It’s that time of year for our annual health risk assessments. Assessments and flu shots will be offered at all school buildings this year from Oct. 4-Oct. 20. Since this is the first year HRA participation (or physical results from your dr.) must be completed in order to receive 100% board paid insurance premiums, Dr. Teeter and the wellness team will be making the rounds to each building to share further information and answer any questions you may have. These informational meetings will be as follows:
Willard East and Intermediate School each held a walking challenge for the month of March. Congratulations to Willard East winners:
Willard Intermediate held a March Madness competition and blew their building challenge of 8 million steps out of the water by reaching a total of 19,571,138 steps! Congratulations to these team members for averaging 224,758 steps a week: Tammy Murray, Paige Thompson, Jennifer Shaw, Jennifer Smith, Annette Finn, Alesia Coffman and Erika Brickner. They earned a free lunch from Pizano’s.
There are several things to spotlight at Willard Middle School this month. First of all, the staff members have been participating in a monthly point competition which continued this month. They can earn points for making healthy choices like exercising, eating healthy, taking time for themselves, going to the doctor, weighing themselves, etc. If they eat a minimum of 5 fruit/veggie servings for 5 days of the week throughout all of February they earn a bonus of 100 points. At the end of the month, everyone who met the goal of 200 points is entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card, and they will earn a comfy clothes day in March.
Along with the points competition, staff were given an extra challenge this month, “Fit February”. For each day of the month, there are 3 exercises to complete all with varying repetitions. The goal is that throughout the month you build strength and endurance as the repetitions start small and grow. For each day a staff member completes the exercises, he/she is entered into a drawing for prizes. If staff members complete at least 15 days, they will earn a comfy clothes day in March.
Finally, the class “Just Dance” has been taking place after school on Wednesdays. Several staff members from the middle school and high school have been participating. The workouts include all types of dance with the goal to get your heart rate up and burn calories. At the end of each dance workout is an ab workout to add a little strength training to the routine.
This year’s staff volleyball league kicked off last night and there were some great games! There are teams from 5 different buildings and others are welcome to participate. Games are held on Tuesday evenings at Willard Middle School through the end of March. Cost is $1 per player/per game. This money pays the ref fees. Contact your building wellness coordinator or Angie Curry for more information or to get your team signed up.
You don’t want to miss out on your building stealing the “Traveling Trophy” from Willard North, last year’s winners with the most wins! Or can they hold onto it for another year?!?
WIS got their new year started off right with a visit during their PD day yesterday with fitness nutrition specialists from Supplement Superstore. Staff were able to choose between two sessions to learn about healthy eating and how our body burns the food we eat. The rest of the day allowed for 1-1 meetings with the specialists to create an individual nutrition plan. These meetings validated some of the great things staff are already doing and educated many on ways they can continue to improve their health and nutrition.
There’s so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on all the things we have been blessed with. The Willard North staff is striving to work towards personal, healthy living goals. They also strive to give back to the community by participating in the Willard Care to Learn Turkey Trot. Care to Learn provides immediate funding to meet health, hunger, and hygiene needs so every child can be successful in school. All the proceeds received are used locally. WN had a total of 28 family, friends, and co-workers participate in this year’s charitable event for Care to Learn. The Willard North Turkey Trot team was recognized with the Team Spirit award again this year. The theme for this year was to dress in camouflage as a hunter, and our slogan was “Willard North is Hunting Down Hunger.” We had a lot of fun and it was a great time spent with our Willard North family on Thanksgiving Day.
Also, many staff members participated in the Health Risk Assessment at the beginning of this month. Those who participated will be getting a t-shirt.
Congratulations to the staff that participated in the “Willard North Health and Wellness Points Challenge”. This challenge helped staff form and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Congratulations to Mrs. Taylor for being our lucky winner of the Academy $25 gift card drawing.
Mr. Anderson was the lucky winner for November’s Turkey Trot drawing.
