Fit2PracticeUtah: A Health and Wellness Initiative
Jaelynn R. Jenkins, J.
haven’t already heard, members of the legal profession
rank as some of the most depressed professionals in the
nation – a sort of “lawyers’
epidemic,” if you will.
In an attempt to address these issues head on, the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of Utah is pleased to announce its yearlong initiative – Fit2PracticeUtah. This program, modeled after the ABA YLD’s Fit2Practice, is a health and wellness initiative that seeks to educate and inform young lawyers and the legal community about the professional benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and encourage lawyers to make one small change. The initiative highlights four areas: sleep, nutrition, fitness, and mental health for the following reasons: 1. Sleep improves memory, the quality of work product, sharpens attention, increases productivity, spurs creativity, boosts moods, and builds a stronger immunity. All desirable benefits for a fatigued lawyer.
2. Proper nutrition contributes to heart health and brain health, reinforces the immune system, and provides fuel to perform daily tasks. What you eat will also influence your mood, improve concentration, alertness, productivity, and problem-solving skills. Noticing a pattern?
3. Improved physical fitness means better concentration, sharper memory, faster learning, prolonged mental...