Thursday, February 14, 2013

What is School Wellness? School wellness is a focus on all aspects of the health of the student to improve education outcomes. The overall goal is to teach kids about HOW to be healthy with improved nutrition, increased physical activity and improved life skills. We teach them WHY it is important and help them practice. This leads to improved education outcomes AND health outcomes, both of which have a huge impact on their life. Ultimately, we hope these healthy behaviors turn into habit for them, part of their lifestyle and they become healthy, happy, better educated and more productive members of society.

Click here to view the presentation on School Wellness given 1/16/13 by Nurse Amy.

Many studies show there are benefits to a School Wellness Program such as

  • increased academic success
  • increased focus and attention in class
  • decrease in risky behaviors
  • improved outlook on life
  • decrease in obesity which reduces the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes

But here is the #1 reason to be passionate about and put energy toward School Wellness: This generation of children is on track to be the first to not live as long as their parents! JES is part of a nation wide movement to reverse this trend by increasing physical activity and improving nutrition. To learn about the exciting programs going on Nationally and Locally, click the link above for the wellness presentation.

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