2020 has been quite an interesting year for us all! Just think about all that we have been through in the last 12 months:
*sensational news coverage
*influx of social media usage
*sedentary lifestyle (sitting in Zoom meetings for hours!).
Life sure has changed in this last year and perhaps for years to come - but one thing that never changes is our team's quest to inform our community and get them actively involved in activities that will benefit their physical, mental and emotional health today and tomorrow.
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to develop lifelong tools to help keep ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally balanced - especially in times like these?
Here's just a snapshot of what our team has been up to recently to keep ourselves physically active, emotionally invested, and mentally focused, as we continue to lead purposed, balanced and healthy lives!
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Please click on our "Project Plan" tab for information on this year's "Community Health & Wellness Pre-Survey" and subsequent data...
1.) Lack of healthy HYDRATION:
Causes - overexertion, indulgence of sugary and/or caffeinated drinks. Effects - dizziness, irritability, rapid breathing, increased heartbeat, fainting.
We want to stress the importance of drinking lots of water and ditching the soft drinks and sugary liquids to maintain healthy hydration.
2.) Social- emotional WELL-BEING imbalances: kids are more stressed than ever before, disconnected from positive peer networks, more socially isolated, and have few coping skills.
We want to stress the importance of mental health and stress relief, especially in teens.
3.) Childhood OBESITY:
Today's youth are consuming large amounts of unhealthy "junk food" on a daily basis, and living more sedentary lives, unaware of the future health implications they will cause later on in their lives.
We want to stress the importance of today's youth getting active and staying healthy and fit!
Take a look at Girls Gen "Shout-Outs" from year's past:
Our team was so honored to have participated in the Girls Build Challenge this year, to have attended the Virtual Awards Show on May 23, 2019 - and to have been awarded the first place prize for middle school Project Impact!
Girls Gen worked so hard this year, and was in such great company! We feel wonderful having won this award, and vow to continue working in our community to create positive change and lasting social impact.
We decided to spread health and wellness throughout our community by participating and hosting various events throughout our city. We hope that by bringing health and wellness to the attention of our community we can start to create a more mindful city, state, and world.
Few of the Many Events We Have Hosted/ Participated in:
Girls Gen regularly meets on campus Wednesdays at lunch to connect with each other, have a meal and brainstorm ways to push out our goals of health and wellness school wide.
We are interested in tackling student health and wellness from multiple angles, and have come up with the following ways to make a difference on campus and in our community:
- Healthy cooking class ("Snack Club") / Fitness Club (K-2nd grade)
- Information and activities on stress relief and mental health
- Community gardening
- Classroom exercise activities (ex., sports clinics, yoga or zumba classes, meditation, etc.)
- Health and wellness assemblies
- Partnership with Kaiser Permanente's "Thriving Schools"
- Team walkathons (MS Walk, Trisomy Awareness Walk)
- Feeding the homeless
- Canned food drives
- Campus and community physical fitness events (ex., Friday Family Fitness nights at our local In-Shape Gym)
- Diet & nutrition Informational tables at local community events (school literacy fairs and community art festivals)