Wellness

HEALTHY RECIPES FROM THE WELLNESS COMMITEE

The Wellness Committee is pleased to bring you healthy soup recipes to enjoy this Fall (CLICK HERE to download the recipes in PDF form).  Enjoy!

MESSAGE FROM THE WELLNESS COMMITTEE

Churchill Road has been recognized for its commitment to helping students make informed decisions about the environment and dramatically decreasing waste. The school is now directing that same dedication to empowering Churchill Road students, staff, and families to make knowledgeable choices about health. Churchill Road PTA’s Wellness Committee, led by Marci Love Thomas, has made significant steps for promoting a well-rounded wellness program for the staff, children and their families.

The changes started small. At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year green plants were added to the school to remove toxins in the air; enhancing indoor spaces with plants has been shown to increase concentration and reduce fatigue, colds, headaches, and sickness rates.

Weekly, the CRS PTA Wellness Committee provides good information on healthy decisions in the Churchill Chatter, such as how outdoor play develops a stronger immune system, improves mood, boosts vitamin D levels, promotes problem solving, and instills an appreciation for the earth.

Did you know there are some easy ways to boost your immune system as you prepare for flu season: sufficient sleep, eating a nutritious diet, drinking fluids, regular exercise, playing outdoors, and a twenty-second burst of cold water at the end of a shower--socializing can also make you less susceptible to developing a cold.

In addition to helping the immune system, socializing improves brain health!  Friendships benefit our health by engaging us with opportunities to share new experiences, develop different roles, and to enjoy life. New friends can be discovered in the classroom, at the playground, through involvement with sports teams, musical pursuits, community groups, or by connecting with others with similar interests. In a similar vein, the CRS PTA shares the health benefits of gratitude. Thankfulness improves sleep, reduces anxiety, increases long-term satisfaction, and creates kinder behavior to others.

In March 2016, parents had an opportunity to embrace health and wellness. Parents, teachers, and staff gathered at the McLean High School court (unfortunately Langley High School was closed for community use during the construction) for an epic basketball matchup, Churchill Road teachers and staff versus students’ parents. It was a fabulous, fun-filled evening for all!  The event also gave students an opportunity to work on their basketball skills and for the entire Churchill Road community to celebrate becoming more aware of healthy choices!

More information about wellness activities for 2017-2018 will be posted from time to time, so please check back!