Wellness News

May 2016

From The Wellness Committee...

Thank you to the nearly 30 people who participated in the Pound Down Challenge for Spring. Congratulations to

Nathan Carroll

Bret Applequist

Melanie Myer

Alison Keener

Leighanne Geib

for being selected as winners and congratulations to all the other participants who successfully met their weight loss goals.

Do you have ideas for a Wellness program or is there something you would like to see featured in the Wellness News? Please consider joining the Wellness committee for the 2016-17 school year or share your ideas in the comment section of the newsletter.

Local Events

There are some great events coming up this month around the area. Here are a few highlights of events going on:

Healthy Recipe

Families are typically very busy in the month of May with sporting events and end-of-the school year activities. Here's a really filling meal that won't weigh you down but will keep you going. If you don't consider it a "meal" unless there is meat involved, Italian sausage is a nice addition to the Florentine Penne.

Florentine Penne
12 oz. box whole-wheat penne pasta
2 16-oz. bags frozen spinach
1 T. olive oil
8 oz. package sliced mushrooms
2 3.8-oz. cans sliced black olives
1/2 c. sun-dried tomatoes
minced garlic to your liking
1/2 c. pine nuts

  • Cook pasta as directed, then drain.
  • Place spinach in a colander and run under cold water until thawed. Press out water and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet and saute mushrooms, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and pine nuts for 10-15 minutes, until mushrooms are cooked.
  • Add spinach to the sauteed mixture.
  • Combine pasta with sauteed mixture and cook for an additional 5 minutes


Orzo Salad with Zucchini and Feta

8 oz. orzo

3 T. Olive Oil

3 tsp. white wine vinegar

1/2 t. crushed red pepper

3/4 t. salt

1/4 t. pepper

3-4 small zucchini cut into think half-moons

8 oz. feta, crumbled

1/4 c. chopped fresh dill


  • Cook orzo as directed and drain under cold water to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine oil, vinegar, red pepper, salt, and pepper. Add zucchini and let marinate, tossing occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  • Add orzo, feta, and dill to zucchini mixture; toss to combine.

Wellness Exercise Log Winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

Upcoming Wellness Events

The last Wellness News of the school year will be a summer edition for June, July, and August. Monthly events will continue to be emailed to you sometime during the first week of each month, so, check your inbox for the latest area happenings. The Wellness News will resume monthly in September 2016.