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2019 MNPS Wellness Week 

May 6-10

 

Wellness Week is a district-wide initiative, created by the School Health Department, that challenges all schools, students, staff and families to remember that their health is important. Participating schools and individuals can win special prizes! From May 6-10, we will focus on different areas of wellness and practice incorporating small changes into our daily lives. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Move It Monday

 

Daily Morning Announcement: It's Move It Monday! Did you know that moving your body actually increases your brain's ability to learn? Something as simple as walking gives your brain a boost and improves your health. Today our challenge is to get in at least 20 minutes of walking during the school day.

 

Teacher Script: Getting enough physical activity is important for your overall health. It also increases your brain’s ability to learn. You should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Any type of exercise is helpful, including something as simple as walking. 

 

Challenge: Take your students on a 20-minute walk. 

 

Nashville Public Library Book of the Day: 

Elementary: I Like to Exercise by Lisa Herrington

Secondary: You are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises by Mark Lauren

 

Dive Deeper — Resources and Lessons: 

Grades K-5 — Physical Activity Lesson

Middle — Fitness Lesson

High — Physical Activity Lesson

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Treat Yo'self Tuesday

 

Daily Morning Announcement: It's Treat Yo' Self Tuesday! Self-care is important in order to make sure you are balanced in all areas of your life. Self-care can include any activity or practice that helps to reduce stress and improve your health and mood. Today our challenge is to spend a minimum of 15 minutes to treat yo'self!

 

Teacher Script: Self-care is important in order to make sure you are balanced in all areas of your life. Self-care can include any activity or practice that helps to reduce stress and improve your health and mood. It is important to set time aside throughout your day for self-care. 

 

Challenge of the Day: Allow students to choose one of the following to do quietly for 15 minutes:

  1. Draw
  2. Journal
  3. Put head down on desk and rest
  4. Write a list of things you like about yourself
  5. Listen to music
  6. Read a book of your choice
  7. Make a list of things you are grateful for
  8. Student choice: something that can be done quietly within the classroom, but not playing on your phone (social media, texting, etc.)

 

Nashville Public Library Book of the Day: 

Elementary: I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

Secondary: Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously You by Julie Foudy

 

Dive Deeper — Resources and Lessons: 

K-12 — Stress Reduction Activities

Grades 3-5 — Stress Management Lessons

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Water Wednesday

 

Morning Announcement: Did you know that one can of coke contains nearly double the sugar your body should have in one day? Today our challenge is to avoid sugary drinks and to drink water throughout the day and with every meal. 

 

Teacher Script: In America, we are drinking more sugary drinks than ever before. Just one can of soda has almost double the sugar your body should have in one day. Sugar is not only found in sodas, but also in sports drinks, fruit punch, sweet teas and energy drinks. 

 

Challenge of the Day: Today our challenge is to avoid sugary drinks and to drink more water throughout the day and with every meal.

 

Nashville Public Library Book of the Day: 

Elementary: Why Do We Need to Drink Water by Angela Royston

Secondary: Infused Water: 75 Simple and Delicious Recipes to Keep You and Your Family Healthy and Happy by Dalila Tarhuni

 

Dive Deeper — Resources and Lessons: 

Elementary — ReThink Your Drink Lesson 

Middle — ReThink Your Drink Lesson 

High — ReThink Your Drink Lesson

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Thankful Thursday

 

Morning Announcement: It's Thankful Thursday! Gratitude is key to our social and emotional health and helps us find joy in daily life. Gratitude helps us foster compassion and connects us to others. Today our challenge is to complete one random act of kindness. 

 

Teacher Script: Being thankful has many physical and mental benefits. Not only does gratitude help us form and strengthen supportive relationships, but it also helps us feel connected to a caring community. There are all sorts of ways to practice gratitude anytime, anywhere, and it does not cost a thing! 

 

Challenge of the Day: Write a note expressing your appreciation for someone today. Be creative! This can be a friend, family member, teacher or someone in the community.

 

Nashville Public Library Book of the Day: 

Elementary: The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

Secondary: Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert A. Emmons

 

Dive Deeper — Resources and Lessons: 

K-12 — Be Fearless Be Kind Toolkit

Elementary — Generation Respect Worksheets

Middle — Gratitude Worksheet

High — Gratitude Keeping Track and Giving Back 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
Fit 'N Fun Night

As a part of Wellness Week, the MNPS Office of School Health and MNPS Extended Learning will be hosting Fit 'N Fun Night, a FREE district-wide community health event. The event will be at Fall Hamilton, 4-8 p.m., and include live music, fitness activities and health exhibitions that showcase health resources and services available in the community. Fit 'N Fun Night is open to all Metro Schools students and families. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Central Office daily themes

Each day has a theme with associated challenges and activities. Click on the day below to learn how to take part.

 

 

 

All Week

Gratitude Wall: 

  • 3rd floor Central Office hallway (near Communications office)
  • Stop by and write a message about someone or something you’re grateful for!
 