WN has also offered a couple of Willard University classes for anyone in the district to participate in:
Boot Camp style workouts that focus on strength conditioning and cardio. Each workout is designed to fit all fitness levels. Classes are set up for you to workout at your own pace and skills.
Watercolor Basics – This class is offered to benefit mental wellness through the creative explorations of watercolor. Relax and enjoy learning some basic watercolor techniques through a guided step-by-step process. We will complete an 8 x 10 painting each class. Look for more information to come about the next stress relieving watercolor basics class on Willard U!
The results are in and we’ve got a new wellness t-shirt design! The winning design was created by 11th grader, Starry Peterson:
We also want to recognize the other artists making it into our Top 5 finalists:
We know you’re going to want one of these t-shirts! Don’t let time run out, if you haven’t already signed up for the Health Risk Assessment get info to get signed up here: HRA & Flu Shot Sign-Up 2016. Our last 2 opportunities are on Nov. 21 at Willard South and Nov. 22 at Willard Central.
Also, remember if you have recently had a full physical with your doctor, you may show verification to your school nurse to get a free t-shirt too.
Be sure to congratulate our student finalists if you see them!
Get all the details you need for this year’s Health Risk Assessments and flu shots in November on the News & Events-HRA 2016 page.
Look for our t-shirt contest to begin soon to help us decide which student design will be chosen for this year’s Employee Wellness t-shirt. Last year’s design to the right was created by Sydney Owens.
Don’t forget if you have already had a yearly physical with your primary dr. we want to hear from you too. Just show verification to your school nurse and you will also get a free t-shirt!
Did you know that CoxHealth Fitness Center offers a discounted membership to Willard School employees? With the corporate membership you gain access to Willard, Republic and Cox North fitness centers. Another available option allows access to the Meyer Center. Check out their rates below. For questions or additional information please call 269-3282.
Did you know…
September is National Yoga Month?! According to the Yoga Health Foundation website, “yoga isn’t just a physical exercise program. It is a scientific system designed to generate greater clarity and harmony in life. With regular practice, individuals often notice a stronger, slimmer and more flexible body, in addition to a mentally sharper, more patient and relaxed sense of self. ”
I have attached a link to an article from Yoga Alliance (the licensing association for yoga teachers) about the different types of yoga. https://www.yogaalliance.org/LearnAboutYoga/AboutYoga/Typesofyoga
Locally, Zeal Bodywork’s & Squatting Monkey fitness offers yoga classes as well as other exercise programs. The first visit is free!!
Squatting Monkey Class Schedule
|6:00 am||Pilates w/DJ||Pilates w/DJ|
|9:00 am||Yoga w/Dan||Yoga w/Dan||Yoga w/Dan|
|1:00 pm||Kickboxing w/Dan|
|2:00 pm||Ashtanga Yoga w/Denton|
|4:00 pm||Art Class w/Tony|
|5:00 pm||Tumbling w/Alyssa
|TKD w/Mark||Gentle Yoga
|TKD w/Mark||Kickboxing w/DJ
Little Warriors w/Alyssa
|6:00 pm||Tiny Tumblers w/Alyssa
|Tai Chi w/Tony
Yoga Flow w/Tami
|Ashtanga Yoga w/Denton
|6:35 pm||Tumbling w/Alyssa|
|Kickboxing w/DJ||Kenpo w/Tony
|Kickboxing w/DJ||Sparring w/Alyssa
*Belly Dancing w/Jen
*Belly Dancing- Second Friday of the month
**Tumbling classes- First and Third Fridays of the month
Also enjoy some free yoga online at your leisure with Jason Crandell:
Morning yoga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk8SM_Y3IbA
Yoga for noon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YLUqt_Dwu4
Yoga for restful sleep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCNCBUBzy-A
Beginners 15 minute practice for relaxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25H3cWIMXwY
Kathy Duncan RYT 200.