Wellness Fair 2019 - Make it a Healthy Day or Not. The Choice is Yours!

Wellness Fair

This year’s Wellness Fair theme was "Making Healthy Choices" or, in Coolidge Tradition, "Make it a Healthy Day or Not, the Choice is Yours".

Once again, we had 6 unique, individual stations that each of the students rotated through over the course of one hour. Students were given the opportunity to see Wellness as a whole state of being, incorporating aspects of community/environmental health, nutrition, physical and emotional health. In addition, we continued the tradition of having a "guessing jar" with one winner from each grade level. Each student in the school also received an imprinted Coolidge Wellness Fair wristband, incorporating the theme of this year’s fair.

This year, we had the following stations:

  1. Tasting the Rainbow. Students sampled smoothies which were made from fruits (and veggies) representing each color of the rainbow. They played a game in which they tried to identify different fruits and vegetables based on clues they were given. The clues included nutrition information for each fruit & vegetable.
  2. Native Plants. We were lucky enough to have Coolidge alumni (EMS student Catherine Cilingiryan and another EMS student, Natalie Rosica), who represented their Girl Scout troop by teaching the students about the importance of native plants to our ecosystem. Students were able to plant flower seeds and take them home.
  3. Bug Hotel. Our "Green Team", Mrs. Lagstein & Mrs. Jalil, returned for the second year with a station. This year, they taught students about the importance of certain bugs in our gardens. The students helped to complete a "bug house" which will be put out in the garden that our student "Green Ambassadors" maintain. They also got to sample some organic honey sticks, which they enjoyed.
  4. Fit Kids. The students engaged in a vigorous, 8-minute High-interval cardio workout, courtesy, of Coach Joe of JNA Fitness in Wyckoff. He volunteered his entire day to Coolidge at no cost.
  5. Yoga Stretch. Mrs. Stead and Mrs. Lizzi lead the students through some gentle yoga poses and stretches. The students entering the yoga station had (for most) just completed the fitness station, so this station emphasized transitioning through the poses that were taught. Students were also given a chance to "rehydrate" with cucumber/mint flavored water.
  6. Mindfulness/Meditation station. Ms. Laura Litchult, who is a certified yoga instructor and has a B.A. in Infant and Child Developmental Psychology, returned for the third time to lead students through breathing and relaxation exercises and meditations. She also donated her time at no cost.

We also had several staff members and PTO members/parents who volunteered at various stations in order to make the day go smoothly.

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