others to keep moving.

Let us know how RecWell has made an impact on you! 

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Free Stuff

This wouldn't be a marketing campaign without all the goodies, would it? But, more than that - a good balance of time spent on and off technology is beneficial. While we know you don't need incentives to do what's best for your physical and mental health, it doesn't hurt! Tell us why you unplug to be entered into a drawing for free swag. It'll be a surprise though. T-shirt? Water bottle? Gift cards? You won't know until you win. 

Camille Curtis

"I unplug on the weekends to be more present and enjoy my time off and spend it with friends, family, and..."

Alex Sixt

"I unplug by turning off my phone and computer to let myself go outside and enjoy our natural spaces...."

Megan Dunlop

"I unplug to reconnect with nature, live in the moment, and remember what I'm grateful for..."

Whitney Marsh

"I unplug so I can stay focused on my priorities and what is most important to me..."

Karlee Brower

"I unplug to better focus on my school work, as I am able to better focus and get homework and..."

Hien Nguyen

"You cannot pour water from an empty cup. I unplug to check in with myself, and leave spaces..."

Emma Ammond

"I unplug to focus on what is in front of me and to give my self some time to appreciate..."

Kit Toenniges

"I unplug by always keeping my phone on silent so I am not distracted every time it dings or..."

Eric Garvelink

"Unplugging from technology allows me to be in the moment with the ones I love. I unplug..."

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Other Partners

The Wanderheart Project has graciously provided all of us with a GVSU discount this entire week (and the sweatshirts are soooo soft). Enjoy 25% off with the code UNPLUGGEDGV from Sun, Feb 23 through Sat, Feb 29. 

Happy People Hike generously shared some giveaway swag items with us - to share with you! 


If you're interested in partnering on this campaign, please complete this form. Partnership includes: 

  • Any activities, events, or programs taking place for your organization will be featured on the campaign website 
  • Your organization will help promote the campaign and engage with your audiences via various outlets (social media, website, events calendars, etc)


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