This year, the Wellness Committee at Red Creek is excited to unleash the Blue Zone's Power 9. It all started with a parody video to hook staff on Opening Day. Each month will focus on one of the nine components: Move Naturally, Purpose, Down Shift, 80% Rule, Plant Slant, Wine@5, Belong, Loved Ones First, and Right Tribe. The Wellness Committee will be offering at least one related activity a month, along with numerous educational materials and suggestions for following through with each theme.
Organizers pulled a still frame right from the video they made to "hook" staff on Opening Day. The group was celebrating the 100th day of the challenge, hence the costumes, and reflecting back on how they made it that far by following the Power 9 program.
“Opening Day videos have been a big success for us,” says Red Creek special education teacher Meghan Harrison (center in photo at right). “What better way to get people interested than by making them laugh?”
Social interaction and creativity are proven ways to combat stress. Therefore, as they enter the holiday season, the Penn Yan Wellness Committee partnered with local artisan and business owner Jenna Owen, of Splintered, to offer a Holiday Sign Making Workshop that was held in November. Participants made their own Christmas-inspired, 12-inch-by-12-inch wood signs, with four options to choose from (right), and a wide variety of paint colors to make each sign unique to the participant.
The sun shone brightly Sept. 23 and 24, when Clyde-Savannah held a weekend of abundant food, door prizes and healthful community activities.
SAFMAC offers fun for people of all ages and featured a 5k and inflatable bounce houses, among other activities.
The festival is held annually at the Montezuma Audubon Center. The brainchild of Savannah resident Steve Moore, the festival’s success can be attributed also to collaboration of community volunteers, the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, the Montezuma Audubon Center, Clyde-Savannah Public Library, Clyde-Savannah Schools, corporate sponsors and the SOAR rural health grant (funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and administered by CCE Wayne).
Attendees this year had opportunities to create art, walk the runway in upcycled fashions, take part in fun runs, build Lego creations, win prizes, buy arts and crafts, participate in various art contests,and listen to great music.
On Sunday, Oct. 15, numerous VTA members participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. The event is a noncompetitive 3.1-mile walk, beginning and ending at Frontier Field, that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer.
The event raises money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable. Together VCS and the VTA members donated over $1,500 to the cause.
Thank you to all who walked, fund raised, and/or donated to this event. It was a beautiful day and a moving experience.
Midlakes is excited to celebrate the third annual Biggest Loser competition. Last year, approximately 100 staff members participated in the event.
In addition, yoga will be offered (inside the building and also outside at a staff member’s farm), staff volleyball and badminton tournaments, and hopefully a golf outing in the spring. Finally, Midlakes hopes to bring a masseuse to the district for employees’ benefit.
To try something new this fall, the Livonia Central School health and wellness committee set up an apple bar — think sundae bar, but healthier — at each of the four campus buildings to encourage healthy snacking.
Kirby’s Farm Market near Brockport supplied the locally sourced apples, and the on-campus food pantry supplied the decorative boxes for display on the apple bar. Each bar had three workstations to slice apples and prep the recipes.
The teachers loved the fun treat. Would they do anything different? Yes, more caramel!