Wellness Program Mission
The Daniel Island School PTA Wellness Program strives to provide opportunities for all members of the DIS community to make healthy lifestyle choices by supporting the adoption of habits and attitudes that contribute to their positive well-being.
Wellness Programs and Initiatives
DIS PTA Wellness was officially added under the Programs umbrella prior to the 2017-18 school year and works in collaboration with the DIS Wellness Committee made up of teachers and administrators.
- Wow Us With Wellness Challenge
- Wellness Wednesday tips
- Walk/Bike to School events
- On-site Farmer’s Markets with nutrition tips & garden lessons
- Cafeteria vegetable tastings
- Drink water campaign (with student council) and free DIS water bottles at Back 2 School Night
- All PTA events are “bring your own water bottle” – no plastic bottled drinks
- Support of teacher led wellness-related opportunities like Leapin’ Lizards and Jump Rope For Heart
Click here for the DISPTA Wellness flyer that was included in Back to School packets.**
MUSC Boeing Center For Children’s Wellness
Aside from generally supporting it’s mission, DIS PTA Wellness initiatives are geared towards bolstering DIS’s participation in the School Wellness Checklist Contest (“SWC Contest”) created and administered by the MUSC “Boeing Center” for Children’s Wellness. The Boeing Center works statewide to instill a culture of wellness “such that each child is healthy, succeeds in school and thrives in life”. The SWC Contest is a means of tracking and measuring improvements in the school environment and is, “made up of evidence-based strategies and policies … [intended] … to impact the health of the school environment and reduce childhood obesity over time.”
The SWC Contest groups activities into seven categories that represent different aspects of wellness and allow for lots of flexibility and creativity. Participants must achieve a minimum number of points within each category, and a minimum number of points overall. Monetary awards are given based on total points accumulated. Congrats to DIS for being the 2nd place finisher in Berkeley County for the 2017-18 school year and for achieving a second place ranking in the Middle School category for 2016-17!
Wow Us With Wellness Challenge
Wow Us with Wellness Challenge is a quarterly incentive program created by the DIS PTA Wellness Committee:
- as part of our participation in the SWC Contest (described above), and;
- to encourage students and their families to make healthy choices in their day-to-day lives.
We prepare our own short checklist for each academic quarter and participants are encouraged to engage in some of the listed activities. Some students may already engage in most of the activities as part of their family’s lifestyle, others may find that the challenge offers an opportunity to try several new things, and still others will fall somewhere in the middle. We want to recognize all of these students (and families) and encourage everyone who participates to try something new.
For more information about the Wow Us With Wellness Challenge, including the current Quarter’s activity list and instructions, and submission link, click HERE.
Quarterly Farmers Markets
In collaboration with the Lowcountry Street Grocery mobile farmers’ market, the DIS Wellness Committee hosts a series of on-site markets. Last year these events were known as “Music and a Market“. This year look out for the market at various school events and take advantage of the opportunity to get a “taste” of what’s in season and sample some great, local specialties. As with our prior markets we’ll aim to provide a variety of fun, interactive add-ons to enhance the farmer’s market experience.
Wellness Wednesday Tips
Each Wednesday, the Wellness Committee provides a tip for the week on the DIS PTA Facebook page. See all our past Wellness Wednesday tips. We also provide Mrs. Brown with a corresponding Wellness Wednesday tip that she kindly includes in her morning announcements.
For more information on the DIS Wellness Program or to join the PTA Wellness Committee contact Courtenay Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.