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! 💚