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Helen B. Duffield Elementary Focuses on Wellness

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Helen B. Duffield students took an entire school day on May 13 to focus on wellness. Throughout the day, students focused on nutrition, exercise and their mental health to make them stronger and more focused on their academics and well-being, Principal Lisa Farrell reported.

During an assembly with Cohen Children’s Medical Services supervisor of outreach services, Marina Pettinicchi, the students completed five challenges dealing with positive affirmations, movement, the senses, breathing and doing what they love most.

“You have those superpowers, so you can practice mindfulness each day,” Ms. Pettinicchi said.

Students also joined personal trainer and nutrition coach Nicole Kaloustian on the school’s playground for a discussion on nutritious foods and where energy comes from, as well as some exercise. The students also streamed a motivating talk with the administration of the National Amputee Soccer Team. Teachers also hosted readalouds and wellness crafts, like Tracey Kramer’s class who made flowers with positive affirmations on the petals. There were also Zen Den workshops where discussions took place about the school tower gardens and music was played to soften moods. Each student also took a Wellness Walk and signed a pledge to focus on wellness, which hangs in the hallway.

Date Added: 5/24/2022