IN THIS ISSUE:
- School Wellness Goals For 2020-2021
- School Wellness Activities / Success Stories
- National Nutrition Month Tidbit
- Featured Recipe Roundup
Caroline County Public Schools is committed to the health and well-being of our students and staff. Each school has an active wellness committee that sets goals for each year and plans activities around those goals. The pandemic created a challenge in how we normally engage students and staff, but our committees were up to the challenge. Here are a few highlights from each school showcasing their efforts so far...
Preston Elementary School
PES Wellness Chairperson, Emily Fazenbaker, says, "During a year that has kept most of us still, we want to get up and MOVE." Their goal this year has been to motivate students and staff to get moving! Take a peek at the pictures above to see their amazing efforts!
They just launched their first ever "March Madness Challenge". Students and staff are encouraged to get moving with mini fitness challenges each day! Bonus: classes that complete each day of fitness challenges will earn an extra outside break, adding even more movement to their day!
Denton Elementary School
This year, DES had set a goal to provide more engaging wellness opportunities to their staff members. They are continuing to select activities that staff find appealing and will encourage active participation!
DES has found a way to make asynchronous Wednesdays fun and motivating by providing socially-distanced physical activities for the staff! They have also created a virtual walking trail bulletin board where staff can move their Bitmoji character along the trail each time they stop to take a physical activity break during their day. A little healthy competition never hurt anyone!
In addition to their added movement activities, DES has started a Wellness Speaker Series that kicked off in January with a presentation on Self Care/Stress Relief from CCPS Mental Health Coordinator, Cara Calloway. February followed with Nutrition for Weight Loss/Weight Maintenance presented by Registered Dietitian, Caitlin Jordan. Future topics to be added to the series include the following: exercise and preparing healthy meals.
Ridgely Elementary School
The Wellness Committee at RES decided to make this year's goal all about increasing employee morale by helping to improve their mental and physical health!
To help them reach their goal, the committee implemented the Terrier Fitness Circuit! Throughout the hallways in various parts of the building, there are 12 different exercise stations, each marked with cones and a posted exercise. A provided Fitness Log helps to track laps and stations completed. The stations also include a bucket with water bottle weights, hand sanitizer, and a spray bottle to keep "equipment" and stations clean for the next user.
Federalsburg Elementary School
Jennifer Shoemaker, Wellness Chairperson for FES, says their main goal for this year has been to educate students and staff on how to go about making lifelong, healthy choices.
Wellness Success Story:
Federalsburg's beloved mascot, Phoebe the Falcon, has been starring in videos highlighting the importance of staying healthy during the pandemic, as well as maintaining overall dental health throughout life. These videos have been a HUGE hit during morning announcements!
Greensboro Elementary School
The GES Wellness Committee decided this year's goal would be to focus on creating consistent, healthy habits in the areas of fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and self-care.
To help achieve their goal, the Hornets created the "Bee Consistent Challenge"! This was a 4-week challenge that provided a few guidelines to help participants stay on track. Some of the guidelines included:
- Aim to eat protein 3 times a day, vegetables twice a day, and fruit once a day
- Workout 4 times a week
- Engage in a self-care practice for a least 15 minutes each week
- Reach out to others to share experiences and ideas
Lockerman Middle School
Lockerman's main goal has been to keep students and staff active and minimize their stress levels.
As we have all been doing a lot this past year, students of LMS are using technology to help reach their wellness goals! Students are encouraged to send in videos of themselves making healthy recipes and showcasing how they are staying active while at home. These videos are then shared on the morning announcements to help cheer on their peers! Meanwhile, staff are having their own monthly wellness and weight loss challenges to keep the motivation going all year long!
Colonel Richardson Middle School
For the 2020-2021 school year, CRMS has had their main focus on the mental health of students and staff.
Wellness Activity/Success Story:
Most of us know how beneficial movement can be for our mental health. CRMS decided a great way to get staff moving would be to offer the use of the gym while students are not present in the building. This has allowed staff to stay active throughout the day and safely interact with each other. Dr. Holloway kicked off this opportunity as part of a staff meeting. Many staff members came down to the gym and learned to play badminton and pickleball! Since then, staff have continued to visit the gym several times throughout the week to help keep their bodies active and their minds healthy!
Colonel Richardson High School
The Wellness Committee at CRHS made this year's goal all about getting more students and the community involved in their wellness activities!
They hosted a virtual 5K/10K race to help encourage more individuals to become excited about their wellness! It went over so well, that they have another virtual 5K/10K planned for the Spring.
North Caroline High School
NCHS set a goal to increase participation at their monthly Wednesday meeting. This will hopefully, in turn, lead to even more involvement in their wellness activities!
The Wellness Committee designed a circuit training course for staff that is set up throughout the hallways of the school. Staff have the ability to take part in the course throughout their day to help keep them on their feet and moving!
Caroline Career & Technology Center
This year, CCTC really wanted their focus to be on helping students with their social-emotional well-being.
To reach their goal, they decided to get creative with some uplifting, motivational videos! CCTC produced two videos with their staff to the beat of the famous song, "Don't Worry, Be Happy". They even did a Winter mashup using "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and "Walking In A Winter Wonderland"!
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March Is National Nutrition Month
The key action items for National Nutrition Month include:
- Eat a variety of foods from all food groups
- Choose healthful foods that you enjoy
- Learn culinary skills to create delicious meals
- Plan ahead to make nutritious meals for the week
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Healthy Breakfast Tacos
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Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl
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Chicken Parm Stuffed Peppers
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