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Wellness Initiative Wrap-Up 2016

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I had the great pleasure of leading a nutrition and wellness talk at my school on May 20, 2016. I wanted to be sure to give an in-person talk for the wellness initiative that I led this school year.

The purpose of this initiative was to inspire teachers to take time for wellness in order to feel better and  improve in all aspects of life: as family members, friends and educators. Each month of the 2015-2016 school year I wrote a wellness message in the form of an email to the entire school population. I also cross posted these messages here on my blog, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. The monthly messages included information for teachers on activities and areas of wellness that members of our community are involved in to spark wellness in their own lives and initiate conversations among colleagues.

We wrapped up the year with a Nutrition and Wellness Talk open to all teachers at my school. This talk was intended to be the culmination of our year long Wellness Initiative. I displayed several books as references, such as Why Stomach Acid is Good For You and Your Body’s Many Cries for Water and Put Your Heart in Your Mouth, just to name a few. I also brought some real food examples: water, lemons, real salt, kombucha, homemade fat bombs, fruit, plantain chips and guacamole. I did a short presentation and included some time for discussion and questions. There were post-it notes and index cards on the table for people to write down questions as well.

Overall, the presentation went extremely well and people appreciated the information I had to share. The big idea was about balance: wellness is a balancing act of proper nutrition + movement + stress management + sleep. We each need to try our best each day at this balancing act, taking it one day at a time, and remembering the importance of self-love and self-acceptance.

Teachers are very interested in this topic and enjoy talking about it with me and with their colleagues. There was a lot of lively conversation and excellent questions as well. I could see offering a series of talks, one on each macronutrient to have a complete presentation in small chunks. Overall, it was very well received and I am so happy I was able to prepare and present a talk on all of my newly learned information. I hope to continue this initiative next school year and keep the momentum going.

Until next time… Be well my friends! 💚

xoxo

Wellness Check-in ~ Spring Edition

Happy Spring everyone! Hope this message finds everyone doing well and enjoying this spring weather.  Finally the sun is shining, the days are getting longer, and weather is getting warmer. Yay! Smiles all around. 🙂

Here’s a message I sent to teachers at my school as a wrap-up to our year-long wellness initiative:

I have thoroughly enjoyed being your monthly dose of wellness reminders, but have you? Would you like to see this initiative continue? I will be sending out a short survey to get your input. Keep an eye out for that!

Some things we have been up to lately:

  • Running & Walking Outside
  • Ragnar Relay Race
  • Yoga
  • Barre
  • Barre Teacher Training
  • Strength Training
  • Red Sox games
  • Gatherings with friends and family

What else have you been up to take care of yourselves? Stop by or send me a message.

Now is the best time of year to start thinking about YOU again… Longer days, warmer weather, more activities and social gatherings outside. Remember that YOU matter and in order to take care of everyone in your life, you have to take care of YOU.

My favorite time of the year is coming – the availability fresh and local vegetables and fruit from a wide range of farmers markets and local farms. If you follow me on social media, you know how much we love gardening, but we love our local farm just as much! Try to take advantage of the local vegetables and fruit right around us this season. We really are very fortunate to have so many farms and farmers markets in our area. Many of the farms have activities for kids and families and events on the weekends during the spring, summer and early fall months. If you’re interested in having a weekly share of fresh veggies, consider joining a CSA and support one of our local farms. Whatever you choose, take advantage of the seasonal fruits and veggies and try to choose real, local, properly raised, whenever possible. Here is a great site to look up local farms, farmers markets and CSAs. http://www.localharvest.org/boston-ma

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Just a reminder that you are invited to a Nutrition and Wellness talk this Friday, May 20th at 1:45 as an end of the year wrap-up to our wellness initiative. Please feel free to stop by for some goodies and interesting conversations. I am looking forward to it! 

Now, get outside and get some Vitamin D from that beautiful spring sunshine! ☀️

Be well ~

🙂 Jenny

Wellness Check-in ~ November Edition

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

In keeping up with our wellness initiative at school, we sent out our monthly check-in message for November yesterday and I wanted to share it with you too.

How is everyone doing in the wellness department? Has our wellness enthusiasm gone down the tubes as we entered this extremely busy season of conferences, the holidays, and life in general? I sure hope not! The busier we are, the more important a role wellness plays in order to maintain our happiness and sanity. 😉 Life happens, I totally get it. Look how long it’s taken me to get out this email! I’ve been thinking about you guys and your wellness reminder since November 1st and I am just finally sending it to you. Better late than never… 🙂

Some things we have been up to this month – great job everyone!

  • social gatherings at friends homes
  • family gatherings
  • girls night out
  • paint night out
  • Spartan race finisher
  • half marathons, 5K’s, indoor cycling, rowing, yoga, HIIT training

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For November and December, we would like to propose the following areas of wellness to focus on: Emotional/Spiritual, Social, and Physical.

Emotional and Spiritual: These components tend go hand-in-hand, especially during the holiday season.

