2016-17 Employee Wellness T-Shirt Winner

The results are in and we’ve got a new wellness t-shirt design! The winning design was created by 11th grader, Starry Peterson:


Starry Peterson

We also want to recognize the other artists making it into our Top 5 finalists:


Alexandra Beumer


Hannah Stuart


Sierra Akiona


Olivia Franklin

















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!



HRA & Flu Shot Details

wellnessowens.jpgGet 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!

CoxHealth Fitness Center


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.




September is National Yoga Month

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

Time Monday Tuesday Wed. Thursday Friday Saturday
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
Core w/Denton
TKD w/Mark Gentle Yoga

w/ Tami

TKD w/Mark Kickboxing  w/DJ
Little Warriors w/Alyssa
6:00 pm Tiny Tumblers w/Alyssa
Running w/DJ
TKD w/Mark
Yoga w/Denton
Tai Chi w/Tony
Yoga Flow w/Tami
Running w/DJ
TKD w/Mark
Yoga w/Denton
Ashtanga Yoga w/Denton
Tumbling w/Alyssa
Running w/DJ
6:35 pm Tumbling w/Alyssa
7:00 pm Yoga


Kickboxing w/DJ Kenpo w/Tony
Pilates w/DJ
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.


Upcoming Walk/Runs to Benefit Kids

St. Jude’s Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

Sept. 24 is the St. Jude’s Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer at Rutledge Wilson Farms and we’ve got a Willard team forming. Interested in this all ages event for a great cause? Get more information and sign up to join the team here.

Panther Run

Care to Learn Panther Run will be held Oct. 1st, 2016. If you would like to register or want more information, click here. Volunteers are also needed to help with street patrol. If interested contact Chrysta Forrest or Debbie Burks. On the registration form, please check the Willard box so we will get credit for your participation.

WIS Color Run

Register for the 4th Annual WIS 5K Color Run. This year’s event will be in conjunction with Our Town Fall Festival & Craft Show and begins at 8 am at Willard Intermediate School. Get your pre-registration form turned in by Oct. 14 to guarantee you get a t-shirt.

Setting Goals for the New Year

wellness goal

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in school almost a month already. Many of us will soon be setting our personal wellness goals for the school year – if you haven’t already! How did you do on last year’s goal? Can you kick it up a notch this year or have another area of personal health you want to focus on? All certified staff will include an individual goal on their professional development plan. Non-certified staff will share their goal on a form shared by their supervisor.  Have questions or would like some help setting a goal? Interested in taking it a step further by teaching a Willard U wellness class to help others? Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our building wellness coordinators:

Central Elementary – Heather Wallace

East Elementary – Christina Nuttall

North Elementary – Christy Pyle

South Elementary – Jamie Roweton/Clara Hayter

WOHE – Lyndi Pilch

Intermediate – Emily Gehring

Middle School – Katie Wright

High School – Jon Gold

Specials Services, Central Office & Transportation – Kathy Duncan

Let’s get our wellness on!

Plucky Duck 5K

Plucky Run MS

Willard Schools had great representation this past weekend in the “Plucky Duck 5K”. This race benefited, Jana Copeland, the mother of a middle school teacher who is battling a rare form of uterine cancer.  There were over 200 participants overall, but the middle school alone had 16 staff members participate in the run.  What a great way to come together in support of Jana and her family in her fight.

Building Focus: Willard South

Willard South hit the new year running with a focus on their personal wellness in 2016. During the first 8 weeks of the year, they did a Slim Down to Spring Break Weight lossWeight Loss Challenge.  Each person set their own weight loss goal and paid $10 for a chance to win the pot of money. Congrats to Lindsay Wallace who met and exceeded her goal, losing the highest percentage of weight, and winning the money! Several others were within a few pounds of meeting their goal.

In February they did a Fit February Challenge. Eight teachers completed 15 or more days and everyone who participated won a pass to wear jeans and a Trail Mix snack.  Several of the classes also chose to get involved. Mrs. Hayter’s class even completed all 29 days of the challenge!

Fit Feb
South also has a small group that meets weekly TuesdayThursday after school to work out for about 30 mins.
Their final challenge for the year will be “Move Your Shoes” Challenge.  They’ve created a team called, The Step Sisters and plan to log their steps for the next 30 days.  They will try to reach a goal of walking the distance of I-44 and back which would be 1,268 miles as a group.  When they make it back, they’ll celebrate with Route 44 drinks from Sonic.

Building Focus: Special Services

sped massage

Our staff at the special services office just completed a 6 week winter challenge to raise their health and wellness. Employees earned a 10 minute neck massage by meeting their health and wellness checklist goals AND increasing their steps over the six weeks from their baseline adding 500 steps a week. Eight people met the challenge!! Participation increased from 6 – 8 people for monthly wellness challenges.   Looks like the massage reward was a hit!