 
 
 
 

 

Move It Monday

Group walk:

  • 11:30 a.m. - noon
  • Meet in the 1st level lobby of the Wellness Center
  • In the event of inclement weather, come to the indoor track
  • RSVP is not required but encouraged; sign up here

 

Outdoor fitness class: 

  • 12 - 12:45 p.m.
  • Meet in the lower parking lot outside Fitness Center
  • Led by Fitness Associate Kreg
  • In the event of inclement weather, come to the Fitness Studio
  • RSVP is not required but encouraged; sign up here

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Treat Yo’ Self Tuesday

Drop in to one session or participate in all three!

  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Meet in the MNPS Board Room:
    • 11:00 - 11:45: Guided mindfulness activity
      11:45 – 12:15: Guided stretch session
    • 12:15 - 1:00: Mini silent retreat (Relax while listening to our calming music. Yoga mats, blankets and cushions provided. Feel free to bring your own blanket or mat.)
  • RSVP is not required but encouraged; sign up here

     

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Water Wednesday

Rethink Your Drink lesson

  • Meet in the MNPS Wellness Center, small conference room 202
  • Two sessions offered: 11:30 a.m. – noon and 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
  • Learn about the amount of sugar and calories found in commonly consumed beverages, as well as their impact on health. The lesson encourages us to rethink our drink and challenges us to make healthy beverage choices and consume more water.  Fruit-infused water will be served! Feel free to bring your lunch.

 

Fruit-infused water stations

  •  Beginning at 11:15 a.m., while supplies last!
  • Available at:

— Wellness Center small conference room (during sessions)

— Wellness Center security desk

— Central Office 3rd floor (near Communications office)

 
 
 
 
 

 

Schools/classrooms daily themes

Each day has a theme with associated challenges, books, resources and lessons. Click on the day below to learn how to incorporate the theme into your classroom.

 

 

 

Enter your school to win prizes!
(AKA, money to fund YOUR school’s health initiatives**)
  1. Use your school’s Twitter account to follow us @MNPS_CSH.
  2. Take photos of students and staff participating in daily Wellness Week challenges.
  3. Post a photo each day and mention @MNPS_CSH with #MNPSWellnessWeek2019

** Funds generously provided by Nashville Health

 

Enter photos to win individual prizes!
(AKA, fun stuff to have all to yourself!)
  1. Take a photo of yourself participating in each daily challenge.
  2. E-mail all five photos to SchoolHealth@mnps.org by 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 13.
  3. For extra fun, post your photos on social media with #MNPSWellnessWeek2019.

 

Find complete photo challenge rules here. 

 

Get the scoop on Wellness

Week activities for:

 
 
 
 
 

 

Thankful Thursday

Thank You stations

  • Thank you notes will be available at security desks on Central Office campus. Grab one (or a few!) and write a note to someone you’re thankful for today

 

Your Heart on Art

  • Location: Central Office Café 2 & 3
  • Three sessions:

— 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

— 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

— 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Put your heart on canvas and express yourself in colors – no artistic talent necessary! All sessions are currently at capacity. Check for any cancellation spot openings here.

 

Gratitude Wall

  • If you haven’t visited the Gratitude Wall this week, stop by and write a message about someone or something you’re grateful for.
  • Location: Central Office hallway on 3rd floor (near Communications office)
 
 
 
 
 

 

Foodie Friday

 

Morning Announcement: It's Foodie Friday! The food we put in our bodies impacts our energy, health and how we feel. Every day we get the opportunity to make healthier choices! Today our challenge is to swap at least one not-so-healthy food we might normally choose with a healthier option. 

 

Teacher Script: Eating healthy is very important to help make you feel your best and do well in school! Your body needs a variety of healthy foods to give you energy, build strong bones, keep your brain sharp and more. Choose foods like fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean protein and whole grains to make sure you are fueling your body with the right foods.

 

Challenge of the Day: Swap one not-so-healthy food with a healthier option today. Here are some ideas of healthier swaps:Low-fat milk instead of chocolate milk Baked chips instead of French friesFresh fruit instead of dessert Whole grain bread instead of white bread Grilled chicken instead of chicken tenders Fresh vegetables instead of chips.

 

Nashville Public Library Book of the Day: 

Elementary: Choose Good Food! My Eating Tips by Gina Bellisario

Secondary: Eat This! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and How to Fight Back) by Andrea Curtis

 

Dive Deeper — Resources and Lessons:

Grades K-2 — Nutrition Education Lesson 

Grades 3-5 — Nutrition Education Lesson

Grades 6-12 — Fast Food Nutrition Lesson 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Friday

MNPS Central Office Blood Drive

  • 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Central Office Board Room
  • Sign up to donate here.
  • Sign up to volunteer here.  

 

 

 

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Central

Employee Wellness Center at Berry Hill

Northeast

Two Rivers Middle

North:

Taylor Stratton Elementary

Southeast:
Mt. View Elementary
WEST:
Bellevue Middle
WEST:
Bellevue Middle
Southeast:
Mt. View Elementary
Northeast

Two Rivers Middle

Central

Employee Wellness Center at Berry Hill

North:

Taylor Stratton Elementary

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