A few ideas on this topic:

  • Maybe take some time to reflect on your year: give yourself a pat on the back for all of your accomplishments and set goals for next year.
  • Think about what makes you happy – are you doing any of these things?
  • What you are grateful for? Consider keeping a 21 Day Gratitude Journal – perfect timing with Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us. I think I’m going to start one on Thanksgiving Day!
  • How you are taking time for yourself during what tends to be an extremely busy time?

Social: The holidays are a perfect time for the social wellness component. There are often many gatherings of both friends and family and time to catch up with friends and family that you may only see a few times a year. This is all good stuff. Try to enjoy each moment, even though sometimes times with family can be stressful as well. 😉

Physical: It’s always a good reminder for everyone about the physical wellness component. As the weather gets colder, we tend to move less. Remember, even if it’s 10 minutes a day, it’s still movement.

A few ideas on this topic:

  • Walk around the playground during recess duty
  • Walk around your floor a few times before or after school
  • Whatever you choose, remember it’s for you, it should be something you enjoy.

I hope the teachers at my school read this message and smile. I also hope it encourages them to remember how important wellness is for everyone and to take care of themselves in any way that makes sense in their lives, especially now that the holiday season is upon us!

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be thankful for this year and always. <3

xoxo

Jenny

 

 

#BillionMileRace Challenge

Our Wellness Initiative at Runkle is going well so far. I am so glad to hear about many people moving their bodies and making time for themselves in so many different ways. I’ve wanted to get us involved in something where we can track our miles. While at the annual MassCUE Conference last week, I ran into the #BillionMileRace team. I also saw them this summer at the BLC Conference and knowing I wanted to go forward with our Wellness Initiative at Runkle, I am glad they were at MassCUE to remind me to sign us up!

Here’s a message I sent out to my teachers:

Find out more about #BillionMileRace here: http://www.billionmilerace.org/about

What does joining the #BillionMileRace Challenge mean for Runkle?

We now have a place to log any and all movement miles for teachers and students.

How to get involved:

  • Estimate any steps/miles you and your students take over the course of the week (at recess, walking around the building, taking movement breaks, etc.). Use a step counter or your iPhone.
  • Complete this form so I can start adding your miles to our school’s profile on billionmilerace.org: http://goo.gl/forms/IAQFY9EJVW

Did you know the iPhone has a built-in step counter? Even if you don’t use it for your own steps, you can use it when your class is moving. Search for the Pedometer app on your phone and start tracking your steps! 🙂

Get Social:

If you are on social media, you can Tweet or Instagram (tag me), or post to my Facebook group – anything you are doing related to wellness. Remember to use the hashtag #runklewellness. If you and your class are walking or running, you can use the hashtag #billionmilerace as well.

As we start to get our miles tracked, I will tweet and Instagram pictures of our progress. Do you think we can walk and run 1 billion miles? Now that would be awesome!

Until next time,

Jenny

xoxo

Wellness Check-In ~ October Edition

Hi guys! In keeping up with the Wellness Initiative at my school, I sent a message to teachers asking and reminding them about how they are incorporating the components of wellness into their lives. So far, it’s been going well. Teachers will stop into my classroom or see me around the building and share with me what they’ve been up to and how they have been incorporating wellness into their days and weeks. All positive so far!

My message:

How is everyone doing with our wellness components this month? We suggested a few areas of wellness for September & October: physical, social and career

Here is what some of us have been up to:

  • running in races: 5K’s, 10K’s, Half marathons
  • practicing yoga + barre
  • riding indoor cycling bike
  • walking outside
  • swimming
  • rowing
  • dinner with friends + family
  • professional development
  • team planning meetings
  • cross-grade collaboration

I wanted to remind everyone that even if you only move for 10 minutes a day, it is still something. And, that some weeks maybe you’re just not feeling it. All of it is okay. Give yourself a break, take a deep breath, and it will all be okay. 🙂

In terms of exercise, some weeks we just can’t seem to get moving or fit in exercise, which is why even if it’s just 10 minutes a day, it counts!  I remember I used to get so down on myself if I didn’t stick to my exercise routine, and that is the worst thing I could have done. If a week goes by and you’re not as active as you would like, there’s always a new week around the corner. The point is not to dwell on the past or put unnecessary stress on yourself. Keep going and keep trying, that’s what matters.

One workout I’ve been doing if I only have a short amount of time is a quick HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout by Chalene Johnson (one of my faves) on YouTube. Short, quick, strength building, and sweaty – the perfect combination. Another one I like is from Fitness Blender. They have a ton of workout videos on YouTube which are so convenient when you want to move a little and can’t get to the gym or go for a walk or run. Finally, Natalie Jill is pretty awesome in general, but I first found her videos when searching for effective core workouts. This is just one example – so many of them are fantastic.

What have you been up to in terms of wellness? Do you have any favorite YouTube channels for quick and intense workouts? Share them with me!

Until next time,

Jenny

xoxo